The first “You Matter” podcast has one goal. To remind you, or perhaps maybe to teach you for the first time, that you, in fact MATTER! Continuing our conversation about PTSD, Watson begins to discuss unfavorable behaviors often seen in patients with PTSD. These behaviors are often rooted in an inability to understand our value as humans and that, that, is a human condition, not just a PTSD condition.
Heads up, it’s about to get real. This podcast isn’t for everyone. It is raw, it is real, it is transparent, it is truthful. There is one goal: Help People.
Scripture references: Genesis 1:26, Mark 5, Psalm 139, and Proverbs 13:12 (Hope deferred makes the heart sick).
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In the final “Memory Keeper” segment special guest Crissy Loughridge returns for a candid conversation that took an unexpected turn; the captured audio tells the story, and Watson is more dedicated than ever to get the word out that there is Hope for PTSD! This is a candid conversation and begins to introduce some negative, and often relationship ruining behaviors often seen in patients with PTSD. Loughridge stresses the importance of loved ones and caretakers also seeking outside help. Join us for this conversation that promises to evoke some regret, but more than that, gratefulness for the opportunity and platform.
In part 2 of this 3 part conversation, Crissy Loughridge continues to share from her perspective some of the events and traumas that she has witnessed. This episode is particularly powerful for those of you who love someone with PTSD as the conversation is candid and a light shone on the need for loved ones to take care of themselves and to get help themselves. Drop-in on part two of this precious conversation where friends are talking about darker days but the continued faithfulness of God.
In this, our 5th episode, we welcome our first guest to Wednesdays With Watson. Oftentimes, patients with PTSD struggle with memories, often combining memories or forgetting them completely. In this episode, Crissy Loughridge, who has been mentioned in almost all the podcasts, and a close friend is our guest and lends her voice to some memories shared in previous podcasts. Also in this episode is a little of the science behind jumbled memories that may serve to encourage patients of PTSD and those that love them.Click to listen along with some of Amy's favorite songs filled with Truth and Promises that serves them and now as a reminder of the faithfulness of God
“Greater Love Has No Man Than To Lay Down His Life For His Friend”
“You will not afraid of the terror by night, or of the arrow that flies by day; of the pestilence that stalks in the darkness or the destruction the waste of noon”
PTSD Jesus and Me: Hospitals and Courtrooms
In this episode of PTSD, Jesus and Me, Amy continues her journey through Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Her story is often one of heartbreak and loss, yet filled with Hope provided through the church, community and trauma informed counseling. This particular episode contains portions of Amy’s domestic violence journey; but more importantly a fight for the survival of her faith in Jesus, the star of any story. Also in this episode are practical and personal explanations of a hallmark of PTSD, flashbacks and night terrors.
So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?”
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven,[f] Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.
PTSD, Jesus and Me: Safe Enough to Fall Apart
In this episode, Amy continues to share her journey to and through PTSD. As a storyteller, Amy is engaging listeners and gaining an audience interested in this miraculous healing story. This episode is real and Amy fails to hide her emotion in retelling this part of her story. This is a story of great hope, but as listeners learn in this episode, the road to healing was rocky. Come along as Amy tells you her story, and most importantly highlights Jesus, the star of her story.
So don’t be afraid, you are worth more than many sparrows. Matthew. 10:31
PTSD, Jesus and Me: Lost With Directions
In this episode, Amy discusses some practical implications of PTSD. Many times, survivors of trauma are unaware of symptoms that can and often does affect lives on a daily basis. Also in this episode, Amy begins to tell her story as it pertains to her journey to the diagnosis of Complex PTSD.
There is Hope for PTSD and survivors of trauma, but sometimes getting to the road to healing feels like an insurmountable task, but HEALING COMES! Amy challenges trauma survivors as well as those who love them, to put in the hard work, because healing sits at the beautiful intersection of Joy and sorrow. Come! Learn about how healing is for all of us and the first step in that journey is surrender.
“This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses. For He faced the same testings we do, yet without sin, so let us approach the throne of Grace with confidence”
Important phone numbers:
National Suicide Prevention: 1-800-273-8255
National Domestic Violence Prevention: 1-800-799-723
PTSD, Jesus and Me: Healing That Doesn’t Make Sense
Pain can have a purpose and I hope that you are the purpose of my pain. In this first season of Wednesday’s With Watson, we will focus on my journey and life with complex PTSD. I am a survivor of over 3 decades of neglect, abandonment and abuse. Early in life, I found the answer to surviving trauma and I want to share it with you. That Answer hasn’t always made sense, but my healing can not be denied and I want to share it with you.
There is much stigma to mental health issues in America and in the world. It is, perhaps, the most overlooked healthcare issue in society today. However, when we choose to address it and surround ourselves with people who refuse to let us ignore it, there IS healing and there IS Hope.
This is my story. This is my song.
Joel 2:25 “I will restore the years the locusts have stolen from you”