PTSD – In Absentia


I still don’t understand PTSD fully.  What I do understand is the feeling which sometimes creeps up. It makes the world seem different for a while. It can be like seeing reality in a different way. During awareness it can be hostile. It’s easy to give up control if unaware or absent when time shifts.

Breathing helps, and writing. Keeping calm and focused is not as easy as it can seem.

PTSD in absentia

Breathe out..exhale
Go slowly, wait
Think less…pray more
There is no freedom…in your sorrow
Breathe in…wait
Running fast will take you no where
If you think, you can dream
I want you to think, who you can be

Breathe in…exhale slow
The world is not the one you know
Let it out, the misery
Breathe in…your life is free
Moving fast will not take you there
Go slowly, you have no fear

Breathe in..exhale slowly
Let the rhythm feel your heartbeat moving
Take all the time you need
Don’t shoulder the world
Just let it be

Breathe out, exhale again
Your destiny is your best friend
Breathe in, breathe out again
Let the air move you
Beyond thoughts of ‘when’.


Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can happen to anyone. It does not discriminate. If you have gone through a traumatic experience in your life and finding your ‘way out’ seems difficult seek help from a ‘Trauma Professional’ or Psychiatrist / Mental Health Professional. Some of the symptoms of PTSD are;

  • Recurring nightmares and dreams of the event and flashbacks sometimes quite frequently.
  • Hyper emotional reactions to everyday things / situations.
  • Anxiety
  • Avoidance of the event/situation – hoping it will go away or not exist
  • Thoughts of suicide and abandonment
  • Constant negative thoughts about life and general experiences.
  • Depression and mood-swings

PTSD is treatable. You may have all of the above or just a couple symptoms, but its best to be proactive. Seek help if you or someone you know is experiencing challenges coping with life after something traumatic.

I’m not a professional in this area but have been diagnosed with PTSD after being knocked over by a car at work just over a year ago.

**It does not go away, if you are not aware it exists in your life.

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Artwork: Artistree

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8 thoughts on “PTSD – In Absentia

  1. This is very timely for me as I have long struggled with PTSD creeping in at the most trying times in my life…Now, especially as I deal with my dad slipping away into dementia… I am sad, I am angry, I feel enormous pain in my heart…That is how I know I am still alive and I still know how to love…Thank you Donna.

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  2. This is simply one of the best poems you have ever written.

    “Your destiny is your best friend
    Breathe in, breathe out again
    Let the air move you
    Beyond thoughts of ‘when’.”

    The current curse of our technological leaps is the wide insistence on things happening now. But biology has a different rhythm and we have to be mindful of how we marry the quickness of thoughts with the reality of our body. Healing is a lot easier when we also remember our body is our BFF in the most literal way possible.

    I am thinking of you, your spirit, and the moment in your very near future when you can play and dance with glee with your destiny.

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