I’m doing it. I’m pulling the trigger. My first video blog!
For the last two years I’ve thought about video blogging. I love to write… but there is something special about being able to see someone’s face, hear their voice, appreciate their funny quirks and mannerisms…
Today, in my first video blog I will be talking about a subject near and dear to my heart: Fear. Specifically: overcoming fear and panic after a traumatic event.
Post traumatic stress was something I first had experience with as a physician. I spent a year treating Irag/Afghanistan vets at the West LA VA Hospital who had combat-related Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Then, I had my own experience with trauma. Last October, about a year ago, I experienced a rare but serious side effect of one of my nausea medications called dystonia. Over the course of a few minutes, my jaw clenched shut, twisting tighter and tighter until I couldn’t breathe. It only lasted a few hours, but it was so terrifying that for months after I was afraid to do anything or go anywhere for fear it would happen again. There was no moment in the day when I was not overcome with waves of anxiety and panic.
Thankfully, I was able to draw on my work treating PTSD to help myself get through it. In this video I talk about the dystonia, how the panic attacks developed afterward, and how over the following months I forced myself to engage in life to avoid getting locked in a pattern of fear and avoidance.
I am thinking of doing another workshop to teach some of the specific tools and exercises to work through post-traumatic stress… is this something you would be interested in?
I hope you like this video and let me know what you think in the comments!