PTSD

PTSD prose poetry worksheet, November, 2013

PTSD prose poetry worksheet, November, 2013

PTSD is a common response to trauma, following a disturbing injury, resulting in a disturbance of order. We looked up each word-post, traumatic, stress and disorder.  I did not know what to expect using the Bodyscapes Program to search for meaning with a client living with PTSD.  In this session, we decided to use the words, post, traumatic, stress and disorder. We did not isolate a spot in my client’s body where she feels the effects of PTSD. Looking up the definitions to PTSD lead us to create lists of words-injury, disordered state,  mental/emotional stress, force, pushes against, mental tension, causing disease and altering equilibrium. Tracking the idea behind those words in the thesaurus unveiled words with meanings closer to the intensity of my client’s PTSD experience. The idea behind the word, consequence, lead to the words event, it happened, fall into the lot of, in the natural course of things, and important concern. Reprehensible lead to the idea of wrong doing, gross impropriety, culpable and harmful. The word, equilibrium, refers to a state of balance and poise. Harmonious brings the idea of parts agreeable, related and in accord.  Continue reading

Gall bladder and confusion

Confusion by Edmund S, 2013. Pastel on Fabriano paper, 24" X 36"

Confusion by Edmund S, 2013. Pastel on Fabriano paper, 24″ X 36″

My family on my father’s side seems to be made of “rebellious”  thinkers. (Read blogpost titled, “I reduce…”, November, 7th, 2013.) My second uncle arrived to his Bodyscapes session with only one word not the suggested three. He was 45 minutes late and could stay only one hour of the two hour session. As a Bodyscapes facilitator, I observe people orchestrating themselves around their fears of looking deeply into the meanings of our illnesses.  I informed my client we could work on either a poem or a drawing.  “I have shoulder pain for over twenty years, gout and my gall bladder was just removed. That’s a lot to draw in an hour,” he said. But, I assured.   “We can get it in. I am a very good art teacher.” I was not going to let him off the hook.  Continue reading