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Reader, compassionate lover of humanity, a former soldier, a true believer in the term "tomorrow". Miracles may or may not exist, but it sure is fun and comforting to think that they might.

Steve Sparks is a retired information technology sales and marketing executive with over 35 years of industry experience, eventually retiring from Nortel Networks in 2002. Steve served in the US Navy as a Radioman (RM3) and was honorably separated in 1965. He earned a BA in Management from St. Mary's College, Moraga, California. Steve is married to Judy Lee Sparks and living in Depoe Bay, Oregon. Steve's family includes 3 adult daughters, 4 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. His passion and life work is mentoring and improving the education of K-12 kids and teaching Community Education at Oregon Coast Community College. Steve served on the board and as vice chair of www.neighborsforkids.org for 6 years. He was elected in 2014 to a four year term as City Councilor, Depoe, Bay, Oregon. Steve is a non-fiction author and blogger who writes about his roots as a post WWII US Navy military child growing up in the 1950's and early 1960's. Steve & Judy love to travel America, explore new places, and play golf. Mexico is another favorite destination.

Founder of #PTSDchat and PTSD Artist creating her own genre of art Introspective Art.

A Paramedic’s journey through the highs and lows of her mental health illnesses. She’s ready to share the story of her demons with everyone, so they may rid themselves of their own. Recovery IS Possible!

I am former development aid worker with eleven years of work and life experience in post-war and war zones of Kosovo and Afghanistan. In July 2010, I survived a terrorist attack of suicide bombers and as a consequence, I was diagnosed with PTSD. Becoming a parent has played the main role in my career change as well as in my healing process. So has writing, which I also use as a means for sharing what I went through, what I know and what led me to where I am now. My posts are based on my personal experience. I’m UK based. You can follow my personal blog B’s Life Snippets at snippedlife.blogspot.co.uk  and at biljanahutchinson.com

I have battled PTSD since the age of 4, I take each day as it comes because days with Complex PTSD will vary!I am NOT a therapist, I write about my own experiences in hopes of helping others.

I refer to myself as "No One from Nowhere", but this, in no way, is a reflection of my family or my "roots". It is more a realization that on my own, without God's help, that is exactly "who I am". Even as a unique product of God, I am no more special than anyone else He created. If my writing touches and benefits others, then He gave me the words they needed to hear, and let me sign the finished piece. I am merely an aspiring catalyst. Working to find yet another way to look at situations, and to better explain or encourage, is my part of the collaboration. I pray I learn to do that well, and hope that I say something that brings Peace, comfort and/or a solution to someone. I am grateful for the opportunity. I battle what I call "parallel symptoms" of PTSD. My writing is from my own experiences, and those graciously told to me by others. Chief Editor, Ambassador, Chat Monitor/Management Also find me on my site, www.TruthPathing.com

I am a husband and a dad of two daughters. My first wife, and the biological mother of my daughters, committed suicide after a 6 year struggle with bipolar disorder. Cindy had served as a police officer for 12 years at the time of her death. I know first hand the devastating impact mental illness can have on a person and their family. I lived it every day for six years while I watched her die slowly and inexorably. I turned to alcohol and struggled with it for many years before finally freeing myself almost two years ago. I'm eternally grateful to my new wife, Tanja, for loving me even when I didn't love myself. I also understand police culture and how it further victimizes it's own members when they are stricken with mental illness. The ostracization and isolation make things worse when people are at their weakest. Instead of treating people like the human beings they are, they are treated as a liability. I am committed to being a strong and relentless voice advocating for the change that we must make happen. What's happening now is morally wrong. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTxEvpbfWa9tYUGtbLmqU1EXIWhFSwCKS

Amy Oestreicher is a PTSD peer-to-peer specialist, artist, author, writer for Huffington Post, speaker for TEDx and RAINN, health advocate, survivor, award-winning actress, and playwright, sharing the lessons learned from trauma through her writing, mixed media art, performance and inspirational speaking. As the creator of the Gutless & Grateful, her one-woman autobiographical musical, she's toured theatres nationwide, along with a program combining mental health advocacy, sexual assault awareness and Broadway Theatre for college campuses and international conferences. Her original, full-length drama, Imprints, premiered at the NYC Producer's Club in May 2016, exploring how trauma affects the family as well as the individual. To celebrate her own “beautiful detour”, Amy created the #LoveMyDetour campaign, to help others cope in the face of unexpected events. "Detourism" is also the subject of her TEDx and upcoming book, My Beautiful Detour, available December 2017. As Eastern Regional Recipient of Convatec’s Great Comebacks Award, she's contributed to over 70 notable online and print publications, and her story has appeared on NBC's TODAY, CBS, Cosmopolitan, among others. She has devised workshops for conferences nationwide, and is this year's keynote speaker for the Hawaii Pacific Rim International Conference on Diversity and Disability. Learn the art of navigating beautiful detours and sign up for updates at amyoes.com.

I’m a 32 year old female who until 16th December 2009 was living a life I was extremely happy with. I had built up my own business, lived on my own in a nice new york style apartment and had a close network of friends giving me a social life I was really happy with. Obviously I had the normal life problems that everyone has that made life unpredictable but nothing that caused any amount of real issues. If I’m honest I had the mentality of ‘If you aren’t happy, then change things until you are’ and really couldn’t understand how people got so low that they couldn’t just sort it out themselves. Yes, now I am ashamed of those views but I guess I represent a lot of people in society and how they view people who have any type of mental illness.

My name is Tony McNally, I served in the British army as a Royal Artillery Gunner. As a young 19-year-old soldier I was sent to fight in the Falklands War as a Rapier missile operator. After serving in Northern Ireland I left the forces and was diagnosed with PTSD (Post traumatic Stress Disorder) I was told to go away and write down my thoughts and feelings, this lead to me writing the book the best selling book Watching Men Burn. I now live in the tranquil English Lake district with my wife Linda and my two Labrador dogs, where I continue to write, especially poetry, which I find very therapeutic and helpful with my PTSD. My other interests are Rugby League, football and enjoying my family. I have now published my book of Trauma poetry and short story about World War One titled Screaming In Silence and 'Still Watching Men Burn.'

David J. Ortiz (MSW) is an Iraq war veteran educated in Military Behavioral Health. He is currently focusing his energy towards assisting service members in living well-rounded, productive lives. You can find him occasionally on Twitter as @balancedsoldier and if you want to read some of his past posts you can find them @ facebook.com/balancedsoldierlife/ Also, checkout his Instagram page instagram.com/balancedsoldier if you’re looking for motivational and uplifting content. Namasté

Susan Rau Stocker is the author of: The Many Faces of PTSD: Does Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Have a Grip On Your Life? The Many Faces of Anxiety Heart 1.5 – October 1, 2013 Only Her Naked Courage – a novel about kidnapping, torture, and then trying to re-enter normal life while coping with the PTSD. Susan has spent her life communicating: talking, reading, writing, listening. A former college teacher, for the past twenty years she has been a marriage and family therapist in private practice. She has traveled extensively, read voraciously and written continuously–lesson plans, case notes, journals, grocery lists, stories, two published novels (as Susan Ross), some journalism and a bit of scholarship. This is her first “self-help book.” Living in Ohio near her three sons and their families, she is currently absorbed with the assignment of learning the names of Thomas’ friends who circle the train track under her piano.

Ryan Breen is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Chicago, IL who works specifically with couples and individuals whose relationships are negatively affected by childhood trauma, addiction, and infidelity. In addition to training in Marriage and Family Therapy, Ryan is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) and certified Mentally Ill Substance Abuse (MISA I) counselor. Ryan offers special expertise in the areas of childhood complex trauma, substance abuse, mental illness, divorce, and abandonment, which provides a greater insight into the complexity of relationships. More than basic couples counseling, Ryan’s practice in Chicago provides counseling, coaching, and workshops based on the premise that addiction, trauma, and mental health are areas of concern that often require their own expert attention but should not necessarily mean the end of the relationship. It the purpose of his practice to understand the issues that are active in struggling relationships and provide a comprehensive perspective which ignites hope and brings healing.

I am the wife to Army veteran John Ready. John was diagnosed with PTSD and TBI after serving a tour in Iraq.I am dedicated to helping John and other vets find hope and live a life of possibility. Shortly after I started blogging for #PTSDCHAT, I myself was diagnosed with C-PTSD. My blogs reflect the challenges of navigating PTSD as a married couple, with a child, and as individuals.We may have PTSD but it does not define us. I strive to give hope , inspiration and support to people who are connected to PTSD. Never ever give up! Remember there is always hope, even if its a faint glimmer. .

Brian is a 17-year veteran of policing with experience in multiple areas - patrol, community safety, media, recruiting, incident command and emergency management, operational support, and legal. In 2004 he experienced an on the job incident involving the death of a close friend that left him with post-traumatic stress. Brian is a member of the Peer Advisory Board of Badge of Life Canada; an organization dedicated to education, advocacy, and resource management for first responders dealing with post-traumatic stress or other operational stress injuries. Brian's wife Cathy is a frequent collaborator in his speaking engagements and writing. They have two teenage sons who still think cops are cool. "I'm open, honest and transparent in my writing. That's the only way we'll ever change how people look at this monster called PTSD."

I'm a 21-year old girl from Denmark. I live with my younger brother in a house with 4 budgies. I like drawing, making my own movies and playing the piano. I spend my spare time with my boyfriend, family and friends. I was diagnosed with PTSD with anxiety attacks because I was subjected to sexual abuse when I was 16. I'm still in the healing process and I haven't moved on a 100% yet, but I'm getting there. I'm reaching out, trying to raise awareness on mental illnesses so that more people will understand these invisible deceases.

I am a 22 year veteran of a suburban Chicago Fire department and serve in the capacity of Lieutenant-Paramedic. I also earned a diploma in Holistic Health Practice and a Certificate in Wellness Consulting from the American College of Healthcare Sciences located in Portland, Oregon. I am also employed by a Health, Fitness, and Recreation Center located on the campus of a community college. My intent is to educate others on how I am managing my PTSD through holistic means with the hope that others will become more comfortable with this topic. At the end of the day, it is all about sharing what we have learned along the way in an effort to make this world a better place to live.

The HER Foundation is the world's largest grassroots network of hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) survivors and leading site for HG information on the Internet. HER is dedicated to helping those suffering hyperemesis and those who have survived it. Only those who experience HG can truly understand how difficult it is! The Foundation is here to be a voice of support and education to all who are faced with managing HG. Our mission is to find a cure for hyperemesis and its complications through advanced research, provide education and support to those seeking effective management strategies for hyperemesis, and provide information on new resources and treatment options as they become available.

R. 'Doc' Gage Amsler spent most of his life in a hostile environment beginning from his abusive childhood to being alone and homeless at 18yo. He has served in the US military as a Hospital Navy Corpsman and as a Field Combat Medic with 1st Recon LAV, 1st Marine Division, as a Professional Firefighter, and Advanced Trauma and Critical Care Paramedic for private/civil services including Detroit E.M.S., and as a World Wide Professional defense contractor while holding a secret security clearance with the Dept. of State and Dept. of Defense. Doc Gage has seen almost 8 years of war overseas spanning Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. He has found salvation for his multi-level PTSD, and he has also lost loved ones. R. 'Doc' Gage Amsler now lives near Detroit, Michigan where, after returning home from war, he wrote his true story book entitled 'The Strains of War' (available on Kindle and Amazon) and has also become a strong advocate for the health and welfare of U.S. Military Veterans and anyone suffering from PTSD, as well as the legalization of cannabis for medical treatment.

I'm anonymous for safety reasons, and therefore need to be fairly vague here. I am a single, sole custodial momma to a darling (most of the time) 3 year old. We have moved all over as I escaped a physically, verbally, mentally and financially abusive marriage but have finally settled. It feels good to unpack. Dealing with PTSD is part of the recovery process when you experience trauma, and I am proud to be able to passionately give back through raising education and awareness with another passion of mine, writing.

Shane Schulz is a motivational keynote speaker, life coach, and health advocate. In 2012 he was diagnosed with clinical depression and PTSD which lead people to ask of his history that he kept so deep within himself. Thankfully in 2013 Shane decided that his purpose in his life was to help others that are more like him than they are different. He created a weekly podcast "Arisen Strength" on Sunday nights at 8pm EDT which has grown such an audience that he now has an internet radio network "Speaking to the Heart that is featured on blogtalk, iTunes and Stitcher where he does all he can to talk about subjects that seem too tough to talk about whether it be physical or mental health concerns. What you will find about Shane is that his positive down to earth approach will support, empower and motivate his audience to find depth and value within themselves despite the challenges and struggles they face on a daily basis!

Roxanne Lee is a hospitality professional, bulldog [rescue] enthusiast, and child of a U.S. Army veteran who suffered from combat-related PTSD.

Founder of Transformational Success Coaching. Wellness Recovery Coach. Complex PTSD Survivor. Political Scientist & Business Manager by education. INFJ.

I've been a writer for as long as I can remember. At times, it has been a part time job, other times, it's been purely for the sake of my own peace of mind. I'm a survivor of domestic violence, and was diagnosed with PTSD some years back. I'm currently on a journey to recovery, exploring every avenue leading from a huge fork in the road, and I'm happy to share my thoughts with others who might be working through the same big life questions.

A mental health advocate with lived experience through loved ones; father - bipolar; brother - PTSD, depression, anxiety; mother - PTSD; boyfriend - clinical depression, severe OCD, GAD, personality disorders. Goal with website is to focus on personal experiences rather than articles by doctors and medical professionals who haven't experienced mental illness.

I am proud to say I am Jersey City, New Jersey born and raised. I am a therapist for the Nutley Family Service Bureau where I work with individuals, couples, families, and groups. My MSW is from Fordham Univ. and I am a proud father of two. I love to write creative nonfiction, and my essays have been published in Longridge Review, Manifest Station, Missing Slate among others. I hope to give insight through experience, gain it through an open mind. and fight the battle against mental illness as both client and clinician. You may find and follow me on Twitter @scribetherapist.

I am a mom, teacher, and PTSD survivor. I witnessed my husband's murder and had to testify at the trial of the monster who killed him. That fateful day was 8 years ago and I still fight PTSD. I also suffer from depression and anxiety. I have always been interested in mental health and want to do all I can to help others who suffer from this debilitating disease. There's a quote I heard 8 years ago, and it rings true to this day... "You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have. "

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Podcaster, Intuitive, Trauma Survivor & Owner of Wounded Healer Counseling, LLC. I hold a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling and a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science. I have a Level 4 - 21st Century Energy Medicine Certification through The Deborah King Center. My broad life and work experience help me to relate to a variety of Teens, Adults, and Couples. The many traumas I have endured ~ my mother's murder, living with an autoimmune disease, child of alcoholic parents, witnessing years of domestic violence, living through F4 tornado, sexual assault, car accident, surviving complications from surgeries, and others have helped me to look within and understand my life's mission! Gaining a strong awareness of who you are and accepting what you can and can't control will help you build strength and wisdom to take action in showing the world your true colors. My heart and soul is focused on being a wife (16+ yrs.), Mother of two, and helping trauma survivors nurture self-love through a mind/body/spirit approach. Take a listen to my 'Wise & Wacky Wounded Healer' Podcast for trauma survivors on iTunes or my website: www.woundedhealercounseling.com.

Dr Douglas has been in full time private practice in Barrie, Ontario since 2004. He has developed a focus on working with trauma-related disorders, particularly in Veterans and First Responders, but also in those traumatized by crime, in other fields of work, or in childhood. He is fascinated by the potential for technology to enhance psychotherapeutic outcomes. While his primary focus is on his clinical work, he also provides pre-employment assessments for police services. Dr Douglas is a member of the Canadian Association of Psychologists in Disability assessment, the Canadian Psychological Association, and the Canadian Society for Clinical Hypnosis. He is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario as a Clinical and Counselling Psychologist. He has a passion for increasing equitable access to psychological services, and this has led him to serve on the Board of the Ontario Psychological Association for many years. Currently, he is the President of the OPA (2015-2016).

Henry Fielding is a Canadian police officer with 12 years of service. As a police officer, he has been assigned to a wide variety of roles that range from uniform patrol to major criminal investigations. Henry’s Post Traumatic Stress Disorder was undiagnosed for more than a decade. His writing is based on his personal PTSD journey with the goal of bringing hope to others.

My name is Erin Summers Norman. I'm an author, mama and wife. I write about social justice, philosophy, history, feminism and much more. In December 2015 I published my first book, The Lemay Leveller, which is a love-child between memoir and social prose. LINK HERE - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lemay-Leveller-Erin-Summers-Norman/dp/1849148627

I'm an award-winning freelance humorist (Society of Professional Journalists), sitcom writer (Writer's Guild, West) and playwright (McLaren Festival). I live with a recently identified chronic illness that seems to develop from untreated childhood trauma in the highly sensitive and imaginative. Thanks to Dr. Alexander Sherman's support, I was the first person in the country to obtain SSD benefits for this condition. I named it Sherman Colins Disorder after him.

Danya Daccash is a cross-cultural feminist therapist who weaves together ancient wisdom such as mindfulness, modern scientific discoveries, and a grassroots feminist approach to optimize women’s healing. As a therapist for women with 25 years experience, she honours the unique challenges and needs that women face, and forms deeply connected and compassionate relationships with her clients. Danya specializes in telephone therapy, which has many benefits - it is convenient, accessible, and research shows it is as effective as in-person support. Contact Danya for a free consultation if you are interested in living a joyful and peaceful life.

Hey :) I'm Paul I was diagnosed with complex PTSD in 2011. I live in the UK. I work as a night support worker for learning difficulties and challenging behaviour's. iv been working as a support worker because Iv wanted to help people suffering with mental health while helping myself. you can follow my Instagram and add on Facebook if you like to get in contact if your struggling and just fancy some advise on what iv learned since having a life time of PTSD.

Army combat vet who has seen enough. I started a VLOG on Youtube to connect to my battle buddies. It ended up being more than that. I now reach out to other Veterans, they're Spouses, Family members and Friends! I talk about my personal struggles with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I am hoping to help others by convincing them that the help out there works! Veterans Suicide is at an all time high. Being Proactive and Educated in the early signs of Suicide can help save lives! Join me in my Journey to Police up our Battle Buddies. All are welcomed and share the my content to support our cause to help one another through some of the most difficult times.

I'm in my early 50's. I have one son, who is an Iraq Veteran. Both my parents were veterans from WWII. I'm happily divorced. I have two dogs and will tell anyone pets are the best!!!! Nothing like having my puppies around. I was diagonised with bipolar disorder and ptsd in my early 40s. After struggling many years trying to figure out "what's wrong with me?" After many therapists, psychiatrists and medications later I found the best help is received from other people that have mental illness. Especially those that have the same mental illness I do. #PTSDchat.org is the best support group out here. I feel like I'm part of a family. Kate and Rebecca are very dedicated to helping all members and are constantly adding new and exciting ways for us to grow.

My name is Rod Deaton, and I am a psychiatrist who has been serving combat veterans since 2009 in a variety of settings, public and private, including at the United State Department of Defense and at the United States Veterans Health Administration. As a result of these positions, I have been able to work with and follow many brave men and women over an extended period of time and have had the privilege of hearing their stories and being part of their recovery.

Dr Georgina Clifford is a trauma specialist and experienced Clinical Psychologist who has worked in Psychology since 2003. She qualified with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) from Royal Holloway, University of London and is currently working towards a PhD, studying the role of memory in Complex PTSD at the University of Cambridge. Dr Clifford specialises in Trauma-focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and has experience and expertise in treating psychological presentations in the aftermath of traumatic experiences, including: accidents; rape and sexual assault; childhood abuse; domestic violence. She has a special interest in working with women who have had a traumatic birth experience and women with Post-Natal Depression.

I have complex ptsd as a result of childhood sexual abuse. My story is quite odd, as I didn't remember any of the abuse, I went into a Residential Trauma Clinic in the UK as I had severe depression and nearly all the symptoms they mentioned as a result of trauma are ones I suffered from. After 3 weeks there, all these flashbacks hit me as well as physical tics and movements that I couldn't control. Slowly terrible memories of abuse surfaced, starting from a small child. These were carried out by my Grandfather and a group of men he knew. I spent 6 months at the Trauma Clinic and received intensive therapy, most extremely helpful. Since leaving, I've had to lead my own recovery which is frustating and overwhelming at times but I have a great therapist and some supportive friends which helps. I've done a lot of reading about ptsd and how to treat it as well as experiencing some of those treatments myself. I'm really keen to get involved and share what I've learnt with other people as well as connecting with fellow sufferers and learning from them.

Amy

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