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Out of My Mind in Costa Rica or OOMMCR for short is an effort to help those who suffer from PTSD and C-PTSD and support the people who love them. OOMMCR is a personal journal of my Hero's Journey mixed with clinical insights and stories of my trials and tribulations as a human being who was raised in an incest family. I'm a retired clinical social worker from California I hope this podcast will persuade you or someone you love to take positive steps towards healing the devastating wounds tha ...
 
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Episode 37 C-PTSD and Brain Fog I Can See Clearly Now April 27, 2022 Today I want to talk about Brain Fog which Merriam-Webster defines as: "A usually temporary state of diminished mental capacity marked by an inability to concentrate or to think or reason clearly."This condition is characterized by excessive cognitive fatigue.” Well, that about su…
 
Episode 35 C-PTSD and My Expat Life No Matter Where You Go, There You Are. October 4, 2021 Shit! Has it been a month? I am so sorry, and I apologize for my lack of production lately. I am still working my way through the blues, but the sun is shining, the sky is blue, and another wonderful day is on the horizon. This week I am compelled to share a …
 
Episode 34 C-PTSD and Working Through the Blues Mama Told Me There’d Be Days Like This September 17, 2021 Yes, I am still working through the blues. What can I say? It is what it is, and this is my river, and this is how it is flowing at the moment. I don’t want to be a Donny Downer, but you decide for yourself. I am sharing a little bit about my p…
 
Episode 33 C-PTSD and Being Stuck in the Mud Not the first time, probably not the last. August 2, 2021 This week I am talking about being “stuck in the mud”. I’m spinning my wheels and I got no traction. It’s beginning to trouble me. The good news is that doing this podcast is regenerative for me. I know I have been really inconsistent these past c…
 
Episode 32 C-PTSD and Letting Go Release and Find Peace August 27, 2021 Today’s episode I am talking about letting it go. Everyone says this, but what the heck does it actually entail? How does one let go of experiences that have been buried to the bone? Well, I take a stab at this topic today, and I hope you will find it engaging and moves you to …
 
Episode 31 C-PTSD and Empathy The Role of Empathy in Healing C-PTSD July 29, 2021 This week I am talking about Empathy. You know, the power to be with the feelings, thoughts, and experiences of another. It’s a special trait that everyone should work on developing as much as possible. Empathy is the glue that holds relationships together. No empathy…
 
Episode 30 C-PTSD and Friendships A Friend in Need is a Friend Indeed July 11, 2021 I recently have been in email contact with a dear old friend. A friend who also happens to have been my friend since 1984 when I was working at the Sacramento Children’s Home. He was a group home social worker at the time, and I was preparing to get into graduate sc…
 
Episode 29 C-PTSD and Complicated Grief - Am I Being Redundant? June 20, 2021 Today’s episode is about what I call Complicated Grief. Let me say this about complicated grief, it’s complicate and it’s that simple. The past couple of weeks have I have been submerged into a pool of depression with little energy and zero motivation. My mind, of course …
 
Episode 28 C-PTSD and Recovering from COVID You seriously do not want to get this virus. June 2, 2021 Well, it now appears I am not just under the influence of COVID-19. I am clinically depressed. Isn’t that just peachy? So, I thought it would be helpful to add some information about depression just in case the pandemic has also given you the blues…
 
Episode 27 CPTSD and COVID -19 Part II Buckle Your Seatbelt May 24, 2021 I’ve been sick for the better part of the last 10 days and today I am telling you all the nitty-gritty details. What was I sick with? It turned out to be COVID-19. It has been a hell of a week and I am grateful to be feeling 10,000% better today. Besides being sick, I was give…
 
Episode 26 C-PTSD and COVID-19 I’m Fully Vaccinated-Now What? May 13, 2021 In this week’s episode I talk about how the pandemic has impacted me and what role did Complex-Post Traumatic Stress play in how I am managing my experience with COVID-19. For me, I take it one day at a time and on occasion, I take it one hour at a time or one minute at a ti…
 
Episode 25 C-PTSD and Baby Steps Am I Feeling Better or Is It Prozac? April 29, 2021 In this episode, I am talking about feeling better on a more consistent way. This enhancement in my mood also corresponds to the window of effectiveness for Fluoxetine which is better known as Prozac. It doesn’t matter to me because the experience of feeling better…
 
Episode 24 C-PTSD and Anger The Ugly Underbelly of Complex PTSD April 22, 2021 Today I am talking about anger and if you have C-PTSD, then you know anger. It’s not that you feel angry, but more that you look beneath your anger to the vulnerable parts of yourself. Today I try to give you an idea of the roots of my anger and the impact of growing up …
 
Episode 23 C-PTSD and Perseverance Keep on Truckin’ April 15, 2021 Today’s focus is perseverance, something I believe many of you will relate to. I bring this up this week because the road has been a bit difficult to traverse over the past few weeks. I believe I am coming out the other side of darkness, thanks to my persistent perseverance. I am su…
 
Episode 22 What’s Going On? Emotional Overwhelm April 8, 2021 Today’s episode is no more than a brief explanation about why I have been MIA the past couple of weeks. I know there may be a few of you who may be concerned, and I want to set you mind at ease. Unfortunately, I don’t have the energy to give you any resource links this week, but if my pl…
 
Episode 22 C-PTSD and More Grief And the Grief Goes On March 25, 2021 Yeah, the grief continued all through this week. Remember last week when I talked about grief has no time restrictions? Well, last week really proved this to be true. Last week’s episode I focused on the 5 Stages of Grief and how you too will go through these stages, even if it i…
 
Episode 20 C-PTSD and Grief Grief-The Unrelenting Shadow of Complex Trauma March 18, 2021 Elisabeth Kübler-Ross brought clarity to the grief process when she identified the 5-Stages of Grief. Regardless of the culture, all grieving people experience these 5 stages. Grief applies not only to human losses, but inanimate objects as well. Let me illust…
 
Episode 19 C-PTSD and Communication Good Communication Communicates March 11, 2021 Would you like to improve your communication? Here are Four simple steps that will make an immediate impact. Implement these strategies into your repertoire and life will get better. Stay in your own lane. You can’t speak for the other person. You can only speak to y…
 
Episode 18 C-PTSD and Cannabis Don’t Bogart that Joint My Friend March 4, 2021 Today I am going to share with you my 50+ year love affair with cannabis. I first began smoking cannabis in January 1970 and I never looked back. Beginning as freshman at Western Michigan and continuing through today. I have never tired of the experience of being under i…
 
Episode 17 C-PTSD and Co-Dependency Boundaries and Limits, Limits and Boundaries February 25, 2021 Today I do my best to stay focused on my life as a Super Co-Dependent. I was born into co-dependency and literally had no choice but to become incredibly good at being co-dependent. Everybody’s needs were more important than mine. I was fluent in phra…
 
Episode 16 C-PTSD and Solitude The Therapeutic Use of Solitude for Survivors of Complex Trauma February 20, 2021 I know, I’m late. I missed my self-imposed deadline, but this week has been quite the week and I tell you all about it this week’s episode. I have been craving solitude for a long time which meant, in my case, I needed to be on my own, c…
 
Episode 15 C-PTSD and Depression Don't Fight It. Embrace It! February 11, 2021 Today’s episode is about depression, Major Depression to be exact and the role it has played in my life and how it is entwined deeply into the fabric of C-PTSD and PTSD. You can’t have these conditions and not be depressed. I hope today’s podcast helps some of you to eas…
 
Episode 14 C-PTSD and Self-Love The Care and Feeding of Your Soul Today’s episode is about surviving the storm and building a safe harbor for yourself. I provide an update from last week’s episode where I read a heartfelt letter I planned to send to my wife. I also talk about realizing that the problems go much deeper than I anticipated. In additio…
 
C-PTSD and Patience Staying Grounded, Positive and Hopeful This week has been a bit up and down, with a lot more down than up. This gives me an opportunity to talk with you about these mood swings and what works for me. In addition to that, I talk about my wife’s response to the letter I wrote last week. You know, the one I read to you. Much of tod…
 
Season 1, Episode 12 C-PTSD and Moving On – Be Here. Be Now. One Day at a Time January 21, 2021 It is looking more and more like I will be on my own for quite a while. This week I continue to process what is going on in my life. I share my final email to my wife in hopes she will be able to read it with an open heart and mind. We have our 3rd and h…
 
C-PTSD and Relationships Triggers, Attachment Styles and Deep Dives Season 1, Episode 11 January 14, 2021 There has been a lot of C-PTSD anxiety in me this week and as usual I am here to tell you all about it. There is a lot going on in today’s episode, from triggers, more stuff about attachment styles and what I call deep dives. I bring up the ide…
 
Episode 10 C-PTSD and Meditation A Foundation to Build Upon January 7, 2021 Today I want to talk with you about meditation and share some of my experiences with meditation. Yeah, I know, almost everyone I mention meditation to says, “Yeah, I tried that, I couldn’t keep my mind focused.” or “I couldn’t stop thinking, so I quit.” Newbies think they w…
 
C-PTSD and 2020 Out with the Old and in with the New It’s New Year’s Eve and the end of 2020. Yeehaa! Today I am looking at endings and beginnings, like everyone else, I am sharing my resolutions for the new year, although I don’t call them resolutions, I call them priorities, because that is what resolutions are. We’ve all been waiting for this da…
 
Today, I take on Christmas. PTSD and C-PTSD have been with me for most of my life, but I didn't know that until about 8 years ago. This means that most of my holidays have been without the knowledge I have this problem. I grew up in the 1950's in rural, small town, America where life was simple and neighbors were helpful. The economy was roaring an…
 
The decision to talk about shame today came about as a result of being called out by a social work friend. She was absolutely right, I had fucked up. Fortunately it was easy to fix. All I needed to do is delete some footage and edit a couple of paragraphs out of the transcript. Piece of cake, right? Not so easy when you have PTSD or C-PTSD. In my f…
 
I want to start off right away and let you know I am continually working on sound quality. It is of the utmost importance. With each episode I am learning and improving. For the moment, this is the best I can do and you will need to put up with an occasional 'pop' or 'crackle'. Thanks for your patience. Today's episode digs into my experiences in I…
 
Today I talk about C-PTSD, Dissociation and Love. These episodes are more of a 25 minute rant than a coherent, organized lesson on life. I'm still working on my story-telling skills and each new episode represents my best effort to improve my content and improve the production quality as well. It's probably not good to apologize the first thing in …
 
Today's episode is about Thanksgiving and what that means when you have PTSD. I really wanted to get this episode out to you sooner, but life had different plans for me. Fortunately, I was unencumbered with a social event on this most holy of holy holidays for me. I loved Thanksgiving and still do. Today is the first time I have not had a group mea…
 
In today's episode I talk about PTSD triggers, how they originate, how they take over an otherwise rational mind and before you know it, there is a full blown nuclear explosion, complete with ranting and raging about whatever it is at that moment. As usual, I use myself as the guinea pig and let you inside my mind for a close, up and personal look …
 
Today's episode is focused on a review of the DSM5 criteria for PTSD along with the criteria for C-PTSD in the soon to be ICD11. I will be using myself as the example and because of time restraints, I will not be addressing all of the criteria, only those that occur with me. This episode can really help those of you who are struggling with trying t…
 
Welcome to My Mind is my first actual podcast and I feel pretty good about it. In this episode I give you a bit of my back story and how I got into the field of social work and how I ended up with C-PTSD. I try to explain what this is in a way that is easy to understand. I don't use professional jargon and if I do, I will define that jargon. Give i…
 
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