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How Finding Meaning and Helping Others Helped a PTSD Sufferer

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How Finding Meaning and Helping others Helped a PTSD Sufferer

A post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) sufferer, had a sense of doom, of no future, but as a result of getting help with finding meaning and helping others he said:

“I never thought I’d look in the mirror and see a 52 year old staring back. Never dreamed I’d live this long and I feel like I’ve wasted a lot of time just waiting for the ax to fall. I think now that if I continue to practice doing that one thing every day that I know in my heart is right, maybe my life will have meant something. Those kids I tutor have taught me a lot about my own family and myself. They know when I’m supposed to arrive and they can’t wait to see me and now I’ve got that with my grandkids. What’s most important for me now is to be there for them, not let them down.”
Logotherapy as an Adjunctive Treatment for Chronic Combat-related PTSD: A Meaning-based Intervention by S. Southwick, R. Gilmartin, P. McDonough, P. Morrissey (AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHOTHERAPY, Vol. 60, No. 2, 2006, 2 p. 172)
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