An interview with Janyre Tromp will give you actionable steps to working through trauma.#selfcare #caregivertrauma #ShadowsintheMindsEye #authorinterview #trauma #PTSD #WWII #HotSprings #inspy #fiction #healing #greatestgeneration

An interview with Janyre Tromp will give you actionable steps to working through trauma.

Working Through Trauma Takes Time

Soldiers during the Civil War suffered from ‘soldier’s heart’ or ‘irritable heart.’ Those who served in WWI suffered from ‘shell shock’ or ‘gas hysteria.’ Returning WWII veterans suffered from ‘battle fatigue.’ Those who served during a war often received little to no help for working through the trauma they experienced. Soldiers had two choices: suffer in silence or end up in an asylum. And the asylum cure proved worse than war.

It took over almost a hundred years from the birth of modern psychiatry to the post-Vietnam War era for doctors and psychiatrists to recognize those affected by trauma often suffer from a loosely related set of symptoms they labeled Post-Traumatic-Stress Syndrome (PTSD). It took even longer for them to understand PTSD didn’t just occur in veterans. Now psychiatrists and psychologists understand PTSD can affect anyone who suffered trauma, whether small ‘t’ or ‘big T.’

It took me years to understand I suffered from caregiver trauma. And even longer to realize the repercussions of NOT working through trauma. Today’s guest, author Janyre Tromp, walks us through her experience with caregiver PTSD. Working through trauma helped Janyre understand her characters better, creating a richer, more authentic experience for readers. You won’t want to miss the interview or Janyre’s book!

If you pre-order Shadow’s in the Mind’s Eye from Baker Books, you can fill out this Google doc to get a set of beautiful water-color postcards from Janyre.

Show Notes

Laura Story’s book When God Doesn’t Fix It: Lessons You Never Wanted to Learn, Truths You Can’t Live Without.

Try Softer: A Fresh Approach to Move Us Out of Anxiety, Stress, and Survivor Mode–and into a Life of Connection and Joy, by Aundi Kolber.

An interview with Janyre Tromp will give you actionable steps to working through trauma.#selfcare #caregivertrauma #ShadowsintheMindsEye #authorinterview #trauma #PTSD #WWII #HotSprings #inspy #fiction #healing #greatestgeneration

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16 Comments

  1. Thank you Anita & Janyre! What impactful information. I always thought of trauma as being the big “T”, I never realized it could look like a little “t” too. I’ve had many little “t” traumas. thank you for helping me to understand that the little “t’s” can be traumatic too. Love, joy, and peace be yours because of the grace of Jesus Christ. Happy Easter. Rejoice in the Lord.
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  2. Love the title of the book “Shadow’s in the Mind’s Eye”

    Yes, trauma whether with a T or t is traumatic, severely affecting body & mind.

    Thank you for bringing this extremely important process to everyone’s attention.
    Bless you both,
    Jennifer
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  3. Another great topic, Anita! Trauma of some sort happens to all of us at some point in our lives and it is so important to recognize it for what it is so we can better treat it. I recently suffered a trauma that resulted from having to call 911 for my husband. (He is totally fine, by the way.) Thankfully I immediately recognized my own trauma response in the immediate aftermath of it and addressed it as soon as possible with my therapist. If left untreated, even “small t” traumas can have long lasting effects.

    Shelbee

  4. Was just able to listen to this today. A great episode! I didn’t realize until the last few years that panic attacks I was experiencing a few years ago were likely a response to a sudden traumatic illness I had. I was pretty much recovered by then, so I didn’t make the connection except in recognizing that such a thing can shake up one’s world. I was on Xanax at the hospital, but no one said why, so I didn’t take it when I got home. I wish my care team had addressed this.

    Caring for my m-i-l in our home for five years brought about a different kind of PTSD—I just felt drained for a very long time.

    I’ve pre-ordered Janyre’s book and am looking forward to it!
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  5. I’m sorry your care team let you slip through the cracks :(. It’s important to take stock of our traumas (or Traumas) and see if we suffer from physical effects at around the same time of year. It’s surprising how often this happens and we don’t even understand why!

    Caregivering PTSD is real and easily overlooked, that’s for sure!
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Anita Ojeda

Anita Ojeda juggles writing with teaching high school English and history. When she's not lurking in odd places looking for rare birds, you can find her camping with her kids, adventuring with her husband or mountain biking with her students.

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