Ep #295 – “PTSD Versus, An Animals Love”

An Unlikely Friendship

In episode #295 of “PTSD Bunker Gear For your Brain”, we learn a turning point in Host Carl Waggett’s PTSD journey. “I found an unlikely friend” Carl would say, as he learned how an animal’s love is a formidable foe for PTSD, anxiety, and depression.

“I’d put an animal on that job”

– Carl Waggett

“I just didn’t have the right set of ears to hear it.”

I could describe PTSD, as an arresting disorder. Yes, an arresting disorder. Think about it. When you think of someone being arrested, you hear words like detainment, confinement, handcuffed just to name a few. Well, listen to how Carl explains his challenge with PTSD (Audio) 3:06. 

Enter Mr. President

Right, this way Mr. President. Now before you start, to think Carl is on a national campaign, remember that he is from Canada “eh”. So, when I said “Enter Mr. President” I meant, of course, Mr. President the dog. I could explain more but why don’t, I let Carl do that in his own special way (Audio) 5:08

At the moment it is too early to substantiate with long detailed studies, but it is increasingly clear that pets, especially dogs have a unique way of being the “wingman” for those who find themselves challenged with PTSD and or anxiety.

It started with frisbee

Frisbee? Yeah, you know that simple little plastic disk that flies through the air; while spinning around? Now I know you’re wondering, well how in the world can a piece of plastic make a difference with PTSD. Well, as Mr. President started to make his demands clear to Carl, one of them was to go outside to play Frisbee! Here let Carl explain (Audio) 7:42

CONCLUSION:

Just as you think you are on the bottom of the deepest darkness, up comes the most unlikely motivator to bring you towards the light. That is what Mr. President did for Carl. You could hear from Carl’s words; he was sinking deeper and deeper into the abyss of his depression and his growing pain. Little did he know that the small dog with a big name would get him moving and eventually living again. You heard Carl himself say “There’s something about animals”

MOMENTS OF EMPHASIS:

3:06 – Carl explains the challenges of his PTSD

5:08 – Enters Mr. President the dog

7:42 – Here is where Mr. President trains Carl

Ep #294 | Wanna Have Fun? Follow Me!

Wanna Have Fun? Follow Me!

In this episode of “PTSD Bunker Gear For Your Brain” Host Carl Waggett shares the need to find fun while searching for the light through his journey of depression. Don’t worry Carl, I’m sure that Cyndi Lauper would agree it’s not just “Girls That Wanna Have Fun”!

“You have got to find something that brings you to life”

– Carl Waggett

Depression takes what you enjoy

If you have followed Carl and his efforts, then you know that he has a ton of energy and enthusiasm to spare! Still, as he realized depression had settled into staying. He realized that it was much more than just being sad and in fact; he started to see how depression was taking away the things he enjoyed!

Depression:

Symptoms of Depression

  • Depressed or sad mood
  • Loss of interest or pleasure
  • Loss of appetite and/or weight, or overeating and/or weight gain
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Difficulty sleeping or oversleeping
  • Difficulty concentrating, making decisions, or remembering
  • Irritability, restlessness, or lethargy
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Frequent thoughts of death, suicidal ideation, or a suicide attempt

We’re not leaving this miserable state. Unless…

Let me ask you a question. Have you bought into the “should life” that generations of our society would have you believe is the “right” way to live or do things? Often society including our loved ones would discourage us from thinking out of the box. Would you agree? Whether it be through entertainment or generation after generation of tradition or routines we are directed to follow the path that is expected. Just think what it feels like when you have something extra that is taking the fun out of life?

You’ve got to chase it

I mentioned earlier about tradition and entertainment and how it can find us on a predetermined pattern or path. Think about it, when you watch a movie or your favorite television show, don’t they mostly, come full circle where if you do the “right” thing then everything will eventually work out? So, based on that if we do the “right” thing, then we can sit back, and everything will work out. Right?

CONCLUSION:

As someone who has been challenged by the illness of depression for most of my life, I appreciated the authentic way Carl brought to light the challenges of his dark journey. It’s unfortunate we often think the illness and the emotion of depression as interchangeable. That is just not the case as is represented by the image above.  Something I also enjoyed from this episode is Carl didn’t gloss over the importance of working at being healthy. Whether it be medically or mentally we owe it to ourselves to give us the best chance to be healthy and have some fun in this thing called life! 

MOMENTS OF EMPHASIS:

Learn what depression was meaning for Carl

Imagine depression on top of everything else!

Sometimes we need to kick over a stone or two

Carl can talk!

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