What I write on this blog will be about my experience from my perspective.
I will honestly share my personal experiences to the extent that I am comfortable disclosing them- I was affected to one degree or another with grief, trauma, panic attacks, adjustment problems and depression after the kids died in the accident.
I'm not comfortable quoting nor will I ever show parts of the DSM-IV manual (The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) in this blog, you will never find me purporting to be an expert because I am not one. I see this on some other blogs regarding all kinds of subjects and frankly it disturbs me. Anyone can Google anything and post it on their blog. I think this kind of information is good and powerful when it is presented in the proper way or by a person who is qualified.
My therapist never once whipped out that DSM-IV, I would have hit him with it. What I needed was to be guided thru my nightmare by a person qualified to do so, I needed reassurance that I'd make it thru to the other side. Did he use the DSM-IV? He's a PhD, I'm sure he did, that's why he got paid the big bucks!
My therapist and I spent long hours working on reducing my symptoms of trauma- difficulty coping with change both by talking thru it and by me writing my thoughts and feelings in a therapy journal. I worked hard and created a personal awareness of my thinking patterns that were ultimately the cause of a few pretty dark depressive episodes which were keeping me stuck.
We worked on rebuilding my identity making sure that the mother I am now after the accident is balanced with who I am as a wife, daughter, sister and friend moving forward.
There were so many layers and issues that we uncovered that needed to be addressed; my fear, sadness, guilt, anger, questions of faith and yes....... forgiveness for the truck driver that took the life of my children.
If you'd like to read my story just because it interests you, if you feel you can learn something from it, if what I write helps you, then I will be gratified. The writing of this blog is necessary part of my continuing healing process, but I am not an expert.
I am grieving mother.