Suffering with Depression, PTSD or after effects of emotional trauma? Listen and get unstuck to love yourself again!

Listen as Co-Host Doug shares his journey from the depths of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) hell back to loving life again! Join Doug with a leading Psychologist specializing in Post traumatic stress disorder and depression as they help you understand what Post traumatic stress disorder and depression are and how to find help for yourself or your loved one! Most people can learn to manage emotions, use healthy coping, change behaviors and get unstuck to feel better and love yourself again!

What is trauma? Trauma may occur in a variety of ways, such as natural disasters, terrorism, abuse, neglect, accidents, illnesses, crime, and multiple losses of life within a short time period. When trauma occurs, individuals typically experience similar reactions to the loss of a loved one. Oftentimes, the response is shock, disbelief, and denial. Possibly, immediately, or sometime after, people may experience intense feelings of fear, sadness, anger, guilt, shame, and hopeful/hopelessness. These feelings may be accompanied by memories, images, and thoughts related to the event. As in the loss of a loved one, eventually, individuals grieve the losses related to the trauma and begin to recover over time.
In contrast, for others following trauma, symptoms may develop that become problematic, such as reliving the events, fears/phobias to reminders of the event, flashbacks, nightmares, sleep disturbances, anxiety, and being always on alert. There may be changes in how survivors view the world as unsafe and may develop trust issues. They may find themselves behaving in ways that are unfamiliar and odd. These symptoms indicate possible Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which is similar to war veterans responding to a television news helicopter flying overhead as though the vet is on the battlefield and trying to take cover.
Another type of response to trauma is called dissociation, which comes in various forms, such as lapses in memory, not feeling real, having an out of body experience, dulling of sensory experiences, feeling emotionally/physically numb, and in extreme cases developing other identities.
Colin A. Ross, MD. refers to Post traumatic stress disorder and dissociative symptoms as “a normal response to an abnormal situation.” When trauma survivors experience Post traumatic stress disorder and dissociative symptoms, they tend to feel out of control and fear never being functional again.
There is hope. Through treatment with a trauma specialist, survivors can attain a new normal. Trauma treatment helps survivors learn how to cope, to appropriately express emotions (grieve), change thoughts/beliefs/behaviors, integrate the traumatic material, and move forward in their lives. There are evidence based interventions for the treatment of trauma, which made a difference in many survivors’ lives. Help is available.
National Institute of Health PTSD:
International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation:

General information and “Find a therapist.”
American Red Cross:

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration:
National Domestic Abuse Hotline:

American Psychological Association:

Report known or suspected abuse of a child, elderly, or disabled person. Texas Abuse Hotline: 1-800-252-5400

Depression and PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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For both the people who have these emotional disorders and their loved ones it can be devastating and can bring feelings of despair and hopelessness not only to the person with the disorder but to those who love them and feel helpless to improve the situation. On this program we not only talk about what these problems are but also that there truly is hope and with treatment it can get better! During the program your Co-Host Doug shares parts of his personal journey with PTSD and tries to help those with loved ones who are affected by PTSD understand it a little better and encourages those suffering to get help. Doug got help and it changed his life!

During this program we discuss, in some detail, about real events and real experiences that cause PTSD and what it really can be like suffering from this disorder.

For that reason, this might not be a program you want young children to listen to. Not because there will be bad words but because there are some things young children just don’t need to know about yet in their lives.

Topics in this program include;

  • What is “trauma” in the psychological sense?
  • What are the ‘Normal’ responses to trauma? grief/stages of loss
  • What are the primary symptoms of PTSD?
  • Why is the onset of PTSD symptoms often delayed?
  • What is meant by Triggers? stimuli/reminders of trauma
  • Avoidance: triggers/feelings
  • What are ways to worsen symptoms? not talk, not feel, avoid, pretend, and stuff it down.
  • Facing fears to heal: stimuli, feelings, and talking about the events.
  • Beliefs (self-blame, could have done something…) associated with trauma
  • Specific coping skills
  • Getting HELP!: Groups for grief/trauma recovery, social support, and medical/mental health providers


 National Institute of Health PTSD:

General information and “Find a therapist.”

International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation:

American Red Cross:

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration:

National Domestic Abuse Hotline: 1-800-799-7233

Help center offers information on trauma and “Find a Psychologist” American Psychological Association:

“Find a Psychologist” Texas Psychological Association:

Find a therapist by zip code/city Psychology Today:

Report known or suspected abuse of a child, elderly, or disabled person. Texas Abuse Hotline: 1-800-252-5400



Depression – Learn the warning signs and when and how to seek help!

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The changes that often come in later life — retirement, the death of loved ones, increased isolation, medical problems — can lead to depression.

On this show Lanny and Rachael discuss the suicide of Lanny’s father and the devastating impact depression can have.

Depression prevents you from enjoying life like you used to. But its effects go far beyond mood. It also impacts your energy, sleep, appetite, and physical health. However, depression is not an inevitable part of aging, and there are many steps you can take to overcome the symptoms, no matter the challenges you face.

Causes and risk factors that can contribute to depression in older adults and the elderly include:

Health problems such as Illness and disability, chronic or severe pain or cognitive decline or damage to body image due to surgery or disease.

Other risk factors that can contribute to depression include loneliness and isolation – Living alone, having a dwindling social circle due to deaths or relocation and decreased mobility due to illness or loss of driving privileges.

Also a reduced sense of purpose – Feelings of purposelessness or loss of identity due to retirement or physical limitations on activities.

Fear can also be a risk factor – Fear of death or dying, anxiety over financial problems or health issues.

Recent bereavements can worsen or increase the risk of depression– The death of friends, family members, pets or the loss of a spouse or partner.

In our daily wok at Apostle Home Health Care we have found that far too many seniors have depression that is affecting their health and their quality of life. Studies have consistently shown that seniors with depression have many more and more serious health issues than those without.

So on this show we are learn about depression, what signs to look for in your loved ones and how and when to seek help.

Our guests are long time Houston TV and Radio personality Lanny Griffith and Therapist Rachel Mahabir, LCSW, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private Practice in the Clear Lake Area and also we are proud to say a very important part of our patient care team at Apostle Home Healthcare.

You can find Lanny on Facebook at as well as on Twitter, LinkedIn and everywhere else on the Web. Just Google Lanny Griffith!

You can find Rachel at and on Facebook at “Rachel Mahabir Lcsw”