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Challenges associated with PTSD and General Anxiety Disorder

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At the age of seven, I survived an armed robbery, but witnessed the murder of my mother, her partner, and my godmother, in Harlem (NYC). Although I suffered from a gunshot wound, the mental scars presented the most difficult challenges for me. Several years after this tragic event, I was clinically diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

According to the Mayo Clinic, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that's triggered by a terrifying event, either experiencing it or witnessing it.

Triggers, PTSD and Complex-PTSD




At the age of seven, I survived an armed robbery, but witnessed the murder of my mother, her partner, and my godmother, in Harlem (NYC). Although I suffered from a gunshot wound, the mental scars presented the most difficult challenges for me. Several years after this tragic event, I was clinically diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

According to Mental Health America, for people with PTSD, it’s very common for their memories to be triggered by sights, sounds, smells or even feelings that they experience.

Finding your happy place: PTSD and Anxiety


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Recently, I celebrated my 50th birthday. Usually, when one celebrates a birthday, the emotions involved can be breathtaking. Those emotions took me back to my 7th birthday in 1975.

As a child, I never really focused on gifts associated with Christmas or my birthday. All I really cared about was being with my mother. I can remember us celebrating my 7th birthday (1975) with my first-grade classmates at Mahalia Jackson (PS 123) in Harlem, NYC.

Ambitions of a Blogger: Homicide, Drugs, Crime and Perdue Pharma

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Although the 30 largest cities in the United States experienced a double digit increase in their murder rate in 2016, crime nationwide remained near all-time lows. Even with that being the case, one thing remains constant and that's death, no matter the cause, leaves behind a trail of hurt and pain for the loved ones of the deceased. (2017 data from the FBI will be available late 2018)

Generally, whenever the topic of violence is mentioned in the United States, it becomes heavily politicized (stricter gun control vs right to bear arms) by both conservatives and liberals with neither side willing to give an inch.

Challenges Associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)




The year was 1975 and the month was June. I was seven years old when I witnessed the tragic murders of my mother, Helen Thomas, her boyfriend Ian Richardson; and my godmother, Ethylene Carne.

Although I suffered from a gunshot wound, it was the mental scars that did the most significant damage. Since this tragic event, I have been clinically diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder also known as PTSD.

According to the Mayo Clinic, PTSD is a mental health condition that's triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it.

Coping with Depression During the Holiday Season


It's a common misconception that suicides increase around the holidays, but springtime is actually considered peak season for suicides in the United States.

Depression may occur at any time of the year, but the stress and anxiety during the months of November and December may cause even those who are generally content to experience loneliness and a lack of fulfillment.

Many factors, including unrealistic expectations, financial pressures, and grieving the loss of a loved one can cause stress and anxiety during holiday season.

Home of the Brave? Less Mouth, More Action for Our Veterans

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Over the past five years, the National Football League has been negatively impacted by the subject of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), their lack of consistency in adjudicating domestic violence incidents involving NFL players, and former San Francisco 49er's QB, Colin Kaepernick choosing to kneel during the singing of the national anthem in protest to police brutality across America.

Many viewed Kaepernick's kneeling as disrespecting the American flag and our military. This led to some choosing to boycott the NFL this season.

Depression, Suicide, Chester Bennington and Kalief Browder



In 2010, 16-year-old Kalief Browder was sucked into the criminal justice system for three years without trial, sequestered on Rikers Island and in 2013 released without any apology or explanation. Browder became one of many victims in a flawed judicial system in the United States.

Browder suffered from the effects of paranoia and depression; however, prior to his incarceration, he had no known mental health issues. Unfortunately, in 2015, Browder committed suicide by hanging himself.

Mass Shootings, PTSD and Politics




The sad part about the Las Vegas mass shooting is that it will be politicized like many other past tragic events in America. Large volumes of money will be raised by the NRA and groups that favor stricter gun control laws. What good will that do for the deceased and those that witnessed this life-changing event? I hope the victims seek and obtain much-needed professional counseling because their future will be filled with a plethora of mental challenges. One, in particular, post-traumatic stress disorder.

Fentanyl, Opioids, Drug Overdose,Harvard University, Purdue Pharma, Keeneka Jenkins (PODCAST)


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09/18/2017

Pharmaceutical Industry and Greed!
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Pharmaceutical Industry: The New Nino Brown (I Gotta Make this Blog Cry-Part 2)


In the movie,New Jack City, Nino Brown played by Wesley Snipes, was a megalomaniacal drug dealer and crime lord in New York City during the crack epidemic. Brown and his crew, the Cash Money Brothers converted the Carter Housing Projects into a mega crack house creating a haven for addicts which left many tenants helpless and distraught. Although this was just a movie, one could agree that MONEY was -and still is- the primary motivation for the above-mentioned characters, pharmaceutical companies, and some politicians.

NCCU at Duke (2017 Bull City Gridiron Classic)

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North Carolina Central (0-0) at Duke (0-0)
Wallace Wade Stadium (40,004-Natural Grass) Durham, NC
Offensive Schemes: MULTIPLE Defensive Schemes: 4-2-5
09/02 6PM-ACC Network Extra
Official sponsor for this contest: Ameritas


Play-by-Play: Shawn Kenney
Analyst:         Al Groh

Head Coaches:
Duke Blue Devils David Cutcliffe
(0-0, 4-8 in 2016)
Career Record 96-90/16th year
Duke Record 52-61/10th year
vs. NC Central 5-0

Our Eyes do have a face: PTSD (Podcast)




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08/26/2017
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I Gotta Make This Blog Cry: Murder-Suicide-Drug Overdose (Part 1)

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On Friday, June 13, 1975, at the age of seven, I survived an armed robbery, but witnessed the murder of my mother, her boyfriend, and my godmother, in Harlem, New York City.

Although I suffered from a gunshot wound, it was the mental scars that resulted in the most significant damage. Several years after this tragic event, I was clinically diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. (PTSD)

Although there are many causes of deaths in the United States, I will focus primarily on murder, suicide, and drug overdose in America during this three part series.

It wasn't your time to die: A message to the younger me

On Friday, June 13, 1975, at the age of seven, I survived an armed robbery, but witnessed the murder of my mother, her boyfriend, and my godmother, in Harlem, New York City.

Although I suffered from a gunshot wound, it was the mental scars that resulted in the most significant damage. Several years after this tragic event, I was clinically diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. (PTSD)


We resided in the Drew Hamilton Housing Projects off 8th Avenue (Frederick Douglass Boulevard) and violence was pretty much an everyday occurrence.

Living Life in Circles: PTSD and Mental Illness

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At the age of seven, I survived an armed robbery, but witnessed the murder of my mother, her partner, and my godmother, in Harlem, New York City. Although I suffered from a gunshot wound, it was the mental scars that resulted in the most significant damage. Several years after this tragic event, I was clinically diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. (PTSD)

As a child, witnessing multiple traumatic events, to include being verbally, physically, and sexually abused by my mother's boyfriend, I experienced a lot of moments crying due to sadness and hurt.

Coping with Trauma and Grief


My mother, Helen Thomas was murdered in June of 1975 during an armed robbery in our home in  New York City (Harlem). Even though I was only 7 at the time, I knew that my life would never be quite the same. Since this tragic event, I have been clinically diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.
 

Although I initially began receiving mental health-related services at an early age, PTSD wasn't recognized as a mental disorder until 1980. Previously, it was considered a psychological condition of combat veterans who were “shocked” (shell-shocked) by and unable to face their experiences on the battlefield.

Mother's Day: Coping with Trauma and Grief

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My mother, Helen Thomas was murdered in June of 1975 during an armed robbery in our home in  New York City (Harlem). Even though I was only 7 at the time, I knew that my life would never be quite the same. Since this tragic event, I have been clinically diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.
 

Although I initially began receiving mental health-related services at an early age, PTSD wasn't recognized as a mental disorder until 1980. Previously, it was considered a psychological condition of combat veterans who were “shocked” (shell-shocked) by and unable to face their experiences on the battlefield.

Eyes Without A Face?

image is property of pakistantoday.com.pkAlthough the movie,Eyes without a Face, (French: Les yeux sans visage 1960) was before my time, I can sort of relate to the antics of the insane surgeon who resorted to horrific measures in an effort to restore the beauty of his daughter's disfigured face. Eventually, his efforts failed.

In 1984, the song "Eyes without a face" was released. This was written by Billy Idol and guitarist Steve Stevens with the title referring to French director George Franju’s above-mentioned movie.

At the age of seven, I survived an armed robbery but witnessed the murder of my mother, her partner, and my godmother, in Harlem (NYC).

Cry..........

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Why do people cry? This is a complicated question because people cry for various reasons. According toStephen Sideroff, PhD, a staff psychologist at Santa Monica--University of California Los Angeles & Orthopaedic Hospital and clinical director of the Moonview Treatment Center in Santa Monica, California, "Crying is a natural emotional response to certain feelings, usually sadness and hurt."

Unfortunately, no one is immune from sadness or hurt so a person doesn't have to suffer from mental health disorders to experience these emotions.

My Birthday Gift and the Subject of Suicide





As I celebrate my 49th birthday, my primary focus isn't on my birthday but on the subject of suicide. It's a common misconception that suicides increase around the holidays, but springtime is actually considered peak season for suicides in the United States.

Personal Challenges associated with PTSD

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The year was 1975 and the month was June. I was seven years old when I witnessed the tragic murders of my mother Helen Thomas, her boyfriend Ian Richardson; and my godmother, Ethylene Carne.

Although I suffered from a gunshot wound, it was the mental scars that did the most significant damage. Since this tragic event, I have been clinically diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder also known as PTSD.

(PODCAST) Game 12: Herman Thomas and the Duke FB Report vs Miami















Duke (4-7, 1-6 ACC) at Miami (7-4, 4-3 ACC)
Nov. 26  3:30 PM (EST) ESPN2
Miami Gardens, Fla.  Hard Rock Stadium

Head Coaches:  David Cutcliffe
Career Record
96-89/15th year
Duke Record
52-60/9th year
vs. Miami 1-7         

Head Coach:     Mark Richt
7-4, 4-3 ACC AP Ranking
Career Record 152-55/16th year
at Miami 7-4/1st year
vs. Duke First meeting

Overcoming the Holiday Blues: PTSD (Anxiety Disorders) and Depression





It's a common misconception that suicides increase around the holidays, but springtime is actually considered peak season for suicides in the United States.

Depression may occur at any time of the year, but the stress and anxiety during the months of November and December may cause even those who are generally content to experience loneliness and a lack of fulfillment.

(Podcast) Coping Mechanisms: PTSD Anxiety and Depression (06:15)






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Game 11: Herman Thomas and The Duke Football Report vs Pittsburgh





Saturday 11/19: Duke (4-6, 1-5 ACC) at Pittsburgh (6-4, 3-3 ACC)
Heinz Field 3PM ET (RSN)








Head Coaches:

David Cutcliffe
Career Record
96-88/15th year
Duke Record
52-59/9th year
vs. Pittsburgh 1-2        

Pitt:
Pat Narduzzi
Career Record
14-9/2nd year
at Pittsburgh
14-9/2nd year
vs. Duke 1-0

With their win over No.15 UNC last week, the Blue Devils have 
extended their streak of consecutive 
seasons with a victory over a ranked 
opponent to four.

In three games against nationally ranked teams

(PODCAST) Game 10: Herman Thomas and The Duke Football Report vs UNC (04:00 AUDIO)




11/08/2016











Thursday November 10: No. 15 UNC (7-2, 5-1) at Duke (3-6, 0-5) 7:30 PM ESPN

Coaches:
David Cutcliffe (Duke) career vs UNC  2-6
Larry Fedora     (UNC)  career vs Duke 2-2

UNC leads the series: 60-37-4


Magic, Bird and Jordan (Air Jordan): Global Icons and Saviours of the NBA

property of edtoday.wordpress.comDuring the 1979 NBA draft, the Los Angeles Lakers selected Earvin “Magic” Johnson (Michigan State), making him the No.1 overall pick in the draft. The organization felt that Magic was the missing piece of the puzzle needed to bring banners back to Los Angeles.


Previously during the 1978 NBA draft, Larry Bird (Indiana State) was selected by the Boston Celtics with the sixth overall pick. He chose not to sign with them immediately and played out his final season at ISU. This decision by Bird helped to transcend the game of basketball collegiately and professionally.

Game 9: Herman Thomas and The Duke Football vs Virginia Tech preview



Saturday 11/5: Virginia Tech (6-2, 4-1) at Duke (3-5, 0-4) Wallace Wade Stadium 3:30 pm (ESPNU)

Head Coaches:

Duke: David Cutcliffe
Career Record  95-87/15th year
Duke Record  51-58/9th year
vs. Virginia Tech 2-6

VT: Justin Fuente
Career Record  32-25/5th year
at Virginia Tech  6-2/1st year
vs. Duke 0-2


Virginia  Tech  leads  the  all-time
series over Duke, 14-9. The Blue
Devils have won two of the last three
meetings with Virginia Tech including
last season’s 45-43 decision in four

(Podcast) Herman Thomas: My thoughts about the 2016-17 Duke Blue Devils MBB Team (3 minute audio)

(Podcast) Coping Mechanisms: PTSD Anxiety and Depression (06:15)






10/02/2016
(06:15)


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NASCAR: Ryan Newman's Bipolar Statement and Mental Health Awareness

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Recently, NASCAR driver Ryan Newman made some personal comments directed towards fellow driver Tony Stewart at Richmond International. After Stewart made contact with Newman's car late in the Richmond race, Newman berated him on television, calling him “bipolar” and saying he had “anger issues”.  He also made reference to the sprint car incident in which Stewart accidentally struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr in 2014.

Since our website, Early Mornings with Herman Thomaspromotes sports and mental wellness, I found this to be a perfect opportunity to discuss the term

Can't Keep Running Away: Mental Illness and PTSD




During an armed robbery at the age of seven in Harlem, I witnessed the murders of my mother Helen Thomas, her boyfriend Ian Richardson and my Godmother, Ethylene Carne. Although I suffered from a gunshot wound, it was the mental scars that did the most significant damage. Since this tragic event, I have been clinically diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. (PTSD)


What took me such a long time to deal with PTSD is that I chose to avoid any reference to the above-mentioned murders.

In late 2013, I finally realized that avoiding discussions in reference to my mother’s death did more harm than good.

(Podcast) All's Fair in Love and War: UNC (Power 5 Conference) vs NCAA

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08/11/2016
13:15 audio


Although the majority of FBS Power 5 conferences can afford to hire high profiled law firms to represent them in similar situations, that isn't always the case for non-power 5 conference schools.


The Big Bank Theory: UNC (Power 5 Conference) vs NCAA

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Recently, the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) responded to the amended Notice of Allegations it received in April from the NCAA. This is UNC's first chance to make a formal argument in this long drawn out investigation.

The NCAA's  enforcement staff accused UNC and three former employees of five Level I violations in the amended NOA. The most serious charge is the lack of institutional control. Ultimately, it's the responsibility of individuals within the athletic and academic administrations on college campuses to identify and investigate fake classes/courses (AFAM).

The Increase in Suicides on College Campuses (NCAA)

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As we are approaching the beginning of the collegiate (NCAA) football regular season and fall semester classes, I couldn't help but think about Ohio State University football player Kosta Karageorge who died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in November 2014. Prior to his death, Karageorge texted a message to his mother in reference to his struggles with symptoms from concussions.

I'm also reminded of Elon University football player Demitri Allison who committed suicide by falling from a 10 story dormitory window on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus last November.

Did PTSD play a role in Dallas and Baton Rouge?




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Did PTSD play a role in Dallas and Baton Rouge?


I'm not trying to politicize mass shootings or make this a racial issue. Also, I'm not here to justify evil behaviors, but I do understand what can trigger PTSD. It's up to you, the individual to seek professional mental health care.

If you feel the need to talk to someone, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255) to reach a trained counselor.

Current and former service members, use that same number and press 1 to reach the Veterans Crisis Line.

Lamar Odom: Kiss of Death

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Recently, Lamar Odom was reportedly removed from a Delta flight from Los Angeles to his hometown of NYC after he allegedly got drunk in the airport and vomited on the plane.

According to TMZ, the former NBA player went to the Delta lounge at LAX, where several witnesses claimed he was consuming large amounts of beer and whiskey.

Odom was born in South Jamaica, Queens (NYC) to Joe Odom and Cathy Mercer. After Lamar's mother died of colon cancer when he was 12 years old, his maternal grandmother raised him in Jamaica, Queens  due to his father being a heroin addict.

(Podcast) The Mental and Physical Health Benefits from Exercising and Sports Participation

Lorenzo Charles and faded memories: RIP LO!

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On June 27, 2011, North Carolina  State legend, Lorenzo Charles died in a bus crash on interstate 40 in Raleigh, NC. When you think of   magical moments in the history of NCAA basketball, the last-second dunk by Charles in the 1983 national championship game to defeat Houston 54-52, is as dramatic as it gets.

I can recall attending Lorenzo's funeral at Wake Chapel Church in Raleigh and I was somewhat taken aback by the church only being filled to half its capacity.

Maybe it was due to the upcoming July 4th holiday or people simply had forgotten the historical aspect of the dunk!

(Podcast) The politics surrounding gun violence in America

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 06/23/2016



Whether you agree with gun rights or more restrictions, the victims appear to always get lost in the politics surrounding gun violence in America. 8 mins audio








Time for Washington to provide Solutions and Stop Politicizing Mass Shootings in America

property of  Helen BettsEarlier this month, 49 people were killed during an early morning shooting at a nightclub (Pulse) in Orlando, Florida. According to reports, the victims  range in age from 18 to 50 years old and include a barista, an accountant, and a recent high school graduate.

The perpetrator, Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old U.S. born son of Afghan immigrants, was fatally shot by police who stormed the nightclub with armored cars after a three-hour siege.

What's mind boggling to me is how mass shootings in America are so heavily politicized by both conservatives and liberals.

(Podcast) The Total Eclipse of Many Hearts: Mass Shootings in America

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06/14/2016





Time for the division in Washington (DC) to cease and find viable solutions to resolve the growing epidemic of mass shootings and violence in America! 7 minute audio













Lamar Odom: I hear your Cries

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Lamar Odom was born in South Jamaica, Queens (NYC) to Joe Odom and Cathy Mercer. After Lamar's mother died of colon cancer when he was 12 years old, his maternal grandmother raised him in Jamaica, Queens  due to his father being a heroin addict.

I'm not going to expound much on Odom's basketball career which eventually afforded him the opportunity to escape his rough upbringing  in Jamaica, Queens. But I will focus on the probability of him suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression.

PTSD: The Benefits of Exercise and Sports Participation

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During an armed robbery at the age of seven in Harlem (NY),  I witnessed the murders of my mother Helen Thomas, her boyfriend Ian Richardson and my Godmother, Ethylene Carne. Although I suffered from a gunshot wound, it was the mental scars that did the most significant damage. Since this tragic event, I have been clinically diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression.

The trauma that brings about PTSD is also a contributing factor to depression. I'm in no way insinuating that everyone diagnosed with this condition suffers from depression as well, but the probability of that being the case certainly exists.

(Podcast) Egyptian Airline Crash, James Holmes, Israel, U.S. Senate, NASCAR & The Preakness

My Personal Battles: Coping with Grief

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My mother,Helen Thomas  was murdered in June of 1975 during an armed robbery in our home in Harlem, New York. Even though I was only 7 at the time, I knew that my life would never be quite the same. Since this tragic event, I have been clinically diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Please visit: About me page.

Although I began receiving mental health-related services during my childhood years, PTSD wasn't recognized as a mental disorder until 1980. Previously, it was  considered a psychological condition of combat veterans who were “shocked” (shell-shocked) by and unable to face their experiences on the battlefield.

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My Personal Battles with PTSD: Changes in emotional reactions

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During my three previous PTSD related blogs, I covered AvoidanceIntrusive memories, and Negative changes in thinking and mood. On this particular blog, I will cover Changes in emotional reactions. As you may recall, at the age of 7, I witnessed the tragic murders of my mother Helen Thomas, her boyfriend and my godmother.

Although I suffered from a gunshot wound, it was the mental scars that did the most significant damage. Since this tragic event, I have been clinically diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder also known as PTSD.

(Podcast) NC Governor Pat McCrory's HB 2 & E0 93 Dilemma, Zika Virus, Duke BB, Kobe and Will Smith




04/13/2016

Governor Pat McCrory tries to right a wrong with changes to HB2, U.S. concerns about a Zika Virus, Derryck Thornton, Joanne P. McCallie, Kobe's last game and Will Smith. 11:30 audio





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