How often do you think you really forgive someone? Really forgive someone? Do we have to have some type of criteria to forgive someone? I really hadn’t thought much about it. Until doing research on my subject, to prepare for this speech. It really got me thinking. Wow! Do we really?????
I like others have dysfunction in my life. If you know someone who says they don’t I would really like to meet them. LOL! I come form a broken home, coming form a broken home is all of the norm this present day. However in the 1970’s it was only the beginning.
My parents married in 1969. Right after my father returned from the Vietnam
War. Not knowing then, my mother and I would be taken back by many confusing events.
My father a Marine, did 2 tours in Vietnam. Not knowing then he would suffer through many years with PTSD. In the 60’s and 70’s there was very little knowledge of PTSD.
So? What is PTSD?
PTSD is an emotional illness that develops when a person is exposed to a highly dangerous, very terrifying, possibly life-threatening event.
Just only as recent as the 1980 has the American Psychiatric association officially added PTSD to its Diagnostic Manual of Mental Disorders. Before that, it had many names. Battle Fatigue, combat fatigue, shell shock just to name a few. Doctors and most leaders before then would think of it as nothing more than cowardice or personal weakness.
There are many symptoms of PTSD
Anger and guilt
These are just a few examples, however I will only focus on the ones that my father had.
My mother and father married December of 1969, just after my father came home from Vietnam. My mother said that she began to see changes in my father, the happy, go lucky man she new before the war was gone. This began my personal experience in PTSD.
My fathers PTSD has had a life long effect on me. Now as a adult ,I come to understand these effects. My memories of my parents...