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About James Greenshields

James Greenshields is a husband and father of two little girls. A former Major in the Australian Army, James saw service in East Timor and Iraq. During the latter campaign he developed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after a series of near death experiences. He left the military after 17 years of service and now specializes in assisting people recover from PTSD. He runs both recovery workshops and a PTSD Recovery Programme. He is a expert in Resilient Leadership and a lead personal development presenter for Beyond Success at their 3-Day signature personal development workshop Resolving The Mindset Riddle, run throughout Australia.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Many of you may have heard of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. Whilst there is no standard definition of PTSD, it is generally agreed that PTSD is an anxiety disorder that occurs when a person sees their life flash before their eyes. For example they are involved in, or witness, a near death incident, or a series of events resulting in them having the perception that life as they know it, is about to end.

Emotional overload in these circumstances causes the primitive region of the brain called the limbic region, responsible for brains involvement in emotions, to recalibrate in order to cope. PTSD occurs when the brain doesn’t go back to normal operation of its own accord.

So why talk about PTSD here?

Well it gives a great extreme example of emotions at play within us. You may not suffer from it, but you may demonstrate some of the same characteristics. This is very normal, and has occurred for the same reasons as someone with ‘the bug’ (I use the term bug, because it highlights that you can get over the disorder to live a normal life) – self defence.

There are many elements involved with a person suffering from PTSD, but one of the major ones is their emotions.… Continue reading…

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