Never, Never Quit – PTSD by Sandra Beck, Military Mom Talk Radio

I am not a psychologist or a therapist. I have no medical training whatsoever. What I have done is talk to experts and read their books and reports regarding Post Traumatic Stress – whether you add the D as in Disorder or not – it sucks.  And PTDS sucks for the whole family – including friends and coworkers.

To the best of my understanding, what I see from the cheap seats is everyone I have talked to and their family members who have shared with me their experiences with deployment is that everyone who serves comes back different.  Is this because of a label like PTSD? Is this just a normal human reaction to the abnormal experience of War? Probably a little bit of both with some additional trauma thrown in.

I don’t know how we ever expected people to be the same coming back after a combat experience. We change after we go to college. We change after we find religion. We change every time we experience something new.  Some changes are for the better. Some changes are for the worse.

All I know is that what I hear on the air and off the air that when people come back they are different. Some differences are extreme and some are traumatic for everyone involved.  Some differences suffer in silence. I have also understood from many service members that they are different after every deployment. I guess I can sum it up in a few words- after every deployment everyone including the service member and their family and friends must adjust to a new normal.

PTSD/PTS is real and it’s here to stay.  The more we accept it as an expected I believe the faster we can get services to the people who really need it. I believe the faster we remove the stigma from this, the faster we can raise awareness, help those affected and move forward with what we all need.

I also learned from my experiences that PTSD/PTS is much like the word cancer. It covers just a huge spectrum of situations.  I have also heard about treatments that span the same spectrum. They are as wide and varied as the diagnosis itself. My advice from a completely un-medical perspective:

Do what works. Use your head but be open to new things – remember no one ever died from an open mind. Stop what doesn’t or makes it worse. You served our country. You are oue hero. You are valuable and we need you here. Keep trying until you figure out what you need to do to take care of yourself and never, never quit.

Sandra Beck is the host of Military Mom Talk Radio a show dedicated to bringing issues, solutions and up to date information to our Military Families.  Mondays 2pm PST on Also available for free on Itunes.  Sandra Beck is a writer for MilitaryConnection and a member of VAMBOA and Military Writer’s Society of America This Article appeared on

Motherhood Talk Radio hosted by Sandra Beck, Christy Holly, and Rick Swanson, welcomes Pat Sloan of Creative Talk Radio June 21

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Pat Sloan started sewing as a child (love those doll clothes!) and continued sewing clothing for herself until she discovered quilting. She has been quilting now for over 15 years. She soon started teaching and then finally decided to put her ideas into patterns.

Pat runs her own design business called Pat Sloan & Company located in Fairfax County, Virginia. She has found that she really enjoys designing patterns and seeing what other quilters do with her patterns. In addition to publishing her own patterns, Pat designs patterns for McCall’s Quilting, McCall’s Quick Quilts, American Patchwork & Quilting, Quilters World, Create & Decorate, and the Fons and Porter magazines. She has designed several fabric lines with her favorite fabric company, P&B Textiles. Also, Pat loves working with the great people at her book publisher Leisure Arts, with whom she has authored more than 15 books.

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Military Mom Talk Radio hosted by Sandra Beck and powered by Motherhood Incorporated welcomes Lisa Cypers Kamen, November 29

Lisa Cypers Kamen, Lisa Kamen, Harvesting Happiness, Harviesting Happiness Talk Radio, Sandra Beck, Tina Gonzales, Military Mom Talk Radio, Robin Boyd, PTSD, supporting military familiesJoin Sandra, Tina, and Robin as they welcome Lisa Cypers Kamen to Military Mom Talk Radio.  Filmmaker, speaker, author, coach, and now radio talk host on Toginet, Lisa has developed a specialized Harvesting Happiness™ program for returning military personnel and their families experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and difficulties reintegrating back to civilian life.  The integrated curriculum uses a stigma free multidisciplinary approach to assist soldiers and their loved ones heal to heal the traumas of war and reawaken happiness in their hearts.

The goal of the program is to empower and assist others in flourishing through awareness, intention and self‐mastery. Harvesting Happiness can serve as an adjunct to other treatment modalities.

Harvesting Happiness™ teaches her audiences to change the way we approach our thoughts and feelings rather than a “quick fix” for instant but fleeting gratification, thus helping to cultivate life-long positive thinking.

As a guest lecturer at the University of Southern California, other colleges and a past consultant to Project+, a multidisciplinary research project on happiness and how it can impact the world, Lisa brings to her Harvesting Happiness™ workshops the most up‐to‐date research and information combined with her simple no‐nonsense warm and humorous approach to “felicitate” joy.

Lisa’s program Harvesting Happiness Talk Radio airs live every Wednesday at 9 am pst. on the Toginet network. 

Military Mom Talk Radio on airs on Mondays at 2pm pst on Toginet and can be downloaded directly from . Military Mom Talk Radio is co-hosted by Sandra Beck, Tina Gonzalez and Robin Boyd and powered by Motherhood Incorporated.

Motherhood Talk Radio hosted by Sandra Beck and Christy Holly presents Certified Sex Educator Lou Paget powered by Motherhood Incorporated

Motherhood Incorporated, Motherhood Talk Radio, Sandra Beck, Christy Holly, Rick Swanson, Toginet, itunes, Lou Paget, Sex and Intimacy, HBO Real Sex, Making Love HappenLou Paget is a Certified Sex Educator and grassroots researcher whose quest for accurate practical information for herself has created a highly successful international seminar and product company with a focus on lifestyle and cultural trends that impact our sexuality, health and relationships. Paget began organizing her Los Angeles based women’s focus groups on sexuality and health in the early ’90s.
What she didn’t anticipate was that her small, informal discussion groups would explode into some of the most popular and revolutionary sexual forums nationally and internationally.

Lou Paget has single-handedly given the arena of sexual education and information a more accessible and honest attitude. Her corporation’s name, Frankly Speaking Inc. is an acronym of the values she feels information about your sexuality should give you; Freedom, Respect, Accuracy, Non-judgmental, Knowledge

Lou’ Paget’s one hour TV Special on WE Network, MAKING LOVE HAPPEN WITH LOU PAGET will premiere on Tuesday August 1st. Her 5th book, HOT MAMAS: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO STAYING SEXY THROUGHOUT YOUR PREGNANCY AND THE MONTHS BEYOND released with Gotham Press, January 2005. Lou Paget has been busy in all other media as well. Her extensive media list can be found here.

Star of HBO Real Sex’s Top Segment of 2000 and a massive hit in the British documentary Sex Tips for Girls, Paget is continuing to expand her quest for information into the field of relationships. Equally respected by her peers in the fields of sexuality research, she regularly presents at national and international professional conferences. Paget is also expanding into different seminar markets, taking advantage of more international marketing opportunities, developing product lines of adult novelties that `actually’ work, and expanding her broad media collaborations.

With her trademark calm fearless intelligence Paget delivers the core essence of information about intimacy and that is the springboard behind her being an International Best selling author of FIVE books, translated into TWENTY-SIX languages and represented in over SIXTY countries with over THREE million copies sold. As she says relative to intimacy and sexuality, “Common sense isn’t all that commonly practiced but we all want it.”

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Motherhood Talk Radio Presents Lisa Kamen, Harvesting Happiness – Aug. 31

Lisa Kamen, Lisa Cypers Kamen, Harvesting Happiness, H-Factor, H-Factor Where is Your Heart?, Motherhood Talk Radio, Sandra BeckIndependent filmmaker Lisa Kamen produced the 10-minute short, “A Passage Through India—Diamonds in the Rough,” for her bachelor’s degree and used it successfully to raise funds for the Sulaxmi School for Girls in Lucknow, India, which her family now supports. While biking through Northern India, Kamen was struck by how, even in the presence of extreme poverty, the Indian people could express joy and genuine happiness. This is the genesis for Lisa’s master’s thesis in Spiritual Psychology—a documentary film she is co-creating with her nine year-old daughter, Kayla, who operates the camera. Together they explore the hypothesis that every person, regardless of socioeconomic level, age, ethnicity, career, health, or life circumstances, possesses happiness or the means to feel happy. Their endeavor to discover possibly universal keys to human happiness leads the duo on an entertaining, deeply touching documentary adventure.

Using the spontaneity of man-on-the-street style interviewing, Lisa and Kayla ask prospective interviewees to contribute their heartprint to a G-rated documentary film exploring the nature of happiness. Mother and daughter have logged hundreds of interviews to date, filming all kinds of people, each for about 60 seconds, responding to one question that elicits the essence of happiness and joy for that individual. These one-minute heartprint interviews have been filmed in diverse locales around India and in the United States including Central Park, Ground Zero, bus stations, homeless shelters, fire and police stations, schools for the deaf, independent living centers, jail, hospitals, houses of worship, a funeral home, people in commuter traffic, in lines, in labor, in escrow, and in debt—and the filming continues…

The film’s point of view is through the eyes of nine year-old Kayla. Her unique perspective—literally about four feet from the ground—means a low camera angle combines with high energy and humor. Her presence, suited up with professional camera equipment and headset, monitoring her sound levels and video, seems to soften interviewees, making their revelations especially genuine. A second camera operator captures the interchange between interviewee, Kayla, and Lisa, accentuating the multiplier effect of happiness on others.  Experts and lay people alike see ample evidence that wealth, fame, and material goods don’t produce real happiness. In “H-Factor…Where is Your Heart?” real people from all walks of life illustrate—in humorous and heartfelt ways—what does.

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