years ago, Susan's mother suffered a severe nervous breakdown and was
diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenic. Ten years later, Susan began to
research schizophrenia in an effort to empower herself and others to seek
out a genuine understanding of the psychological condition known as
Susan is not a doctor, or a psychologist, or a psychiatrist, nor do she
have any interest in being any of these things. She has no desire to
"rehabilitate" schizophrenics because she don't believe that schizophrenia
is a disease. However, she does wish to bring a message of personal
empowerment to those who have suffered trauma and are seeking recovery.
Susan's credentials are her experiences, along with an unwavering belief
in the value of faith, honesty and personal integrity.
Due to emotional
sensitivities, traumatized individuals will often (unwittingly) choose
metaphors in place of literal language to describe their traumatic
experiences evident in post-traumatic stress
disorder (PTSD). We can help individuals recover from traumatic events by
learning to communicate with them using metaphorical language.