Meet Adela…

Meet the Author

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I met Adela in a Facebook group, The Women of Midlife and finally in person at the BAM conference and she is lovely. I enjoy her blogs and I really enjoyed reading The Ship of Pearl. I highly recommend it and was happy to hear she is donating a portion of proceeds to the homeless and the hungry.

About the book

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“A 1933 bank failure piles calamity on top of disaster. Separated from his family, 12 year-old Eldie Craine is up to his eyeballs in unfamiliar territory: Someone else’s clothes, different faiths, a new school, and new rules. And now there’s Cecilea.”

Intrigued by the aftermath and lessons-learned following the house fire that my father’s family experienced, I wished to capture their positive outlook, despite what seemed like crippling catastrophe. These people all look at life as abundant and blessed. I felt like we could all use a little of that reality in our mirrors. As an example of what I mean, my Uncle Glenn, widowed two years ago, just got engaged to be married.  He is 91 years old!

I rolled many of the tales Dad and his brothers told into A Ship of Pearl. Besides traditional historical research, I interviewed a variety of men and women who grew up during The Great Depression. I had the rare opportunity to interview one of my father’s teachers, upon whom I based the novel’s Mrs. Bidrall. The black family is based on tales told to me by the Pittsburgh artist, Thadeus Mosely.

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The main characters in A Ship of Pearl are in 7th grade.  I think kids will like it.  Anyone who has a parent of grandparent or knows someone from that generation will appreciate the gentle story of generosity and respect in hard economic times.

I also have a ‘read-to-me’ book, The Fable of Little Tzurie.  My grandson, Niall Brady, illustrated this book.

I wrote these two stories years apart from each other, or should I say, I wrote Tzurie as a distraction while I was writing A Ship of Pearl. They are very different stories. Years later, I realized they are both about boys who become homeless.  For that reason, I feel called to donate 10% (a tithe) to help America’s homeless and hungry.

A little bio: I come from a family of storytellers. Being a little more introverted, I put pen to paper. First published at the age of six, I have a few small pieces published and yearn for more. I live in Illinois with my husband George. Within driving distance are my four children and bonus daughter through marriages. I have my twelve grandchildren, one on the way, and three cats to keep me hopping after a full days work at the office. Add my vegetable and water garden in the backyard, and you could say, “I have it all!”

The Interview

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in the small town of Gaines, MI, not too far from Flint. In that town was an older General Store manager. He sold everything, including button hooks for fastening ladies shoes.

Did you grow up in a home that promoted reading or writing? Absolutely. My mother read to me before I could read. Not just short books, but lengthy chapter books like LAD A DOG, BLACK BEAUTY, AND HUCKLEBERRY FINN, and classics like that. My teacher gave me TOM SAWYER to read when I was in the second grade.

What was the last book you read? Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction?

I hand-down prefer fiction, because fiction tells the truth as it tells a story. The last book I finished was A LITTLE LIFE by Hanya Yanagihara. It is a haughtingly sad book about the love we get from friends. It also reminds me that no matter how close we get to someone, we never know all of who that person. A LITTLE LIFE is destine to be my favorite book of 2016. I am currently reading THE STORY OF EDGER SAWTAIL by David Wroblewski. The story is about a mute boy raising dogs. I really think a lot about my mom reading to me as I read this book.

When did you first know you wanted to write a book?

How was this story born in your heart? I always liked to write. I was seven when my first story was published in The Flint Journal. I wrote a small story (fiction) based on my father’s childhood house burning to the ground. He asked me to write the novel. The novel is dedicated to him.

Do you write from an outline or just sit down and let it flow?

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I drew a picture or path I wanted the book to take. It looked like a spiral, turning back on itself through the main character’s memories, and at the same time, moving forward in the main character’s present time.

When is your release date?

The novel is released now in Kindle and soft cover. It can be purchased through Amazon or requested in bookstores. Both A SHIP OF PEARL and a short read-to-me book, THE FABLE OF LITTLE TZURIE, released at the same time. I am donating 10% of my profits to help America’s homeless and hungry.

Are you planning to write another book?

Yes. I started a follow-up book. A SHIP OF PEARL’s first scene is when the main character, Eldie Craine, is born, the second son. The sequel starts when Eldie’s second daughter is born. There will be remembering, too, as he recollects WWII and how he got to where he is now. (Anyway, that’s the plan.) I intend to join NaNoWriMo in November and get the first draft completed. Wish me luck!

What is your favorite alcoholic drink? Do you prefer coffee or tea?

I like Merlot, I like a good chocolate martini, and I like Mojitos. I prefer tea, but I drink way more coffee.

Do you have a favorite TV indulgence?

“America’s Got Talent.” I love how the host and judges don’t shame even the silliest contestants. I love the variety of talent. It reminds me of the old “Ed Sullivan Show.”

Visit Adela here:

Facebook author page: The Black Tortoise

Twitter: @blacktortoise

LinkedIn: Adela Crandell Durkee

Google+: AdelaCrandellDurkee

Websites: “BlackTortoisePress.com” and “OnceaLittleGirl.com”

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Ship-Pearl-Adela-Crandell-Durkee-ebook/dp/B01K82OIXE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Halt and Catch Fire

Binge watching TV series has become one of our favorite past-times. It’s not like we become obsessive and not get dressed, eating only delivered pizza and Chinese food all weekend but we have done that a few times.

One of our latest favorites just started its 3rd season. Halt and Catch Fire airs Tuesday nights at 9:00 EST on AMC.

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The show is based on the pre-internet tech drama of the 1980’s. If you remember those days you will appreciate the fashion, music and culture in this series. If you don’t remember those days but want to know what it was like prior to cell phones and laptops this series will be a history lesson.

The first season received lukewarm reviews but the producers promised a more exciting second season and they delivered. The 3rd season is off to a hot start too.

The series starts out set in Texas but moves to the Silicon Valley in season 2.

The show is based on some truth. We actually go crazy trying to figure out who the characters and companies are actually based on.

Joe MacMillan: The shows protagonist is played by Lee Pace. Lee has quite a resume including The Hobbit, The Twilight Saga, Wonderfalls, Pushing Daisies and Soldier’s Girl. From the first few episodes we realize Joe is a complex character. Is he a brilliant tech visionary or a dangerously damaged psychopath? I can’t figure out if his character is based on Steve Jobs or the ex-fugitive; millionaire; anti-virus creator that ran for the President of the United States as a third party candidate, John McAfee or both.

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Cameron Howe: Mackenzie Davis plays this annoying, yet we feel sorry for her sometimes character. The college student and gamer drops out and hooks up with MacMillan who may or may not be gay. She is a genius coder and goes on to haphazardly build her own company. I want to wash her clothes and comb her messy hair. Is her character based on Ada Lovelace the first computer programmer?

Gordon and Donna Clark: Scoot McNairy and Kerry Bishe’ were first coupled in Argo. In Halt they portray 80’s college sweethearts turned upwardly mobile engineers that should be a power couple but aren’t. Donna was my favorite character until season 3. I have NO idea who this couple could be based on. Any ideas?

John Bosworth: Toby Huss makes the rounds as father figure first to Mac Millan and then to Cam. He is the one with business management experience. He takes the rap for a crime he didn’t commit and returns to keep the haphazard geniuses in the black. Toby’s credits include King of the Hill, Rescue Dawn, Bedazzled and more.

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Season 3 has the characters lives and businesses once again colliding in California.

We enjoy the moments this show reminds us of but as we watch we are shaking our heads wondering where the time has gone. Wasn’t it just yesterday that we had to hurry home to avoid missing a phone call?

Do you know what Halt and Catch Fire means? What are some of your binging favorites?

http://www.amc.com/shows/halt-and-catch-fire

 

 

 

 

Lets get back to writing…

Writing Wednesday

Typewriter Pink

On Wednesday’s I like to share information I picked up on my path to publishing, marketing and preparing to publish again. Information that I wish someone would have shared with me, back then.

Writing Spaces, Routines and Rituals

When writing my first book I used a PC. We kept that computer in one of our extra bedrooms. Back then I had a writing schedule and I didn’t have any trouble sticking with it. I would get up an hour earlier each morning, make a cup of tea and I would sit down and write for an hour before going to work. I would spend another hour, writing at night. If there were no family events to attend, Saturdays were dedicated to writing.

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Since then a few things have changed. I now have a dedicated office space. My office has plenty of space to spread out and a nice view. It’s funny, I rarely use it. Why would I when I can use my laptop, notebook, IPad or phone to write anywhere.

You would think with all of these choices I would have no trouble meeting writing goals. None of us had any idea what a time sucker social media would turn out to be, did we? It definitely requires a plan and discipline.

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With a third book coming out later this fall, a fourth book to finish, a business and a large family, this year I need to get serious about getting back to scheduling dedicated writing time and sticking with the schedule.

It’s time to dust my office. Better yet I think restyling my space might provide some inspiration. It’s time to revive my writing playlist and stop sitting on my sofa thinking I can watch a movie and concentrate on grammar at the same time.

How about you? Do you have a dedicated space for writing? Do you have any writing rituals? I listen to music, drink tea or wine depending on the hour and my favorite writing snacks are chocolate (of course,) candy corn this time of year, cheese and crackers or veggies and dip. If I find myself not able to concentrate I play a couple of levels of Scrabble Blast, the only online game I play.

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I would love to hear any secrets or suggestions you may have to sticking with your writing or blog schedule.

Happy Writing,

Doreen

 

 

 

 

 

What is a writing coach and do you need one?

Writing Wednesday

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Wednesday is the day I share what I have learned on my writing journey and on to publication, marketing and publishing again. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments and I will do my best to answer them. If you have any tips, please share them with us…

What is a writing coach and do you need one?

A writing coach is a professional writer that you hire to guide you through either the writing, publishing or marketing of a book or to guide you through the entire project. A writing coach can also assist with blogging, essay writing, speech writing and content writing.

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They can help you decide if your idea will work as a book.

Your writing coach is not an editor. He or she may help with editing but will most likely suggest or refer you to a professional literary editor. A writing coach is also not a ghostwriter. It is possible your writing coach may also work as an editor and a ghost writer.

The writing coach can be helpful if you want to write a book but have no idea where to start. He or she will help you create an outline, organize your ideas, come up with a schedule and inspire you to stick with that schedule. The coach is available to answer questions about all things writing including writing style, character development and manuscript format.

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Your coach can help you craft the best query letter, synopsis and book proposal. They will be there to support you through the query process.

A coach can assist you with research, make sure your story flows, your characters are believable, that there is sufficient conflict etc…

The writing coach has knowledge of the publishing industry and how it works. He or she can help you choose the path to publishing that works best for you and your book and can guide you through the process.

Once written you book will need to be marketed. A coach can help you come up with a marketing plan.

A good writing coach is there for you when you are stuck, need inspiration or motivation and most importantly when you need an ear.

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Most writing coaches will offer their services for an hour, several hours or for the entire project. They will usually work within your schedule.

Almost all writing coaches offer a free consultation. Take advantage of that consultation. You can usually tell during a half hour conversation if the person is someone you feel you can work with.

Costs range from $25-$300 an hour. More expensive doesn’t necessarily mean the best. Least expensive doesn’t mean the worst. It can be a matter of personality and style.

While it is yet another expense, having a writing coach can pay off big in the end. They can save you money on editing, save you time by helping you make the right choices and they can get you to your goal of being a published author so much quicker.

Have you ever used a writing coach?

Happy writing,

Doreen

I love being a writing coach and seeing my writers succeed. If you are interested in a consultation with me, please send an email. {put writer services in the subject line} I would love to work with you!

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Meet Baby Bailino…

I am so excited to introduce you to author, Dina Santorelli. I really enjoyed her first book Baby Grand and cannot wait to read the sequel, Baby Bailino!

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Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Queens, New York, one of the five boroughs of New York City and about ten minutes from midtown Manhattan—two hours, if there’s traffic. J

Did you grow up in a home that promoted reading or writing?

Not really. We were more of a movie and TV show family. My mom took me to the local theater every Saturday to see a Disney cartoon and feature film.

When did you first know you wanted to write a book?

I think I’ve always been drawn to storytelling. I’ve found pieces of colored construction paper filled with stories I wrote when I was very young. And the stories were always thrillers—suspense-driven, edge-of-your-seat stuff.

Do you have any pre-writing rituals?

Not really. I just sit myself down and start to write—or, at least, try to write. Some days are easier than others.

Did you map your stories before writing or do you just let the words flow?

With my first novel, Baby Grand, I just let the words flow. By nature, I’m more of a “pantser,” as they say—I write by the seat of my pants. But there came a point, about a hundred or so pages in, that I found myself losing focus. And that’s when I put together a very general outline for the rest of the book. Nothing fancy. Just sort of a “this goes in this chapter, this goes in that chapter” kind of thing. That outline served as a roadmap to help me steer my way toward the end of the novel. I used that same process for my second novel, In the Red, which I’ll be publishing soon. However, for Baby Bailino, the sequel to Baby Grand, I made the general outline at the outset and filled it in, elaborated, delved deeper, etc., as I went along.

Do you have a dedicated writing space?

I have a little nook in my living room where I write. For Baby Bailino, I also spent lots of writing time at Panera Bread—so much time that I contemplated mentioning Panera’s Steel-Cut Oatmeal with Strawberries and Pecans in my Acknowledgments. J

Do you have a day job?

Yes, I’m a freelance writer and editor.

What are you writing now?

I started writing a women’s fiction novel after I finished Baby Bailino, but I have put that aside to write the third book in the Baby Grand Book Series. I have a habit of moving on to something completely different after I finish a book—whether it’s reading one or writing one. After I wrote Baby Grand, I dove head-first into In the Red when, actually, I think my mind was more interested in writing Baby Bailino. I just didn’t realize it. Or maybe I wasn’t listening. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to hear that I struggled through In the Red, which took me four years to finish. I like to think I learned my lesson, so when thoughts started turning toward the Baby Grand storyline again this time around, I listened and put the women’s fiction aside.

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What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink?

Chocolate milk.

Did you know when writing Baby Grand that there would be a Book 2?

Not at first. I thought it would be a stand-alone novel. However, as I was writing one of the final scenes of Baby Grand, I got the sense that there was more to the story. I could see in my mind’s eye how things would play out, and it was in that moment that I made a major change to the storyline and decided to create Book 2.

 

What is your favorite thing about the fall?

Fall is absolutely my favorite season—the brilliant sunshine, the vibrant foliage, crunching leaves, cooler temps, corn mazes, Halloween (my wedding anniversary), apples, apples, and more apples! What’s not to love? J

About the Book:

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It’s been two years since Jamie Carter escaped captivity and saved Charlotte Grand, the infant daughter of New York Governor Phillip Grand, becoming a national hero for foiling the kidnapping plot that incarcerated reputed mobster/entrepreneur Don Bailino—the man who abducted and raped her. As Governor Grand considers his candidacy for U.S. president, Bailino inexplicably escapes from prison, and soon Jamie’s fifteen-month-old daughter, Faith—Bailino’s biological child—disappears. Jamie sets off to find her and, in the process, finds an unlikely ally in Bailino, who is on the run not only from the FBI but from members of organized crime who have a score to settle. Can Jamie trust the man who once held her prisoner? Can she rely on her instincts? And can she again find the strength to save a child when, this time, that child is her own?

Connect with Dina:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/dinasantorelliwriter

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/dinasantorelli

Instagram: http://www.instagram/dinasantorelli

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin/in/dinasantorelli

Website: http://dinasantorelli.com

Blog: http://makingbabygrand.com

Baby Grand: https://www.amazon.com/Baby-Grand-Dina-Santorelli-ebook/dp/B01JJRLQ4I/ref=sr_1_1_twi_kin_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1470357567&sr=8-1&keywords=baby+grand+dina+santorelli#navbar

Baby Bailino: https://www.amazon.com/Baby-Bailino-Grand-Book-ebook/dp/B01KN2N08S/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 

 

 

Finding time…

The first Wednesday of every month I participate in The Insecure Writer’s Support Group. #IWSG. This is one AMAZING group of talented writers. Some of them are beginners and some are professional authors. One of the many things we all have in common is our moments of extreme insecurity about our craft. Another is our gratitude and strong -pay it forward attitudes when our confidence is soaring.

To find out more about the IWSG (there is really big news there this month) or to join us, visit:

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Every Wednesday I also share some of the things I have found that worked and some that didn’t work so well on my journey to publication, marketing and publishing again. Being insecure at times is one thing I had to and still deal with in my writing. Learning to listen to other writers, taking their advice and learning to write through those insecurities is a must.

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This month’s #IWSG question is, how do you find the time to write in your busy day?

Writing is my job so I need to create a schedule and stick with it or I don’t get paid. That said I often have a hard time sticking with my schedule. Especially this time of year. The weather is beautiful and I want to be outside. One solution is to find a quiet spot outside to sit and write. I like to sit on my front step with a laptop or a notebook and pen. The soundtrack of kids calling out to each other, their mothers reminding them to watch for cars, dogs barking, birds chirping and cars rolling by can lull me into my writing zone in no time.

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For me it is not so much an issue to find the time to write as it is balancing my time between writing for me, writing for others, marketing, PR and blogging. I like to write in the morning and when I get in that groove it’s hard to stop. I should start my day with marketing, the writing that pays the bills and phone calls but writing habits are so hard to break. I will keep trying!

Happy writing,

Doreen

 

Poldark Returns On…

One of PBS’s first hit series, Poldark first ran almost 40-years ago. The timeless classic was brought back to the small screen last year thrilling old fans like my mother who loved the original series and me a new fan.

The new season starring the dreamy Aidan Turner and gorgeous Eleanor Tomlinson begins with a 2-hour special on September 25th. Fans will be thrilled to know that season 3 has been ordered and will begin filming in September.

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In season 2 the love triangle between Elizabeth, Demelza and Ross continues as Ross fights to stay out of prison and for his life while also trying to save his marriage. Demelza still struggling with the pain of losing their baby is terrified she will lose Ross too.

The original series was based on 7 of the 12 books written by Winston Graham. The first 4 books were written during the 1940’s and 1950’s. The author resumed the series in 1973 writing 8 more books.

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In season one the title character Ross Poldark returns home to Cornwall after fighting in the American Revolution as a British officer. He is devastated to find his father has passed away, his family mine is in ruins and his beautiful fiancé married to his cousin.

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The 8 new episodes will be based on books 3 & 4. They were adapted for television by Debbie Horsfield. If written closely by the books as season one was we can look forward to a long trial, more of that nasty George character, another young woman with a dog, social tensions, maybe a war and possibly a new addition to the family. It’s guaranteed to be a tense season and I can’t wait!

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What are you looking forward to watching this fall?

 

 

Know What You Write…

Writing Wednesday

Typewriter Pink

On Wednesday’s I like to share information I picked up on my path to publishing, marketing and preparing to publish again. Information that I wish someone would have shared with me, back then.

Research

Everything you write whether it’s an article, blog post or a book it needs to be researched. I start a file for research as soon as I have an idea for a story. Getting your facts straight, whether your work is fiction or nonfiction will make your story believable and increase your credibility as a writer.

If your main character is an attorney you will need to research the lingo, perhaps the actual trial process and even the education process. How did the character get where they are? If you know an attorney, interview them. If you don’t know one try asking your friends and family if they happen to know one. This goes for any profession you may need information on. The extra effort will give your characters more depth and make them much more believable, it will make them real.

You want to get your story surroundings correct too. If you are writing about actual places go there if possible and write what you see. If you can’t physically get there look closely at photographs and read as much description as you can find.

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          The standard rule for research is three sources. Try not to fall into the habit of simply using search engines and going with the first thing that comes up. Go deeper. Was the location used in a movie or TV show? If so watch those clips.

Remember everything on the internet isn’t necessarily factual. When doing internet research be sure to use trusted, well respected sites.

Technology is tricky. ‘They’ say not to pigeonhole your book to any certain time period. It’s so easy to do that with technology. Imagine you’re reading a YA novel and the characters are discussing My Space. Most of us know what that is but will teenagers in five-years have any idea what My Space is? It may be easier for nonfiction writers to include the actual tech info but for fiction you may want to come up with fictitious names and descriptions for technology.

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          Libraries offer great research resources but like the internet just because it is in print doesn’t make it true. Always cross reference with several sources. It’s always a good idea to spend time in several of your local libraries and get to know the staff. They can be a great resource for you once your book is published. Librarians talk to one another on and off line and libraries are still the number-one book buyers in the world.

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          Try to keep your research organized (I really need to take that advice.) It is so frustrating knowing you have an article or some other piece of information and not being able to find it when you need it. You also want to keep detailed information on where you got your information in case someone needs to be credited.

Happy Writing,

Doreen

 

 

The link between PTSD and Addiction

I was diagnosed with PTSD 17-years-ago. For the longest time I did a pretty good job of hiding my symptoms but they eventually affected my life negatively on a daily basis, sometimes for days at a time.

The breaking point came for me when I was in line at my bank and one of the guys that was involved with the murder of my brother was 4 people behind me in line.  He eventually ended up directly behind me and I blacked out. I don’t remember screaming at the top of my lungs, the police and paramedics coming and being transported to the hospital.

Through counseling I learned my anxiety, depression and OCD were directly related to past traumas not only the murder of my brother.

When Jennifer Woodson asked if she could provide a guest post on the link between PTSD and Addiction of course I said yes.

I want everyone to be aware of and to understand Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and most of all I want those that suffer or love someone who suffers that there is life beyond this disorder and if you want to get there, want to feel happy, alive and safe again please ask for help.

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The Link Between PTSD and Addiction: Important Factors to Know

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health problem that occurs after someone faces a life-threatening or traumatic event, such as being sexually assaulted, witnessing a violent crime, going to war, or being in a serious car accident. Not everyone who experiences a traumatic event will develop PTSD: the risk factors include being abused or neglected as a child, being a woman, having other mental health problems, and lacking a good support system. Military combat is the most common cause of PTSD in men, and sexual assault is the most common cause of PTSD in women.

Each year, approximately 5.2 million adults struggle with PTSD; it is more common in women than men. Typically, PTSD occurs with other disorders; in fact, 80% of people diagnosed with the disorder also suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), substance abuse and addiction, depressive disorders, and other anxiety disorders. Studies show that people with PTSD are more likely to develop addiction than people who do not have it. One study in particular found that up to 75% of combat veterans with PTSD also abuse alcohol.

PTSD and addiction, by the numbers

Studies show that about 8% of Americans will develop PTSD. Studies also show that about 8% will become addicted to an illegal drug, while approximately 17% will develop an alcohol problem. 34% of men and 27% of women with PTSD will become addicted to drugs, and 28% of women and 52% of men with PTSD will become alcoholics. All in all, individuals with PTSD have a higher risk of becoming addicts than people who do not suffer from the disorder. Recent data estimates that nearly 33% of people who seek treatment for substance abuse suffer from PTSD.

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The connection between PTSD and addiction

Some experts believe that PTSD and addiction are closely linked because people with PTSD turn to drugs and alcohol to self-medicate in an effort to escape the flashbacks, depression, and anxiety that are characteristic of PTSD. Initially, the drugs and alcohol may make the person feel better, forget the trauma, and sleep better; however, the longer the person uses drugs and alcohol, the better her chances of becoming an addict.

What people with PTSD may not realize is that substances like drugs and alcohol make depression worse. Drugs and alcohol increase the chances of the person becoming more violent and aggressive, which in turn makes her feel guilty for lashing out and drives her to drink more. These substances also strengthen depression and can increase paranoia, anxiety, and fear.

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Female veterans, PTSD, and addiction

Research shows that veterans often have a dual diagnosis of PTSD and substance abuse disorder. Female veterans are at risk for PTSD if they participate in active combat missions, suffer military sexual trauma, feel isolated and alone, or worry about family. These women may begin abusing drugs or alcohol when they are in the military or after they come home to self-medicate. Other female veterans may develop an addiction because they have an existing mental health disorder and are prescribed medications for managing pain from a service-related injury. No matter the cause, female veterans need to seek help if they are diagnosed with PTSD and substance abuse disorder.

PTSD, addiction, and suicide among veterans

Because of the long-lasting effects of trauma and PTSD, people who live with the disorder are at an increased risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Their increased risk is due, in part, to their other mental health challenges with depression and substance abuse disorder. People who have PTSD and abuse drugs and alcohol are more likely to act impulsively or engage in risky behavior that can lead to suicide.

Veterans with PTSD and substance abuse disorder especially are at an increased risk for suicide. They often struggle with the trauma, anxiety, depression, and flashbacks when they return home, or they may struggle with being separated from friends and family while on active duty. Some veterans’ PTSD is not diagnosed, and these service members are at a higher risk for developing an addiction in an effort to escape their traumatic experiences or cope with returning to civilian life.

The link between PTSD and addiction may require some more study, but it is an issue that requires intensive treatment in a program that addresses both disorders. Getting help early is important so that the person can learn how to cope in healthy ways and avoid triggers to start on a path toward wellbeing.

 Jennifer Woodson enjoys serving the public as a writer for http://www.PublicHealthCorps.org. The site is dedicated to putting the public back into public health by serving as a hub of reputable and useful public information on health topics.

And The Title Goes To…

WRITING WEDNESDAY

Typewriter Pink

 

On Wednesday’s I like to share information I picked up on my path to publishing, marketing and publishing again. Information that I wish someone would have shared with me, back then.

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