Beautiful Lives by Susan is a site about Post-traumatic Stress Syndrome (formerly referred to as Post-traumatic Stress Disorder). In my efforts to market this site through social media, I have styled many graphic images with quotes about PTSS. In honor of Women’s History Month, I’d like to share some of them here, with you.
Quotes by Women Who Know About Post-traumatic Stress Syndrome
Many years ago, one of my supervisors noticed how much I loved quotes. So, for my birthday one year, she gave me a small, beautiful book of wonderful quotes. Oh, how I prized that gift so highly.
At the time, it was nearly impossible for me to sit down and read a book. I simply didn’t have enough patience so I had to move fast or not at all. Needless-to-say, it was a difficult journey for me as it is for anyone with PTSS.
However, that one small gift brought a ray of sunshine to each day when I opened my little book of quotes and found encouragement, inspiration, and ability to move forward with a lighter step in my day.
Today, I still love quotes and I especially love to share them with others. It’s how I show that I care about someone. Sometimes, I find it difficult to find the words to express what I’m feeling, but that’s when somehow, somewhere, the Universe sends me a message through a quote and that’s one of the many small miracles in my life for which I am so grateful.
The Authors Behind the Quotes
Quotes are powerful tools to quickly insert a jolt of wisdom into any published content. But, it’s also interesting to know a little bit about the person behind the quote. And, sometimes, what’s even more interesting is the story behind the quote.
Each quote shown below is followed by a bit of trivia and interesting facts about the person quoted. In addition, there is a link to a recent publication by the author that you can reach by clicking through the name of the book or the quote image.
Susan Pease Banitt
Susan Pease Banitt, LCSW, Trauma Expert • Helps people heal from traumatic stress.
She is a social worker, psychotherapist and author who specializes in the treatment of severe trauma and PTSD. Additionally, she has worked in the field of mental health for more than four decades in diverse settings: inpatient, outpatient, and medical with adults and children, and trained in the Harvard medical teaching hospitals in Boston, MA. She is also a Karuna Reiki® Master, Kripalu trained yoga teacher (RYT 200), and shamanic healer in the Celtic tradition.In addition Susan studied Past Life Regression Therapy with Dr. Brian Weiss.
Judith Lewis Herman
This woman has focused on the understanding and treatment of incest and traumatic stress. Herman is Professor of clinical psychiatry at Harvard University Medical School and Director of Training at the Victims of Violence Program in the Department of Psychiatry at the Cambridge Health Alliance in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a founding member of the Women’s Mental Health Collective.