Joe Bachman’s heartbreaking song, A Soldier’s Memoir, beautifully and poignantly captures the experience of combat-related PTSD, in particular, its impact on the experience of time. Throughout the rest of their lives, those who have been traumatized encounter what I call “portkeys” that transport them again and again back to the original experiences of trauma, so that time is felt to be circular rather than linear. I myself have experienced such portkeys to trauma and have described them in a previous blog post: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/feeling-relating-existing/201110/trauma-and-the-hourglass-time. Here is a link to Bachman’s performance of his song describing the ongoing experience of retraumatization: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKCtV72cjf8.
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