PTSD Recovery: 3 Questions To Keep You On Track

November 16, 2012 Michele Rosenthal

After trauma it's very typical to feel completely disconnected from yourself, others and the world. We live in what I call 'default mode': We respond and react instead of create and act. Why is that a problem? Because one of the hallmarks of PTSD is a sense of powerlessness.

Making the Shift from Powerless to Powerful


When you live in default mode you continue to deepen your powerlessness.

Good news! There is a simple way to begin training yourself and your brain to get out of the default rut. Three easy questions can get you moving and keep you on track. Check them out, start using them, and let me know how it goes!

Michele is the author of Your Life After Trauma: Powerful Practices to Reclaim Your Identity. Connect with her on Google+, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and her website,

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Rosenthal, M. (2012, November 16). PTSD Recovery: 3 Questions To Keep You On Track, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2023, March 22 from

Author: Michele Rosenthal

Dr. Boorstein
November, 21 2012 at 9:59 am

Thanks for sharing these 3 questions to ask yourself after a trauma to get yourself back on track. I agree completely with you. It's always good to have an action plan to picking yourself back up.

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Michele Rosenthal
November, 27 2012 at 8:15 am

@Dr. Boorstein -- Thanks for sharing your thoughts! You are so right, having an empowered action plan can make all the difference in healing from something that leaves you feeling completely unempowered.

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