Q&A with a ChicagoNow blogger: PTSD Blog

One day can change your whole life, as Louie Pukelis found out one snowy morning in 1999.  (Read the blog to find out exactly how!) http://www.chicagonow.com/ptsd-blog/
The aftermath of that morning, and the sudden death of his beloved father a few days later started Louie on a path that would lead to an eventual diagnosis of PTSD, or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

For a long time, PTSD was a diagnosis designated for just a few categories of people, like military personnel or first responders.  Now, experts in the field know that sufferers can be any age, in any walk of life.  Dealing with the effects of that day in 1999 are “always in the back of my head,” says Louie.  He also feels that his dad’s passing worsened witnessing the accident.

As a ChicagoNow blogger, Louie intends for his blog to be therapeutic--not just for him, but for any PTSD sufferer looking for research and info on the disorder.  He is a former journalist and sees the value in writing about PTSD, and intends for the blog to start a dialogue about the disorder.  Louie also hopes to highlight recent research into PTSD, as evidenced by several links to studies on his blog.

Louie’s career as a media/public relations professional, along with his duties as a husband and father to two extremely bright college students, keep his everyday life quite busy.  When he looks back on that pivotal day in 1999, he says he wouldn’t have done anything differently and that it is our duty as humans to help each other out.  Starting the blog is definitely a step in that direction.

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