See my article: No, I Can't Sit Down: What It's Like Having an Open Wound that Will Never Heal Amy Oestreicher is a PTSD
Joy is different than happiness although they are closely related. Joy contains an aspect of happiness, but it is deeper rooted, rooted in the good earthy, visceral goodness that is available to all of us despite tragedy and pain.
I know -- intellectually -- that I am a good person. But the disorder skews this perception, making everything about the shame of my outer appearance. How can I be a good person when I do this to myself?
Joe Landolina invented Vetigel, a medicine that quickly stops bleeding.
I arrived at a limb-saving solution ... a solution to replace multi-thousand dollar, negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) devices with a multi-dollar, simplified negative pressure wound therapy (sNPWT) device, called the Wound-Pump.
My recovery from work addiction helped me to see that my issues were not unique to me. I was able to put things into a perspective that enabled me to recognize the cultural, social and institutional factors that contribute to the dysfunction that showed up at home and in the workplace.
My hope is that over time all of those "eww gross" looks will add up to people who will be better informed if a family member or friend develops a non-healing wound.
We all have secret pain. We all have brokenness. We all have wounds that do not fully heal despite all the salve we put on them. The truth is that no matter our circumstances in life, there is still heartache and pain.
The biggest boost that President Obama could give our economy would be to bring the soldiers home. Fast action is needed before the country becomes the dustbowl of this century.