From: Tampa FL
And you know what? That drawing of "Same Girl" was purchased as a print by my Veterans Administration psychiatrist and framed to put in the room of his private practice. He told me that one of his patients stopped on her way out and said "Dr. Nelson. That's me!" I don't know, but I'm guessing she saw her two personalities in that drawing.
By the way, I do have a total and permanent disability since 1992 for Comabt Post Traumatic Stess Disorder. Has it stopped me in any way from doing my work? No. And I don't even believe it to this day that I was damaged in the head by my experiences in Vietnam.
Be that as it may, the drawing is really just a theme on what I wrote about it. The comfort of staying inside and the urge to go out into the world. The latter wins out in the end. And I think it's a natural feminine vurtue for curiosity to win out.
Robert, you will find a number of us here who have PTSD for a variety of reasons. Also many of us have serious debilitating, disabling mental illnesses. I think you will find kindred spirits here. You mentioned the comfort of staying inside ... those here who know me well can tell you that I've been a literal hermit for many years. I'm just starting to come out of that. It's exhiliarating, scary, and wonderful all at the same time. I think there's a tendency to lose many of your social skills after you've been a hermit for a long time ... I find that I'm feeling like a 5-year old on the playground who doesn't yet know how to play nicely with others without committing a variety of social gaffes, lol. I haven't crashed and burned yet, but there have been definite instances of thick smoke ......
Darlene Ruda Dunat