About the show

Written and performed by 2021 MacDowell Fellow, Erika Renee Land, PTSD and ME is a one woman play irresistibly lined with truth and palpable poetry. The story is about Land’s personal life, military experiences, and her struggles with PTSD. 

Land uses poetry as a way to express herself. “I felt stuck. My poetry opened a door for me to express my feelings and provided a way to share my story.”

Patrons can expect to leave the raw performance thoroughly entertained and with a better understanding of PTSD. 

Land hopes PTSD and Me will prompt post-show conversations about PTSD, because if more people are aware, more people are able to help.

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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

The PTSD: National Center for PTSD defines PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) as a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault. It’s normal to have upsetting memories, feel on edge, or have trouble sleeping after a traumatic event. At first, it may be hard to do normal daily activities, like go to work, go to school, or spend time with people you care about. But most people start to feel better after a few weeks or months. If it’s been longer than a few months and you’re still having symptoms, you may have PTSD. For some people, PTSD symptoms may start later on, or they may come and go over time.