By Tiffany Grumbles & Julia Hilbert

Don Piper (90 Minutes In Heaven)

This book & movie adaptation tells the real story of Don Piper. Don was in a fatal car crash on January 18th, 1989. He was pronounced dead & without a pulse for 30 minutes. Piper shares his miraculous, beautiful experience in heaven. His story also shows the emotional and physical turmoil and stress he endured after this experience.
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“Some things happen to us from which we never recover, and they disrupt the normalcy of our lives. That's how life is. Human nature has a tendency to try to reconstruct old ways and pick up where we left off. If we're wise, we won't continue to go back to the way things were (we can't anyway). We must instead forget the old standard and accept a 'new normal.”

Don Piper with Cecil Murphey, 90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death & Life

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder


    Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms, Causes and Effects. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is brought on by witnessing a terrifying, usually life-threatening, event. Severe anxiety, flashbacks, uncontrollable thoughts and nightmares are common symptoms of the illness.

PTSD (How your body reacts...)

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  • Social engagement with another person—making eye contact, listening in an attentive way, talking—can quickly calm you down and put the brakes on defensive responses like “fight-or-flight.”
  • Mobilization, or fight-or-flight, occurs when social engagement isn’t appropriate and you need to defend yourself or escape the danger of a traumatic event. The heart pounds faster, blood pressure rises, and muscles tighten, increasing your strength and reaction speed. Once the danger has passed, the nervous system calms your body, lowering heart rate and blood pressure, and winding back down to its normal balance.
  • Immobilization occurs when you’ve experienced an overwhelming amount of stress in a situation and, while the immediate danger has passed, you find yourself “stuck.” Your nervous system is unable to return to its normal state of balance and you’re unable to move on from the event. This is PTSD.



For most patients with post-traumatic stress disorder, treatment has consisted of counseling, psychotherapy, or drugs. A combination of these approaches is sometimes employed.

Professional treatment for PTSD

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  • Trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Medication
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)