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Discussion in 'Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)' started by alice0, Jul 29, 2016.

  1. alice0

    alice0 Junior Member

    There's not a PTSD board on here. Does anyone else here have PTSD? I know that that's where a lot of anxiety stems from for people who have it because of getting triggered, having flashbacks, panic attacks, nightmares and such.
  2. EntropiaAddict

    EntropiaAddict Junior Member

    I have been diagnosed with PTSD. I have the "classic" type from being in a combat zone. From what I understand of PTSD though, it is often due to a specific event or occurrence in someone's life. Due to it being caused by a specific event, coping strategies are accomplished more on an individual basis. When my therapist wanted me to go to a PTSD support group, she wanted me to attend one that was group therapy for combat vets. If someone in the group had PTSD for some other reason, this group would not have done them much good. From my experience, learning methods to cope with PTSD is something that needs to be handled by a professional. While it is possible to talk on a forum about when we experience anxiety or how our OCD habits interfere with daily life, a large part of dealing with PTSD is in dealing with the events that surround why you have it in the first place. For coping with PTSD, I would highly recommend speaking with a professional and having them find you a support group for people in a similar situation. Hope you can eventually move past it and stop having it affect your life (took me about 7 years of therapy to stop having flashbacks, nightmares, etc.).
  3. iRichard

    iRichard Junior Member

    I don't know if I have PTSD but I've had a traumatic event. I sometimes get flashbacks at night and I can't sleep. I start to panic and I try not to think about it. Now I'm always on the alert, it feels like I'm trying to survive but I'm not fighting anyone but only myself. I used to be very energetic but I'm getting better slowly. I should go and see a therapist but I'm always busy.
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  4. SFOMH88

    SFOMH88 Junior Member

    My friend has PTSD from a car accident a while back. She suffered brain trauma and also suffers from epilepsy which is triggered by stress. Not a good combination. She takes medication for it though, and Valiums help calm her down when she starts to get worked up.
  5. EntropiaAddict

    EntropiaAddict Junior Member

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  6. cafwen

    cafwen Junior Member

    Hi Entropia, thank you for sharing. My boyfriend has PTSD, also from being in a combat situation, but is unwilling to attend any kind of therapy. I am wondering however if you are on any medication that has helped? The problem with him is that a flashback triggered by waking up suddenly or a loud noise can actually cause him to black out, which is of course very dangerous if he's in the middle of the street or up a ladder at the time! Have you found medication to assist or do you feel that the therapy was the most effective part of your treatment?
  7. iRichard

    iRichard Junior Member

    I'm scheduling an appointment with a therapist but It feels like I'm slowly being eaten alive inside. I have my whole life ahead of me and I want to make a change within myself. I find that listening to music helps calm me so I don't have to worry about anything. I keep telling myself I can fix this on my own, but it was just an excuse. I need someone else to help me.
  8. EntropiaAddict

    EntropiaAddict Junior Member

    They had me on Paxil and Propranolol (had to look that one up) for a couple of years after the fact. The Propranolol helped a lot with the physical symptoms, though I'm not sure how it would help with blacking out. Currently, I have been "downgraded" to Bupropion (more for the depression than the PTSD after this many years) and it helps out a lot. My wife and kids can tell within 10 minutes if I have forgotten to take the medication. However much the medications help though, therapy and time are the most effective treatments in my experience. Best of luck with your boyfriend, it is a rough period to get through, but it will get better as time passes (if he can see a therapist to get past the mental block getting in the way).
  9. It'sJaz

    It'sJaz Junior Member

    I have it and that's where a lot of flashbacks and nightmares come from. It's better nowadays but sometimes, the memories return. I used to see a therapist for it, but they handled it rather carelessly and I ended up feeling worse. Since then I have just been self medicating and trying to control my thoughts.
  10. EntropiaAddict

    EntropiaAddict Junior Member

    It is awesome that you have realized that you need the help. Coming to the realization that you can't fix this on your own is a huge step that many of us have a hard time making (my wife had to "force" me to start going to therapy). The best advice I can give (if possible) is to be open and honest with your therapist about how you feel. They are only able to help you if they can get a feel for how bad/disruptive it is.
  11. SalinaWithTheSmile

    SalinaWithTheSmile Junior Member

    PTSD is probably the worst anxiety trigger I currently have, that's for sure. Thank you for starting a board about it!

    About 6 months after I got married my husband slammed me into a wall so hard that it sliced my back open on a light switch. I can remember being so stunned that I literally thought to myself "is this it? Is this an abusive relationship?" But since he didn't "hit" me, I thought it was going to be ok. I mean, he cried and apologized and said he was never going to do it again. I explained and rationalized to myself that if he ever punched me in the face, that's how I would know and I would leave him. Well, the punch in the face came and went and I was too scared to leave him. We were married for 7 years before I found the courage to kick him out.

    It's been (almost) 5 years since the last time I saw him, a night I thought he was going to kill me and called my parents to come to my rescue. I still feel terrible that they had to hear me scream and cry while he beat me up and they raced to save me. I'm not as afraid as I used to be, by far! But when I play around with my current boyfriend (sudden hand movements while talking, tickling, etc) I still flinch. I still have terrible nightmares about my abuser and the occasional panic attack if I think I see him in public. (I have/had battered wives syndrome, too and didn't press charges because I wanted to protect him.)

    Did you know that October isn't just Breast Cancer Awareness Month? It's also Domestic Violence Awareness Month. I'd love to continue my healing process by helping other people who are in or have been in similar situations.
  12. Aleece13

    Aleece13 Junior Member

    I have experienced PTSD for years over something traumatic in my past... I've never sought out any help, because I try so hard to just ignore it and feel stupid when talking about it. However, my husband and I have started to notice I'm struggling more with it. I can't watch some movies due to graphic scenes or I freeze up when people share something similar with me. I don't know how to overcome it, but don't really like sharing it...

    I have oddly enough been experiencing PTSD over the loss of my puppy a month or so ago. He died from parvo and the gruesomeness of his death was so hard to watch and I tried so hard to save him, to no avail. When I woke up the area where he was lying rocked me to my core. I have flashbacks and don't like being in that spot of the house. My senses still screw with me and I can still smell, see, or hear the awful memory. I don't know why and it makes me feel silly, but I've had to burn scensy candles since he died to alleviate it. :(
  13. deannajm

    deannajm Junior Member

    I don't have PTSD myself, but I worked with a veteran to write a book about it. Has anyone found good literature or sources that seem to help? Aside from seeing a professional, obviously. Is this community a place where you can come at 3am when you can't sleep (due to flashbacks or something) and feel supported and understood? I don't think there are enough places like that for PTSD sufferers to go. Does hearing other peoples' stories seem to help or hurt? As an anxiety sufferer myself, I found that reading PTSD stories was good, because it helped to know I'm not alone, no matter the issue.
  14. AF1121

    AF1121 Junior Member

    I'm so sorry you went through that. He sounds like a total monster, and hopefully karma will eventually catch up with him. A few months ago, I finally got the courage to walk away from an emotionally abusive relationship after eight years. These are just as horrible and damaging as the physically abusive ones. I have a lot of the same problems, and a couple of weeks ago I saw someone who resembled my ex from the back; I nearly had a panic attack too. So I know the feeling.
  15. EntropiaAddict

    EntropiaAddict Junior Member

    @Aleece13... there is nothing odd about feeling PTSD over a traumatizing death of a loved one (be it a person, an animal, or something else). PTSD can take on many forms, and it sounds like you have a type of personality that is susceptible to it. When I finally went and saw a therapist for my PTSD, I told them flat-out that I did not want to talk about it... either with them or with a support group of people who had been through similar situations. I did have to give them a brief overview of what happened (like for your second portion: I had to watch my puppy die from parvo, I get nightmares about it and avoid that spot in my house), then they spent years working with me to get past it. While it is not perfect still (and may never be), it is a thousand times better than it was 5 years ago. While you may feel "silly" over the cause of your PTSD, no therapist should encourage that feeling. To me, if you are still struggling over the traumatic event in your past, your mind is unable to get past the block on its own, then you should look into seeing a therapist so that they can assist you in getting past it.
  16. dreamseer

    dreamseer Junior Member

    I have complex PTSD from 12 years of living in a cult and being spiritually, mentally, and psychologically abused. It is definitely nothing to play around with. If you even suspect that you might have it, please seek help! I left the cult 6 years ago, and still dream about it EVERY night. I am triggered by sights, smells and even sounds. Even though I still refer to myself a s"christian", I can't hardly step foot in a church. I can't stand to hear preachers on t.v. or the radio. I go into disassociatI ve states, where I am going through the motions of life, but I feel absolutely nothing.
  17. HappyKoi

    HappyKoi Junior Member

    I feel you.  I was in a domestic violence relationship.  Mine was about as long as yours.  Mine never punched me in the face, but he pushed me, he hit me with objects, and he shoved me against walls and the bed and held me down.  Like you, I justified it because he never "hit" me.  He also raped me, and there are a surprising number of people who say that if you are married to someone, you are obliged to their needs, and they can't rape you.  That is a big, fat lie.  I got a protective order, but my ex challenged it and the judge refused to uphold it, so I had to move.  My ex husband lives in another state, he doesn't know my address, and I have cut off all contact, but I still have flashbacks where I am scared that he is coming after me and nightmares where he is attacking me.  My next partner was very kind in understanding that I would have to take some things slow and build trust.  Domestic violence is poorly understood and very complex in nature.
  18. joshposh

    joshposh Member

    I was in a motorcycle accident over a year ago and I'm currently suffering from PTSD.  Til this day I have a hard time driving in any type of traffic situation.  Loud noises and sudden movements by other cars, does get me emotional.  Just the other day I had a girl in 7 Eleven yelling her brains out for now apparent reason, and I really wanted to smack her in the head, because I was deeply affected and wanted to react without thinking about the consequences.  It's a serious condition.
  19. janemariesayed

    janemariesayed Junior Member

    PTSD can also be caused by long term stress as well as freak accidents or sudden traumas.

    This is what I had with my dog, Sasha. She had a tumour in her leg and she was dying. I took her to the vets to get her some pain killers and they gave her meds that made her have fits. I had to change my bedroom because every night I could see it replaying where it had happened. Eventually, it passed but I still get flashbacks of it. I'm getting flashbacks from my time in Egypt as well. Then sometimes I get flashbacks from my childhood and other times of my life. Not all of the memory flashes should be painful, but each one comes with a zap of emotional pain. Like a bullet. It's really weird and I'm left feeling breathless and panicky. I'm wondering how long it is going to last. Does it phase out over time or will it last for years?

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