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I Battle With Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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    The Beast

    Depression is a horrible thing and I never imagined there could be anything worse to comsume my brain. Like everyone, I have my ups and downs and usually see the cycle. Take the time to talk with someone, see the Doc or whatever. I mean, I consider myself a smart guy so I realize...
    kunar12 kunar12 41-45, M Jul 31, 2012

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    What is a Panic AttackA very important question

    if you're struggling with this condition. You should really understanding exactly what's going on behind the scenes.So what is a PA?A sudden feeling of acute and disabling anxiety.`Ok, that's the textbook definition, but i don't think that clears things up too much so let's go l...
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M Feb 23

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    Im Only 19

    Age 5: Developed trichotillomania, have been bullied, felt ugly, no self worth of self esteem.... worthless. traumatizing to experience for 14 years now Age 8: watched my grandaddy have a heart attack and die, lying on the pavement of my church parking lot in the rain, with...
    loveismyweapon94 loveismyweapon94 18-21, F 6 Responses Feb 24, 2013

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    Lately every person I see gives me a panic

    attack I don't know how I'm going to get through this battle.
    Izzy1569 Izzy1569 16-17, F 1 Response May 15

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    Therapy Helps

    Therapy is helping me thankfully. But will I ever get over my past? I was abused by my husband- Raped by him Financially controlled Emotionally abused Verbally abused Physically abused When I ran away with my children he screamed that he would smash my head in with a brick and...
    CaraStarr CaraStarr 36-40, F 1 Response Apr 1, 2013

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    I Was In The Army

    Some females in the barracks I was assigned to tried to kill me. I reported it to EO and I got kicked out of the company. There was no other action taken and those responsible are still enlisted.
    wtfimik wtfimik 26-30, F 2 Responses Oct 3, 2012

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    My Brain Is Scrambled.

    I was recently diagnosed with PTSD and bipolar 2 and it strains my family life. I have not been able to get the correct help for these issues due to insurance coverage. So I have to do my best to control this on my own. It is very difficult to control mood swings sad feelings and...
    LovedExponentialy LovedExponentialy 26-30, M 2 Responses Feb 22, 2013

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    Does fear cause real diarrhea

    or does it cause the feeling only ? http://livelifetothefullest.live-panic-free.com/2014/03/03/does-fear-cause-real-diarrhea-or-does-it-cause-the-feeling-only-.aspx Hey guys, sorry if this seems spammy, not my intention at all. I used to just paste my experiences in several...
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M Mar 4

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    Make It Stop!

    My life is a mess! My bff moved out and on, I decided to contact my mother after years of not speaking to her, I lost my dog then my other dog got depressed and stopped eating i almost lost her too. Things are going surprising well with my mother but just her presence in my life...
    NobodiesDaughter NobodiesDaughter 31-35, F Sep 6, 2013

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    Worried

    I thought it was over. It wasn't. And now here I am a mess all over again. I just didn't expect for it to take me so long to put the pieces back together.
    Mello29 Mello29 18-21, F Feb 14, 2013

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    Help Me! I Obsess Over Everything!

    Question: I have been living with panic attacks and anxiety for about 16 years. It started after I stopped using drugs. I constantly thought I was going to or was in the act of having a heart attack. Then, it started me checking windows and doors repeatedly every night, and the...
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M Sep 9, 2013

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    Alleviating That Excess Nervous Energy

    One of the hardest things to deal with when trying to overcome panic and anxiety is knowing what to do with all that excess energy. I know when I used to get my panic attacks it sometimes felt like I just wanted to jump right out of my skin! My heart would race at a thousand...
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M May 7, 2013

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    Only The Lonely

    Today I had a flashback.  I knew something was wrong.  I could feel my heart racing.  That's always the first sign.  I try to do things to occupy my mind, maybe it will go away.  I listen to music or start chatting with people online.  It didn't help.  The fast heart rate...
    TexasLily TexasLily 51-55, F 6 Responses Jul 29, 2012

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    There Is Life After Panic Attacks And Agoraphibia

    Hi, this goes out to all those that are suffering from panic, fear and agoraphobia, I know some days can feel pretty low but hang in there, there is life after panic attacks. I suffered through occasional panic attacks that later spiraled into a crippling 4 year battle with...
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M May 6, 2013

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    Do Not Like This....

    Yesterday and today have been not so good days.  I think it's mental and not physical.  I just don't feel good.  I am so emotionally drained.  I slept almost all day yesterday and I feel like I want to go back to bed now.  I feel scared and I feel like crying.  I feel like...
    TexasLily TexasLily 51-55, F 1 Response Apr 26, 2012

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    Speechless

    My therapist tells me that what I have is selective mutism induced by post-traumatic stress disorder. I am physically able to speak, but there’s some barrier in my mind that just won’t allow me to. I learned American Sign Language and my brother even did too so that he can...
    EmptyUnderMyHat EmptyUnderMyHat 16-17, F 1 Response Feb 23, 2013

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    Every Day Is Another Battle

    I battle post traumatic stress. But - it is not what everybody seems to want to assume. It is not the 28 years I spent in the US military. Oh, hell no. That was, in many ways, stress relief. A place where I felt, safe, and useful. It took me many years, and much soul...
    angusmcfarland angusmcfarland 51-55, M 1 Response Jul 19, 2012

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    They pile in on me...

    . Memories ..... fast and furious. A kaleidoscope of vivid pictures fly through my mind.. Instantly. I can feel the fear, remember the feelings it brought with it.. The panic, the erratically beating heart, the sense of utter dread, all start to overwhelm me.. That's when it...
    simplylee simplylee 46-50, F Apr 12

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    Life Altering

    I have had an anxiety problem for most of my life that I can remember. But this...is absolutely awful stuff. It has altered my life in so many ways its hard to explain it all. I used to love to drive. Now I dread even getting a vehicle. I was rear ended June of 2011. I was...
    lisamarieme lisamarieme 51-55, F Aug 11, 2012

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    What Has Happened To Me?

    For a couple of years I faced intimidation and bullying at work by senior managers. I would complain to my manager about all the issues, even put a written complaint as well as a verbal complaint with HR. However I was told it was a very political enviornment at work?? I would...
    MandyTad MandyTad 36-40, F 2 Responses Jun 3, 2012

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    Not Sure About This One

    About the title to this story.  I meant, I didn't know if I should write this story under Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or another new group.  To me, it's part of my PTSD.  So this is where I will write it. I have been wanting to write about this for a while now but then...
    TexasLily TexasLily 51-55, F 4 Responses May 24, 2012

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    Darkness Go Away

    It's always with me.  Sometimes inside me sooo quietly that I don't even know it's there.  Other times like now, it's strong, it's taking over.  I fight it as best I can.  I'm afraid, uncomfortable.  The little girl inside me comes out, her feelings control my mind.  There...
    TexasLily TexasLily 51-55, F 8 Responses Mar 25, 2012

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    I Am Winning My Battle!!!

    I thought when I first started suffering with the flashbacks was when my PTSD started.  I was wrong.  When my first traumatic experience started is when the PTSD started.   I also thought all this time, that my first traumatic experience was about 8 years old, with the Uncle...
    TexasLily TexasLily 51-55, F 8 Responses Feb 15, 2012

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    I Am Not Coping Well

    I feel really lost at this point and I don't really know how to pick up and move on. I am trying to find another therapist and hope to find one that will help me, but feel discouraged. I feel like my problem will never go away. I know, I know that everyone feels this way when...
    Mapping Mapping 26-30, F 1 Response Nov 27, 2012

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    Ptsd Without The T?

    I have had a few therapists suggest that I may have PTSD due to symptoms I experience. I would agree with that, except for the fact that I have no memory of any obvious, severe trauma. I was hit by a car as a child and had other "mildly" traumatic incidents in life, but nothing...
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    Assaulted On MLK Day At Miami University

    The stars peered from the sky like peeping toms spying through the glass that shielded our lives from the cold cosmos for a bit of rest prior to reincarnation. Drunken chatter and squeals of intoxication sweated through the night. Ted and I left a party to return our friend Linda...
    jasonk421 jasonk421 31-35, M Jan 31, 2013

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    How I Overcame Panic, Fear, Hypochondria And Agoraphobia!

    I struggled with panic, fear, hypochondria and eventually even agoraphobia for years. It seemed like my mind just got stuck in this loop in which I just kept worrying. As soon as my panic kicked in, my heart started racing and I was absolutely convinced that I was on the verge...
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M Nov 25, 2013

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    Im 21 A Mom Of 2 With Ptsd Making My Life Hell.Help!

    I was abused almost my whole childhood by someone that was suppose to be my family.I've been suffering with anxiety ,depression, and panic attacks since the abuser was arrested. I can't live life normal I have 2 kids and a boyfriend but he's already getting tired of this life...
    Pydisaster Pydisaster 18-21, F Jun 4, 2013

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    Drinking To Cope Is Ruining My Life

    At the age of nine year's Old I watched my mom die, she was born sick, I was getting ready for school when I seen her take her last breath,her sister my aunt. And her husband adopted me and my sister, after six months my uncle started to sexually molesting me and my sister...
    titanvolsfan1 titanvolsfan1 46-50, M Sep 7, 2013

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    AncientStar AncientStar 31-35, M Mar 20

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    Just Me....

    Diagnosed a while ago. Probably strugling with ptsd all my life. Still trying to accept the fact that my biological parents didnt want me and my adaptive parents tried theire best but it didn't workout..... Not them to blame. But because of it,I can't help feeling rejected...
    javspucca javspucca 26-30, F 1 Response Dec 31, 2012

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    Still Screaming On The Inside!

    I made a major sacrifice in not only my life but in my child's life. I decided to go overseas to work for a year. I had no ides as to what I would be getting myself into. The flight was long and overrated for the price of the ticket. I was told by the company I decided to go work...
    SWEETNSEXXY7 SWEETNSEXXY7 31-35 1 Response Sep 3, 2012

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    I Have So Many Problems That I Don'T Know Where To Begin

    Between 2004 and 2008 I was in the middle of the biggest ghost possession that I have ever heard of . I beat my head with my fist to keep them away... I was electrocuted, thrown to the ground, followed, taunted, held down and tortured. I am now a shell of a person. Every...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jun 14, 2013

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    My name is John. I used to be a member of EP a

    while ago and got away from it. I'm an army infantryman and a combat veteran. I have been diagnosed with PTSD and have started to combat it. It is going to be a long road to recovery but I am tired of being miserable. I want my life back. I want to be happy again. Writing has...
    johnnyamerica88 johnnyamerica88 26-30, M Mar 4

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    A Question I Received About Overcoming Panic Attacks.

    Question: Can u give me an advice?i love how u explained that to overcome anxiety,u shud rely on urself and not on others bcoz dependency will only make me feel hopeless and weak.I really wanna try to live again.I miss the old me so much and i want to feel the freedom again of...
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M May 7, 2013

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    Having panic attacks?

    Here's some advice from Tyler Durden. 
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M Mar 7

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    I Served In Vietnam

    I serve in Vietnam and a lot of veterans happy ptds is the hard thing to battle when you get upset over the little things sometimes and flashbacks keep popping in your head remind you of the the War you fought I wake up sometimes at night sweating so bad that the sheets are...
    fireman03 fireman03 66-70, M Mar 21, 2013

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    Post Childbirth Ptsd

    For 7 years I struggled alone. None if my ob/gyn ever made the connection. After googling my symptoms and feelings I came across case studies. Every single story I read was my own. 7 years thinking I had some mental defect when in fact I had all the classic symptoms of this "new...
    Indystyx Indystyx 31-35 3 Responses Feb 26, 2013

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    Having Had An Experience Of Bashings And Violence It Has Cost Me My Sanity

    when I meet people like katy robinson or the epharmacy woman or other abusive types or even men who talk sex all the time I leave the job and I don't apologise for it .. I just can' t be around people who are physically aggressive or who play mind games. I think that if...
    IceEntice IceEntice 36-40, F 1 Response Jul 27, 2012

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    It Doesn't Stop, It Doesn't Go Away

    At one point I was convinced it did. I thought I had all the right weapons and all the strength I needed. I thought I had done all the work, cried the tears, felt the fears. My therapist told me this would not be a lifelong battle. Then how come I come back to the same point...
    Mapping Mapping 26-30, F 1 Response Oct 18, 2012

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    Related Experiences

    My wife has terrible ppd. It's our third child and I'm stuck dealing with all three kids and trying to make a living. Often all she wants to do is sleep or medicate herself.
    jthor jthor 36-40, M Jul 14

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    I started binge drinking often after my 1st divorce, about 8 years ago. Now, I'm getting older and my body can't handle the alcohol as well as it used to. I get things like wicked...
    sweetie8403 sweetie8403 26-30, F 1 Response Jun 23

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    In October I had an abortion. I've gone through the stages of grief, though it was painful I understood it and so did others. But then there were the emotions and thoughts that I...
    DizzieDazie DizzieDazie 18-21, F Jul 5

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    I am addicted to constantly thinking the worst of myself and making up in my mind what I want to believe to feel sorry for myself. I feel alone and am losing my battle with myself...
    aneurysm91 aneurysm91 22-25, M 2 Responses Jun 30

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    My whole life I have gone up and down with my weight from extremes of 11 stone to 17 stone and I'm about 5 foot 10. I can go months without eating any lunchs and then will go...
    joelex300 joelex300 18-21, M Jun 22

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    I have been TTC for almost 6 years now. I have an 8 year old girl who is my entire life. She is the finest little lady I have ever met, and we have been TTC ever since she was two...
    PrttyInBlue PrttyInBlue 22-25, F 23 hrs ago

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    All I want is one good day without pain.
    december789 december789 16-17, F 1 Response Jun 24

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    I use to weigh 200lbs. I got tired of my guy never calling me pretty or skinny like he did for ever other girl. I now weigh 120 with a new guy but I think cause I can't eat and I...
    kellycheetos kellycheetos 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 29

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    I am numb, cold and empty i have nothing to give anyone anymore because i am too shut off. I did tell people this, i did warn them i am a different person and still not in a good...
    Gentleandlovingsoul Gentleandlovingsoul 36-40, F Jun 30

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    I'm battling who I currently am with whom I'm meant to be. I'm trying to transition into a better version of myself.
    AquariusLife AquariusLife 26-30, F 2 Responses Jun 30

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    My name is Kelli. Attached is my before and after picture!!! I'm 24 years old and a I would love to share my short but great story about weight loss that might help you in your...
    kellirae22 kellirae22 22-25, F Jul 8

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