Nothing New, But It's Still A StruggleI was diagnosed with CPTSD when I was 16 years old after a very turbulent childhood. I witnessed my father attempt to murder my mother on more than one occasion and we went into hiding after running out of the house. My father had also been near-fatally stabbed by a man and quite frankly, my father completely deserved it.
Even though I've escaped all of that and I'm now safe and secure, I'm still trapped in those years. Flashbacks, horrendous nightmares, panic attacks, anxieties, it's often overwhelming. It often pushes my limits to go through recent things like a murder/arson at my apartment building in a very nice neighborhood, relentless harassment at a dream job, and very recently, a very serious house fire at my apartment building (fortunately, this one wasn't an arson). It's hard, really hard. What's more difficult is encountering people who just don't understand how difficult CPTSD is. My mother makes comments that are maddening in the level of delusion she has about everything. She was there, her life was in danger, and yet she just simply doesn't remember any of it. Well, I do remember it and it forever changed me. What's more, everyone else remembers it. I suppose it's that validation that I've always lacked, just like many others with CPTSD.
I have yet to get very serious about my therapy because it's often something I just have a hard time committing to. I have yet to do EMDR and I do intend to do it someday, but I'm just not ready to make that step yet.
ShadowMonster 22-25, F 1 Response 2 May 10, 2012