P.t.s.d

I was diagnosed with p.t.s.d oh say around 5 years ago.
mysticmum mysticmum
36-40, F
9 Responses Aug 10, 2007

The group I ... No "I" needed here.. I was trying to find the PTSD group..... Does anyone else out there have severe PTSD... I have written a number of books including most recently Shattered Family about sociopath abusers, the sophisitacted sociopath domestic abuser that MOST people know very little or nothing about and how this type of abuser manupulates law enforcement, social services, medical staff and others to aid him in abusing his victim(s). Shattered Family should be on the market maybe by X-mas or shortly thereafter through Xlibris and Amazon under the name Savannah Rain. I have also written two other books about stalking - 7 years ago. I really hope to help other victims and support persons for victims understand what these predators do, how they do it, why they do it, how they get away with it, what people (that no one would believe would assist them) help them abuse, how it all works and more. For some strange reason this forum format keeps tagging the words "Does not exist" after what I type - the does not exist is NOT something I put in here... Anyway, victims and potential victims please read Shattered Family. The more people KNOW the less perhaps these abusers will get away with or the less these abusers will continue to get away with...

In the formal sense, PTSD is not curable. If diagnosed correctly, it involves the physical shrinking of the part of the brain that regulates panic - most often a result of living in an abnormal situation and feeling required to accept it as normal. To diagnose this condition, ask for an MRI. The hippocampus will appear smaller than expected.<br />
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Once the brain accommodates the panic, normal stress reactions change, and the brain gets kind of rewired. You may clear the situation that regularly caused such panic, may relax a bit, but later, when new stressful situations happen, you will have a kind of allergic reaction. <br />
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You wired yourself to bypass fight-or-flight, and the brain cannot unlearn how to do that...it would be like squeezing toothpaste back into the tube. <br />
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There are LOTS of things that help, but in the end, giving myself permission to learn new ways of thinking has been critical. I will always have this, and also always fight it.

I love this. Thank you so much.

Good luck to you too man

thanks for the advice, good luck to you

I am scared to death of pharmacueticals and am looking into all other ways to heal. Any help is much appreciated.

I've only had it about a year does it get easier to deal with?

I used to be really hard on myself before I got the diagnosis. So accepting that I was "sick" helped me be kinder to myself. I have a good counselor and doctor. Anti-depressants have helped me. But the anxiety still sneaks up on me sometimes.

I dont think the symptoms get any milder, you just notice them more and if you can find ways to cope, you can more quickly change your sentiment at the moment.

Is it any better now? It could be gone by now, or recurrent or not as bad but lingering....It can be healed but at the same time, if you do what are suppose to do to heal but still there is some problem....I dunno, it might be neurological...when I trained in martial arts for a couple of years I used to fight at the dojo. We were protected and everything but I was "jumpy" from then on until I took a different martial art that made it so that if I did what I had been taught to do the first time, I would get busted up - literally, broken wrists or arms or at least a hard fall. That changed my patterns....No, I don't think I was "triggered" all the time but it did resemble "hypervigilance" but nowadays a lot of people feel like that just from being at work and the fear of getting fired....I hope you are doing better. I had PTSD once, after being sexually assaulted....I mainly noticed it for a few months after I was out of the situation....then it cleared up pretty much completely but sometimes I still have to talk or write about it just to practicve learning that not everyone will blame me or reject me for having been victimized...and no, I'm not a victim type of person at all....neither before, during nor since those painful events....Its a lot like being trounced in a severe beating, but I was lucky, I was not physically damaged and I had relationships - I was not harmed by strangers but by known entities...but both the men who did that - the rest of the men have fortunately and naturally not done anything of the kind to anyone including not to me, ...I had strange intuitive warnings about them...but had wrongly dared to risk it hoping I was being paranoid about him...Anyway, hope your PTSD symptoms have subsided.

If there is aphysical part of the brain that is affected, I surmise it doesn't just got away.

I diagnosed myself with complex ptsd. How did you go about getting a formal diagnosis? I've noticed that the busier I make myself, the less I feel the symptoms. This learning has really changed my life.

Yes when I sit around things go down hill fast I don't let my mind drift back I love shooting I am in control I don't tell the Va Dr"s they think I am going to turn it on myself last thing on my mind

I really wish it was so simple as keeping busy.. It is NOT for many of us. I have had this level of it for over 4 years now.. I had a lesser level of PTSD before that I had successfully processed and that time, in the past, it was different. Now with the PTSD so over the top no matter how busy I keep myself it doesn't matter or help at all.. In fact, if I can just sleep and veg and watch movies (used DVD's as a mind numbing distraction) that is a little better - not a ton better but just a little tiny bit..

I really wish it was so simple as keeping busy.. It is NOT for many of us. I have had this level of it for over 4 years now.. I had a lesser level of PTSD before that I had successfully processed and that time, in the past, it was different. Now with the PTSD so over the top no matter how busy I keep myself it doesn't matter or help at all.. In fact, if I can just sleep and veg and watch movies (used DVD's as a mind numbing distraction) that is a little better - not a ton better but just a little tiny bit..

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Ive had ptsd for around 10 years and find it very debilitating.I was wondering what kind of treatment you receive and if you have any advice. I live in Scotland and there is a lot of ignorance around mental heath issues and not much support on offer.

madeofstone,,,Medical Cannabis works for me. Many here in Colorado move here to live where it is legal for a better quality of life. My friend please google Run From the Cure. It gave me a quality of life again.....Gob Bless

I found marijuana did wonders for my ptsd, but then I had to get a job and drug ruined my chances at that, when is NYS going to allow medical marijuana, wtf.

Hi first they started groups with other PTSD vets then cognitive one on one that did not work the VA has an in patient treatment I guess everybody is so different it's hard to tell what will work good luck