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Is this PTSD? - November 24th 2014, 11:20 PM

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FYI, I mention a cause of a SH pattern. That is why I semi-censored/placed in spoiler box.

Backstory: I lived in a coed dormitory for people requiring extra assistance between 2001-2003 and moved into the regular single-sex dormitory from 2003-2005. Anyways, the dormitory for students needing extra assistance... There was a student resident there who got quite violent. He was already a bit unstable when I first joined this dormitory in February 2001. When we came back for the 2001-02 school year, he had horrible temper. He would lash out, get violent, abuse this one boy who was in some of my classes and was also in the same dormitory. It got so bad, after Christmas break, when we returned January 2002, I began stuffing my overalls with plastic knives.

Remember, this was when the only major school violence was Columbine. We already had two incidences in recent years with one bomb scare and a teacher got shot on two separate occasions. But anyways, back to the plastic knives. I know it may seem futile, but
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as someone who began picking from a cut caused by a plastic knife
I knew it could actually harm him. I started thinking of repercussions of using those plastic knives. I was 16 then, I didn't want to be tried as an adult in court and go to jail. This student finally got so violent (fortunately, I was at my usual Wednesday dinners with Mum) that he ended up being arrested.

Sorry, long backstory. Anyways, what I am trying to say is I have recurring dreams that are really violent. I am beating the shit out of this kid, he's all bruised and bloody in my dreams. Once in a while, there are knife cuts. Sometimes, he even dies but I wake up as he is dying. I can't quite remember when these dreams started, I want to say maybe 2009? It was around the time he died IRL.

Oh, and is it bad I did a little jump for joy? Maybe that triggered the dreams? Is it PTSD?
   
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Re: Is this PTSD? - November 25th 2014, 07:24 AM

Hi there,

This sounds like a horrible situation to be in and I'm sorry that you had to go through this.
Post traumatic stress disorder can be caused by any upsetting or traumatic event and considering you found the event traumatic, there is a high possibility that you have PTSD. It's fairly common and 1 in 3 people will get PTSD after an event, but the time to see your doctor should be if the symptoms, in your cases dream persist beyond four weeks after the event. So I would suggest seeing your doctor and they can help you and support you through this.

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Re: Is this PTSD? - November 25th 2014, 01:19 PM

Hey there,

As Riddikulus said, PTSD can occur after any traumatic event, either putting you or someone else at risk or harm. Since there were multiple incidents of violence, then it is possible.

As well as violent dreams, other symptoms of PTSD can include: flashbacks, depression, anxiety, anger, sleep problems etc.

Even if you donít have PTSD, if it is bothering you (which it sounds like it is), itís always best to talk about it, to a doctor or therapist.

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Re: Is this PTSD? - November 25th 2014, 06:05 PM

Thanks, Charli and Holly. I just want to know what it is. I feel embarrassed for having gone thru this.
   
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