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I think my friend may have PTSD - October 1st 2009, 04:42 AM

This is about that same friend as before, who tried to kill himself a couple of weeks ago. I think he might have PTSD from it now, I'm not sure if that's possible but I think he does.
He told me that he keeps seeing it happening over and over again in his mind and whenever it does he starts feeling very sick and nearly vomits.
I think they're flashbacks. They happen at random times it seems, and they also happen when he sees something that reminds him of it. Like if he sees pills, or something that's the same colour as the pills he took, or at the same spot, or anything like that.
I don't know if this is related but he also said he's been a lot more anxious lately. He's diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, borderline personality and possibly mild OCD and he went through therapy for the anxiety already and he said it helped. He was virtually anxiety free for a few months, but now all of a sudden he's more anxious than before. I think he's been having panic attacks but I'm not sure I haven't really asked him that.
I really think he needs help but I don't know what to do, he won't go see a doctor on his own and he doesn't have an appointment for anything until like the end of october or the begining of november. What should I do?
   
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Re: I think my friend may have PTSD - October 1st 2009, 12:07 PM

Hi there Kaydence,

It's nice to see that you're concerned about your friend and are taking action to try and help him. It's very good that your friend has been opening up to you and has been talking to you about what he has been experienced. It's very important just to be there for your friend if he needs to talk.
It is also good that your friend has had a psychiatric evaluation in the past and has gone through therapy which has helped him.
I think that if you are worried about your friend and if he is experiencing distressing problems such as flashbacks or other problems then it would be a good idea to encourage him to visit his doctor, perhaps you could go with him if he doesn't want to go alone? It is good that he does have an appointment for the end of October and he should try and be honest and open there in order to get the best response and treatment he can. As for what you can do now, just be there for your friend, be there to listen - it's all you can do. Of course, if you think that your friend is in danger then don't hesitate to seek emergency professional help.

Take care.
   
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Re: I think my friend may have PTSD - October 1st 2009, 08:01 PM

Thanks for the advice Stephanie.
I'm just really worried about him lately. I'd go to the doctor with him but I just moved away so I can't help him out in person anymore. His doctor also said he had something called dysthymic disorder before she stopped seeing him but I have no idea what that is and I don't think he knows either.
He's tried to kill himself twice this year and I'm worried that next time he won't be so lucky.
   
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Re: I think my friend may have PTSD - October 8th 2009, 06:04 PM

He very well could have PTSD, I actually had what one might consider a mild case of it after a car accident I had about a year ago now. I'll still occasionally have flashbacks while I'm driving, and it is none to pleasant.

Now, one thing that would complicate such a diagnosis is the fact that he has been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. Because of the tendencies of those with borderline personality disorder, it can sometimes be hard to distinguish what is really experienced versus what can be attributed to borderline. I would definitely recommend to your friend seeing a Licensed Clinical Counselor (not sure what the technical term is in Canada, but that is a counselor who is trained and qualified to diagnose disorders).
   
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Re: I think my friend may have PTSD - October 10th 2009, 10:07 PM

I just noticed that you mentioned dysthymic disorder, and that you don't know what it is.

Dysthymic disorder is closely related to Major Depressive Disorder, as it falls into the depression spectrum. Essentially, it is less severe in intensity than Major Depressive Disorder, but is a chronic disorder than as such is relatively long lasting.
   
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