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PTSD Survivors - October 11th 2009, 12:56 PM

After a year of nightmares and reoccuring flashbacks, and a few months of counseling I was diagnosed with PTSD last week.

I was molested by my cousin 10 years ago.

PTSD has affected my relationships and caused me to be extremely depressed, which put pressure on my boyfriend who I clung to. He has now pushed me away and I'm not even sure if we're still together. I'm struggling in school, dropping from an A to B + student to a C student. I dwell on things I cannot change every single day. I have to push myself to get up in the mornings and its a struggle just make it through the day or the night. I don't know how I've hung in this long but hopefully real recovery can begin.

I posted this because I was looking for people who have dealt with this and people who can give me some advice and tips to manage PTSD. Its great to know there are other people out there that have gotten through this.

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Re: PTSD Survivors - October 11th 2009, 06:21 PM

Hey Christina!

I have suffered greatly from PTSD and can happily say that I have it under control now so please let that be your first piece of reassurance that you can absolutely do this. I'm proud of you for sticking it out in counseling, being so honest with your counselor, and being open with us about what's going on in your past. That's actually the first key to taking control of PTSD--talking about what has happened. And that can seem counter-intuitive--most of us just want to forget about it. But in order to let it go, we have to face it. So I'm glad you are facing it.

Do you have any grounding techniques? Let me know if you'd like me to share some with you--I won't ramble about them in case you know what they are but let me know if you don't and I can definitely share. Basically, grounding techniques are different things you can do/think in order to keep yourself present and stop the flashbacks/memories/etc. from flooding you.

Overall, remember that PTSD cannot kill you. Sometimes it feels like the memories and flashbacks are just going to be the death of you, right? Hold onto that core knowledge--this cannot break you. You are stronger than a memory, stronger than a vision. You are here, you survived, you are living, you are alive.

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Re: PTSD Survivors - October 11th 2009, 09:32 PM

Hiya Christina,

Whilst I have not fully recovered from PTSD, I'm on the way to doing so, and have already battled some tough deamons to get me to where I am today.
It's great that you are wanting to get through this, a lot of people get too caught up in the emotions and never think they will get out of it. You seem to really want to get through this, and if you keep your head held high and fight for this, you'll definately manage to beat it.

Like Jen said, talking about it really does help. It is natural to push it down so that we can try to avoid it as much as possible, but by doing that it leaves those memories to escape when they want to, and usually it's not pleasant. Flashbacks are parts of your memory that aren't yet processed, your head hasn't had a chance to sort through it and understand what happened. So it gives you these 'flashes' of images to try to put it in the right place.
Usually, memories get stored in our verbal memory, which make them easily accessable and don't bother us too much, we know that this is in the past. But these traumatic memories get stored into our sensory memory, so are triggered by one or more of our senses, it's usually fragmented and unexpected. By talking about the memory it helps move it into our verbal memory to make it easier to deal with.

There are some really good grounding techniques out there for dealing with those initial flashbacks. I'm not going to lie to you, the work is hard. It brings back a lot of memories. But the effects afterward are so worth going through that.

Hopefully it'll come to a point where this will stay in your past and not come into your future. It is possible, you just have to keep believing in yourself. To help you off, I believe in you

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Re: PTSD Survivors - October 12th 2009, 10:28 PM

Heya
I've suffered from PTSD since I was 14 years old. Although I am no where near recovered, my therapy is making really good progress and I hope to see some progress soon. The worst thing that you can possibly do is what I did, and deny that you have problems, repress your memories and refuse to go to therapy appointments. Although therapy can sometimes be really difficult emotionaly, its really worth it, and make sure that you tell them when you find something hard because they can slow down/stop/help you threw it. This might sound like a really harsh thing to say but don't expect your recovery to be instant, it depends on the person how long it will take, but I can guarentee you that you WILL recover. Also, you are far from alone, PTSD is really quite common compared to many mental health problems. Never be afraid to ask for help. Different techniques work for different people.
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Re: PTSD Survivors - October 12th 2009, 10:40 PM

Hey Christina,
I understand your struggles with PTSD. I had nightmares and really graphic flashbacks for years. While they have gotten so much better they have never fully gone away. To deal with the nightmares I started keeping a journal by my bed so that I could write down my dream right after I had it. The more I confronted them the more bearable they got.
I also started inducing flashbacks which is something that I absolutely do not recommend doing. I am always open if you would like to talk.
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