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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? - May 26th 2011, 01:59 PM

Hello,

I was talking with my friend yesterday about how I hate to drink water or take pills, because it reminds me of when I tried to commit suicide. The water taste a lot like hydrogen peroxide which I used a long with vitamins and medicine. I'm on medication for depression and mood stabilization and I also take vitamins because I am a vegetarian. Every time I take the medications and vitamins, I have flashbacks. Sometimes I simply refuse to take them...like I'll have my hand on the bottle or be opening it but I'll just be thinking about the experience (flashbacks with vivid images) and sometimes I just put it down and walk away. Other times, I will take the medication and vitamins, but I still have the flashbacks and vivid images. Any time that I do take them, I want to throw up. I have actually gagged before.

I haven't had any nightmares specifically about when I tried to commit, but my nightmares have increased. I used to dream very little, but now I am quite frequently having nightmares. So, I am finally starting to dream more, but they're nightmares. I get nightmares where I get in fights with people, or I'm about to get eaten by an alligator or a shark, but then I wake up really scared until I realize it was a nightmare.

Also, quite often I have difficulty falling asleep. I've pretty much always had that difficulty, but it has gotten worse. I've skipped school quite a few times this year because of it.


My friend said that it is PTSD and I should talk to my therapist about it. She said it could lead into more serious problems like me actually being afraid to drink water (which I am) or being afraid whenever I see people drinking water (I'm not sure if I am yet because I haven't seen other people drinking it yet). She said it probably wouldn't make me afraid to go near water or to swim though (I hope that is right because I love to swim).

There may be more things that are symptoms, but these are the only ones that I am aware of that could mean I have PTSD. I don't really know much about PTSD, but I do think that judging by the above, I may have at least a minor case of it. I'm pretty scared, because I don't want it to affect my life. I do understand that it is a very real possibility though because of my suicidal attempt.

Do you think I may have PTSD? And what can I do to get rid of it or tone it down if I do? I just don't want it to get worse if that is what it is. =/


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Re: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? - May 26th 2011, 03:40 PM

From what you've said, it sounds like PTSD, yes.
I think, just to be sure, that you should consult a therapist, or psychiatrist. Even a counselor.

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