I have ptsd and I'm newly diagnosed. I think this happened to me and I'm trying to see if other people experience this. Please I have kids. Do you act normal in this state?
Hello JH. This is not normal but does come with the condition for some people. It depends upon the severity of the event and the way we process it. Blackouts are dangerous, as you know. Please see a psychiatrist immediately. Your concern for your children is appropriate. You aren't crazy, but your mind is doing something crazy. This can be treated and you can heal. Time is of the essence for you to get help please don't delay. You don't want this to be ingrained in you. Time to heal. When you are feeling better you will see the wisdom in this. Write any time. I wish you well. Karen
I have ptsd. If your dissociation is strong enough it will seem like a blackout. It is your mind's way of protecting you. I did a lot of dissociation and would find that during the event I would loose time. One way to put it is if you have ever been driving and your minds goes somewhere else and you notice that you were driving on autopilot. A little unnerving and you wonder how you did not run off the road. Dissociation can work the same way. I found that if I stayed in the present moment it helped. Yes, you can act normal during the dissociation, but not everyone acts the same. Long term dissociation should be treated by psychologist or therapist that is trained in ptsd. I found that a psychiatrist is for meds not the best for therapy. I read a few books on ptsd and that helped me understand what was happening to me because at times it makes you feel like you are loosing your mind... you are not, it is just symptoms of the ptsd.
Feel free to contact me if you have more questions or concerns I will do my best to answer them if I can. Just remember it took courage to reach out and you did.
I almost totally forgot, and am surprised that I did forget, but yes, I also had black outs as well as randomly falling asleep! It's almost like a weird dream recalling those events, but yah, I remember the day after thanksgiving not being able to recall much of what had happened. When put into situations of severe stress the body seems to automatically shut down! If I'm not mistaken those blackouts lasted as long as the situation did, provided that I didn't fall asleep.
Like most of my childhood, those events are simply not there, and I would suppose the reason for not recalling until now. At this point as you already know, those are events from my past and will be left alone to be once again forgotten. PTSD is so weird, if you think about what makes you ill, the past, the past will eat you up, however, if you accept the past and let it go, it also will leave you alone. Easier said than done of course.
I'm still shocked that I had totally forgotten such a large part of the illness! I really am so sorry that you're going through this, but, there is hope, you can get better. I sometimes forget just how sick I was, how terrible ptsd is. With that said, after hitting rock bottom, I started to really work on getting better. When I started to work on living in the now, the condition evaporated quickly. It simply can not exist without the past. Best of luck to to you.
Hello yes I to have blackouts. From ptsd I don't rember much of my childhood due to it but since adulthood over had blackouts that last from 30min-4hrs so it depends on the situation I'm in at least I'd say talk to your Dr try some meds I'm going the rouunds myself with meds to help best of luck
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