Most definitely it can and not necessarily right away. It can be years after the trauma before you develop the PTSD symptoms. If that is what is happening then you should find a therapist to talk to and tell your doctor.
There is help for Post Tramatic Stress Disorder and you deserve to have this help to resolve your problems.
Dear shellebelle68 = It certainly can. I have a post in PTSD I want to ask you to read. I am survivor of vicious assault that almost took my life. But I do want you to know, there are so many levels of PTSD, vary from minimum to total breakdown, and a lot of levels in the middle. I would love to talk privately with you if/when you are up to it Please, take care, be well as can be.
It sounds like you have so very much going on right now and I would be scared and upset like you are. I understand about having grown children and not wanting to bother them as I am the mom of grown children as well. I am learning to treat them as adults and to share with them about what is going on with me. If I was in your shoes I would find a good PDoc and therapist and maybe go to support groups like NAMI and other support groups for people dealing with a possible breast cancer diagnosis
PTSD is a very real disease and please do not think there is " fault" when dealing with this disease. It is like every other disease and needs treatment. Please share with the Dr's how you are feeling physically and emotionally and even spiritually . Most of us are like 3 legged stools and when one leg is weak the other legs need to be propped up as well. Take care of you and try not to isolate. This may sound silly but when I get overwhelmed I need to go outside walk in my bare feet on the grass and get near water. Whatever helps you to get calm while working on all of this stuff , do it even when you don't feel like it and just want to stay on the couch
Take Care !
PTSD can manifest in many ways and at anytime after the trauma no matter what age you were at the time. It can be triggered by sight, sound, smell, people and or anything that you experienced during the trauma, conciously or unconciously. Therapy and meds are the current modality for treatment.
The sooner the PTSD is treated the sooner you can start to heal.
You deserve to have the best life you can.
The most effective treatment in therapy is to learn to stop rehearsing the event in your mind. I can look back now and it is just something done to me by a very damaged person. Ironically, it had nothing to do with me. It was that persons delusions. It could have been someone else. So yes, it can be treated and it can leave as long as you are not feeling as a victim.
Though you have been diagnosed PTSD, know that when you get through all of this you will not be diagnosed as PTSD. You will walk away from this. Trust your self. Write me any time if you wish. Blessings to you. May your healing be swift. Karen
Yes, it can. I feel PTSD is a very complex system of vulnerabilities, experiences, and it is cumulative, that is, repeated exposure to traumatic events, related or not related, can and do take a toll on a person's life. I agree there are varying levels of PTSD. My question to my dr and therapist was, "how does one forgive the unforgivable?" The answer I got was "one cannot!" An unforgivable act is just that. I agree with the community here that forgiving yourself for feeling any shame or guilt is a very powerful act. Think SURVIVOR! After all, you have survived! Another thing That helps me is to ask myself what I learned from the traumatic event. I learned people are not always what they present themselves to be and that setting my boundaries, learning to trust again, and living beyond the experience were steps I had to take. Is my PTSD gone? No. Do I still have flashbacks and nightmares? Yes.
Am I better because I have devised a system to balance my symptoms? Yes! A good therapist can help you find your way to devise your own system of empowerment. Meanwhile, be really good to yourself, just a little kind act everyday. And you have a great forum here for support which is very important as you heal. We're here!
YES..It most certainly does as I am a person who is dealing with this under counseling every month... I no if u r that person that has went through this I suggest u do get counseling and psychiatric care asap..you see I was only 10 when I was abused and I held it in out of fear, and it really messed me up so please don't do the same..I am now 51 and am dealing with all the problems it caused me... so take control now and get a counselor/psychiatrist asap if u r the person don't wait like I did... I was afraid..my story is a really messed up one..I will add u as a friend and if u wish 2 pm u can... if I don't answer it's because somehow a lot of pm that people r sending out aint getting sent don't no why... if u r not the person n just a friend or family member of the person..I suggest u talk to them n recommend they seek help asap this is something that has haunted me my whole life n doesn't go away least not in my situation this is why the person needs help to deal... PEACE...
I was sexually abused as a teen and during therapy 10 yrs later it all came out and I was diagnosed with PTSD due to the nature of the abuse. I was beaten so badly, I almost died. Spent many months in a coma due to head injuries and had to go to rehab after hospital to learn to walk again. Guess I am saying yes, in my case, it did cause PTSD.
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