I hsve been diginosed witb ptsd but i am not a vet how is that only a vets disorder
Hi, I just want you to know that you are not alone in your suffering, and NO, Vets are not the only people who have PTSD! There are so many people on this site that have PTSD, you should be hearing from several by days end.
Have you been diagnosed by a doctor? If not, seek out a sympathetic doc that will help you deal with your disorder. There are many doctors out there and one of them will be the right one for you.
Wishing you the best,
The condition is exactly what the name describes. My question is, who is telling you that? A therapist wouldn't. A doctor wouldn't. Friends and family might. Educating is the key. But there is no need for one to do so when they are still working upon getting over it. Rape causes it. Car accident, childhood abuse. There are many types. It is based upon what someone experiences and how it is handled in their mind. Until this is worked through it stays present in the person. Don't worry about others, work upon yourself. Those who understand will support you. Those who do not have not learned yet. People are able to remove the emotional part of trauma with work from a good therapist who specializes in this. It takes special training. I know you can be better. Wishing you deep healing and a bright future. Karen
Hi, No one should tell you don't have PTSD. I was diagnosed with PTSD with my depression from a trauma (from abuse). Yes PTSD came from vets but
now there found out alot of people gone thur some kind of trauma they most
likely have PTSD. You are not alone, don't let other tell you what you have
or what you don't have. Only a Dr. can. You can get the support you need on here. Or other websites. Hang in there.
PTSD, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is NOT only a Veterans disease. I have it from losing my first child in my 20's when he was born via emergency C section and once they cut the umbilical cord he had no way to breathe due to a birth defect that his larynx or any pathway for air to get into or out of his little body was gone once the cord was cut. Any traumatic experience can cause PTSD. My husband, as a Viet Nam Veteran who saw combat has his from his Army career. I think that's one reason we understand each other so well and are so forgiving and such. Each of us can tell when the other is about to have an episode and we each go to a different room until it passes. Not a day goes by I don't feel I should have died and my newborn lived. I was only 6 months along when it happened. He was so tiny, Mom bought a Cabbage Patch kid and we put him in those clothes.
However, a higher power thought I needed to stay here and I would have never met my current husband who understands my crying episodes and other fun side effects. I honestly don't think my family has a clue though my psychiatrist has assured me that our mutual traumas may have made the bond between hubby and I that much stronger. I researched Viet Nam especially the time frame he was there, and though I cannot unsee the grisly photos I have a much better understanding of what he goes through with flashbacks and nightmares.
It is crapola that only vets have PTSD. It's just, that's when it started to be recognized. Maybe it's from recognizing it in Vets is what had it gain enough traction so it made it into the DSM manual (what they use to diagnose mental health disorders).
I'll give you an example of my PTSD. I was in a car accident, and I was also in a domestic violence situation. I have PTSD from both. When I hear glass breaking, or when someone near me drops a book, I suck in my breath and cringe into a ball, my heart starts beating, and I go into fight or flight response. It's a Post-Trauma Stress reaction.
You hear, see, smell, sense something that either cognitively or subconsciously reminds you of the trauma, and you react "inappropriately." Your body is reacting "appropriately," if you WERE still in that situation, yet you are no longer in that situation, and so you need Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as (potentially) antidepressants that are known to benefit depression, anxiety and PTSD (there are a few), so you can open yourself up and talk through what happened without spiraling out of control. CBT has you look at current day scenarios, roll them around in your hands (figuratively) and look at them in a more logical fashion, see that you're no longer in danger, and put them back into place so you feel that it's no longer necessary to react that way in the future - or at least gives you the tools to deal with your reactions, so they are shorter, less intense, and have less of a negative impact on your life. I wish you nothing but the best. Please follow up and let us know how you do. :)
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