I recently moved to a new town and I had to start all over again with a new Dr. In the beginning I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, ocd, border line personality disorder, and manic depression. And now the new Dr is telling me I am suffering from PTSD. I just don't get it. How can I have everything they say I have.I wonder if there other ways to deal with this.
aloha christie, ptsd, is post traumatic stress dissorder, many army vets get it, or police officers, nurses ems and fire rescure. abused children and women or men can also get it. any traumatizing incident in your life that happens to you can cause ptsd. its your body and mind reliving that moment, replaying it in your head over and over, and constantly living in that moment of trauma. i am a nurse, and administered cpr to my nana untill the medics got to my house, it must have been the longest 3-4 minutes of my life. at times i find myself counting out compressions in my head, and i can see my self giving her cpr. a day i will never ever forget. so i hope my answer helped. ptsd is very common now. i see a therapist, journal, meditate and do all sorts of other fun stuff like coloring or playing games to help me work thru them. hope you feel better soon. take care, leanne
Hi Christie, & welcome to the site. Since you are starting with new doctor, I hope it is a psychiatrist. They are better than an GP or PCP to handle these type of problems. I also suggest you get into therapy to talk to a phsychologist. With the problems you describe there are many medications to help, but talk therapy cannot be replaced by medications. You need to get all of this out in the open & find out why it is stil adversly affecting you, & work on a solution. Sometimes group therapy is a blessing in disguise as you will find there are many others that also have been abused by family members (many, many more) that do understand & can relate to your problem. You may not have all that they say, but keeping with one psychiatrist is very important to find the right medications that will work for you. I wish you the best...
I am so very sorry for what has happened to you. I wasn't you to know you are not alone!! I was abused as a young child, the only person who beieved me and helped me, my father, died a short time later. Then I was raped in high school. I then got married at 19, my husband was horribly abusive and the very last incident he beat me so bad I was on life support. I got out of there with my baby son and never turned back. I was later in a horrible car accident that caused some life changing and long term health issues. At this point I thought why me? When is it going to stop etc.well my 2nd husband decided he wanted a "healthy and active wife"and left me for another woman, alone with 3 boys, twins one who is autistic and a 16 yr old who has since suffered extreme mental health problems. I broke down and asked why me God? Why me??? What more do I have to take etc etc. Both my fathers death, as I layed on top of him dying on the living room floor and my car wreck which I can no longer drive that route as I lliterally black out and relive the car wreck,have caused extreme PTSD. I also after the wreck was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Have 2 herniated discs. Chronic fatigue, MS, sleep apnea, depression and those are the worst. My oldest son has been diagnosed as MDD, major depressive disorder with psychotic tendencies. He has attemted suicide 3 times, which have been the most difficult times above all else I have dealt with.
So as I write you my story its to show you, you are not alone and you do have a purpose. I didn't believe either. I wondered why it all keeps happening to me. When is it going to be my turn for good? Or normal? Every question you ask yourself so have I. But that 1 person who hears your story and saves their life, or changes directions, or sees your trials and strentgh getting thru means the world and changes things.
I don't know why some of us have more then others but your not alone. Their is someone out there that hearing your story you will help. I didn't believe it either until I got a thank you in the mail to boot. A thank you that sharing my story opened a young womans eyes and heart as she was ready to attempt suicide. She now works as a volunteer/counselor at a sexual abuse response center. And said had it not been for hearingmy story she would have continued feeling all alone and sucked down and to was planning her suicide. So always know your not alone. Please feel free to email me even if you just need an ear to listen to. Anytime and I will gladly talk.
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org or email me thru here. That also goes for any one on this list that ever needs an ear. Your not alone!
Peace to you
Hi hun, you have already been given some good answers but wanted to add my perspective also... as already stated PTSD=Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, concerns ANYTHING that has been stressful in your life. Something huge to something you may consider insignificant... we all react to stress & conditions in our lives differently. PTSD can actually bring out otherwise uncovered symptoms of mental illness, such as Bipolar or BPD, as you have mentioned. It wasn't until I had a major life experience that I was assigned a new psychiatrist who uncovered my difficulties that I hadn't faced before. Some people view it as a negative 'tag' but it can actually be very positive for our mental health as we can uncover these fears. What is your current situation?
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