PTSD : Post Traumatic Stress Disorder .. Do you have this or know some1 who does
April 11, 2013 9:27pm CST
Have you ever known someone who suffers from PTSD or perhaps yourself have it?I have PTSD and this is a condition that a person develops after experiencing some serious trauma in one's life.. many times soldiers come home from war have ptsd ..but ptsd can also come from being abused as child and/or as an adult. .Can come from seeing some terrible tragedy or being in one. It can happen from many things.. If you have had ptsd or do.. or if you know someone who does..how is it being treated?
12 Apr 13
I was diagnosed with PTSD, last year after being hospitalised following a bike accident. I sustained severe head injuries and a fractured neck. I have refused any further treatment for the PTSD, because i believe it will not help - only pander to any needs I have. I find that my children mocking me for little perculiar ticks I have developed and the missus not pandering me are the perfect ways to treat this disorder. I do feel better since I stopped attending therapy
• United States
12 Apr 13
Hi Rob.. treatment can never cure the PTSD..but sometimes being with others who understand can help you carry that condition a little more better.. So many things cause PTSD.. Lots of folks think of soldiers when you mention PTSD. .Now, however ..it envelopes so many other people.. it's okay to take care of you ..Rob.. and even if it's not by way of therapy ..because there are bad folks out there in that field.maybe just mingling with folks who are trying to cope with it too.. It's not good to always be mocked..it's good to have support of those who understand as well.this I feel.. For long time i ran from admitting the truth about having it.. I didn't want to admit i was being controlled by triggers and that things can flash me back to places I didn't want to be.. No one likes to think they are not quite whole.. I had some bad therapist..some that dropped me into a darkness I never thought I get out of. .Now, I have one more.. like a friend one..that I share things with.. I do share with virtual groups.. it's nice to hear it's normal to feel how I do...
12 Apr 13
I am not sure if I am suffering from PTSD. I have lost my father last year, which is a tragdy for me.My father had got depression, he killed himself.At that day,I felt I have lost everything, and I cannot help crying. My dad loved me so much,and sometimes I feel that I want to die with him.Even now,I am sad everytime when I think of him.I do miss him and I used to stay with him,but no more chance to do like that. I am afraid to tell everyone about my dad,and I didn't tell even one of my friends. I feel I can talk with someone in mylot about my father,because no one know about me.I am also worry about my brother,recently, he always have nightmares.I know he miss dad,too.Sometimes I feel it is unfair.My dad is really a good person who would like to help others,but in the end,no one has really helped him.
• Atlantic City, New Jersey
12 Apr 13
I was diagnosed with PTSD by my therapist about 4 years ago due to my upbringing and my traumatic childhood. I used to be on all kinds of prescriptions for it but kept having to deal with side effects that I did not like. Finally I found a new doctor that listened to me when I talked and she changed my prescriptions to over the counter vitamin supplements and although she didn't agree with my "self-medicating" at home (I wanted to be upfront and honest with her)...she said there are no studies to show that what I was doing would cause more harm, but there is information to show that my form of self-medication has been used for centuries for depression, PTSD and many more ailments. So here I am 4 years later...my anxiety has subsided. I no longer am severely depressed and I am still taking the vitamin remedies along with my self medication.
• United States
12 Apr 13
Well you know . I have not taking the prescription stuff for mine either .. because I had taken those for another condition I had . :asthma and they always left me feeling worse than the condition. I take vitamins and remedies too: like Sam-E, Passion Flower, L-theanine..fish oil, multi-vitamin and some sleep combo that includes herbals .. I feel quite alright but do get triggered yet.. but I am also still having to deal with one of the sources of my trauma.. Till that finishes . I think I will not be completely free of the anxiety linked to that source...
15 Apr 13
I know someone who had PTSD. He had a normal childhood, but as an adult he had a traumatic experience. Someone tried to kill him. He escaped, but it was a very shocking experience and afterwards he developed PTSD. I met him at a psychiatric hospital when I had a depression. He spent a lot of time at that hospital and in the beginning he didn't talk to anyone at all and he couldn't be in the same room as other people because he had become afraid of other people. The therapists arranged individual activities for him in the beginning and he spent some time in a workshop. After some time he started feeling better and he started participating in activities with the other patients and he told us his story.
• United States
13 Apr 13
I applaud you for creating this discussion. Instead of you letting it control you, you have taken a step to engage others to help sort it out. With that said, I have not been officially been diagnosed with PTSD however I have been diagnosed with the symptoms that are partially under the umbrella of PTSD that includes depression, manic, sleep disorder and anxiety. The depression issue is not a surprise, I am a very compassionate person, my emotions and ideals run deep so when you encounter people and suffer through situations that contribute to PTSD it is a huge disappointment in life and if you are in these situations on a regular basis like this it plays a huge role in the big picture. I could not imagine or do what soldiers go through although it also depends on how passionate I am about what I am defending. For me that applies to just about any encounter but my outlook by default is not in the direction of a war like their setting,...unless my country was invaded of course. I do have an idea of course somewhat but I have never actually experienced it first hand so whatever idea of it doesn't come close. Anyway, I have been in over 3 car accidents and seen a large amount of violent things due to my past in the club, rave and after-hour scene. It was definitely fun but there are many dangerous people and temptations. I was fortunate to be part of a large crew of friends sometime going in 3 or more cars full but that does not change the fact that I have seen people stabbed, beatin, jumped smh. Which brings me to the anxiety and manic part. The anxiety I feel stems from what I have seen over the years and realizing just how dangerous the world is. The one benefit however is it taught me street smarts which is actually a form of treatment now that I think about it. Now manic is the opposite of depression. You are a little or a lot more hyper, too social and busy. Since I am a very spiritual person I use my energy to adapt to these things and take full advantage of it to try and get things done. After all, it's all energy and I make effort to recycle it to strengthen myself. For us anyway because people who are in war seeing people die and/or killing people is a whole new level. I cannot tell how it is being treated because it depends on how it is presenting itself so in a general sense always always use nature no matter if you get medication or not. I use a lot of herbs, extracts, spices and teas in my diet. These provide many antioxidants and along with fruits and vegetables give you the vitamins and minerals your body needs to handle stress and strengthen your spiritual power to help fight such negative experiences in the future so your PTSD does not take over. In any case there is no cure so I think the best treatment is compromise with yourself and do what you have to do that makes you comfortable in order to go on with life. It might sound selfish, but if society wants people with mental issues to be productive then things have to be our way. That's why I focus on my website business and working with music which is also a form of treatment for me because I cannot work for people in a traditional sense. I also work as a PCA but it works for me because she was my friend first and it's a flexible schedule. Take care, - DJ Marco Andre / DK
• United States
13 Apr 13
Wow DJ Marco : this is what it's all about recognizing it and doing something about it.. keeping busy .. substituting the bad memories with other thoughts helps us so much to deal with life.. it's not saying the old ones never happen or that they don't pop up ..but that we are going to focus on something else and deal with them as they show up .. I take herbal remedies for my ptsd ..I know there are other prescribed medications but I like the natural path..as long as it continues to keep me balanced. You have a great grasp of the condition..