My Journey as a PTSD Patient
Thankyou for reading aome of my story Welcome, I don't have the right words to say but I am thinking of you tonight. And the mutts at work not supporting you. Very strong, well done. So glad that PT helped you out personal trainer? I'll never understand that. Same for her it was a battle with no support from work.
Can't remember but think she ended up on top, but suffered head issues ages after.
I was in such a calm, relaxed mood that I thought perhaps they were lost and needed directions, so I went to their window to see if I could offer any help. Just then, 6 men jumped out the car with a gun, pushing me back up a slight uphill embankment. I screamed as they pushed me to a tree and held the gun to my chest, not one of them saying a word. I think the silence was the eeriest part. I was screaming and crying hysterically, begging the man with the gun against me, not to hurt me.
I literally begged for my life. I then realised I was clutching my phone to my chest and that that was what he must have wanted, so I threw it too into the street. I ran into her house and hid under the kitchen sink, screaming and crying and incoherent. My friend and her husband ran to help me, pushing the panic button, calling Neighbourhood Watch and the police, but their daughter who I adored saw me like that and I terrified her, leaving her screaming — one of the worst feelings in the world. I still thought at the time that they had my car keys and would come back for my car.
That did nothing to help, and spending hours at the police station surrounded by men with guns only served to scare me more, so I elected to see a clinical psychologist who specialised in trauma. The first two sessions I was catatonic, unable to speak or understand what was going on. I spent the first few weeks not sleeping or eating or leaving my bed. Thereafter I was put on tranquilisers to help me sleep and I finally started talking in my therapy sessions.
The good news is that a few days after my attack, and with the help of the identikit I gave to the police, the men were arrested after attempting to do the same thing to another woman. They were charged with assault since they were armed. I think what shook me the most from this experience, aside from the obvious trauma of it, is the latent acceptance in this country that one day you will be a statistic, one day you will be the victim of some kind of crime, and we just need to be prepared.
PTSD is invisible, which only leaves the victim feeling more isolated and misunderstood.
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What I know will be different now is how I will deal with my loved ones should they ever be victims of crime or any traumatic experience. For me there is no cure, no final healing. I'm no longer at the mercy of my disorder and I would not be here today had I not had the proper diagnosis and treatment. The most important thing to know is that it's never too late to seek help. I suffer from a complex version of PTSD and as of late my symptoms have been getting worse and more extreme than ever. I have been to my doctors and the only solution they can offer me is an increase in benzos and sleeping pills.
In my opinion both are not something that l want since l already have a drinking problem and an addiction to benzo. I was hoping to get some feedback, knowledge, information or insight into anyone that suffers from PTSD and if the use of cannabis https: I have attempted to find articles on the subject but the studies that l seem to have found are inconclusive to if cannabis is helpful to those that suffer from symptoms.
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I am at my wits end trying to find an option that will help me be able to cope day-to-day with my symptoms as they are impacting my life in a very negative way. Thank you for taking the time to read this and hopefully someone will be able to steer me in the right direction so that l can better manage my health and hopefully start to live my life. Cameron, I found your comment while looking for ways to manage my depression, anxiety, and ptsd. I too drink too much. I went to therapy for 7 mo. To a great therapist, and that's when I learned I had ptsd.
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The therapy was great because I understand what's happening better. I smoked weed for 25 yrs, I'm 42 now. And for a long time I think it helped.
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But I have a sensitive mind and body, and it eventually turned on me. Basically it increased my anxiety suddenly. After yrs of anti depressants and off and on benzos.. I have come to the conclusion that there is no cure, only management. I believe that if I didn't drink, things could be better, but I'm sure you know how that goes. I've resigned to the idea of maintaining my dose of Effexor while using benzos when I have the most difficult times. If you've ever gotten off of them..
I guess what I'm saying, is that you are not alone. And it makes me feel better to know the same.
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I wish you the best, only you can know what is best for you. Take care, and keep fighting the good fight! Try emdr when strong enough. I too am diagnosed with PTSD and have had great success with cannabis as a medication. It helped me do the things I lost interest in. It helped me not be depressed. It helped me recall repressed memories.
It really helped my recovery. If you get a chance, please check out my new blog, www.