can someone tell me about their experience with PTSD

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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 11/22/2009 6:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone,
I would like to know if anyone out there has experienced PTSD? I have read how veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are suffering from it, and I assume people who have experienced severe trauma like rape, murder of someone close etc. could also be susceptible. I have never experienced such aforementioned trauma, but I would like to know if job loss could lead to PTSD?
I have had a string of painful, short-term jobs which involved very strressful job losses and then relocation and beginning a new job:
Japan one year-drank myself out of a job.
Saudi Arabia (only lasted 3 monthsbefore I was fired, but was relieved to get out of SA)
Middle East 5 years-two jobs; one for 3 years and the other for two. Both I had trouble with anxiety and stress. I was fired from the last one.
Can job loss (getting fired) and being thrown into a new job cause PTSD?

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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 11/22/2009 7:50 PM (GMT -6)   
dear coffee4me.
yes. although it was mainly because of the ptsd. for me when i received constant abuse at work i would see it as a continual process of the abuse i received in my past that caused me to be dx with ptsd. alike yourself i would stay as long as i could, and when the abuse from work was coming home i always resigned, although because of my depleted self -esteem i always took a heap of work abuse before i quit. every year and a half i would quit jobs, but not before i was to the brim with abuse from my employers.
it took a while and with therapy to realise that i had to learn to deflect, to stand up for myself. i did this via working on my self-esteem. i just took hard jobs, i had a killer reputation and work ethic. i earn't good money, (back then) albeit it took a toll on my life, my social life, my mind, my stress and depression and in the end i was a robotic yes man.
no more. when i do return to the workforce it will be under my terms, furthermore it will be what i want to do, and who i wish to work for-and yes i will be checking them out. you can learn a lot about a company / organisation via mutual people, via turn over issues, by speaking to there staff and asking other affiliates about them. yeah ptsd is hard, but it doesn't have to ruin/ control your life. hope this was helpful. jamie.

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Date Joined May 2007
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   Posted 11/22/2009 11:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi coffee4me,

I think it's possible, but I think you might also consider what else is going on behind the drinking and job losses. Is there depression? You mentioned anxiety. Is there some other form of mental disorder? Have you got a family history of addiction or mental illness? Have you ever talked to a psychiatrist or counselor about these problems? Because like Jamiee suggests, among other things, our own issues influence how we perform our jobs.

Wishing you well,
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Bipolar II

"Bipolar disorder can be a great teacher. It's a challenge, but it can set you up to be able to do almost anything else in your life." - CARRIE FISHER

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