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AlwaysRosie "We can't control the waves, but we can learn how to surf!!"
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Thank you everyone. You're all so supportive and loving.....
Rosie, your post made me get all emotional. What you did for that man is heroic. I can imagine that day goes through your mind fairly often. It's not easy getting the bad memories out of our heads.
That's my issue. The flooding bad memories, and having them feel so real and fresh. I'm hoping that Tuesday's appointment is the start of getting healthy. And yes, I thought I could deal with this without bothering anyone. You nailed it. It's good to be able to talk about it here too.
My husband had PTSD when he came back from Iraq. Like you, he was VERY good at hiding his true feelings for a while, but eventually, the facade came down and when it did...whew. We nearly split up before things started getting better.
What helped him (is helping him still) is a therapy technique called mindfulness based stress reduction, or MBSR. You can google it for more information. He participated in a study at Emory University and was such a poster child for the success of it that he's being interviewed for magazine articles and documentaries about it. He was on NPR a year or so ago, too.
We're Christians, and at first thought it was maybe too "new age" for us, but the way it was presented to him, it wasn't that way at all. It taught him how to break out of the mental spiral that he went down when PTSD struck, how to refocus on the moment and not "go back" to where he was when the traumatic situations occurred. It truly has helped.
I wish you the best...it's a tough thing you endured.