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   Posted 12/5/2008 9:00 AM (GMT -6)   
smilewinkgrin  So I got diagnosed today from my therapist as having post traumatic stress disorder. There were underlying issues i had that i did not deal with in my past that caused me to give me anxiety in situations and then a traumatic event happened two years ago that caused me to go into a depression for a year. I am on lexapro and lunesta to help me with my anxiety and lunesta to sleep. I am still unable to sleep on my own. I feel so relieved to know i am finally diagnosed after 6 months of therapy. I no longer am depressed. I was just wondering if anyone here has tips on how do you cope with ptsd? I have some things on how i deal with the anxiety aspect of my ptsd. If you have anything to add please do. I would like to eliminate my anxiety to a point where i wont feel threatened or scaried in situations anymore.
I was molested from my step-uncle when i was 9 and emotional abused by my dad for 16 years. I refuse to go to some family gatherings because my uncle is there and i will not let him near my children. My dad and I are on better terms and he has calmed down but the yelling and swearing from anyone around me makes me feel threatened,alert and scaried even when it is not meant towards me. I am seeing a therapist so I am hoping to deal with my anxiety better and to not think of the abuse I have endured.

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   Posted 12/5/2008 11:05 AM (GMT -6)   

Hello Normal,

A few suggestions for you:

Learn meditation and do muscle relaxation. More simply, pay attention to your stress level throughout the day and occasionally breathe slowly and deeply.

Do 1-2 hours of Yoga and keep mentally and physically fit.  This helps to  cope with every day stress. 

Have you been through the CBT ?  There is a free online site if you would like the link, let me know.  

Many people with PTSD take low doses of some anti-depressants which has been known to  help tremendously.  I will tell you it's trial and error as to which medication will help you.  It varies with every person and it can be a long and arduous process.  But it's worth it.  Do NOT worry about the stigmas.  Today more than ever, people realize what the stressors of every day life can put on all of us.

Take care and remember you can beat anxiety.



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   Posted 12/5/2008 1:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Want to be normal.... Welcome to healing well. You'll find this to be such a wonderful 'family' .... I have been helped soooo much by this forum...
I suffer from complex PTSD.... which just means that there wasn't just one event like a car accident, or hurricane or one thing that lead to trauma... but years of abuse .
At the moment I can't offer much help as I am in the throws of major nightmares, flashbacks, panic attacks, intrusive memories and depression.... I haven't been such a mess in a long time... but I know that this too shall pass.
If you check my thread called : does anyone else suffer from PTSD except Buddha and I ... Kitt has suggested a very good forum especially for PTSD sufferers.... I have registered with them and will see how I do.... so far I am still in what they call "moderation'... meaning that my posts are not visible at this time... they are being read and monitored to make sure that I am not just a perpetrator looking for new victims, or gratification from reading all these traumatic posts.... I think it is a good idea...
But you will also find a lot of support here ... this family is very caring, supportive and amazing at offering advice and getting us through the worst of days.
They are my lifeline... I've come to love them all... I haven't posted a lot lately because I feel my advice might not be very good considering.... but my thoughts and prayers are with all of you always.
Healing prayers to you as well.
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   Posted 12/5/2008 2:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Want to be normal- you have come to the right place. i have PTSD, but not as severely as some other members. i struggle to give advice with it, other than maybe what Kitt said, a low dose of anti-depressants as well as regular meditation. and avoid whoever caused your original pain at all costs- good on you for not going anywhere near that uncle, i would cut him off and have nothing to do with him.
thinking of you- Maz XX
p.s Mary  i am so so sorry that you are re-living your nightmare. i ache for you, the pain you must be feeling. know that i love you and am always here for you. you are in my prayers XX
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