I am going to see a psychiatrist

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   Posted 9/12/2008 4:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everybody,
I think that i am suffering from PTSD, and so do counsellors and supports, I just have to wait to be seen by a psychatrist.
On April 27th 2007, I was in a horrible car accident, in which, the woman that i was with, thought that she should turn anyways, and i was tboned on the passenger side, pinned between the car door and the middle console, it was very devastating. Although I did not have any broken bones, was treated and released, it was very very traumatizing. Anything to do with a moving vehicle, i stand at my daughters bus stop, and i see 50 accidents happen in front of me, that dont really happen, or I will think that they are going to happen. Its horrible, i avoid going out of the house because of it, its embarrassing, and when I almost get hit by a car, well, my anxiety, just goes for a loop. I hyperventilate, and have a panic attack, it sucks.
Since then though, i now am so full of anxiety, its even about little things, like if a glass of water falls off the table, my stomach jumps in my throat, and its that same feeling when i saw the car coming at me, why is this? Does anybody else experience anything like this? I feel like a basketcase, ****, I have a five year old dauhter to look after, and this does not help things, will it ever go away?
Thanks for listening, and maybe I could have some insights,

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   Posted 9/12/2008 7:12 PM (GMT -6)   


Hi, welcome to HW. You are going through a tough spot. We have members who live with PTSD and they are taking it day to day.  Even if you had no broken bones, you went though enormous trauma. Don't discount that. I walked away from a terrible car accident with nothing but a tiny scratch, but I carry it with me still.

I have not got a great deal of experinence with PTSD but as I said, some of our members do.  I know that I suffered childhood trauma that follows me around. BUT! I have overcome the feelings associated with it. Honestly I don't know if it all goes away, but it gets easier and we can take steps to take care of our emotions.

I wish you all the best, welcome and know that we are here to listen and support.


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   Posted 9/13/2008 3:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome, Kelly!

What you're dealing with sounds very frightening and disruptive to your daily life. I'm so glad you'll be seeing a doctor about it. If this is a psychiatrist, you may find that the discussion centers around medication and that you'll be asked to come back only for check-ups. If it's a psychologist, you'll likely use some form of talk therapy and schedule regular appointments, but not be prescribed any meds (only MDs can do that). Try to take it one day at a time, and keep track of what's working and what isn't. Having a good list of how things are going will help with your followups, regardless of the type of doctor you're seeing.

Good luck!


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   Posted 9/13/2008 7:42 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello Kelly, 

Because I've had PTSD and anxiety disorder for many years, I can relate to what sounds like a clear
case of PTSD to me.  The fallen water glass being a sudden noise - any sudden noise can make you
jump out of your chair, stuff like that?  I think sudden noises, or even someone sneaking up behind
and surprising you (me, anyway) is related to the trauma you had because the accident was a sudden
and unexpected (and seriously traumatic) event, so these noise things and sudden surprise things
can be terrifying.  I've just come to embrace it as part of who I am.  If I jump in a crowd because of
something that frightens me suddenly and people joke about it or whatever, I just say, it's my PTSD.
They can take me serious or not, but it's self-validating and acknowledging to myself that i've been
through traumatic ordeals.  If they're interested in hearing my story and I trust them to honor my
feelings, then I'll share my story.  If I don't trust them with my story, I just leave it as "It's my PTSD."
I take medication for anxiety, depression (which is pretty much gone, on a very low dose of Lexapro), 
panic attacks (which have become very short-lived as time has passed) and night terrors.

Be kind to yourself and accept what happened to you as a very traumatic event.  Your mind and body
are just trying to protect you by being hypervigilent - this happens to a lot of people after trauma.
It's okay to be who you are, however you are.

I've just got to add (because I've had bad experiences w/Psychiatrists and Psychologists, one Psychiatrist
who horribly misdiagnosed and another who shot his wife, 7 year old and then killed himself (I had been
suicidal so this was not great for me), and the psychologist who sexually exploited me and messed with
my mind) -- please listen to your inner voice about if you feel comfortable with your Psychiatrist, Psychologist,
and/or whomever else you plan to see.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with going to a different doctor
for a second, third, fourth, etc. opinion.

Again, please be kind to yourself.  I've been where you are and you will be okay.  You are okay.



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   Posted 9/13/2008 9:42 PM (GMT -6)   


Hello and I am so glad you have found some people that have gone through your experience.  Acknowledging that you know what is going on shows great strength.  Making an appintment with a P-doc is wise and brave.

When  you have PTSD you might find that you are anxious throughout the day. Calm breathing is a quick and portable tool thst you can used to "bring the volume down on some of those serious feelings.

I hope that you will find help through you P-doc and through talking to others on here that know where your coming from and what your going through.

Gentle Hugs



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