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Post-Trauma Stress Disorder

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Oct 16 2010, 11:51
  • Karacane Newbie

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    I am a high school counselor and I work very long hours (up too 16 hours a day). I was a crime victim (break and enter while I was sleeping) and have developed PTSD. I need some support my job is very stressful and I could use some encouragement
  • Perna Newbie

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    Oct 25 2010, 14:02
    No wonder your having stressful days I find that when Im over tired it lets the trauma back in more easily and it starts to show during the week. Why don`t you try and lesson your work load? Work shorter hours and take sometime for yourself. I hope you find the peace inside yourself and in the mean time is there any point in talking with your employer about the hours?
    • kim Newbie

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      Feb 4 2013, 22:54
      l cant afford shorter hours.
  • Dec 31 2010, 05:10
    Hi Perna

    One of the co-morbid disorders of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is that od distorting deleting and generalising your emotions and feelings. In other words the employment of coping stratagies such as "AVOIDENCE AND DENIAL".

    One of the bigger traits with long term PSTD response sufferers is the ability to excell at a career or task because in essance this allows a distraction or discosiative gasalt on the symptoms of PTSD.

    Employing coping stratagies is not ideally the best way to cope with ptsd because guess what PTSD is not a life long Disorder at all and it can be erradicated.

    Start by having a sit down and having a good snap shot of all the positive things in your life.

    write down how these positive things are effected the symptoms you have.

    Then answer this question.." how is that a problem for you?"

    i look forward to your reply.
    • kim Newbie

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      Feb 4 2013, 22:48
      Psychology 101 really. Do you suffer from PTSD because I have tried many medications and many therapist and it does not go away. It comes back like a flood of emotions and outburst. I have many things to be grateful for however the onset of a situation where I am threatened causes everything to come over me like water that can not be turned off.

      If you have any real suggestions please post.
  • Shey Contributor

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    May 10 2012, 14:54
    Hello; I am a newbie to this site. I have suffered with PTSD since I was a child from finding my mother dead at 8 years old. I also suffer from a meriad of other issues such as Co-dependency,anxiety disorder, panic attacks, depression, self loathing and so much more. I didn't learn about the PTSD until last year. I think it is going to end my life. I have been dealing with all of this for 46 years on my own pretty much. I have tried antidepressants, but they don't help much.

    I am currently umemployed and unemployable because of all of these issues. I have been through 3 marriages, was fired from my last 3 jobs. I know I won't be around much longer if I don't find a way to get some help. The stress alone is gonna do me in.

    • kim Newbie

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      Feb 4 2013, 22:32
      I have a similar past with some of the same issues. I have been dealing with PTSD for more than 10 years. My husband brutally beat me and threw my body off a 37 foot cliff into the Bay of Fundy. The nightmares are debiliating but most of all the uncontrollable anger is the worst. I too have problems with my professional life - they have escalated to the point that this is most likely my last job. You have to find something to inspire you - my inspiration is my grand daughter. I hang on to each day by a thread and have tried sucide several times over the last 10 years. It is a daily struggle to get out of bed and I know how you feel. The medications are awful and they don't help me much either. I work come home and try to drink my feelings away - not a very good drinker.

      I hope by the time you read this message you have found a happier place.