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A_Tech PTSD for Medical and First Responders
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Hi, Well obviously this my situation. I was hoping to find others here that might have a similar background to chat with, it can be so hard to talk about this stuff with non-med people (and I mean no disrespect, it's just often graffic or upsetting t... View more

Hi, Well obviously this my situation. I was hoping to find others here that might have a similar background to chat with, it can be so hard to talk about this stuff with non-med people (and I mean no disrespect, it's just often graffic or upsetting to others). Im a 40 year old female that has spent the last 10years in the State Trauma Hospital as an Anaesthetic Technician. My PTSD was brought about after years of exposure to shocking traumas, deaths, and no support from management. I would love to hear from anyone that has a similar story, or just wants to chat. Cheers

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Female PTSD @ Trauma
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Hi everyone, I’m here today to reach out to like minded people like myself who suffer from PTSD & Trauma . I’ve suffered Trauma all my life , but the last 7 years has been challenge for me .If your suffering like me I would love to hear from you all ... View more

Hi everyone, I’m here today to reach out to like minded people like myself who suffer from PTSD & Trauma . I’ve suffered Trauma all my life , but the last 7 years has been challenge for me .If your suffering like me I would love to hear from you all to help with many strategies to overcome them thank you

Fiatlux The Worst DV I can imagine. ***TRIGGER WARNING***
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Hi everyone, The news broke me yesterday, as I recall having a serious conversation with my husband when my children were little and I begged him to never harm or kill our children to hurt me or spite me or take revenge if I ended out marriage due to... View more

Hi everyone, The news broke me yesterday, as I recall having a serious conversation with my husband when my children were little and I begged him to never harm or kill our children to hurt me or spite me or take revenge if I ended out marriage due to his domestic violence and abuse towards me. As a person who has survived domestic violence and still in a relationship with my violent husband, I had to have this conversation with him.

Guest_9934 How Mental Health Affects Physical Health?
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The state of your mental health has a big effect on your physical health. Anxiety, stress, and sadness can all weaken the immune system, which means the body is more likely to get sick. Stress that lasts for a long time raises cortisol levels, which ... View more

The state of your mental health has a big effect on your physical health. Anxiety, stress, and sadness can all weaken the immune system, which means the body is more likely to get sick. Stress that lasts for a long time raises cortisol levels, which can cause problems like heart disease and high blood pressure. Anxiety is linked to headaches, stomach issues, and tense muscles, among other things. Depression can make you tired, make it hard to sleep, and change your eating, all of which are bad for your health and energy levels. Mental health problems can also make it hard to live a healthy life, which can lead to bad eating habits, not exercising, and abusing drugs. Also, mental illnesses like worry and sadness can make chronic illnesses worse, which makes them harder to handle.Having good mental health makes your physical health better, which helps you live a longer life and deal with illness better. Taking care of mental health is therefore very important for physical health and happiness of life as a whole.

Tazzy71 First post
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Hi I was wondering if anyone out there has experienced a damaging life change similar to mine which I can't seem to fully conquer. My parents turned to an extreme religion when I was a young teenager and uprooted me from my school and friends and bas... View more

Hi I was wondering if anyone out there has experienced a damaging life change similar to mine which I can't seem to fully conquer. My parents turned to an extreme religion when I was a young teenager and uprooted me from my school and friends and basically my life. Eventually I left but it's caused an ongoing hurt that I can't escape it's affected my whole life as much as I try to forget about it and stay positive. I can't talk with other family as they just say get over it get on with it type of thing but it's a real struggle sometimes and lately I guess as I get older I think about it more. I've never had closure as my mum died and my father is a selfish nut who has never helped me and abandoned me. I don't seek sympathy I've never posted on here I have always been very independent made lots of mistakes from trying to know how to be in this world when my growing mind and love of the world was ripped away at a young age. It's difficult to explain and those who I should be able to talk to aren't interested but I wonder if there is anyone out there who can relate. Thankyou

Jafy Flashbacks from being sexually abused while I was passed out
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Hi, I am new to the forum and I wanted to thank the brave people that have posted before me. I am now in my 40s, but in the last week I have had flashbacks from a night out in my 20s and I think I might have been sexually abused after I passed out fr... View more

Hi, I am new to the forum and I wanted to thank the brave people that have posted before me. I am now in my 40s, but in the last week I have had flashbacks from a night out in my 20s and I think I might have been sexually abused after I passed out from drinking too much. I don’t know why these memories have come back to me now but I can’t stop ruminating about them. I feel foolish and haven’t talked to anyone, but I wanted to know if others had experienced this and how you moved on from this?

Obsessed The Green Mile, ( warning content may upset people)
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My PTSD life. Last night I had one of my night mares It happens every few months. There is a scenes towards the end of the movies "the green mile" where the prisoners go through a mock execution hours before the execution. The end of my nightmare was... View more

My PTSD life. Last night I had one of my night mares It happens every few months. There is a scenes towards the end of the movies "the green mile" where the prisoners go through a mock execution hours before the execution. The end of my nightmare was ME. I was allowed to say my last words, i forgive the judge, the jury, the lawyers for sending me to the execution table as you are only working on the evidence you have been given.I then died. How I got there you ask? This was the end of my nightmare in full technicolor. what started this was my mind trying to identify my sexual abuses. In the nightmare I almost identified the people but when the the imaginary face masks came up to their noses everything went blank. Then there was the one person who over 8 months abused me multiple times. In the nightmare again I almost identified the person when the imaginary mask came up to his nose. Things went blank. Between this and the green mile there was a court case I convicted of a false charge then executed. What that court case was I do not remember. All I remember what I just wrote. NOW you are wondering why I'm writing this? SUICIDE is a dirty word. No one wants to talk about SUICIDE in public.WHY? Suicide is a major societal issue AND NO ONE ONE WANTS TO TALK ABOUT THIS. WHY? I am one of very few people who is willing to talk or write about the problems sexual assault victims face on a day to day bases.There are many that have survived their attempts yet will not talk about it or simply found a way of taking their life. I am a multiple suicide survivor SEVEN, thats correct 7 times I tried. I am a sexual abuse survivor. I am a first generation Australian, not a great thing. You can bury your head in a bucket of sand and say "it didn't happen" or you can face reality. It took me 40 years to face all this. It took me another 7 years to go to court and win. Its taken seven years to accept what has happened. I have to accept that the nightmares will continue for the rest of my life. I have to accept "the green mile" I will never be able to identify the people who sexually abused me multiple time. Remember I am not the only sexually abuse male. It seems I am the lone voice that is prepared to talk publicly SUICIDE is real. It doesn't have to be sexual abuse modern society can send you down the path of suicide.

Just Sara Complex PTSD - What is it and how do we cope?
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'Complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD; also known as complex trauma disorder) is a psychological disorder thought to occur as a result of repetitive, prolonged trauma involving sustained abuse or abandonment by a caregiver or other interper... View more

'Complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD; also known as complex trauma disorder) is a psychological disorder thought to occur as a result of repetitive, prolonged trauma involving sustained abuse or abandonment by a caregiver or other interpersonal relationships with an uneven power dynamic.' Wikipedia description.. I think this pretty much sums it up yeah? I wish I could underline; '..relationships with an uneven power dynamic'. In my own case, C-PTSD was triggered by bullying in my workplace from 2008 until 2014. I developed symptoms such as Anxiety/Panic that grew in severity until a tragic breakdown in 2014. I was forced to medically retire. Although my history of multiple trauma's and childhood abuse caused specific responses in me from an early age, I thought I was normal and everyone was the same. In fact, a lot of people in my inner circle were. Decades later, I find out those friends/family members/acquaintances had gone thru their own traumatic situations. So why wouldn't I feel normal around them? Today, as opposed to the 70's/80's (my adolescence/young adulthood) where abuse wasn't discussed, people have resources to out their pain and confusion in spaces like BB forum or with psychologists, social workers, medico's, psychiatrists and even friends/family. Treatment has become the 'norm' instead of going it alone which is what many of us here had to do until society caught up with this 'pandemic' (IMO) of psychological disorders. So, why create a thread dedicated to C-PTSD? Well, stigma and misconception around it's still rife in our society, and people suffering with this horrible disorder and not realising it is a constant. Your views are absolutely welcome! We really do need to talk about it as consequences of C-PTSD and the benefits of therapy are worthy and an important part of recovery. Newcomers and current members alike are encouraged to post; old, young, male or female. Let's pick each other's brain and see where it leads... Kind thoughts; Sez

Guest_12825559 Understanding my traumas
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Hi I’m very new to this forum. I’m just reaching out to ask anyone how they worked out what there past traumas are or are from so they can move heal and move forward. I know I’m trigged and my cup is full right now with life but I just am un sure wha... View more

Hi I’m very new to this forum. I’m just reaching out to ask anyone how they worked out what there past traumas are or are from so they can move heal and move forward. I know I’m trigged and my cup is full right now with life but I just am un sure what is triggering it all. How do I find this out.

RaKy22 Emotional detachment
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How can I stop getting so discouraged from doing stuff because of fearing my past due to trauma, and when I do something I feel detached because a person might not respond in the most supported way and I feel like I just didn't give them what I want ... View more

How can I stop getting so discouraged from doing stuff because of fearing my past due to trauma, and when I do something I feel detached because a person might not respond in the most supported way and I feel like I just didn't give them what I want which I could be wrong but how do I stop ittt this is so confusing

Guest_9340 Tired of trying so hard
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I'm tired of trying . I'm tired of struggling. I'm tired of worries. I'm tires of being alone. I'm tired of dejavu. I'm tired of fighting on.

I'm tired of trying . I'm tired of struggling. I'm tired of worries. I'm tires of being alone. I'm tired of dejavu. I'm tired of fighting on.