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After suffering from anxiety and depression all of my life, I knew there was something more that was wrong with me this time. It was just different than my normal episodes. they usually last a few weeks, 3 months at the most. But its been 6 months of suffering from something I don't even know. Reading about PTSD opened my eyes and made me realize this is what was happening to me. ive made an appointment to talk about this. try to get some help. something. all 3 of these things are taking a huge toll on me, my daughter and my relationship. im happy I have found a place where there are people who are like me and im not just making up excuses for myself. I hope to get more involved, hoping this can be a place I can come to when I need help or answers. But what I want to know is, what are some things that have caused your PTSD? I know there are so many different reasons why this happens. My story is a little different, I had a daughter when I was 13. I am now 18 and everything that I think triggered my PTSD happened when I was 17. My mom suffers from bipolar depression and has major episodes. she quit her job, we had to get rid of our amazing animals, she wnet to the hospital as we were losing our house. leaving me to care and fend for myself and my daughter. I had to pack up all of our stuff, even having to leave things behind. I had to hop house to house until I came to my boyfriends. it was very traumatic and stressful for my daughter and I . I cant seem to get over it. it doesn't seem like its happened. I have fits of rage that ive never had before. I get mad when I shouldn't. I cant do the things I once did and loved. no matter how hard I try. I have to force myself to bath and it tears me apart inside. I never want to be like this. I need to know there are others who are going through this as well.

thanks for listening,

~S.

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Hi babycakes, welcome. Whatever we are dealing with is very legitimate and real so Im sorry if someone implied that you were making excuses for yourself. That must have been upsetting. 

 

Im also really sorry for what happened to your daughter and you. That must have been truly horrible and frightening. I do hope you go to a psychiatrist for a diagnoses as getting diagnosed can open the door to the correct treatment. Correct diagnoses helps get correct treatment. 

 

If you want to look further then it might be worthwhile reading the diagnostic criteria. The main thing that sets ptsd aside from other trauma related conditions is the reliving symptoms like flashbacks. Adjustment disorders sometimes include those though as so called sub threshhold ptsd is included under ADs. 

 

Criterion A: stressor
The person was exposed to: death, threatened death, actual or threatened serious injury, or actual or threatened sexual violence, as follows: (one required)

 

  1. Direct exposure.
  2. Witnessing, in person.
  3. Indirectly, by learning that a close relative or close friend was exposed to trauma. If the event involved actual or threatened death, it must have been violent or accidental.
  4. Repeated or extreme indirect exposure to aversive details of the event(s), usually in the course of professional duties (e.g., first responders, collecting body parts; professionals repeatedly exposed to details of child abuse). This does not include indirect non-professional exposure through electronic media, television, movies, or pictures.

Criterion B: intrusion symptoms
The traumatic event is persistently re-experienced in the following way(s): (one required)

 

  1. Recurrent, involuntary, and intrusive memories. Note: Children older than six may express this symptom in repetitive play.
  2. Traumatic nightmares. Note: Children may have frightening dreams without content related to the trauma(s).
  3. Dissociative reactions (e.g., flashbacks) which may occur on a continuum from brief episodes to complete loss of consciousness. Note: Children may reenact the event in play.
  4. Intense or prolonged distress after exposure to traumatic reminders.
  5. Marked physiologic reactivity after exposure to trauma-related stimuli.

Criterion C: avoidance
Persistent effortful avoidance of distressing trauma-related stimuli after the eventclear.pngone required)

 

  1. Trauma-related thoughts or feelings.
  2. Trauma-related external reminders (e.g., people, places, conversations, activities, objects, or situations).

Criterion D: negative alterations in cognitions and mood
Negative alterations in cognitions and mood that began or worsened after the traumatic event: (two required)

 

  1. Inability to recall key features of the traumatic event (usually dissociative amnesia; not due to head injury, alcohol, or drugs).
  2. Persistent (and often distorted) negative beliefs and expectations about oneself or the world (e.g., "I am bad," "The world is completely dangerous").
  3. Persistent distorted blame of self or others for causing the traumatic event or for resulting consequences.
  4. Persistent negative trauma-related emotions (e.g., fear, horror, anger, guilt, or shame).
  5. Markedly diminished interest in (pre-traumatic) significant activities.
  6. Feeling alienated from others (e.g., detachment or estrangement).
  7. Constricted affect: persistent inability to experience positive emotions.

Criterion E: alterations in arousal and reactivity
Trauma-related alterations in arousal and reactivity that began or worsened after the traumatic event: (two required)

 

  1. Irritable or aggressive behavior
  2. Self-destructive or reckless behavior
  3. Hypervigilance
  4. Exaggerated startle response
  5. Problems in concentration
  6. Sleep disturbance

Criterion F: duration
Persistence of symptoms (in Criteria B, C, D, and E) for more than one month.

Criterion G: functional significance
Significant symptom-related distress or functional impairment (e.g., social, occupational).

Criterion H: exclusion
Disturbance is not due to medication, substance use, or other illness.

Specify if: With dissociative symptoms.
In addition to meeting criteria for diagnosis, an individual experiences high levels of either of the following in reaction to trauma-related stimuli:

 

 

  1. Depersonalization: experience of being an outside observer of or detached from oneself (e.g., feeling as if "this is not happening to me" or one were in a dream).
  2. Derealization: experience of unreality, distance, or distortion (e.g., "things are not real").

Specify if: With delayed expression.
Full diagnosis is not met until at least six months after the trauma(s), although onset of symptoms may occur immediately.

 

It is important to note that the criteria is of theoretical nature only, and that PTSD includes physical attributes, habits and peculiarities that can only be diagnosed in person by a trained professional. 

 
 
I know that for me getting diagnosed was very upsetting and stressful so take good care of yourself. 
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