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Seems there truly is no help for PTSD other than staying home…the outside world is just too much for now. Even home does not seem safe. I abhor what my early years have done. There is no cure and no help. the training I have received has driven me far from others. no one can be trusted.
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A lot of people do experience help for PTSD. It is important to keep that in mind. Many Members have attested to being helped. With the right kind of help, we can experience freedom from our past.
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@parus. I am so very sorry you feel that way. Please do not give up hope. I have been helped and so have others I know. You just haven’t found the solution for you, but don’t give uo hope that it is out there. Hugs.
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Self help books are not good for everyone…
I agree. I’ve benefitted from a few, but reading a book about depression when you’re depressed isn’t very helpful usually.
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I have come to the conclusion that therapists are perverts…very negative experience and still under that pervert’s attacks. She wants me dead.
I’m fairly certain that you aren’t making a sweeping judgment. Many therapists are just normal people who care about others. There are bad apples in every population. I try to assess each one independent of any others I’ve had.
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I also have been dealing with PTSD, along with chronic depression, and anxiety. I was abused as a child and young adult, sexually, physically, emotionally/mentally. I was told many times that I was worthless & would never amount to anything by family members. I am learning to deal with the triggers that take me back to the abuse in healthier ways. I’m happy to see a group on here and be able to share with others who have gone through similar situations. Today is my first day on the connection and look forward to helping others and also learning from other’s experiences of how they deal with or cope with their feelings as they come up.
I surely am not alone.
@nanke99 I agree. It does make it very difficult to relate to others. I am fortunate to have a medical dr & my psychologist who work together for my overall health. I also have fibromyalgia and other health conditions. The more I’m learning about how being abused as a child effects my life today, I’m learning that our bodies “retain” the pain from the trauma and can cause our bodies to have all sorts of issues. It all goes along together.
I agree, @parus, recovery takes a long time, and maybe we never completely recover. It is also important that we go at our own pace, we can’t “hurry” recovery, even if we want to…been there, done that and it doesn’t work. Because when depression is chronic, it’s like a serious disease where when we work on it and get the help/medical & mental we need, we can feel better and be in “remission”. But the memories are still there and we don’t have control over how & when our feelings erupt, so even though we can get better it may be something that we continually have to work on.
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I appreciate your adding your thoughts to our conversation! You describe that recovery from PTSD is a process (or a journey) that takes a lifetime – with good and not so good moments along the way. I see that you have recently joined Mayo Connect – let me welcome you. Please feel free to post as you feel comfortable. We look forward to getting to know you better.
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Thank you for the welcome Teresa! I am looking forward to getting to know you and others better too.
dear magspierce, i have a similar background. to yours. horrible. for me, the worst part is the loneliness that goes along with my story. the animals help very much. also keeping as busy as i can. wish there were other ways to heal that would fit in with the different lifestyles we live. anyway, keep smiling. i have made it to age 80. so far, so good. take care.
dear blindeyepug, i should have replied with this information to you sooner but here goes as per your request. some of my wonderful conditions are ptsd, psoriatic and rheumatoid arthritis, stage 3 kidney failure, anemia, diabetes stage 2, high blood pressure, vein blood flow, stomach ulcers (h-pylori), heart failure, slow thyroid, macular degeneration, glaucoma and bi-polar. so far am still driving, shopping, cleaning house, etc., etc. AND watching much, much television. boy, has tv changed since we got one at my age 13. an 8″ screen, a signal all day and at about 5pm it’s HOWDY DOODY TIME. see, life does get better. i am 80 now and still have my problems at times horrible anxieties but somewhat better than years ago. there are times of enjoyment which i appreciate more now than ever. love to all.and be glad you don’t have to take the 14 medications i need to.
Thanks @peach414144! That’s wonderful you are 80, I’m 64. Some things that really help me is writing, especially poetry. Most of my poems have been written when I’m having down times and it helps me to start feeling better, remembering I have so much to be thankful for. Also, I color. Sometimes in adult coloring books, (they’re not what you might think if not familiar with them), other times I draw with the colors or color pencils & draw/color my feelings and label them. I usually take my “homework” to my therapy appointments and share them with my psychologist. She has been extremely helpful in guiding me in ways to deal with my feelings when they come up, that I make my own homework usually.
What kind of animals do you have? I rescued a dog a year ago, but I think she actually rescued me. She is a lot of company and comfort, I don’t know what I would do without her now. You take care too and have a good evening!
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hi there, i did much coloring when hiding in the closet, hiding from being beaten. now, i at times still do color in children’s coloring books, or sketch and color. for many years i have “saved” older cats and dogs. not many people seem to want them. and especially now, i do not want them to outlive me. at the moment i have an 11 year old chihuwawa, a 13 year old 70 lb. heinz variety and 2 old cats. no more until i go to “rainbow bridge” to pick up my friends on the way to heaven. i say this with a smile. you are right. the animals are here to save us. there are so many ways to keep busy even if it is just to dance to the music when washing the dishes or look out the window to see the flowers, the wind rocking the trees, a bird a butterfly. all the miracles to be appreciated. listen to the radio talk shows. especially at night when you cant sleep. and on and on. if you can still dance, go to a dance even if you go alone. so what. enjoy.. even just take a walk and watch everything. good talking. next time. barbpeach
Welcome, @magspierce. I deal with the same mental health issues, though I didn’t experience abuse at home. I was bullied some at school, but depression, PTSD, anxiety, and suicidal ideation developed over the course of many years, dealing with very low self worth and other things, coming to a head when I was 55. I’ve been climbing out of that hole now for 12 years, with the help of some good therapists along the way.
I hope you’ll feel comfortable with the conversations here, and will join in as much as you like.
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I’m not sure I’ll make it to 80. But then, none of us are assured of tomorrow. I appreciate your input.
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