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PTSD Support

Post by coco » Sun Mar 06, 2016 10:35 am

A new forum for post-traumatic stress disorder has been created. Some PTSD victims may not want everything they confess to be public knowledge, and so the PTSD forum will be invitation only, hidden from bots, etc. If you would like an invitation, please PM a moderator or administrator.

However, there are some things that should be public knowledge about PTSD. Please post information about PTSD or your questions about PTSD in this thread.
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Re: PTSD Support

Post by DepartedLight » Sun Mar 06, 2016 10:38 am

Nicely done.
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Re: PTSD Support

Post by Fainn » Mon Mar 07, 2016 7:57 am

I try to normally write more upbeat posts on my blog, but today's blog and the next two deal with suicide, PTSD, and depression.



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Re: PTSD Support

Post by coco » Mon Mar 07, 2016 8:24 am

Many thanks to PTNC for coming up with this idea:
PTNC wrote:At the beginning of the week I posted an article called 'Who's In Charge?' which discussed some issues surrounding post-traumatic stress disorder. It appeared on CPS and several other sites. I received a couple of types of responses, one type shyly acknowledging the writer(s) had PTSD, and the other expressing some curiosity about it.

I would like to propose a thread, if people are interested, in which those with PTSD can talk about what PTSD is like for them, relating as little or as uch as they think people need to know, and particularly, what they would like people to know about PTSD. Also, those who do not have PTSD can indicate what they want to know. The ultimate goal is to bring those with and without closer together, enabling us to share a stronger fellowship around something about which there is growing both awareness AND misunderstanding.

It will also provide a cracking good opportunity for focused prayer within our fellowship.

What do you think? I'd be glad to start us off if there's enough interest.
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Re: PTSD Support

Post by coco » Mon Mar 07, 2016 8:25 am

PTNC wrote:This thread on which you are now (EDIT: PTSD Support) is open and very public, and it's intended for general sharing. Coco has established (or is in the process of establishing) a members-only PTSD support group that you can join with approval, and in which privacy is guaranteed as much as possible.

For those of us with PTSD, anxiety disorders, and chronic depression, what would you like other people to know? What have been issues that have hindered you?

For people who do not have PTSD et al, what questions do you have?

There are many things I'd like to share, but I'll start with this:

PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) falls into the category of anxiety disorders. When many people hear that someone has PTSD, they immediately assume that person has been in the military, and it’s true, PTSD is not uncommon among service people. However, even more people have PTSD because of other traumatic events-domestic violence, sexual assault, life-threatening catastrophes and natural disasters. It’s important to understand that what constitutes a ‘trauma’ is not the event, but the effect it has on someone. What's traumatic to you may be nothing to someone else--it's SUBJECTIVE.

Like any chronic disorder, PTSD is not 'active' constantly, or at least, not at the same level. Many people developed PTSD and go along perfectly happily until something happens to trigger the condition. Smell is a powerful trigger of memory; for me, light, sound, even colours can trigger panic attacks and create feelings of disorientation. There is no cure, it is a permanent condition, and I like to describe it as the psychological equivalent to a physical scar—it will be with you long after the event has passed.

Since two of the many disabling symptoms are flashbacks and panic attacks, it’s important to tell you that comments like ‘Flashbacks? You shouldn’t have done so many drugs in the 70s!’ or ‘chill out, you’ve got this’ are not helpful at all. Anything but. Remarks like ‘pull yourself together’ or ‘get over yourself’, ‘stop living in the past’ merely show how poorly your situation is understood. It is popular these days to say ‘you don’t need that kind of negativity in your life,’ and in this instance, that’s true. We have no control over flashbacks or panic attacks. We cannot reason our way out of them, we have to get through them. I’m told one of the best ‘treatments’ is an honest and prolonged hug, and I have yet to meet anyone for whom a smartass remark or criticism has had a healing effect.

And by the way, having PTSD or depression etc has absolutely nothing to do with the soundness of your relationship to God, as some (non-affected) like to claim. If you have these conditions, remember it isn't your fault--you did nothing wrong, your faith isn't weak (you need a lot of faith to get through an attack), and you are no more sinful or faithless than anyone else.

This is what I would like to share to-day. Blessings to you all.
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Re: PTSD Support

Post by PTNC » Mon Mar 07, 2016 8:27 am

coco wrote:Many thanks to PTNC for coming up with this idea:
PTNC wrote:At the beginning of the week I posted an article called 'Who's In Charge?' which discussed some issues surrounding post-traumatic stress disorder. It appeared on CPS and several other sites. I received a couple of types of responses, one type shyly acknowledging the writer(s) had PTSD, and the other expressing some curiosity about it.

I would like to propose a thread, if people are interested, in which those with PTSD can talk about what PTSD is like for them, relating as little or as uch as they think people need to know, and particularly, what they would like people to know about PTSD. Also, those who do not have PTSD can indicate what they want to know. The ultimate goal is to bring those with and without closer together, enabling us to share a stronger fellowship around something about which there is growing both awareness AND misunderstanding.

It will also provide a cracking good opportunity for focused prayer within our fellowship.

What do you think? I'd be glad to start us off if there's enough interest.
Thank you Coco, for pasting this to your forum. I hope it will be helpful.

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Re: PTSD Support

Post by Chaps_iii » Sun Nov 13, 2016 4:41 pm

I'm an Active Duty Army Chaplain, I've received special training in PTSD. Feel free to reach to me if anyone needs someone to talk too.

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Re: PTSD Support

Post by Fainn » Sun Nov 13, 2016 6:43 pm

Chaps_iii wrote:I'm an Active Duty Army Chaplain, I've received special training in PTSD. Feel free to reach to me if anyone needs someone to talk too.

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Re: PTSD Support

Post by coco » Sun Nov 13, 2016 7:19 pm

Fainn wrote:
Chaps_iii wrote:I'm an Active Duty Army Chaplain, I've received special training in PTSD. Feel free to reach to me if anyone needs someone to talk too.

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I figured thats why you chose that username.
Thank you for your willingness to help, Chaps.
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Re: PTSD Support

Post by Chaps_iii » Sun Nov 13, 2016 7:23 pm

coco wrote:
Fainn wrote:
Chaps_iii wrote:I'm an Active Duty Army Chaplain, I've received special training in PTSD. Feel free to reach to me if anyone needs someone to talk too.

Chaps
I figured thats why you chose that username.
Thank you for your willingness to help, Chaps.

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Re: PTSD Support

Post by Jocose » Mon Nov 14, 2016 12:56 am

O Christ, Who alone art our Defender: Visit and heal Thy suffering servants, delivering them from sickness and grievous pains. Raise them up that they may sing to Thee and praise Thee without ceasing, through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Thou Who alone lovest mankind.
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Re: PTSD Support

Post by mountainman » Sat Jan 14, 2017 8:28 pm

Wow! There has been a lot of awesome changes since I've been gone!
For what its worth, I was able to get off of my psyche meds using homeopathic methods to treat my PTSD, it may sound strange but it has worked really well for me. PM for specifics.
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Re: PTSD Support

Post by peter cornbriar » Sat Sep 01, 2018 6:43 am

Caveat with PTSD: I'm an RN at the PA Central Diagnostics and Classification State Prison, (All convicts doing state time start their Corrections journey there). The intake psychologists/Psych Services Specialists there throw the PTSD Dx around loosely.All too often the convict states he has PTSD and because of heavy workload the psychs/PSS (not all of them),tack that Dx onto the convict's psych Hx without validating it from outside sources.
I will venture to say that convicts,(not all), include their arrest/conviction as a causative factor of their stated PTSD.
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