Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

If you have gone through a traumatic experience, it is normal to feel lots of emotions, such as distress, fear, helplessness, guilt, shame or anger. You may start to feel better after days or weeks, but sometimes, these feelings don't go away. If the symptoms last for more than a month, you may have post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.


depression and a chance

  • By calypso73 · New reply March 7, 2014
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  • I have been suffering so greatly for the past 6 months since i shared my secrets. its been eating me alive and i've tried to commit suicide twice since. i spent three weeks in 3 different psych hospitals...they ...

reachingg out for help

  • By calypso73 · New reply March 6, 2014
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  • Ive been on three psych wards in the last 3 weeks due to the fact that i tried to commit suicide. I went to one an they were on. Then i left there and wert to a unit that specializes is trauma and abuse ...


  • By Hippowoody · New reply February 17, 2014
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  • Hi can you have PTSD and still function in between so called normal moments. I have horrendous flashbacks/panicky/hide away from people/sweating/ feel like I choke when I eat/ swing from binge eating ...

new to the group

  • By alubken · New reply January 27, 2014
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  • I have been dealing with PTSD and I find myself sinking deeper and deeper. I have so many flash backs. PTSD is starting to controlled my life once again. I am going to a counsler and that help for a bit ...

It gets un-bareable at night for me!!!

  • By Perfect-Chaos · New reply December 9, 2013
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  • Due to my trauma while living at home with my moms husband... I have extreme issues about being up at night, I'm shaking, hard to breathe, and light headed, I actually ended up fainting the 12th of this ...

Better to go crazy now? or Later?

  • By DualDiagnosed · Posted October 26, 2013
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  • I've been dealing with PTSD from kidnap and rape in 2010, then my boyfriend died in 2011, then in 2012 I was in a car accident where there was a fatality. And my family abandoned me (which hurt the most ...

I need a support system for my forever depression PTSD & ADHD

  • By Jujusings · New reply June 24, 2013
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  • I had to "pick A topic". Hello, I just joined this site. I guess I will start with my ptsd. I never knew what I had until last year when given the diagnosis of ADHD depression PTSD and now possible fibromyalgia ...


bandgeek7350 (Inactive)
  • By bandgeek7350 (Inactive) · New reply June 9, 2013
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  • so, my parents divorced when i was 4 m/o and joint custody was worked out.. my dad was abusive. i was going back and forth between homesvand my dad was doin horrible things even before the age that i ...

New here, Struggling with PTSD (18+ only)

  • By lara17pla4 · Posted December 18, 2012
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  • Hi, I'm new here. I found in the past (about 5 years ago) that telling my story online and meeting others who have experienced something similar. I lost my Mother to Bi-Polar disorder when I was 27. Three ...

Which Event or Combination?

MargoMoyer (Inactive)
  • By MargoMoyer (Inactive) · New reply July 10, 2012
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  • I watched my dad have a Cerebral hemorrhage on my bedroom floor when I was 4 years old. I remember it in color as if it happened yesterday. My next "father" abused my mother and I was the one who had ...

Stress less: Here’s exactly how

  • By KeenSei · Posted April 11, 2012
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  • Stress is likely the most common ailment in women across the country. Regrettably, though you can be diagnosed with it, there is no magic medicine or therapies that can make it go away. De-stressing your ...

up set

  • By barbarasweety · New reply April 9, 2012
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  • They took my kids and i don't like them at all i was going through my sickness at the time and i was on medication that was'nt for me when they took me to court ...

Expressions/Poems written throughout my journey with Childhood Abuse

  • By AngelofMercy · New reply March 23, 2012
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  • Small Little Child Small little child with her eyes open wide, Can't understand why it hurts inside. Poor little girl just stares into space, Transports herself into another place. Small little child ...

Hallucinations - voices and sounds

  • By lamikens · Posted March 23, 2012
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  • Hello everybody! I am trying to learn about hearing voices in people who have bipolar, schizophrenia, or any other mental illness. If you have heard voices (or sounds), can you describe your experience ...

I am having a PTSD Flare

  • By Paige42986 · New reply March 16, 2012
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  • After 4 years I am having a flare of PTSD and I just am realizing how hard it is again for me to deal with, The being afraid of being outside and the no sleeping no eating. I am working so hard to not ...

Mood Swings

  • By BradleyCloer · New reply January 7, 2012
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  • So what exactly is PTSD ...

Control it and Don't let it Control You...

  • By buttercandi · New reply October 30, 2011
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  • I was diagnosed with PTSD in1988 after a Major nervous breakdown. I even got a couple of other diagnosis along with it. By 1998, I was going to work after trying at day labor jobs for over 4 yrs. 1999 ...

Married in Military!

  • By buttercandi · New reply October 19, 2011
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  • I married @ 17yrs. old. He was in the Army. Just reenlisted. I had my first child when we married. I got pregnant again, quickly. Ten months later, another child. My first born was just 18 mos. and he ...

At my wits end

  • By adkizer · New reply June 25, 2011
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  • My husband is extremely ill and I do not know what to do about it. He has been battling Crohn's Disease for 11 years and he has recently decided to stop all of his medications without consulting his specialist ...

something to read

  • By snowbear11 · Posted May 22, 2011
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  • here,s a very good book to help you / i can,nt get over it /by aphrodite matskis, ph.d. / trauma surviors post-traumatic stress disorder ...

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