I can see a disturbing trend beginning from members who believe that they must find someone who has suffered exactly as they have in order to find comfort, reassurance or understanding. Whilst this may seem like a logical thought, it really isn't actually. Under no circumstance should a person divert their attentions to finding someone who has suffered the exact same scenario as what they have suffered, because all this does is create much more stress, often resulting in depression and suicidal ideation, as a sufferer begins telling themselves that they are unique, or that they are somehow different from others. How we reach the point of PTSD has nothing to do with just our trauma, it has to do with the life we led before trauma, it has to do with our personalities uniquely, it has to do with individualism, not collective togetherness as such. You see, when you begin to focus on a path that is a lost cause, you automatically are narrowing your thought perception to specifics. These specifics become your concentrated zone as such, a zone that is a double edged sword, in that whilst you may believe you’re going to find clarity within it, you’re also going to find much more pain from loneliness, and feeling you are unique in your situation. A dangerous combination to say the least! When you think broader, when you look at the overall picture, the full scheme of your illness, PTSD is the focal point of that illness, because whilst all our traumas are unique, the end result is PTSD. I'll say that again, "all our traumas are unique." No two people have suffered the exact same trauma, far from it. Whilst you may look at two people who have both been raped, both traumas are vastly different from like or similar. The place was different, the person different, the words spoken, the actions taken, the mood, violence, pain, and the individuals perception of the trauma taking place. People say loosely in regard to why one gets PTSD, another not. The reason is because every single trauma is related to nobody else except the individual suffering it. It is not how collectively any two people relate a trauma, but how you as an individual relate the trauma to yourself. Put two soldiers in a section attack, one has one person in their sights, the other another, both pulling the trigger. Both people where side by side in that attack, one pulled the trigger and continued fighting through, the other pulled the trigger and took a couple of seconds to watch the bullet impact the enemies skull, chest or wherever it hit, watching the blood, the expression, the pain and suffering upon that person face. Even though they are the enemy at that time, and it is kill or be killed, everyone their are still human beings. How both those soldiers dissect their unique traumas are not going to be the same. If both come out with PTSD, whilst they have the similar broader aspect of being soldiers in the same fire fight, they both suffered very unique trauma individually. Like, but not close to the same. One continues to suffer in alcohol and self abuse, the other heals and continues life. Why? Because they are both unique and both individuals, even though they where in the same place fighting the same enemy at the same time; neither could directly relate the others trauma, only that they experienced the same overall bigger picture of the fire fight itself, nothing more. Healing our trauma has little to do with our actual experience itself. You see, trauma is another name for emotions, or emotional impact. It is a severe quantity of emotions upon us at once. No two people will suffer the same emotional impact, ever, because of individualistic characteristics that are programmed into us. DNA is another name for individualism. No two are the same, hence how we perceive things are very different. Let me use veiled as an example. She has a twin sister, both suffered the trauma, veiled has PTSD her sister not. Twins, yet their DNA is still unique and different, their life experience is different, how they both interpret any situation is different, because they are both wired differently, even though they are twins. Instead of looking so narrow, and training yourself to become quite narrow minded, which equates to depressive, look at the broader picture of your trauma itself, without the actual situation itself. Look at the emotional level of trauma, not the logical incident itself. Trauma is one big emotion, regardless whether you turned left, right or whatever and hit another person, ran over a person with a truck, where raped, it doesn't matter because the incident itself was the materialistic side of trauma, not the side of trauma that actually effected you, being the emotional scope. You can poke sticks all day at this person who walked in front of me and I ran over them (sorry, using nuggets story as an example only), or this person raped me when it was raining, the floor was wet and he abused me, and the list goes on. I know this sounds harsh, but it’s the truth, and the truth is harsh. All of those materialistic, image aspects of the trauma have nothing to do with you healing. The emotional impact of those visuals is what has impacted you, not the visuals themselves. You dream of the visuals because of the emotional response within you, the emotional response that caused PTSD. The visuals, mood, weather and so forth did not cause your PTSD, the emotional responses you felt uniquely to your incident is what has caused you PTSD. So the obvious then is to stop poking sticks at a narrow minded approach to healing, forget the visuals and concentrate on the unique emotional impact the visuals have had upon you. Stop looking for someone who has suffered the same, because you will never find it, what you will find though, is others that feel the same emotional impact as you do, and that is the bigger picture than the images themselves.