Hello All, My name is Rick and I am from Chicago. I was diagnosed with PTSD about a year ago and that diagnosis was recently confirmed by Shrink No. 2. Before that, the diagnosis was Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Anyways I have lived in a state of almost constant hypervigilence for around forty years now, so whatever it is that I have, it well and trully sucks! The current theory is that my PTSD is a combination of strong transgenerational PTSD combined with my father being in a plane crash when I was four and maybe some other events thereafter. I am uncertain as to the accuracy of the diagnosis as it lacks what appears to be a near universal; the feeling that specific event(s) has/have traumatized me. I do not have recurring nightmares or experience reliving of a specific event. I am anxious as all hell but cannot emotionally identify that my fathers crash (which he did recuperate from) or any other event was the BIG ONE. Instead, it is more accurate to say that many events in my life, including ones that would probably not bother the average person, have knocked me for a loop. Well whatever it is, I have known terror, fear, helplessness, feeling wired, hopelessness at different times in my life, so my heart goes out to all of you kindred souls.