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Hi, I'm New Here - PTSD

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by hodge, Mar 23, 2007.

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  1. hodge

    hodge I'm a VIP Premium Member

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    Hi,

    I've been reading some posts in this forum for several days. It's so good to see I'm not alone. I knew that intellectually, but actually reading about other people's experiences makes it real in my gut, you know?

    I was diagnosed with PTSD summer before last. So it's coming up on two years of this new realization in my life. Lately, depression has played a major role also. I'm struggling with my "stuff" as well as working with my doctor on an antidepressant. I hope to not have to take the med for long, but at one point, it became obvious that I had no choice. I simply could not function without some help. I was having flashbacks and panic attacks that totally blindsided me. I have a really demanding job, and I needed to be able to concentrate. The antidepressant has helped with that. It's also helped me calm down enough to work on digesting the reasons I have this problem...a history of sexual, physical and emotional abuse during my childhood and teenage years. Before everything came to a head, I always thought I'd put it all behind me. I was tough. I was an "achiever." I also never considered that it was necessary, or even possible, to heal from all that. But I believe it's necessary, and possible, now. And I'm working on it, with the help of a therapist who's a specialist in this. But I felt I also needed to be part of a group of people who are also dealing with PTSD. No such group exists where I live, so I'm glad to find this.

    Thanks for listening,

    hodge
     
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  3. starshine

    starshine Active Member

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    Welcome! :)
     
  4. Terry

    Terry Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the forum Hodge. You found your new home.
     
  5. anthony

    anthony Renovation Aficionado Founder

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    Hi Hodge, welcome to the forum and glad you joined. Well done on saying hi, as that is often the hardest step coming into something new... everyone is the same here, and that is the way I like it. Makes talking a lot easier I believe.
     
  6. willing

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    Welcome Hodge,
    This is a wonderful site. I have found a some good stuff that has helped me get to a better understanding of where I am and what is happening. You seem to be doing that too. Keep reading. The site has so much stuff and when you think you have read it all, you'll find something else that keeps it fresh and rewarding.
    Best to you,
    Patty
     
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    hey! welcome to the forum, hodge.
    cathy
     
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