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I'm New and Unsure If I Have PTSD - Witness to Friend's Trauma

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Archus, Oct 30, 2007.

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  1. Archus

    Archus New Member

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    Hey everybody, my name is John, but if remembering that is tough, Archus works. I'm currently a student at Penn State majoring in Computer Science, but I'm thinking about switching to Neuropsychology.

    About three years back, I was the witness to my friend's repeated trauma. I always thought that the flashbacks and re-imagining of the trauma was just my body going for stress relief. I'd cry about it, and my body would release endorphins and whatnot to make me feel better.

    It wasn't until this past summer that I realized I might have PTSD. I was browsing through the psychology section at Borders, found "I Can't Get Over It," and thought, "That's exactly how I feel." Once I started browsing through it there, I just started crying because things just made a lot more sense with every sentence that I read. I still haven't seen a therapist yet or anything, right now I'm trying to learn more about what it is that I might have. I've been trying to read through "I Can't Get Over It," but school assignments and regular life always seems to get in the way.

    I found these forums because I was doing my daily pages (a habit from The Artist's Way), and my last few sentences were about something that almost set me into a panic attack, and wondering what I could do about all of this. And so I thought to google "PTSD forum," and here I am!

    As some random facts, I play the guitar, I juggle, I'm Roman Catholic, and my right eye has 20/20 vision while my left eye has better than 20/20 vision (AND I used to wear glasses for an astigmatism). I like to write also, and I'm going to try to compete in Nanowrimo again this year (hopefully it won't be failure number three this time, haha). My desk is very messy, and I like to keep a couple of index cards in my pocket so I can scribble down anything important that I see or hear at any time, anything from song lyrics to look up that I'll probably forget otherwise to school assignment ideas and reminders. I'm learning French this semester, and for the next few semesters as well, and I love speaking it, so if you ever feel the urge to throw a French phrase at me, I'd be delighted to read it and try to understand it.

    I'm glad that places like this exist, and I'm looking forward to getting to talk with and get to know this community.
     
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  3. becvan

    becvan Queen of the Blunt! Premium Member

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    Welcome to the forum Archus. I highly recommend that you see a psych to determine if you have PTSD or not. Although a person can have the symptoms it does not mean they have PTSD (confusing eh?) Also they can help give you a direction in which to go to heal from PTSD.

    I Can't Get Over it is our bible. Although there are many good books out there. We have a recommended reading list too that might interest you.

    bec
     
  4. reallydown

    reallydown I'm a VIP

    Bonjour Archus. Bienvenue. LOL (I've forgotten most of my French...)
     
  5. Archus

    Archus New Member

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    Ce n'est pas un problème. Je parle francais mauvais, mais j'adore parler francais.

    I think that's right...:think:
     
  6. She Cat

    She Cat I'm a VIP Premium Member

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    Welcome to the forum.....

    French..hhhmmmm NOPE!!! My grandfather was Canadian and spoke french, and spoke it fluently....He lived with us but I never spoke it.....
     
  7. nie

    nie Wishing for wings to fly. Premium Member Donated

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    :hello: Welcome John
     
  8. anthony

    anthony Renovation Aficionado Founder

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    Hi John, welcome to the forum and glad to have you here.
     
  9. GR-ass

    GR-ass Well-Known Member

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    show off :rofl:

    welcome honey
     
  10. Frankie

    Frankie Well-Known Member

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    Bienvenue John aka Archus ! Tu vas trouver beaucoup de très bons renseignements ici !

    Welcome John aka Archus ! You will find lots of great information here !
     
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