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New to PTSD and This Forum - Delayed Onset of PTSD

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Aunnika, Oct 19, 2007.

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  1. Aunnika

    Aunnika New Member

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    Hello - I'm Aunnika. Started therapy and learned I have PSTD. Also learned there are some people more likely to develop PTSD than others. Apparently, my childhood evironment/upbringing predisposed me and my current symptoms are from two seperate traumatic episodes in my life (at least at this point in therapy :rolleyes:)
    One episode: Witnessing a brutal rape of a person I knew, powerless to stop it, my life threatened at the time it occurred and after I testified in court
    Second: Serious Auto Accident (I was not supposed to live). At first I did not remember the accident or the events leading up to it. Had some help with recall of events leading to the accident (still cloudy). But I am unable to remember most of it. I have flashbacks from both of these, lessened a bit over time.

    All this time I believed it was normal and was really just happy I was alive and survived both experiences. Now that I am older, my symptoms are effecting my ability to recover from some experiences. Also having trouble with identifying my feelings about my emotions - Very delayed.
    I am a Nurse and I live in the Northern Bay Area of California
    Nice to find this site and others to learn from and share. Nice to not feel alone with some of my Symptoms.
     
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  3. permban0077

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    Welcome to the forum. I had a very long delay in the onset of symptoms that seemed to suddenly put the brakes on in life. So I guess I know what it is like to spend a long time grateful to the "what just happened?"
     
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  6. vst

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    Welcome to the forum. My symptoms have been with me a very long time, but I just didn't recognize them for what they were. The diagnosis was very delayed. You are not alone, I am not alone and no one on this forum is alone. Isn't life great!
    Blessings,
    vst
     
  7. Marlene

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    Hello, Aunnika.

    I too have had symptoms for a long time, but it took many, many years for them to get bad enough for me to seek help and get a diagnosis.

    Welcome to the forum.

    Lisa
     
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    :hello: Welcome to the forum
     
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    Hi, welcome to the forum.
     
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    Hi, welcome to the forum
     
  11. Lisa

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    Hello and welcome...

    Lisa.
     
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