Hi, I'm Cimone. Although I've been in a serious relationship with an undiagnosed PTSD sufferer for well over a year now, I'm just beginning to realize the importance of really understanding his illness and being able to actually be able to help him get through what he's going through. My boyfriend is naturally a very sweet guy, but he's been through a lot and sometimes he doesn't know how to handle it. We are currently in an LDR--we met over Skype through mutual friends and webcam with each other just about every day. He's my best friend in the whole world, really, as unconventional as that sounds. He is incredibly important to me and I appreciate his presence in the world each and every single day. The both of us are still in high school. He is a senior and I am a junior; we both achieve slightly above average grades. After my freshman year at university and his second year at his local CC, we have plans to move in together. After the original tragedy occurred, he only went to therapy for a few months. His parents, being very religiously conservative, did not believe it was right for him to see someone. His father blamed him for what happened. He was only seven years old. To this very day, he exhibits multiple symptoms of PTSD. He has flashbacks of his abuse, frequently experiences nightmares, isn't able to maintain a steady sleeping schedule, suffers from extreme irrational irritability and anger, occasional suicidal thoughts, and pushes me away when he feels emotionally distraught. Seeing as I've been recently diagnosed with GAD, there tends to be a little bit of a conflict there. There have been a few times that I have witnessed him suffer from a flashback, calmed him down, and then had an anxiety attack myself. That being said, he's generally very supportive of me as well. I came here to hopefully learn more about PTSD and how to properly support my boyfriend as he suffers with his illness. I hope that one day he is able to overcome it and I hope that when that happens, I'll be there with him. I am very excited to be a part of this community!