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    The Sex Thread

    It's not just that I have trouble trusting someone enough to be comfortable, there is far more to it. I was trafficked for two years and escaped; obviously sex is an issue for me. Despite being in therapy and doing well, the point in a new relationship where you discuss past partners is an...
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    The Sex Thread

    Thanks Parafiregirl, it's nice to know I'm not alone. I've made some progress but it's still tough. It seems to boil down to trust for me; on a subconscious level I won't let myself be truly vulnerable emotionally or sexually. It's like there is a piece of me I keep buried so deeply that even...
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    The Sex Thread

    Does anyone else get wrapped up in the question of what "normal" actually is in relation to sex? Having suffered through trauma at a very early age, I didn't get a chance to develop in the same way my friends did... the whole giggly, exited virgin thing never happened to me and I remember...
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    It's Here! The Official Diagnosis For Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

    Okay, this got way out of hand due to my mistake. Please delete it. I did not mean to offend, minimize or challenge anyone's diagnosis. Perhaps Solara is right since I offended her and she feels I don't belong here. I was only trying to help (although I did it badly).
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    It's Here! The Official Diagnosis For Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

    Hi Anthony, I made a mistake and apologized- I also posted further information. If you look up Dr. Lori Pearlman, you'll find her dissertation on CPTSD as well. Van der Kolk has continued his research at the trauma center and is currently lobbying for it's inclusion. Again, apologies to all...
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    It's Here! The Official Diagnosis For Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

    Thanks for the support, All. I am currently on disability for PTSD (confirmed by 3 psychiatrists and two therapists) and went to college to study it. While you are correct (and I apologize) for my mistake regarding DES(NOS) in the DSM-V, the two are closely related and one with DES(NOS) is a...
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    It's Here! The Official Diagnosis For Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

    True, Solara, but it wasn't recognized by the DSM until now.
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    It's Here! The Official Diagnosis For Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

    Chava, say something!!!! You aren't bonkers- hypersensitivity is classic PTSD. Print out some info, do some research and point blank ask your doctor what experience they have with trauma victims. You have every right to a doctor who treats you with respect and is knowledgeable about your...
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    It's Here! The Official Diagnosis For Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

    Hi All, FINALLY!!!! I've been researching this for years to understand my own issues. The diagnosis is called "Diagnosis of Extreme Stress (Not Otherwise Specified) or DES(NOS) for short and is now listed in the DSM- V. There are many more emerging studies. I recommend...
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    Life-effects From Ptsd, Social Awkwardness And Rebuilding

    Hiya Sammy, I can relate to the isolation- I don't go out unless I have to. Your right- it's tough to maintain friendships when you never want to go out. This isn't for everyone, but I got a puppy and it's helped. I'm sure I'm not the only one who finds it easier to care for someone else...
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    Sufferer Trafficked, Raped And Still Fighting To Cope

    My name is Sarah and I was sexually trafficked for two years (16 -17 years-old), which I've blocked out. I escaped by running; luckily, I lived. I have a history of abuse, raped the first time at 5 and I don't know how many times after. I got to therapy every week, see a psychologist monthly...
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