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    Has any one tried CBT for Insomnia? (CBT-I)

    Ok, my first reason for posting is just to see if any one has tried CBT-I? This is a specific therapy for insomnia, considered to be actually more effective that sleep meds for insomnia. So, my first question is just on that. Did you have insomnia that maybe spiraled from PTSD and have you tried...
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    Off putting things your therapist does

    Ok, so I know they are human... But, it is hard when my T does disconcerting stuff. She is a good T and I have been seeing her for 5 yrs. My attachment to her has waned a bit just because in the past 5 mos I have been in only intermittently due to handling other medical expenses. I am thinking...
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    Parenting issue (need help)

    Hello parents! I need your help. I have a little girl (aged 6) and boy (aged 9). We just moved to a new neighborhood and they are making friends. I am finding myself becoming triggered and hypervigilent. I am especially worried about my girl. She is still really young and isnt as "with it" as...
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    Can anyone reccomend a couch?

    Hi everyone, Kind of a random post here, but can anyone reccomend a couch? Do you have a couch that you love and do you know the brand? So, this does relate to PTSD. I just moved into a new home and bought a couch and now that its here I don't really like it. It is more on the formal side and...
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    Had to take my kitten back to the shelter, heart broken

    So, my family moved into a nice new house. The whole time I kept thinking, "We should get a pet cat " I have owned a cat my whole life and am good with them. I think both my cats (my childhood cat and cat in my 20's) were instrumental in my managing PTSD even though I didn't really know I had...
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    Really struggling

    Ok, so it's a lot to get through all of this, but I am really struggling and having suicidal thoughts. Here's why: 1. I have to take stearoid shots in my face due to having reconstructive plastic surgery because I had skin cancer removed from my nose. These shots cause depression. 2. I have a...
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    PTSD and surgery/anaesthesia

    Hi all, I am hoping you can help me fairly quickly. I have to go have facial reconstructive surgery this afternoon under general. I am highly triggered because: 1. I have a history of not responding to sedation readily. My nervous system fights sedation of all kinds. I have extreme...
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    Medical I need some help with coping with a biopsy

    Ok, so I have a sun spot/freckle on my nose. It was checked 7 yrs ago and was benign. I then got preggo right after that appt and during the pregnancy it darkened but stayed even. I then had a less than qualified esthetician perform a couple of microdermabrasion treatments on my nose. I should...
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    How do you use pot for PTSD symptoms (like sleep)?

    Hello, I am curious as to how you use pot to manage symptoms of PTSD (in healthy ways). What I mean by this is using skills, like mindfulness and also being in therapy in addition to pot. I can get a medical marijuana card for PTSD here in my state but wanted to try it out first recreationally...
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    Sexual Assault Manipulation during sex

    Hey all, So, I was in therapy today talking about my sexuality. I was saying how I was always so shut down sexually until my first bf who was older than me. I loved him and would do anything for him. He was wanting to experiment with diff sexual acts which I did not always like. I would say no...
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    Googling your therapist

    So, I may have posted about this in the past. I googled my T twice in the past 3 years. I found an article about her childhood (prob from a local paper) And I found her on fb. She had some photos there, but it was limited. I was in a dark time both times. I have crazy attachment/transference...
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    Help with long term therapy?

    Hi, I need advice on how to handle/navigate being in a long term theraputic relationship. I have been seeing my T for 2 and a half years, already and still need help. We are working on my relationship/attachment issues. But I took a break to move and now am back, but since coming back it has...
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    Bad therapy session

    Have you ever had a bad therapy session with a good therapist? So it was bad today. I started out telling her that I have attachmemt feelings (love) for her, which I have said before. We are specificly working on me developping a secure attachment with her. She asked if I feel like I can have...
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    It is hard to bring up my present day issues

    So, with my trauma focused T it is easy to talk about the past. I guess I feel validated by telling her about all of the crap that happened to me. But it is soooo hard to talk about how I am f*cked up in the present. I can mention flashbacks and hypervigilence, and many other symptoms. But some...
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    My co worker killed himself

    I am having a difficult time with this because I cannot see my T as my husband is unemployed and he is going on job interviews. This man was one who I really liked and hung out with on our staff. He was smart, funny, intelligent has a family. He was passionate and I guess maybe really depressed...
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    How do I manage when I cannot see my T for awhile?

    Hey, So I am looking for advice. My husband is unemployed currently and so I cannot afford therapy. I am looking for some insight on how to survive without her. This was abrupt due to his lay off. He is looking for work in a high demand field so we should be ok in terms of finding work soon. I...
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    Jealous of my therapist (again)

    Ok, so I may have done a jealousy of T post a while back, but I need to do another one. A quick back ground: Due to having a baby and then taking psych meds I have been suffering with a bad reaction from the psych meds. It has been major sleep dep for years and the inability to tolerate...
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    People of color and trauma

    Hi, I am looking for thoughts or comments from people of color who have experienced trauma. Also, any one who has a comment. I am a white woman (with PTSD) and I have been doing a lot of diversity work. I was at a conference and I had many reactions. 1. I have suffered in my life, but have...
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    Sexual Assault Making friends with your sexuality

    So, I have been working with my therapist on reclaiming my sexuality. I was object raped at age 4 (and other acts I remember and don't remember) by women and (possibly men) then assaulted (almost raped in college). I have had varying degrees of issues effecting my sex life. I used to always need...
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    Childhood Being hit with a hair brush-abuse?

    Hi, So I know there have been many posts of this nature before. Is being hit with a brush as punishment abuse? If something is done as punishment does that make it abuse? Meaning planned with the parent being calm doing it for the "child's own good." What if you are living in the South where it...
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    Jealous of your therapist

    So, does any one else ever feel jealous of their therapist? I really did not struggle with this (maybe a little bit), but now its hitting me hard. My therapist is beautiful, with a family, highly educated, intelligent, gets to travel, go on vacations. I know she sleeps really well. She is...
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    Sensitivity in the therapeutic relationship

    Ok, so I have a trauma focused T whom I love that I have seen for 2 and a half years. She has really helped me with the anxious avoidance attachment issues that get stirred up when we talk about my mother. We were talking about my mother this past week and there was all this construction noise...
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    Movies that help you understand abuse

    Hello everyone, I wanted to start a thread exploring movies and how narratives, scenes, and characters can be useful in healing from past abuse. I think for me, movies have helped me understand and begin to heal from narcissistic abuse. My mother has created an enmeshment with me and so in...
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    Triggered by trauma in the news-need skills!

    Hi every body, So I am freaking out because of the school shooting. I also was already in a heightened anxiety state due to not sleeping due to a virus and work stress. So, I am a teacher and I am struggling with not feeling safe. I also made the mistake of watching a video taken by a kid...
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    Misunderstood in marriage therapy

    (Sorry for the long post): So, I am in marriage t because my husband has been lying to me. Basically what he was doing is lying about stressful events like money or if an issue came up related to money or employment. We figured out it has to do with two reasons: 1. He does not have stress...
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