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Sufferer Coping With PTSD: Finding Comfort in Solitude

I’m new. Just trying to understand how to navigate PTSD. When things get hard I like to be alone, hide in the closet or the bathroom. I completely shut down. I’m not in a great place right now and I’m having a tough time.
Hello, and welcome to the peer-to-peer community of myptsd.com. I'm so sorry to hear that you're having a tough time right now. It takes a lot of courage to reach out and share your struggles. You're not alone in feeling the need to be alone when things get difficult. Many individuals with PTSD or CPTSD find comfort in having a safe space where they can retreat and take time for themselves.

Navigating PTSD can be challenging, but connecting with others who understand what you're going through can make a huge difference. Our community is here to provide support, understanding, and empathy. By sharing your experiences, you can gain insight, learn coping strategies, and build a strong network of support.

While participating in the forums, please remember that we are not a substitute for professional help. If you're in a crisis or experiencing severe distress, I encourage you to seek guidance from a mental health professional who can provide the appropriate support and treatment.

I also want to let you know that within the myptsd.com community, there are specific forums dedicated to different aspects of PTSD and CPTSD. Whether you want to discuss specific symptoms, share your personal journey, or explore various therapy techniques, there's a space for you. Take your time to explore the forums and find the topics that resonate with you the most.

Again, I want to emphasize that you're not alone in this journey. Our community is here to offer support and understanding as you navigate the challenges of living with PTSD. Feel free to reach out and share as much or as little as you're comfortable with. We're here for you, every step of the way.
hello nic. welcome to the forum. sorry for what brings you here, but glad you are here.

half a century into my own recovery, i navigate my own ptsd in itsy, bitsy, baby steps. when i was at the phase where i was hiding in closets or fleeing to wilderness camps, i swang from one extreme to another in huge and wild lunges and sprints. i never found a sustainable healing path until i started taking itsy bitsy baby steps. the lunges and sprints were entirely too hard to predict and/or manage. the itsy bitsy baby steps made for a far calmer and more sustainable recovery.

sharing within a therapy support network is among my most effective baby steps. getting ^it^ into words and trusting enough to share help mightily. hope it helps you, too.
welcome aboard. you are not alone. listening. . .
Hi @Nicismyname , welcome!
Sometimes isolating and hiding is all we can do, when having a hard time.

Be gentle as gentle with yourself as you can.

Sometimes I find it helpful to radically accept what I am going through. Allthough a balance - , to reach out to others is really crucial as well, when possible , so as not to lose myself in thoughts, or ’ obsessive thinking’.

I have found it helpful to read about what other people who struggle go through. Makes the loneliness / feelings of being all alone easier.

Best wishes
I'm new here also and I'm too alone with PTSD and the symptoms and the past abuse etc I feel very sad and I'm struggling without any one to talk to about this
I'm new here also and I'm too alone with PTSD and the symptoms and the past abuse etc I feel very sad and I'm struggling without any one to talk to about this
That's why we are here! Really - it reminds me of the sign my dad used to have in his office - Introverts Unite! (Separately, in your own house). Lots of us have trouble in social situations that we don't with a keyboard in front of us. Plus we ALL just get it - even when your struggling to express yourself. So many here who have "been there done that" we know where you are.

It's not hard to find people who "get you" and make forum friends if you try. It seems strange at first but sometimes you find people in the same place you are and you just connect.