Do you need PTSD to post here?

Very simply, this is MyPTSD, not MyVariedDiagnoses. There are other, better, more effective places for people without PTSD to go for assistance. I guess if that makes me elitist, so be it.

ETA: I'm not trying to drive anyone off who's been accepted into the community. But I do think it's worth exercising discretion about who gets to post here from the beginning.
 

Chris-duck

MyPTSD Pro
Very simply, this is MyPTSD, not MyVariedDiagnoses. There are other, better, more effective places for people without PTSD to go for assistance. I guess if that makes me elitist, so be it.
So.. why so many existing members without a diagnosis in your opinion? Do you think they should be asked to leave? I personally don't but it appears you do.
 

Chris-duck

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That's genuinely my question though.. in the UK and USA from my limited understanding everyone has access to a diagnosis if they so choose. N the main reason to choose would be appropriate support, but if you can access that without a diagnosis then awesome.

So.. what determines whether someone is accepted without a PTSD diagnosis or not?
 
Definitely not everyone in the USA has access to a diagnosis due to the horrible nature of our health care system. Without health insurance, or limited health insurance, a ten minute meeting with a p-doc can cost hundreds of dollars.

There's a reason why the Introduction board has an Undiagnosed category. It's pretty clear when people are wasting our time; they don't meet Crit A. If I'm the arbiter, and I'm not, anyone who meets Crit A trauma (ETA: with the appropriate exclusions) should be welcomed and told to pull up a chair and we can all hopefully figure it out from there.
 

Chris-duck

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I agree. Yet if I told someone about my trauma then they now meet critA so who in the world doesn't meet critA? When all you gotta do is hear about it?
 

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i find that my thoughts of this is very difficult to put to proper words but in essense that i agree with @Simply Simon in the more basic of ways. that it is very clear that there is people who post here who don't belong here. the threads that i had seen on some sites that the husband cheated of them or that they fell down the stairs, "do i have ptsd." or that they are supportive individuals that no longer even have ptsd in their lifes any longer.

and then it becomes more of a question of relevence. not that they should be barred from participating but that it is important to under stand where this person is coming from that we can engage with them in a relevent way of our selfs and make sure that we take what they are saying from the correct perspective. if i am talking of my very significent types of trauma with being tortured to someone who believes they have ptsd because off listening to a rap song, that conversation can only go so far.

however. i started to post here before i was diagnosed.

(i thought that i had been diagnosed but this is not true. because i had taken what my therapist had said of ptsd. and assumed that she had diagnosed me at that time.) but i also posted here before we had that discussion. i was seeking a diagnosis. i know that i had crit a trauma. i am in recovery. that kind of thing. and i do not think precisely that having a professional diagnosis is required to post here.

some people who post such as @Movingforward10 who had just discuss that they do not have a diagnosis, i didn't know that. because it is not meaningfully distinct. because they share the same symptoms. and they are also in recovery. and have therapy and things. if i speak with someone like her that conversation is different because we both have crit a.

some times the diagnosis itself is not that meaningful as you are very obviously ptsd. i was treating my self for bpd for a decade before i got diagnosed with it. it was so obvious that i did participate in communities of people with bpd and could discuss it in a way that was relevent to them because it is clear, based on logic, that i experience the same things.

but also in addition there is one another form of issue that i do take which is that when i see people that post here that are posting from a place where they have no trauma, i become distrustful. researchers and randoms and things. i inherently distrust that they understand what they are doing and that they can engage appropriately. but that is because i am traumatized.

and ultimetely what this is is that this is a community of people. that is bounded together by shared experiences. i think a diagnosis is part of that experience but it does not always have to be the whole picture, if the full picture is relevent enough that there can be a meaningful exchange of information.
 
"Hearing about trauma" is not Crit A.

The person was exposed to: death, threatened death, actual or threatened serious injury, or actual or threatened sexual violence, in the following way(s):

Direct exposure
Witnessing the trauma
Learning that a relative or close friend was exposed to a trauma
Indirect exposure to aversive details of the trauma, usually in the course of professional duties (e.g., first responders, medics)
 

Survivor3

MyPTSD Pro
I don't have a ptsd diagnosis but my p-doc wrote " I have a history of complex trauma ". And several of my traumas meet the criteria. I believe this site and the friends I made here quite possibly saved my life. I'd be devastated if someone said I couldn't be part of this community.
 

Chris-duck

MyPTSD Pro
Learning that a relative or close friend was exposed to a trauma
Indirect exposure to aversive details of the trauma, usually in the course of professional duties (e.g., first responders, medics)

Um.
 
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