Hit the nail on the head @Friday!!!Where A&E (hehehe, sorry not sorry) tend to come up with new people is that none of the symptoms of PTSD are unique to the disorder.
- 10 people can have nearly every symptom on the list and have 10 different disorders, because those symptoms aren’t coming from trauma.
- Similarly? 10 people can all experience the same trauma, and have 10 different disorders. Trauma doesn’t equal PTSD.
My health symptoms are the reason I didn't reach out for help sooner - something like 14 parallel symptoms between my existing conditions and PTSD.
Finding trauma that fits the PTSD criteria is the only way to tell if you have PTSD. All the other disorders are in a manner of speaking window dressing. I did mechanical maintenance for many years and its in a way the same. Is what you are seeing a result of another problem? If it is you need to find and fix that first. Then you check everything else in case the original problem caused other problems.
As for posting here, I think if you are sincere, respectful, and looking to get help or insight, you will be accepted here, with or without PTSD. I think most of the community can spot people in trouble and looking for help. It doesn't matter if you have a diagnoses. Fakes, people who want guinea pigs, and all their like get shaken out pretty quickly from what I have seen.