Sufferer New arrival after recent diagnosis - Frontline Fire Service

999FnR

New Here
Hi, been a forum lurker ever since my diagnosis in June this year and found lots of knowledge on here and have finally plucked up the courage to sign up as i start my 2nd journey into therapy and 1st into meds.
I have been in frontline fire service in London for nearly 22 years and after a traumatic incident last year that has been the major cause of my ptsd diagnosis I have started my second round of therapy and now meds, started on sertraline and propranolol for just over 2 months with no joy and am now on escitalopram and buspirone for last ten days, no improvement yet but early days and have my fingers crossed.
I read this forum most nights in bed when I can’t sleep as find lots of helpful and reassuring info on here and in time hope I can give the same help back.
 

999FnR

New Here
Welcome @999FnR !

I agree its a great site. Lots of good PTSD stuff and some "virtual social life" too.
Thank you
i have recently found i find slight comfort in talking to strangers about my past than people I know or even family as I try to shield them from how I am feeling possibly through embarrassment or worry about how they may take it so the virtual social life as you say may well help
 

AngelKeeperJ

Sponsor
Welcome officially to the site🙂 I have found so much good here because I can share things that I wouldn’t share with the people in my life. Too much judgement and unsolicited advice.

Hope to see you around!
AKJ
 

StillPen

MyPTSD Pro
Welcome! There's something about sharing here that you just can't do with family, friends, etc. You don't want to burden them and they just don't "get it" like the people here do. And, since people here have "been there, done that" for me, I'm more willing to try what they've tried to see if it helps me, too. And, hopefully I'm able to do the same in return.
 

arfie

MyPTSD Pro
hello 999. welcome to the forum. sorry for what brings you here but glad you are here.

i'm a child sex trafficking survivor (ala happy days) and have been in therapy since 1972. i was discharged from formal therapy in 2k and have been on "therapy maintenance" since then. my very first long term therapist was a HUGE believer in peer support and insisted that we treat him like, "a high dollar reference book that never leaves the library." he was equally insistent that our therapy goal be to get him back on the shelf as quickly as possible. half a century later, i am still grateful to that man for his wisdom and forbearance in teaching us how to use peer support effectively. the anonymity and random caring of the worldwide peer support network has served me, unfailingly, on three continents. it works when i work it. give a person a fish and you have fed them for a day. teach them how to fish and you have fed them for life.

hope it works for you, as well. welcome aboard.
 

Weemie

MyPTSD Pro
i am still grateful to that man for his wisdom and forbearance in teaching us how to use peer support effectively. the anonymity and random caring of the worldwide peer support network has served me, unfailingly, on three continents. it works when i work it. give a person a fish and you have fed them for a day. teach them how to fish and you have fed them for life.
If I could put this on a plaque I would. Community, community, community. You cannot heal in isolation. We need human connection. It is the first and best defense against trauma, always. I was deep in the shit. I was at Romeo Dallaire, that program the child soldier's initiative here in Halifax. The first, best defense we got is introducing ourselves to the community and installing ourselves as citizens. Benefiting ourselves, and seeing us help someone else as well. The shit is important, vital. Always.
 
Top