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New to Forum - May Have PTSD From Bullying

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Davlowal, Oct 23, 2007.

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  1. Davlowal

    Davlowal New Member

    Hello to everyone. Very glad to have found this place.

    I'm 34 years old and have not been officially diagnosed with PTSD, but the research that my wife and I have done seems to indicate that it is likely. I suffer from severe depression and anxiety and believe the PTSD is a primary contributing factor.

    My PTSD seems to stem from my experiences as a child/teenager. I was the subject of near-constant teasing from both family and schoolmates. My history also seems replete with teachers who seemed to think the best way to encourage a student to do better was to publicly humiliate them in front of the class and/or make them feel stupid. It makes me wonder how many other kids I grew up with are having similar difficulties. I still have occasional nightmares involving these people, most of whom I have not seen in almost two decades.

    I have very limited contact with my family, who live in the midwest (I live on the east coast). I was constantly tormented by my two brothers (one older, one younger) who seemed to relish in doing things together without me. Individually my family members are very cold and emotionally interact very little with each other. As you can imagine, my home environment was not a safe refuge from my experiences at school. As a result, I became self-centered, selfish, and very withdrawn emotionally and remain so to this day.

    I am currently seeing a psychiatrist and therapist for help with my depression and anxiety, and at my next appointment will be bringing up the subject of PTSD. My psychological problems have pushed my marriage to the breaking point and I am, quite frankly, tired of living a life of constant fear, depression and anxiety.

    If anyone has any suggestions for good questions/ways to broach the subject with my psychiatrist, that would be much appreciated.

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  3. Marlene

    Marlene I'm a VIP Premium Member

    Hi Davlowal,

    Welcome to the forum.

    There's a PTSD diagnosis guide here that you could fill out and take to your doctor. [DLMURL="http://www.ptsdforum.org/forms/ptsd-diagnosis/"]PTSD Diagnosis[/DLMURL] Fill it out and, if you want to, take it to your doctor. Sometimes it's hard to find the words to express how you feel and having something written down can break the ice.

    Finding out if you have PTSD or not is important for your treatment.

    Good luck
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  4. She Cat

    She Cat Policy Enforcement Banned Premium Member Sponsor $100+

    Welcome to the forum.....:hello:
  5. EmoxxKid

    EmoxxKid Active Member


    Bullying is INDEED a way to get PTSD....and don't worry about why others didn't get it.....things happen because they happen.

    I am sorry your family was not there for you ....and they did those things to do...My father and mother also thought it was funny to treat me like one of their schoolmates as apose to what I was...their CHILD....

    Do look into the link givin above and do keep looking on this forum...there is alot of information that could help.

    Keep writing...

  6. goingonhope

    goingonhope Member Premium Member

    Hi :hello:, and Welcome D.

    Wish I could be of more help to you with any suggestions or questions for your psychiatrist, but I'd like to welcome you anyhow and I do hope you seek and find out, one way or the other, and sooner rather than later.

    This will go a long way to help yourself, in finding out what's what. You'll be on better footing (actual diagnosis vs. uncertainty) and then can further research, and with the help of your doctor or (s), you'all can decide which direction of healing/manag. for you to head in next.

    My best to you D and your wife,

    Sincerely, Hope
  7. anthony

    anthony Silently Watching Founder

    Hi D, welcome to the forum. I would recommend you certainly get to a physician for diagnosis, as knowing whats wrong means you know what to fix vs. stabbing in the dark. Welcome....
  8. GR-ass

    GR-ass Well-Known Member

    Heya hon,
    welcome to the forum :)

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