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New To The Forum - Battling PTSD

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Etain, Mar 25, 2007.

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  1. Etain

    Etain New Member

    Hi I'm new to this forum...I'm trying to find an online resource that might help me a little with information and also to find a supportive community that I can both ask help from and give help to.

    Anyhow...I've had a "mild" form of PTSD for nearly 8 years now due to a sexual assault in the past. I didn't even realize until a year or two ago what was happening with me. I always seemed to have some sort of crisis going on and I attributed my heightened anxiety and other problems to that.

    I'm trying to move on in my life and find healing, but I keep feeling like I'm taking two steps forward, but then one step back. At least I'm getting somewhere, but not as quickly I would like (and sometimes its more like 2 steps back lol).

    My memory isn't anywhere near as good as it used to be, although it's slowly improving. I find I have a lot of difficulties concentrating and sometimes have problems with sleeping (again this has improved - I used to have nightly recurring nightmares). On occasion I have panic attacks, and I tend to feel generally "on edge". I get angry much more quickly than I used to, and can perceive a lot of things as "attacks" that are not meant to be so. There's a lot more, but I think that's enough for now about how it affects me.

    I really want to get better, but I so often feel completely lost about how I can do this. I have received some counselling.
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  3. Marlene

    Marlene I'm a VIP Premium Member

    Welcome, Etain. I understand how you feel...I've been where you are pretty recently. This is a good place to learn to heal.
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    welcome to the forum, etain.
  5. Etain

    Etain New Member

    Hi Marlene and cookie - thanks for the welcome :). Marlene - I love the triskele avatar.
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    Welcome to the forum.
    You found the right spot.
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    Hi Etain, welcome to the forum.
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    Thanks. The symbol means a lot to me...I have it as a tattoo on my left shoulder.
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