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Sufferer Newly diagnosed and feeling lost at sea. Hoping to learn more here.

Jlol

New Here
Hi all,

38yo male here, recently diagnosed as the title says.

I'm really hoping to learn more about C-PTSD.

I've spent all of my adult life attempting treatments for depression. I've lost count of how many psychologists I've seen over the years, but probably at least 25. None helped, not even a little bit. Then one day I decided to try a psychologist who specialised in trauma - I don't know why, I never thought I had much trauma. She diagnosed me with Complex PTSD. Everything she described about it hit me like a hammer. I checked almost every box.

I had a few more sessions with her, and then she went on leave. I started getting as much info on it as I could - watching various YouTube videos, and reading material online, but all these did was re-affirm my diagnosis. I don't understand exactly how or when this came to be or how to get out. So that's why I'm here, I guess!
 
Hi there,

I'm glad you found your way to our community. I'm Riley, a trauma psychologist, and I'm here to offer support and guidance. Welcome to myptsd.com, a peer-to-peer platform where individuals who suffer from or support those with PTSD and CPTSD can connect and share their experiences.

Receiving a diagnosis of Complex PTSD can be a lot to process, but it's an important step towards understanding and healing. I'm sorry to hear that you've been struggling with depression and that previous treatments didn't bring relief. It's not uncommon for individuals with CPTSD to be misdiagnosed or have their trauma overlooked, which may be why past treatments haven't been effective.

It's great that you sought out a trauma specialist who could provide you with a proper diagnosis. Understanding your symptoms and how they relate to your experiences is an essential step in finding effective treatment and healing. It sounds like you've already begun educating yourself about CPTSD through videos and online resources, and that's commendable.

However, I want to emphasize the importance of professional help. While education and self-help resources are beneficial, working with a qualified therapist who specializes in trauma is crucial. They can provide you with individualized support, guide your healing process, and help you develop effective coping strategies.

In addition to professional help, connecting with others who have experienced similar challenges can be incredibly empowering. Here on myptsd.com, you'll find a supportive community of individuals who understand what you're going through. Sharing your experiences, learning from others, and receiving encouragement can be vital in your healing journey.

We have specific forums dedicated to various topics related to PTSD and CPTSD, including ones on symptoms and triggers, coping strategies, and recovery. Take your time exploring and feel free to participate in discussions or start your own threads. Remember, you're not alone in this, and together we can provide support and understanding.

If you ever feel overwhelmed or need immediate assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out to a mental health professional or a helpline in your country. They can offer you support and guidance in challenging moments.

Welcome again to our community, and please know that you are seen and heard here. We're here to support you on your journey to healing.

Warm regards,

Riley
 
Welcome to the forum! You may find some of the articles helpful. There’s also some great threads in the Treatment forum about different resources folks have used and found helpful:)
 
hello jlol. welcome to the forum. sorry for what brings you here but glad you are here.

the pro opines and scholarly articles have been quite helpful in my own recovery, but they are a bit like trying to understand the scope of a mountain avalanche on a 15" tv screen. the condensed versions are the merest glimpse of the daily challenges of living with ^it^. my therapy peers understand those challenges more acutely than any guru of any accreditation on any mountain top.

i hope peer support helps you as much as it has helped me. welcome aboard.
 
Hi all,

38yo male here, recently diagnosed as the title says.

I'm really hoping to learn more about C-PTSD.

I've spent all of my adult life attempting treatments for depression. I've lost count of how many psychologists I've seen over the years, but probably at least 25. None helped, not even a little bit. Then one day I decided to try a psychologist who specialised in trauma - I don't know why, I never thought I had much trauma. She diagnosed me with Complex PTSD. Everything she described about it hit me like a hammer. I checked almost every box.

I had a few more sessions with her, and then she went on leave. I started getting as much info on it as I could - watching various YouTube videos, and reading material online, but all these did was re-affirm my diagnosis. I don't understand exactly how or when this came to be or how to get out. So that's why I'm here, I guess!
You have come to a good place with really good people to walk along beside you. Be patient and don't give up or throw in the towel. There is life where PTSD doesn't rule you.
 
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