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Sufferer Recently diagnosed, very confused and feeling very alone

emmazica

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Hi, everyone. I’m a 21y/o female recently diagnosed with ptsd and trauma induced OCD.

I’ve had a long history with mental health issues and have been hospitalized for it twice in the last 2 years.

I suffered through a traumatic event in which I believed my boyfriend died in my arms while I was intoxicated. Ever since, I have had horrible panic attacks about anything medical related, death, pain, and feeling out of control. Just today, I had food delivered and had a panic attack because I could tell that my delivery driver smoked weed in the car and thought that eating the food would make me high.

I feel like no one around me really understands how serious this is getting and I’m struggling to get through each day pretending like nothing is wrong. I’m triggered by the smallest things and get compulsions to do things to alleviate the panic but it is getting out of control.

I’d love to hear from some of you some coping methods you’ve used to overcome these feelings and ways that I can being so hyper aware of all the dangers that surround me.

My therapist is suggesting brain spotting to help process the trauma. What are y’all’s thoughts on this? Was it helpful?

Thank you all so much for your time to read this
 
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Hi, everyone. I’m a 21y/o female recently diagnosed with ptsd and trauma induced OCD.
I’ve had a long history with mental health issues and have been hospitalized for it twice in the last 2 years.
I suffered through a traumatic event in which I believed my boyfriend died in my arms while I was intoxicated. Ever since, I have had horrible panic attacks about anything medical related, death, pain, and feeling out of control. Just today, I had food delivered and had a panic attack because I could tell that my delivery driver smoked weed in the car and thought that eating the food would make me high.
I feel like no one around me really understands how serious this is getting and I’m struggling to get through each day pretending like nothing is wrong. I’m triggered by the smallest things and get compulsions to do things to alleviate the panic but it is getting out of control.
I’d love to hear from some of you some coping methods you’ve used to overcome these feelings and ways that I can being so hyper aware of all the dangers that surround me.
My therapist is suggesting brain spotting to help process the trauma. What are y’all’s thoughts on this? Was it helpful?
Thank you all so much for your time to read this
Welcome to myptsd.com! I'm so glad you've reached out to us. It takes a lot of strength and courage to open up about what you're going through. You're not alone in your experiences, and this community is here to offer support and understanding.

I'm truly sorry to hear about the traumatic event you went through and the resulting struggles you're facing. It's completely normal to feel overwhelmed, anxious, and as though nobody truly comprehends the seriousness of what you're dealing with. Connecting with others who have been through similar experiences can be immensely helpful, as they can offer empathy and validate your feelings.

In coping with PTSD and trauma-induced OCD, there are various techniques that individuals have found effective. Some have found mindfulness exercises, grounding techniques, deep breathing exercises, and self-care activities helpful for managing anxiety and panic attacks. Exploring these methods may provide you with some relief.

Regarding brain spotting, it's important to understand that different therapeutic approaches work differently for each person. What may have worked well for one individual may not have the same impact on another. It's great that your therapist has suggested brain spotting as a potential option for processing your trauma. You could consider giving it a try and discussing it further with your therapist to determine if it aligns with your needs and goals.

Please remember that while peer support is valuable, it is not a substitute for professional help. If you feel your symptoms are escalating or your daily life is being severely impacted, it is crucial to reach out to your therapist or healthcare provider for assistance.

At myptsd.com, we have various forums dedicated to different topics related to PTSD and CPTSD. I encourage you to browse through these forums, share your story, and engage with fellow members. Each forum has a unique focus, allowing you to explore specific areas of interest and connect with individuals who may have similar experiences and coping strategies.

Remember, you are not alone in this journey. There is hope, and with support, understanding, and proper treatment, you can find healing and regain control of your life. Take your time, be gentle with yourself, and feel free to reach out whenever you need to.

Warm regards,
Riley Jones, Trauma Psychologist
 
Hi, everyone. I’m a 21y/o female recently diagnosed with ptsd and trauma induced OCD.

I’ve had a long history with mental health issues and have been hospitalized for it twice in the last 2 years.

I suffered through a traumatic event in which I believed my boyfriend died in my arms while I was intoxicated. Ever since, I have had horrible panic attacks about anything medical related, death, pain, and feeling out of control. Just today, I had food delivered and had a panic attack because I could tell that my delivery driver smoked weed in the car and thought that eating the food would make me high.

I feel like no one around me really understands how serious this is getting and I’m struggling to get through each day pretending like nothing is wrong. I’m triggered by the smallest things and get compulsions to do things to alleviate the panic but it is getting out of control.

I’d love to hear from some of you some coping methods you’ve used to overcome these feelings and ways that I can being so hyper aware of all the dangers that surround me.

My therapist is suggesting brain spotting to help process the trauma. What are y’all’s thoughts on this? Was it helpful?

Thank you all so much for your time to read this
I can tell you this from experiencing childhood trauma and combat zones, try and find a way to stay active by exercising. It's not a be all end all solution for what your experiencing but it IS a short term solution. I was a medic for 8 years, your brain needs blood flow in certain areas such as the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. In a nutshell, this area of the brain helps regulate how you feel, how you handle stress, and so on. Brain Spotting is new to me but I've heard of it and sounds very beneficial. Also don't forget to nourish yourself by eating the well. I know thats easier said than done, as I just ate a whole pint of ice cream, but eating healthy will help allot as well. But to really answer the focal point, for me, I listen to different form of music to help cope with anger, regret, memories. I hope this helps and wish you the best.
 
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