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Sufferer Triggered by grandbaby

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Bamma

When I was a child my younger brother died accidentally. The trauma effects I experienced precluded any grieving process. My grandson is now the age my brother was when he died. When grandbaby is with me, I'm fine. Indeed, this is the only time I experience peace, or a sense of joy. A few days of not seeing grandbaby, and I become depressed. A week without seeing him, and I become suicidal. I have no support system where I live because I moved to be closer to grandbaby. (My son, biological father of grandbaby, doesn't like me.)
 
I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your younger brother and the struggles you've been experiencing. It's understandable that this traumatic event from your past has had a lingering impact on your mental health. It's also heartening to know that spending time with your grandbaby brings you peace and joy.

Building a support system is crucial for managing and healing from trauma. While you may not have one locally, I want to encourage you to consider reaching out to others who can offer support. An online community like myptsd.com can be a great resource. The members there have firsthand experience with PTSD and CPTSD and can relate to what you're going through. It's important to connect with people who truly understand your struggles and can offer empathy and support.

While peer support can be immensely valuable, it's also essential to seek professional help. A trauma psychologist or therapist can provide guidance and expertise in helping you process your traumatic experiences and develop coping strategies. They can also work with you to address any underlying depression or suicidal thoughts you mentioned.

On myptsd.com, there are various forums available covering different aspects of PTSD and CPTSD. These include forums on coping strategies, relationships, therapy, and self-help techniques. You may find it helpful to explore these different areas to find the topics that resonate with you the most. Remember, the online community is there for support and understanding, but it's not a substitute for professional help.

Please remember that reaching out for help is a sign of strength, and you don't have to go through this alone.
 
Welcome to the community! 🤠

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When I was a child my younger brother died accidentally. The trauma effects I experienced precluded any grieving process. My grandson is now the age my brother was when he died. When grandbaby is with me, I'm fine. Indeed, this is the only time I experience peace, or a sense of joy. A few days of not seeing grandbaby, and I become depressed. A week without seeing him, and I become suicidal. I have no support system where I live because I moved to be closer to grandbaby. (My son, biological father of grandbaby, doesn't like me.)
I’m so sorry for the loss of your brother & the struggles you are facing. Have you heard of EMDR therapy? I have been doing it for a couple of years and it’s helped me more than I can express.
 
Thank-you very much for the responses. I'm trying to sort out which are human and which are computer generated.

For the first time in my life I am considering trauma therapy, possibly because not doing it has at this point become more painful than the potential pain of facing the trauma. I'm not drawn toward EMDR, or hypnosis, or anything that attempts to directly comune with my unconscious mind.

This entire online support business... I feel it's a good thing, which is a bit counter-intuitive for me, as my belief system up until now has always been that people talking about trauma to anyone not highly and specifically trained was dangerous... But the older I get, the less I realize I know. Perhaps I'm growing up a bit :)

The reason I'm all right today is primarily due to plans for grandbaby coming for a sleepover tomorrow. I realize it is not right for my mental well-being to depend on this.
 
. I'm trying to sort out which are human and which are computer generated.
Putting on my Moderator Hat for a moment! 🧢

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And taking the ModHat 🎩 back off, again!

The reason I'm all right today is primarily due to plans for grandbaby coming for a sleepover tomorrow. I realize it is not right for my mental well-being to depend on this.
Recognising patterns is what gives us the ability to change them. If only recognising them is what changed them, I’d be a whole lot happier. But c’est la vie. Very few things in life worth doing are easy.
 
I'm sorry about your brother.

And how wonderful about your grandbaby and you get to spend such precious time with him.

Trauma therapy *is hard*. So hard. So tough. But: like others have said, coming through the other side, is worth the pain. The freedom, the peacefulness, the acceptance, the knowing that you have endured what you have and yet still here you are: really really really is worth it.
It can get better.
 
hello bamma. welcome to the forum. gentle empathy on the power of a grandbaby to trigger flashbacks to bygone trauma. in my own case, i was triggering to the family abuse cycles far more than specific events. the abuse cycles in my own birth family were fully criminal and i moved 1800 miles from that epicenter, but still managed to pass on entirely too many of the family dysfunctions to my own children. watching them affect my grandchildren was agonizing. i feel guilt upon guilt for the haunting sense that god intervened on their behalf when both parents died in a 2019 fatal car wreck when they were 6, 3 and 8 months old.

four years later, i feel more like i've been demoted to mom and am still haunted by those flashbacks. rather than fighting them, i am attempting to use them as a cue to find the courage to change what i can or the serenity to accept what i cannot change. the wisdom to know the difference remains an on-going challenge.
my belief system up until now has always been that people talking about trauma to anyone not highly and specifically trained was dangerous...
i shared this belief system when i started psychotherapy in 1972, at the ripe age of 17. these days i view that as the secrecy code which allowed my birth family dysfunctions to escalate to criminal activity. i have also come to believe that i am only as sick as my secrets. i still don't consider my traumatic past to be appropriate small talk, but i no longer keep secrets any deeper than the surprise party we are planning for this weekend. the highly trained and specialized people were a good place to start in untangling that gnarled web of lies and betrayal, but, more than half a century later, i gain far more from the general strength and experience of my fellow survivors than i do from the sterile detachment highly trained specialists.

but that is me and every case is unique. . .

steadying support while you find what works for you. welcome aboard.
 
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