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What Is Your Worst Symptom?

Discussion in 'Polls' started by batgirl, Jun 9, 2007.

What Is Your Worst Symptom?

  1. anger, depression

    41 vote(s)
  2. dissociation, depersonalization, avoidance

    54 vote(s)
  3. flashbacks, intrusive memories

    37 vote(s)
  4. hypervigilance, exaggerated startle response

    27 vote(s)
  5. nightmares, insomnia, sleep disturbances

    36 vote(s)
  6. negative or distorted thinking, low self-esteem

    35 vote(s)
  7. anxiety, panic, agoraphobia

    52 vote(s)
  8. another symptom not mentioned

    12 vote(s)
  1. batgirl

    batgirl I'm a VIP

    Just curious what everyone believes to be their worst symptom of PTSD, the one you hate having the most. If you had a choice to remove one symptom completely, which one would you choose? Personally I was diagnosed on the severest end of the scale, so I've experienced all of the symptoms above severely. However, I chose nightmares and sleep disturbances as the worst, because it effects the amount of rest I get and therefore effects everything else. If you choose a symptom I haven't mentioned, please share what it is here if you feel comfortable. I purposely did not include an option of "many different symptoms" because I figured virtually everyone would vote for that option in that case! :p
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  3. kers

    kers I'm a VIP

    I chose dissociation/depersonalization. I can handle the milder forms, but even then it's quite a bother to feel detached/unemotional or fuzzy when I'm trying to have a conversation or do a "normal" activity. On the worse end of the scale, feeling dead or outside of myself is wretched. This often leads to self-harm, which makes me feel crap as well. I dissociate quite often on a daily basis and it makes my life feel very unconnected and pointless. It also creates quite an obstacle in my healing--I spend a lot of time and energy "mentally leaving" when I need to stop and face things.

    I was tempted to check hypervigilance, as it causes quite a bit of anxiety, but I'm learning to self-talk my way through the worst episodes. Similarly, sleep disturbances suck because they kick the rest of my symptoms in, but I've been getting betterr on that front, too, so it's not all the time.
  4. Claire

    Claire Well-Known Member

    I chose sleep or lack of. For the same reasons as you mention Evie, everything else is worse if I haven't had much sleep or if I've had a bad night, nightmares etc.
  5. janis362529

    janis362529 New Member

    I choose negative thinking low self esteem because that is what feeds my anger. I get jealous of my kids for having a normal childhood so then I get pissed at them over nothing. I am constantly trying to be better because I feel like I am constantly being judged
  6. Portabella

    Portabella Well-Known Member

    Nightmares and Sleep disturbance, Insomnia. When I have nightmares, I get into a terrible cycle of insomnia and it bleeds over into my days making me unbearable and irritable.
  7. Marlene

    Marlene I'm a VIP Premium Member

    I chose 'another symptom not mentioned' and that symptom is anxiety. That may be a real 'No shit, Sherlock' thing to say since PTSD is the nastiest bitch of all anxiety disorders. But for me all the other symptoms listed don't kick up unless my anxiety has spiked. Then it's basically a free-for-all until I can get my anxiety back under control.
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  8. batgirl

    batgirl I'm a VIP

    Oh DUH I should have had anxiety as an option... shit. Sorry. I knew there was something I was leaving out...
  9. permban0077

    permban0077 Policy Enforcement Banned

    For me the hardest to cope with is the panic attacks when I think I am dying. Not like the rest is a picnic, but full blown panic is the hardest. And anxiety with the pitter patter of the heart. That just sucks.
  10. batgirl

    batgirl I'm a VIP

    Damn I really wish I would have included anxiety and panic as a symptom. It's such a major one to have slipped my mind, and I have problems with it too. Oh well too late to change it I guess.
  11. anthony

    anthony Silently Watching Founder

    I just added anxiety for you Evie.... issue fixed. Super moderators and above can change polls if required.
  12. sparta21

    sparta21 Member

    My worse symptom is awful self esteem. I was forever told I was rotten and worthless, and I've internalized it. My deepest depressions come from this. Along with the distorted belief that I'm useless and unlovable. Yep, this one's a bugger for me.
  13. Miander

    Miander Active Member

    I chose anxiety because it is always here for me. I think it effects every part of me, how I feel, how I relate to people and the world, decisions and choices...I can't think of one thing it doesn't effect, everything else is specific to what's going on that particular moment. Do anxiety attacks lead to panic attacks, or can they happen independantly, at the same time?
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