How do I not get taken down by PTSD?
June 22, 2014 9:29 AM Subscribe
I am experiencing acute PTSD symptoms after a variety of different traumas, most recently an incredibly toxic roommate/landlady situation which I am now out of. I am looking for suggestions on behavioral changes to implement, therapeutic techniques, and books that might help.
posted by mermaidcafe to Health & Fitness (11 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
My PTSD is taking on a lot of forms. Here are some of my major symptoms:
-Avoidance. I am not doing a lot of things I need to do, like finish getting my things from the old apartment, because of avoidance coping. (I have tried finding someone to go with me without luck and I cannot afford to hire someone.)
-Lack of self-care. I am letting basic hygiene slide, plus I had to sign up for a reminder service to be reminded to take my meds.
-Indecision. I get totally stuck with even the most basic choices and often have to force myself to narrow down my options in order to make up my mind.
-Constant panic/dread. I feel like my heart is racing and I always have this sense of impending doom.
I can go into more detail about any of the above or my other symptoms if that would be helpful. Other things to know:
-I am in therapy weekly with a great therapist. I don't know if she does EMDR, but I read that suggestion in an old thread and am open to it. (I did it about ten years ago for different issues)
-I am also hopefully going to be starting up acupuncture soon, which is great because I have been having a handful of physical symptoms as well, all of which I've had checked out medically.
-I live in Madison, WI. I am already hooked into Journey Mental Health and am looking into Yahara House.
-I am extremely limited by my finances, especially since I live on SSDI (my primary diagnosis is bipolar II). I get state assistance for my healthcare.
-I have been trying a lot of breathing and meditation work, but it doesn't usually help that much.
-Re: suggesting books and resources, a lot of books seem geared towards certain traumas. I do not have a combat history or a history of being in an abusive romantic relationship. I do have a history of sexual trauma, but I don't believe that is the central concern right now.
I can give more info as needed about any of this.