Today is National PTSD Awareness Day. The first time I received this diagnosis, I was shocked. It was 2008, I was in yet another battle with my mental health. I finally sought professional help for the first time. I was shocked because this was something that was only known to war heroes. I am no war hero. Instead, I fought through a different war.
I have heard it all, the misunderstanding, the confusion, the naysayers, the unempathic...all the people who roll their eyes and think that what you experienced could have been worse, or they experienced worse. But that’s not what PTSD is...it’s not specific to one type of experience. It doesn’t affect only men or only women. Yet it’s debilitating to all who know it personally.
But we don’t have to live in the ugly shadows of PTSD and its symptoms. There is more for us, that allows us to live life instead of only surviving.
If you experience extreme anxiety, panic, nightmares, insomnia, unrealistic thoughts, avoidance, fear, obsessive rituals thought to keep you safe, hyper vigilance, obsessive worry, and any other symptoms that make you feel out of control, I urge you to seek professional help. Sooner than later...because there is no need to suffer. Choosing to fight through this is honorable, and worth every breath you take.
Therapy, yoga, and meditation have saved my life. I don’t need the negativity of people who don’t believe my diagnosis...instead, I welcome the support of people who have seen me rise out of the dark hole taking my life away quicker than I was prepared for.
I KNOW you can feel better, I KNOW there are resources out there...the rest is up to you to want it.
You don’t have to feel ashamed...experiencing traumatic events will change you, so trust that this is a natural response. You just don’t have to suffer with reliving the event(s), nor do you have to be a victim of it.
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