Anonymous asked: You know you have PTSD when standing in a car air freshener aisle and getting a whiff of what smells like HIS cologne sets you into full-blown panic mode...
Anonymous asked: You know you have PTSD when you're a survivor of emotional/mental abuse and everyone who you talk to about it just assumes you're 'growing up', over-reacting to normal circumstances, or something else completely off-base and ignorant.
Anonymous asked: You know you have PTSD when a jerk follows you on tumblr whose blog is directly triggering to you, and you have to ignore them the second they follow you just for your own safety. You want so badly to send them an angry message telling them off (seriously, what kind of jerk clicks follow on someone who they can clearly see finds their content triggering?!) but you can't because you'll hurt yourself if you do. Ableist pieces of shit.
Anonymous asked: You know you have PTSD when you are unaffected by unimaginable horrors, but the sound of a doorbell reduces you to a shameful, self loathing pile of panic, sweat and tears.
Anonymous asked: Hello! This is DRA! This is your daily reminder to drink lots of water! It's also important not to skip meals! If you have a hard time remembering to eat, set an alarm! Don't deprive your flowering body water and food! I hope you're doing well, and if you're not, I hope you can find something enjoyable to do. \ ^u^ /
Yay! I’m well, thanks! Hope the rest of Tumblr-world is hanging in there too
Anonymous asked: I have a question for you and any other Tumblr-ers who might help. I'm thinking about maybe starting up my own Tumblr soon. Can you give me any helpful hints on, what's it called, Tumblr Savior? And also, I've heard if I post/reblog potentially triggering material, in order for others to have such material blocked, I'd have to tag it as "trigger warning PTSD" (for example) rather than "PTSD trigger warning" so it'll be blocked? Can you help me out here? :) Thanks! :)
I actually have no idea, I’ve never used it so I’ll leave it out to the followers to answer…. :)
Anonymous asked: (to Mum Anon 4/4) And like DRA mentioned you might want to look into therapy for yourself since I know having to see Mum at her worst time – having flashbacks, waking from a nightmare, etc. – is probably traumatic for you. Big kudos to you for taking on such a big and important role, and trust me, you aren’t alone! :) (I apologize for using up so many asks by the way ha ha)
Anonymous asked: (to Mum Anon 3/4) emotional impact is great for you to begin with. I have PTSD from some other events, and having to care for a family member on top of that is extremely difficult, so just having someone come help with dinner or tidy up can be unbelievably relieving. Or even have a family member or one of your friends come help if Mum doesn’t mind? (contd)
Anonymous asked: (to Mum Anon 2/4) entitled to a life, too. It’s easy to want to make countless sacrifices for the person you love, but you *shouldn’t* give up attending college, getting a career, whatever dreams *you* have. Perhaps you can figure out a way to have some “me” time while Mum is showering or napping? And can you look into public assistance, like having an aide come to your house and help with cleaning, meals, etc.? It can certainly make it easier for you, especially since no doubt the (contd)
Anonymous asked: Just wanna offer some supportive words to Mum Anon (I'm not DRA though): I, too, am a teen (female) caring for a family member (several years now). My situation's a bit different but I want to remind you that when your Mum is having a particularly hard time you have to remember to take care of yourself too and that you're doing everything you can. Also, while I know you want to be there for your Mum and do everything you can, pleeease remember that you are (contd)
Anonymous asked: Mum anon to DRA - Thank you so much, this made me so happy to know that people, understand and.. I'm not good with words but it made me cry and I really really am grateful.
Anonymous asked: DRA again: I forgot to mention that right now is the prime time to seek adolescent/child therapy (not necessarily a psychiatrist) for you. Because even if you don't think you need it, you probably don't even realise you do--not to mention you most likely will, and it gets so much harder when you get older. So, take advantage of EVERY SINGLE therapy for you and your Mom that you can find, and if you can, get a case manager because they will be able to help you help her and yourself.
Thanks so much!!!