Hi all, I’ve been getting a lot of messages of folks telling me their story, asking for advice, or whether they have PTSD.  First of all, I am saddened to hear of so many stories, but it is only fair that I say that I am not a mental health professional. I can’t diagnose, I can’t really give an advice other than seek professional help. It’s worth it.

You know you have PTSD when…

Reflex says punch the guy who came running up from behind you because he just scared the shit out of you

You know you have PTSD when…

…You want to tell all the victims of the school stabbing near Pittsburgh, PA that they are not alone. My heart goes out to all those who are affected.

(From a follower, thank you!)

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Anonymous asked: I was diagnosed a couple years ago from years of abuse from my dad. I would be beaten up and got blamed for everything. He moved away. Lately, I've been getting depressed and I lash out on my family. Should I go back to therapy or what do I do?

I would definitely go back to therapy, especially if you’ve been through the process already.

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Anonymous asked: You know you have PTSD when you have physically pain in your chest or knots in your stomach when you realize what happened to you... even if you have been doing much better, but then it all hits you again.

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Anonymous asked: You know who have PTSD when you're having a great time with family and then something related to your trauma is mentioned or you think it's going to be mentioned, so you basically go into isolation mode for the rest of the day.

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lisa--doe asked: You know you have PTSD when you're trying to study in the library and you have to go to the bar asking for a frozen bottle of water, then go to the toilet and put it against your bare skin in order to feel something and get out of dissociation.

You know you have PTSD when…

… you thank your t-doc (and p-doc for the meds) after you give your first public testimony defending people with PTSD

You know you have PTSD when…

You want to scream FUCK YOU to every person who blamed (or does blame) violence on PTSD… We are not violent people

You know you have PTSD when…

… you secretly want to know what medications the Fort Hood shooter was on for depression and anxiety to see if they were the same ones you’re on, or have been on

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swaggedouttothemaxyo asked: I was sexually harassed for weeks by my boss, and finally sexually sexually assaulted. I was 19, I am now 21. And Everytime I see, hear, smell something that reminds me of him or where it happened; I freak out. Over the past two years, I've lost a decent amount of friends because I wouldn't hang out with them because I was too scared. And there were some weeks I just couldn't talking to anyone. I cry all the time, I get 3 panic attacks every week, on average. Please help me.

I’m so sorry to hear what happened and what you’re going through. I highly recommend seeing a professional therapist, and maybe one who specializes in sexual assault and ptsd.

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Anonymous asked: DRA here! Hope you are doing well. :) This is your daily reminder that even though you may feel triggered into reliving a situation, it's okay to feel those feelings. But please also remember that there are grounding techniques to help you bring yourself to the present. (i.e. reminding yourself of the current time, place/eating sea salt, bananas, chocolate/aromatherapy/breathing techniques). Thank you for keeping this blog going ♥

Thanks, it’s been rough, but surviving!  Great tips, thanks!

You know you have PTSD when…

you give up because the conversation about gun violence will never be about the violence or the guns, but the mental health.

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Anonymous asked: What does one do with homocidal thoughts caused by PTSD?

Seek help immediately.