I myself suffer from PTSD I believe there is no "magic pill" to take or a one time therapy session that will "fix you" we are all a work in progress. Everyday stress is going to happen, it just happens different to some who suffer invisibly with PTSD. From looking at me you may not know or realize that there are days that I am frozen from the past memories and cannot leave my bedroom. You might not be able to tell that a crowded store is extra traumatizing for me, who in here could be a bad guy? Who in here might try to assault me? Who in here might try to follow me home? I may not be friendly to you because I may think you have a hidden agenda. I may blow you off because I myself am just trying to keep it together in public. Sometimes I have to run and get out of a building because my sixth sense tells me there is danger. Even if I have a cart full of stuff I was going to purchase. It's my survival skills kicking in. And I'm most likely about to have a panic attack. I sometimes have to cancel my medical appointments because I just can't face the world or what is lurking out there. And yes I have been through 100's of hours of therapy if not 1000's of hours of therapy. I still see a therapist once every two weeks. I see someone from the Vet Center too. I sign up for the group classes. It takes a tremendous amount of effort to work on myself. You have to be willing to put in the work yourself also! I am proud of how far I have come but I still am a work in progress! Just know that person beside you who appears to have it all together may be suffering big time inside from past or present traumas. Be gentle! Be helpful. Be thoughtful.
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