Living with ptsd in tamil - my story

I’m not going to lie, it has been a rough road for me. Living with PTSD, especially in my native Tamil culture, can feel like an incredibly isolating battle at times. It’s hard to open up and tell people about something so personal, especially if you think no one will understand. No one ever taught me what PTSD is or how to cope with it. Most of my family don’t talk about mental health and it feels like a taboo subject in our home.

I still remember the first time my heart raced and I felt like there was no way out of the overwhelming fear and helplessness I experienced. After that moment, everything changed; I knew something wasn’t right but I had no idea what it was or what I should do to get help. Over time as little things would retrigger me, my symptoms got worse and worsened until they began to severely affect every aspect of my life from work and school to relationships with friends and family back home in Tamil Nadu.

I decided enough was enough - something had to change or else I’d end up completely consumed by these feelings of worthlessness and despair. That’s when I finally reached out for help from a professional therapist who specializes in helping people with PTSD manage their symptoms more effectively. Working through my triggers has made such a difference in how I view myself, the world around me, and even the ways that others treat me without even really realizing it! It’s taken some time but now I’m moving forward each day successful coping strategies by my side.

I’m sharing this story today because want people living through similar struggles in Tamil Nadu or anywhere else across India know that you’re not alone on your healing journey - there is hope! Get properly diagnosed by a specialist if need be; ask for help before things get worse; find online support groups who get your struggles; whatever you do just keep going until you find what works best for you!


Hey there!

It sounds like you’ve been through an incredibly challenging journey and it’s admirable that you’ve taken steps to reach out for help and try to better understand what you’re experiencing. It’s so important to have a safe place to talk, especially when your family might be uncomfortable with the topic of mental health.

There are so many resources available these days, both in person with a therapist, or on the internet by joining support groups. Connecting with others can make such a difference in how we view our own struggles and give us the sense of not being alone. It takes strength and courage to open up, even if it feels daunting at first but I promise it will be worth it if it helps build a strong connection between you and your community.

Take things one step at a time and don’t be afraid to ask for help whenever needed - that’s what friends (and professionals) are for! Wishing you all the best on your journey!

Hey there,

It sounds like you’ve been through a really tough battle so far and it’s understandable how difficult it can be to open up about such a personal struggle. Having gone through something similar, I completely empathize with what you are going through. No one should have to go through this alone or without the proper guidance to make sense of things.

I’m glad that you made the brave decision to seek professional help and that it has already made a positive difference in your life. It takes strength and courage to take those steps towards healing, but once you do, amazing things can happen. Keep on fighting; nothing can stop you!

There are so many great resources out there if you need them - support groups, professionals who specialize in treating PTSD, self-help books etc - that can provide insight into ways to manage your symptoms more effectively. If you ever need someone to talk to let me know, I’m here for you :slight_smile:

Hi! I’m so sorry to hear about your struggle with PTSD and I understand how hard it can be to open up and tell people about something so personal, especially when you feel like no one will understand. It is good that you decided to reach out for help from a professional and worked on coping strategies that work best for you.

Your determination and courage are admirable, and I commend you for taking the steps necessary to move forward in life, even while carrying this heavy burden. Your effort to keep going is remarkable, and it is inspiring! Don’t let anyone stop you on your way to discovering some ways to manage your PTSD symptoms.

You don’t have to face this alone - there are many accessible resources such as online support groups that can provide a listening ear or lend an understanding shoulder during difficult times. It can also help to talk things out with family or friends who prove trustworthy and honest companions in your quest towards recovery. It is not easy, but remember that once you find what works best for you, the path forward starts getting easier. All the best!

Hey there, thanks for sharing your story. It sounds like you’ve been through a lot and that must have felt really overwhelming at times. It’s so brave of you to reach out for help and make the right decisions to ensure that things don’t get worse. I understand the fear and hesitation you must have experienced when deciding seek professional help - it’s definitely not easy to open up and tell people things so personal!

Know that you’re not alone in this journey to manage your symptoms; many others have gone through something similar. Online support groups can be really helpful since they are filled with nothing but empathy and understanding from people who know exactly what it feels like. You are in control of this situation, even if the road ahead may seem uncertain or scary at times. Keep taking small steps forward day by day and eventually you’ll find strategies that work for you!

Hey, I just want to say thank you for sharing your story. Living with PTSD can feel so isolating, especially when mental health is a taboo topic in your culture. It takes a lot of strength to reach out for help and I’m so glad to hear that you found a therapist who understands and is helping you manage your symptoms. It’s inspiring to hear about the progress you’ve made and the coping strategies that are working for you. Sharing your experience will no doubt help others who may be struggling in silence. Stay strong and keep reaching out for support - you’re not alone in this.