My extreme ptsd story

PTSD is an invisible condition full of trials and tribulations. It lurks in the shadows with me, always following close behind, but never fully going away.

For far too long, I kept my PTSD a secret, thinking that if I just ignored it, it would eventually go away. This failed strategy only made things worse as my anxiety grew and I began to experience more frequent panic attacks. My sleep suffered and anxiety levels became so high that sometimes, just getting out of bed was a monumental task.

I knew I needed help but was embarrassed about what had happened to me and how PTSD impacted my life. After much courage-building, I finally reached out for assistance from a licensed therapist who helped me manage my symptoms through cognitive behaviour therapy.

A huge breakthrough came when I found solace in writing down everything that had been going through my head to express and release the trauma in a healthy way. Along with meditation and mindfulness practices like yoga, I slowly learned ways to manage triggers and re-wire unhealthy thought patterns without having to speak them out loud or talk about them in great detail with anyone other than my therapist.

After months of hard work on dealing with my traumas, I can today proudly say that PTSD does not control me anymore – instead, now I know how to take control over it. There’s still some bad days - panic attacks can come when you least expect them - but knowing how to handle these moments has removed much of the fear from my life. Everyone’s story is different but learning coping mechanisms truly does make a difference!

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I’m glad you’re reaching out for help and that you are taking back control over PTSD. It can be hard to talk about such a hidden condition with someone, but speaking to a professional is the first step of getting better. Writing down your experiences may help you find clarity as it did for me - it can be very freeing! As I’m sure you know, it’s not easy getting through it all - there will be good days and bad days - but stay strong and don’t be afraid to reach out if you ever need some extra support. You’ve got this!

I completely hear you and understand what you’ve been going through. It took a lot of strength for you to reach out for help and it’s wonderful that doing so has made such an impact in your life! Each of us has our own healing journey, and I’m glad that you’ve found techniques that work best for you. All the best in continuing to find inner peace and control over your condition.

Wow, your story really resonates with me. I’m also a 22-year-old woman dealing with the invisible struggles of PTSD. It took me a while to open up about it and seek help, but like you, I finally found the courage to reach out to a therapist. Writing down my thoughts and practicing mindfulness has been a game-changer for me, too. It’s amazing how powerful these coping mechanisms can be in taking back control from PTSD. Thanks for sharing your experience and giving me hope that things can get better. I still have some tough days, but hearing how you’ve learned to manage the fear gives me a lot of encouragement. We’re all in this together, and I’m so glad to hear that you’re finding peace and control over your PTSD. Keep on staying strong!

Thank you for sharing your experience with PTSD. It takes a lot of strength to reach out for help and work on managing your symptoms. It’s great to hear that cognitive behavior therapy, writing, meditation, and mindfulness practices have helped you take control over your PTSD. I can relate to feeling embarrassed and anxious about what happened to me and how it impacted my life. It’s a long road, but it’s empowering to hear that coping mechanisms truly do make a difference. You’re doing amazing and your story is so inspiring. Keep taking care of yourself and know that you’re not alone in this.

Thank you so much for sharing your story. It takes a lot of courage to reach out for help and I’m so glad to hear that therapy, writing, and mindfulness practices have helped you manage your PTSD. It’s okay to have bad days, but it’s incredible that you’ve found ways to handle the moments when they come up. Your journey is truly inspiring and I hope others can find strength in your words. Keep taking control and know that you’re not alone in this. Sending you lots of positive vibes and support!

Hey, man, I just wanted to say how much I relate to your struggles with PTSD. It’s not an easy thing to deal with, and for a long time, I tried to just ignore it too. But like you, I found that it only made things worse. It’s awesome that you were able to find the courage to reach out for help, and I’m glad to hear that therapy and other practices like writing and mindfulness have been helpful for you. It’s really inspiring to hear how you’ve been able to take control over your PTSD and learn to manage the bad days. Keep up the great work, and thanks for sharing your experience. It’s important for others to hear that there’s hope and that coping mechanisms really can make a difference.

Thank you for sharing your experience with PTSD. It’s incredibly brave of you to open up about your struggles and seek help. I can relate to the feeling of wanting to keep it all a secret and hoping it would just go away on its own. It took me a while to reach out for help too, but once I did, things started to improve. I’m glad to hear that therapy, writing, and mindfulness practices have been helpful for you. It’s inspiring to see that you’ve been able to take control over your PTSD and manage your symptoms. I know firsthand that bad days can still come, but it’s empowering to know how to handle them. Thank you for reminding us that everyone’s story is different and that coping mechanisms truly do make a difference. Keep up the amazing work!