Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (P.T.S.D.)
When I left my ex-husband I experienced PTSD Symptoms, although my psychologist said I was experiencing them even throughout the marriage, I dissociated from feeling any pain and trauma during the marriage, it wasn’t until after I left him and started in therapy that I experienced the PTSD symptoms.
For me, I lived in a state of fear and terror, my ex-husband continually threatened me even with a restraining order. Even with top of the line security system and being alert in my surroundings, I lived in constant fear and had constant memories of the violence done to me.
I never thought I’d survive those PTSD symptoms, the back flashes, the dreams of violence that woke me up at night, and the feeling of reliving the abuse was far more than I could bear. I continually prayed the Lord would take me home.
But He didn’t thank God! With the help of psychotherapy, group therapy, and prayer, and God comforting me through the pain I was healed and delivered from the PTSD Symptoms.
If you have experienced domestic violence or abuse and feel that you may be experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (or Syndrome) there is help for you. If you are feeling that it’s too much to pain and you can’t do it any more, please seek help. This is just a temporary situation and the pain and sorrow will pass and you will begin to experience joy and peace again – I promise.
If you are feeling suicidal please call 1800-SUICIDE
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Each of these hotlines are there to help you, your call is confidential and you will see how much you are cared for.
If you go to www.suicide.org you will meet Kevin, the first thing he says is, “I love you.” I remember when I was suicidal and I went on his site, I broke down in tears. It was my saving grace. Please do whatever you need to stay safe. You are important and God has a beautiful life planned for you. And dear reader, I love you too! I want the best for you, don’t give up, keep fighting for your life, you’ll be glad you did.
Please read these Scriptures on Suicide to understand God’s Heart for you.
Below is Symptoms of PTSD if You Are Experiencing These Please Seek Help
This is only a guideline. Please seek proper medical attention for proper diagnosis and treatment.
IDENTIFYING TRAUMA SURVIORS: (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) can be identified by the following:
- The person has an experience that is outside the range of usual human experience and it is an experience that would be extremely disturbing to almost anyone: for example, a serious threat to one’s life or physical well-being; a serious threat to one’s children, spouse, or other close relative and friends; one’s home or community being suddenly destroyed; seeing another person who has recently been or is being seriously injured or killed as the result of an accident of physical violence or sexual assault; war or sexual abuse.
- The trauma is continually being relieved in at least one of the following ways:
- Repeated and disturbing memories of the trauma (in younger children, the even is repeated over and over during play)
- Repeated disturbing dreams of the trauma
- Suddenly acting or feeling as if the trauma were happening again (includes a sense of reliving the experience, illusions, hallucinations and flashback episodes; even these that happened while awake or intoxicated)
- Decreased interest in important activities (in young children, loss of recently acquired skills such as toilet training or language skills)
- Feeling uninvolved or at a distance with others
- Lack of emotions
- A feeling that there is no possible future
- Survivor guilt: guilt over what had to be done to survive or the fact that they survived with others didn’t
- Continual symptoms of increased arousal (not present before the trauma)as shown by at least two of the following:
- Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
- Irritability or outbursts of anger
- Difficulty concentrating
- Super alert and watchful
- Increased startle response
- A physical response to events that represent or resemble a part of the trauma (i.e., a woman who was sexually assaulted in an elevator breaks out in a sweat when entering an elevator)
(Adapted by Coalition to End Family Violence)
Other Articles about Domestic Abuse and Domestic Violence:
Cycle of Violence
Questions about Being Abused
Stopping Abuse in Your Home
Help for Domestic Violence
About Emotionally Abusive Relationships
Domestic Violence Safety Plans
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