March 13, 2013

Good morning, Dear Readers!

Today’s post is about PTSD & Complex PTSD.  I think most people are pretty familiar with PTSD, but not necessarily Complex PTSD.  To give you some insight into this awful problem, the criteria for diagnosis can be found at this link:

http://knowledgex.camh.net/amhspecialists/specialized_treatment/trauma_treatment/first_stage_trauma/FirstStageTT_ch6/Pages/criteria_complex_ptsd.aspx

I have a couple of questions to pose to you today…  

  1. For other suffers of Complex PTSD or PTSD, what is your favorite way to self-care when recovering from stressful events?
  2. Also, how do you stop beating yourself up (emotionally) for being less able to handle stress than you once were?

I’m asking because I have C-PTSD, & I have only recently learned that was my problem.  I’ve always had to be “the strong one,” & the one not allowed to be upset for fear of upsetting others in my life.  I am trying to embrace the fact that I am not as strong as I once was, while still trying to get healthier & break the dysfunctional old thinking habits.  I’m also trying to rid myself of the “lazy” label I’ve heard all my life & accept the fact that self-care isn’t being lazy, it’s a matter of being mentally healthy.  

So far, I have learned it’s time to remind myself that I am ok!  I have had normal reactions to extremely abnormal & abusive situations I’ve experienced.  But, I have to remind myself of this constantly.  It just seems like there must be something else to do.  And, as for self-care, I love knitting & spending time with my wonderful furkids, but I’m looking for other ideas just for variety.

I apologize for not offering advice today & instead seeking it.  I’m just tired- yesterday was a very stressful day, so today I’m not feeling up to par.  I’m just tired of feeling like this & while I know there is no easy fix, any different approach to it would be worth a try in my book!  Besides, maybe your suggestions could help others with these horrible disorders.

Thank you in advance for your input!  Have a wonderful day!  🙂

 

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