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Can you help?

I ususally use my blog to talk about my journey with PTSD and through it I hope I can provide help and support to those that need it. In this post, I am asking for your help.

Back in June, I put together a questionnaire as I thought I would write a pamphlet about PTSD, I soon realised this information was valuable and decided I wanted to try and write a book to help others. I would like to explain further about what I want to do with your help and this is an introduction to try and explain:

So why this book?

Well, during my time, I have found the most useful strategies have come from people who have lived with this illness and I wanted to pull all of these techniques together to help anyone else unfortunate enough to get this diagnosis. I want to set it out in an easy to use way as I know when I was at my worst, it was incredibly difficult to read a chunk of text. It will be put together in symptom order so you can just pick out the tools you need, as you need them, as well as read from front to back if you wish to do so.

However, I also want to address what this book won’t be. I am not qualified and this should not replace professional help. These are purely tools and techniques to help with the symptoms, not an answer to getting rid of them.

When I was first diagnosed with PTSD, I had absolutely no idea where to turn. I had gone to my GP after a period of feeling extremely low and to be honest was expecting to be told I was suffering from depression. However, after a few visits, PTSD was mentioned and after filling in a number of questionnaires, this was eventually given as a diagnosis.

Like I said, I had no clue what PTSD was and in a 10 minute doctor’s appointment, there was not enough time for it to be explained and so I turned to the internet. The main body of information was for war veterans and most forums and other online places were aimed at this. I really struggled to find information about PTSD for my reason (rape).

A lot of the symptoms were the same but all examples of how to deal with them were military based and I really struggled to know what to do with my own problems. And so I set up a blog and a twitter account with the intention of being able to connect with other similar individuals. This was by far the best thing I had ever done. I met some extremely courageous people and they opened my eyes to the possibility of living with this disorder and how to deal with the intrusive thoughts and anxiety that had filled my life.

I am now quite happy with my coping strategies and in the main, my ability to cope with flashbacks, which is my biggest issue and also the other symptoms.

I would love to put my experience to good use and if you would like to help and share your own tools and techniques (no matter how small you think they are), then please go to  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ptsdinfo and fill in the relevant bits.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me by either commenting on this post or contacting me here

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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That Friday Feeling….

It’s 3 o’clock on a Friday afternoon and most of my social media pages are filled with comments about it nearly being the weekend and how great it is (especially as the clocks go back and we gain another hour). And I’m really pleased for my friends who are looking forward to 2 days off, but then there is the reality…

Friday for me means getting through days knowing there is very little support around. Especially the way I am feeling at the moment, where suicidal thoughts are on my mind a lot, knowing that there is very little help is a hard thing to deal with.

I am told to go to a&e if I get bad. Again, a reality check. A&E at weekends is probably their busiest time – full of drunks and people going out for a good time (that has gone wrong in some way). Is this a place I would take myself if I was feeling like I would act on my suicidal thoughts? No, it really isn’t. I’m sure there are exceptions to the rule but whenever I’ve been in a&e after an od, I have been patronised and made to feel like I’m wasting their time.

So with a&e really not being an option, it is down to me to make it through every hour (which trust me at the minute, is no easy task). It just brings up that age old question, why is mental health seen as a Monday to Friday, 9-5 illness?

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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