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PTSD 3 years 9 months ago #388

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In a recently shared Daily Mail article it is stated that "In fact, there may even be some advantages. Post-traumatic stress disorder is characterised by heightened visual images."

I have PTSD from a sexual assualt and I have flashbacks just not visual in the sense that visual imagers may have. But they are as visual as me knowing exactly what an apple looks like and everything about it without seeing it in my minds eye.

Most traumatic things I can let go of easily but not all.

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PTSD 3 years 9 months ago #459

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I am diagnosed with Complex Post Traumatic Stress disorder, for those not familiar the biggest difference lies in frequency and complex is considered harder to treat. My diagnosis stems from frequent, repeat, inescapable trauma. For me though, I do not have flashbacks, which trauma could I begin to flashback too (either visually or in some other non-visual fashion). In the case of Complex PTSD one's entire life experience becomes about survival and hyper-vigilance, constantly looking for and avoid possible threats. Now, I have in some of my early blog posts equated this to sending someone with a sensory processing disorder or autism to essentially hell.

Neuroplasticity often works in my favor, in this case it did not. As I utilized my already hyper-sensory functions to watch for potential threats I increased their efficacy over time, my senses became more nuanced, I could pull out more details. Since I have a sensory processing disorder though, it began to bleed into other things, were once only loud noises, bright lights, and very strong smells would trigger a tactile response and loss of balance, my threshold became lower and lower, as a result of this I use a cane when out in public, I am "trying" to unlearn some of this, to reduce my anxiety, accept that I over inflated probability in my hyper-vigilance and that though bad things can happen to me, the statistical likelihood is quite small.

I think maybe it helps insulate us from the more severe and crippling acute aspects, but I don't think when it comes to severe trauma that is insulates us completely, we still know what happened, we still have feelings and emotional states tied to the event(s), I think we are just a bit advantaged in pushing through and slogging on.
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PTSD 3 years 9 months ago #466

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Nathan Buzby wrote:
I don't think when it comes to severe trauma that is insulates us completely, we still know what happened, we still have feelings and emotional states tied to the event(s), I think we are just a bit advantaged in pushing through and slogging on.

Yes I underdtand, thanks for sharing :) :)
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PTSD 3 years 9 months ago #523

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Shit should this be in the Adult/Sensitive topic section Thomas? :dry:
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PTSD 3 years 9 months ago #531

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hrmm yeah it might be prudent to move it over or add a warning to it? I am not convinced it truly needs to, but if someone is more sensitive it might be best to ere on the side of caution.
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PTSD 3 years 9 months ago #533

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I agree.

At my worst the words 'sexual assualt" could trigger flashbacks so it may hurt someone out there in internet land.
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PTSD 3 years 9 months ago #570

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yeah triggers are rough...and a complicated ethical issue too, you want to help people work through stuff, so full isolation is not helpful, but it has to be moderated too, because full immersion is detrimental as well, "kid gloves" as they say.
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PTSD 3 years 9 months ago #571

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Yass.

Website Daddy appears to be in bed as his status is offline. I assume he will shift this tomorrow.
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PTSD 3 years 9 months ago #573

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Most likely if he sees it, if not when he is online tomorrow we can just send him a message.
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