I was recently clinically/professionally diagnosed with CPTSD which is a result from chronic or long-term exposure to trauma. It can develop from any prolonged traumatic experience, such as childhood abuse, neglect, domestic violence, or being in a war zone.
I’m often referred to as a no-nonsense, sarcastic, moody trouble maker with a mouth like a sailor that loves comfort and the color black.
My moods change unpredictably and often. Many factors can cause or contribute to my irritability. Such as stress, lack of sleep, certain triggers in my everyday life, low blood sugar levels, and hormonal changes. I’m learning how to work on those things.
Some of my Symptoms:
– Hypervigilance which is the elevated state of constantly assessing potential threats around me.
– Reckless behavior. I’ve overcome addictions which made my reckless behavior worse.
– Difficulty regulating my emotions. Often feeling hostility.
– Dissociation that makes my daily life difficult.
– Depression and Anxiety
The stigma I feel around CPTSD is that it’s only for veterans. God bless veterans, but here’s just a comparison that comes up. As if someone had it worse than I have so I prefer not talking about why I was diagnosed with it.
What I do to help with my symptoms is listen to music, reach out to my therapist if possible or a friend that understands to work through emotions that I’m unsure how to process.
I don’t think that you have to be diagnosed with CPTSD like me in order to relate to feeling some of the same emotions that I have. Being diagnosed with an CPTSD is complex.
My favorite sloth vibe is ‘Nope, not today’.
I appreciate having a place to express some of the ways that I work through some of my symptoms. I look forward to sharing some of my stories with you and hope you will follow along!
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