Did you have enough support from family to overcome your PTSD? Share your story to Raise Awareness!
In many ways, being diagnosed with PTSD has affected my mental and emotional health. I was sexually and mentally abused as a child. Growing up, I often felt anxious and scared. I did not trust people and often put a guard up around me because I was afraid to let them get close to me.
Many things are triggers to old memories for me. Although I do not want to think about these things some of the things I see or hear can easily trigger a memory. At one time PTSD stopped me from doing things and going to certain places. After working with my therapist, I now have it more under control. I know how to handle times when I feel anxious or when memories come. It has been a difficult road, but with time I have learned to live with PTSD.
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My children motivate me every day to be the best I can be. They help me to feel comfortable during certain times. They bring joy to my life. The support I get from my family has also been helpful. Since I have been diagnosed with PTSD, they have been more understanding of my condition and have done a lot of research to be able to support me better. I have been reaching out to others with PTSD on social media as well for support.