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Finding a Voice for PTSD and Severe Anxiety

It is a terrible thing to feel unsafe. Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome causes the sufferer to feel unsafe. The feeling of lack of safety is disabling. It creates mental torment and physical sensations of pain and discomfort.

Post traumatic stress disorder can be caused by different types of trauma. Anytime a person is put into a situation of being threatened for a prolonged period of time, they are in danger of damage to the their neurology.

People are not set up to endure a dangerous situation for extended periods of time. We are set up to be able to handle an immediate danger.

The amygdala is the part of the brain that kicks into high alert when we are in danger. This puts is into the fight or flight mode. Our brains and bodies are only designed to sustain this mode for a few minutes at a time.

Our body will gear up for a fight to the death, or to run as fast as we can to escape. Some people go into a state of frozen, incapacitating fear.

When people are in a prolonged dangerous situation like domestic violence, front military lines, living in a dangerous gang-type neighborhood, etc, they are forced to sustain the fight or flight level for way too long.

They are afraid to sleep at night because the danger is constant and they could be injured in their sleep.

This causes people to have sleep disorders later, even when they are no longer living in the threatening environment.

This causes the amygdala malfunction. It basically breaks and becomes overactive on a regular basis, It begins to respond to anything that triggers a memory of the original trauma,

Many people wake up the morning in post traumatic stress right away. For some reason the brain wakes up in trauma.

Things that remind the person’s brain of the original traumatic situation, will wake up the amygdala and send them into a terrified state of mind. They feel that they are in immediate danger. They feel threatened in such a frightening way that their body responds with blood pressure raising, nausea, headache and other symptoms, depending on the person.

People with PTSD live with the daily fear that they could relive the terrible feelings of trauma at any time. They develope a new reason for terror. The fear of the possibility of being sucked into the nightmare state is terrifying. They will do things to try to avoid being triggered.

Living with this terror every day is exhausting and disruptive to the person’s life. It gets worse and worse for the person’s mental health to continue to live in the fear of experiencing trauma.

It is critical that people with PTSD can talk to someone about their feelings and what it is like to live this way. It is difficult to find anyone to talk to who will really understand.

This Word Press network has members that suffer from PTSD  and severe anxiety. The more we communicate with each other about our feelings, the more we have the chance to feel validated. PTSD sufferers need to be heard. Our stories need to be told in a safe space.

God bless

Namaste

Annie

9 thoughts on “Finding a Voice for PTSD and Severe Anxiety”

  1. Living with PTSD is a daily challenge and struggle but I have learned how to create a meaningful life with it over the last 20 years. I do find using wordpress and hearing others stories does validate my feelings. I find it great to hear how exhausted people get living with it. My chronic fatigue is something I have to contend with every day but I have a plan for managing it now without feeling like a slug.

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    1. I am glad you brought up chronic fatigue. Many people suffer from chronic fatigue. It is another one of those invisible disorders that people do not understand or have any sympathy for. Most people do not really believe it or understand how extreme it is. Chronic fatigue is a handicap and causes you to suffer through the day and it makes you much less able to keep up and do things that other people do easily.
      Severe anxiety can be a cause of chronic fatigue, as can depression.
      I have found some coping tools but often feel too depressed or discouraged to use them. But when I do use them , they help.
      I love yoga. There is a great site called Myyoga.com. It is inexpensive. There are also lots of youtube yoga routines. I like to begin with something slow and about moderate level. If I can’t get through the entire video that’s ok. Even 15 minutes helps.
      I also have found some talks on youtube that I find inspirational. Ajahn Brahm is Buddhist monk who does talks for people of any religion to listen to. He has different topics about stress and anxiety as well as just dealing with life in general.
      Things like these are helpful. Each person will be different on what tools are helpful to them. It is good for everyone to find more that one. Blogging, art, music, exercise, researching things online, petting an animal, visiting a nursing home, a change of scenery, and a change of regular routine can help.
      Even a small variation of your regular routine can help your brain to think better and be more in reality.
      I am very happy you shared and I hope your tools to feel better work well. There are always more things to try.
      It feels overwhelming to make a big time commitment to something you don’t usually do. The best way to start is to try 10 or 15 minutes and then see how it goes.
      Namaste
      Annie

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  2. I was wondering what your PTSD is from if you feel like sharing. If not I understand. I feel like I have PTSD because it’s like certain things trigger my fear and anxiety yet I can’t think of what exactly could be my horrific cause for PTSD or is to possible for me to have PTSD from just smaller less significant moments in time? It’s like I have PTSD from anxiety and stress itself or is that not PTSD and just anxiety?

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    1. Everyone has a right to feel good and not be tormented by negative, sad or scary mental thoughts. When something causes the brain to be in fear mode (or sad mode) on a regular basis, it is very bad. It interferes with your quality of life and ability to interact with other people.

      Your severe anxiety is a problem that you need real help with. Where to get the right help is the question. Sometimes a combination support system is best.

      Reaching out to caring people here is good. There are a lot of people who really care about others that are suffering.
      You don’t have “just anxiety” .

      It is not fair to you if you feel that your diagnosis is not as bad as someone else’s and therefor you are not as much of an emergency or not as worthy of help.

      PTSD is rooted in an original terrifying situation that was witnessed or lived through. PTSD sufferers have flashbacks to the original situation.

      It is usually a time period where they were forced to be in emergency mode for an extended period of time.
      Some of my PTSD is from living in a domestic abuse situation for a long time and how I had to escape from it. I was in danger sleeping and had to hide my money and other things.

      I was in danger of him coming to work and causing me to lose my job, by coming to my work and being inappropriate.

      I was retaliated against if I did anything that crossed him, even by accident. it severely damaged my feeling of safety, my ability to trust anyone, and most importantly, my self-esteem.
      I have been working very hard to regain my self-esteem and it is better but still can collapse in a moment.

      I think you have severe anxiety which is just as bad as PTSD. I also have anxiety in general .
      Severe anxiety, generalized anxiety etc are rooted in whatever causes occurred in your life, lack of support, and your personality.

      People that are sensitive to what others are thinking and feeling are more sensitive people, like me. I think we are more likely to develop anxiety and depression.

      Your mental illness is as bad as you feel. It i as bad as it affects your daily life, your sleep, your relationships, your concentration, etc.

      You are the one who knows how bad you feel on any given day. Don’t let anyone undermine your feelings and your suffering.
      Labels are ok , for the purpose of discussion of different categories and causes of mental health issues.

      But we have to be compassionate for each other. If I have PTSD, it does not mean that my fear and anxiety are any worse than yours.

      I have been made to feel that my mental functioning was less bad and less important than someone else’s because I am able to force myself to function. But how do they know how hard it is for me or how close to the edge of giving up and not being able to function I am.

      I am thinking of you. I hope you are able to find some coping tools that help.

      Namaste
      Annie

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      1. Thanks for sharing Annie

        I am staring to realize I am a extremely sensitive person and mixed with things that have happned in my life has greatly contributed to my anxiety.

        I am seeing a psychologist on a weekly sometimes more basis and soon to see a new psychiatrist to hopefully help make sure I am on the best medicaton.

        I appreciate your kind words and caring thoughts.

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  3. There is a smaller percent of people that are sensitive to other people’s feelings. Most people are more in touch with their own feelings and are not aware of other people.

    Those people do not get their feelings hurt by the people around them, as easily as we do. In one way, people like us are very gifted.
    We are sweet and gentle and compassionate. The world needs people like you.

    But when we experience pain, hurt and abuse from other people, we internalize it and have trouble shaking it off. We also internalize things that happen in the world around us.

    I hope you get help from the doctors you have appointments with. I would like to see you surround yourself with people things that are benign and not triggering to you.

    There are always triggers but we have to try to do the best we can to protect ourselves so that we can feel safe.

    You need to have a boost in your self esteem. Anything that will help to validate what a special and valuable person you are. Different things are helpful to different people. I feel good about myself when I do yoga

    . I feel good about myself when I do what I am doing now, which is validating another person, so ironically you are actually helping me.
    I also like to listen to TED talks. There are inspirational talks on all kinds of topics, including mental health issues. TED talks.com has them categorized so you can look up your topic of interest. Netflix also has TED talks.

    I also listen to talks by Ajahn Brahm on youtube. Maybe you can find some people like that to listen to, that are self-esteem builders.

    Feel free to send me an update anytime. It has been a pleasure speaking with you. The connection with people who can feel things deeply is important to me. There are so many superficial people around. There are so many judgemental people we are forced to interact with. They are all draining to me.

    I like HEART PEOPLE. That is what my boyfriend calls people like us. Heart People. He tells me that sensitive people come from the Gentle Village of Heart People. So sweet.

    Have a better week.

    Namaste,
    Annie

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