When PTSD catches up, how do you handle its wrath?
Let’s face it, life doesn’t stop doing its thing. It will always come with its ups and downs, and that’s simply part of the deal. Sadly, these rules still apply for those with mental-health conditions. Of course, I can’t speak for everyone, but I can for myself. So here it goes life’s hard, my friend and recently, I have had my fair share of the harsher side of things.
Thing is, right now, I don’t feel that bad – despite a breakup and my son’s accident. I should be wrecked, right? Well, I’m not, but it has not yet sunk in for me. Fear not, it will when PTSD catches up. Then, it will hit me.
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Being witness to so many critical incidents, I have built a disconnect from tragic events, not the good kind, either. In fact, I have no armour whatsoever. No, what I’ve got going on is an unhealthy dose of disassociation and apathy – both symptoms of PTSD but protective in a sense. I liken it to a sort of power-down mode, designed to protect what’s left of me.
Despite resembling a zombie at times because of it, make no mistake, when PTSD catches up with me, I will “feel” once more. It may take a day or maybe even three, but it will hit me and hit me hard.
When it hits it will literally take me out of living. For how long, is anyone’s guess. all I know is that I will retreat from the world and live within the safety and quiet of my bedroom. This ever-busy world is just too much, especially when life throws me a few curve balls. It essentially creates the perfect mental illness storm.
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If this sounds like you, don’t despair. This need you feel to seclude yourself will pass. When PTSD catches up with you, it will be hell, but hang on – you WILL get through it… Stay strong.
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