Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

It feels like I have a dose of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) today. Most will know that PTSD can develop after a person is exposed to a traumatic event such as an assault, and after yesterday, this is where I’ve landed, even though I can still type, which according to a dear friend, I’ll still be doing in my coffin!

I’ve also been searching for anything about a diagnosis of dementia actually causing a form of PTSD, as have a feeling it probably does. However, all I can find are research papers relating to people who have been through experiences such a sexual assault, or war veterans, who are more susceptible to developing dementia.

For now though, I am taking another self prescribed Chill Pill!

20 thoughts on “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

  1. Hi Kate, I believe there is some move to look at PTSB in relation to people who receive a cancer diagnosis, don’t have any research to hand. Hope you feel batter soon, Annie


  2. There’s a view that it’s PTSD you are struggling with if the trauma is still affecting you after 8 weeks…up to that point it’s nirmal to relive events and feel out of sorts, if usual coping strategies don’t work, it’s definitely a good idea to seek help. Hope you are feeling better soon and can find ways to de-stress….


    • Thanks Cath… I’m almost over it although still very drained as it continued! I’m equipped to deal with stress, and even hatred, real or projected, so am even back to laughing. I suspect this person is never going to find that light…


  3. My brother was diagnosed with early onset dementia when he was 58 he was a Commander in the London Fire Brigade and died last year aged 71. My father died with dementia aged 83. My sister and I have been concerned it could be in the DNA however we are both in our seventies and so far so good.
    I too looked up PTSD because my brother certainly saw some horrific things in his job as he attended the Clapham Junction Rail disaster and the Kings Cross underground fire and many more over his 30 years in the Brigade.
    You are an inspiration to many suffers I am sure but you really must look after you. I am not sure if you have heard of Eckhart Tolle but he wrote a book ‘The Power of Now’ which I found excellent. Some days if you are not feeling well enough to read he has made many audio books. I thought I would mention it just in case it may help on some days.
    I wish you well with your continued struggle and the benefit you are to so many sufferers.


  4. Sorry you are feeling so stressed. The best thing is to take some time out and pamper yourself. Do anything that helps you relax. You may be experiencing acute stress disorder after your experience. Try some self-care first and if it continues maybe consider speaking with a counsellor / psychologist who may be able to offer some strategies.

    The DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) the pschiatrists and psychologists bible, states that PTSD is not generally associated with a diagnosis of a severe and/ or terminal illness, but classifies a medical trauma as something like waking up from an anaethetic during a medical procedure.

    Take a break and I hope you feel better soon.


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