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Re: After shocks of trauma shadows721

Posted by Larry Hoover on September 5, 2003, at 8:41:28

In reply to After shocks of trauma, posted by shadows721 on September 4, 2003, at 23:29:03

> Thank you so much Adia. It was painful to write all that out.

I hope it was a little bit cathartic, to express yourself that way.

> A part of me really wants to help people understand the world I live in and let others like me know they are not crazy. What they went through was crazy. I did not develop these odd symptoms and extreme fears/depression for no reason.

Absolutely not. I don't pretend that I know how you feel, as the depth of your wounds seems severe, but I too have PTSD from childhood abuse. I don't mean to sound in any way that I'm trivializing your efforts at recovery, because I'm not....your body has learned to respond the way it does, and there may be ways to retrain it. Have you tried EMDR?

> I have been through 3 therapists, before I found the right one. She has no experience with repressed memories, but that does not matter to me. What matters is that she shows more compassion and concern than any I have met.

There are trauma-specialist therapists.

> I am so glad you have help. The doc offered Seroquel to me to help me sleep. He said at low doses this med is very helpful for sleeping and may help my hypervigiliance. I see things move in the corner of my sight all the time. I find I tend to self rock a lot too when under great stress. I am extremely jumpy with sounds or touch.

I know you said that vitamins didn't help you, but there are nutritional aspects to hypervigilance. The unfortunate truth about that is that it will require some experimentation, and is a prolonged process. Your body didn't become disrupted the way it is, all in one day. It takes time to nudge it back towards more natural functioning.

> Just can not handle watching much of what is on tv either. These are just some of the aftermath of trauma for me.
> Shadows

I admire your courage, very much.





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