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Re: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Posted by TexasChic on May 26, 2004, at 15:48:44

In reply to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, posted by starlight on May 24, 2004, at 12:08:33

I sometimes wonder if I suffer from it. I was reading an article about abuse, and one thing really stood out to me. I was like, that's it, that's what my childhood was like. I had never been able to put it into words before. Here is the discription:

"Ambient Abuse
The fostering, propagation and enhancement of an atmosphere of fear, intimidation, instability, unpredictability and irritation. There are no acts of traceable explicit abuse, nor any manipulative settings of control. Yet, the irksome feeling remains, a disagreeable foreboding, a premonition, a bad omen. This is sometimes called "gaslighting". In the long term, such an environment erodesthe victim'ssense of self-worth and self-esteem. Self-confidence is shaken badly. "

Do you think you could have PTSD from something like that? I know I still have that foreboding feeling sometimes. And I'm always worried something bad will happen to me or someone I love. I also have the fear about running into the barrier on the highway. Just everything yall said sounded so familiar to me. I wonder what the difference is between having Anxiety and PTSD?
Anyway, I'm just thinking out loud. Any thoughts would be appreciated.




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