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Re: What is it like being a college student with P Ann78

Posted by LlurpsieNoodle on October 5, 2007, at 6:21:11

In reply to What is it like being a college student with PTSD?, posted by Ann78 on October 1, 2007, at 11:09:31

> I am 29 and attend a Unversity (psychology major). It is not easy attending school with PTSD, I know from personal experience. I am doing an investigation paper for my English class. I just want to get imput from others on this topic, none of the replies will go into my paper. I know I am not the only one struggling with PTSD and going to school.
nope, you sure aren't!

> What is your experiences/challenges you face going to college/university?

Taking good care of myself and trying to deal with stress in an adaptive manner is a big challenge. Stress happens. It cannot be avoided (via procrastination, for example) and it shouldn't be over-reacted to either (via flashback, for example).
> If you are unable to take classes on campus, do you do online classes instead?

not offered at my Uni

> What specific aspects of PTSD affect a college student?
Make sure you're in treatment, or you have a good support network. I used the student mental health facilities for part of my treatment and it was good because they understood what it was like to be a student with mental illness.

Triggers are everywhere. Know what yours are, and hopefully you can avoid panic and flashbacks.

Take care not to overindulge in alcohol or take drugs. Keep a good schedule so that you get enough sleep. Eat regularly, get exercise to keep your moods up. Those things will help you a lot, and it's never too late to take baby steps to establish healthy lifestyle.

Be careful about who you share your disorder with. Only share it if it is *really* affecting your coursework & performance.

> Anything you like to share would be helpful on this topic.
> If you do not have PTSD. What questions would the interested, general educated people might have on this topic? Common sense questions. Like who, why, when, and how question.

best of luck,





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