Anon me please
Re: June is pstd month
I suffer from ptsd, centred on the abuse I received at school. I’ve gotten used to hearing the question ‘oh, did you serve in Iraq or Afghanistan?’ When I tell people of my condition. I wish that it was better understood that ptsd doesn’t just affect veterans.
My pstd manifests itself in flashbacks, sleep disturbance, body dysmorphia, and acute anxiety around large groups of people. I also dislike going anywhere near my old school and often walk miles out of my way to avoid looking at it. I have paranoid schizophrenic tendencies, and the voices I hear are the voices of those who bullied me.
It took me a very long time to even accept that I had pstd, because I - like everyone else - thought that it was a condition only ex-soldiers got, and that I was somehow weak for suffering from it having been nowhere near a warzone.
As a result of being bullied for so many years, I also suffer from acute paranoia. I am 23 years old and it has been a long time since I was bullied.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that these things stay with us. You’re not told you’re worthless every day for years without it leaving a mark. I am now seeing a therapist who is helping me through my conditions. I very much appreciate your blog, and I hope that you continue to be there for anyone who needs you. Thanks.
A reminder to our followers with PTSD: PTSD is common in populations that have not been at war. According to the US Department of Veteran’s Affairs, 30.9% of men and 26.9% of women who served in Vietnam had PTSD symptoms. A study of school-age children found that 26.7% of boys and 40.5% of girls who had been bullied had PTSD symptoms.
PTSD comes from many causes and is prevalent in many communities. You are not alone.