Some People May Never Understand PTSD, and That's OK

Some People May Never Understand PTSD, and That's OK

Jul 15, 2016, 3:14:26 AM Life and Styles
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PTSD is hard to explain to someone who has never experienced it. How do you explain the irrational fear, memories, flashbacks, nightmares, panic attacks, and depression to someone who just does not know about it? 
How can you confide in someone about your experiences if they cannot fathom it's impact on you?
I had one doctor  (she was a high risk OBGYN, not psych) look at me and tell me that I didn't need to be upset about my experiences because it would probably never happen to me again. (This was right after she read my diagnosis of PTSD in my file.) Tearing up, I told her that the aspect of it happening again didn't scare me, it was the fact I cannot figure out how to handle what already happened to me. She did not understand. 
Sometimes people will never understand what it is like, and that is okay. When someone is willing to ask you what it is like, do not hesitate to talk to them. Why? Because they truly want to be there for you. If someone is willing to listen to you tell your story and try to understand your perspective, well, this is a person who needs to be in your life. 
I have some people in my life who it breaks their heart to talk about what happened to me, but they do. They do it because they want to understand how it is affecting me so tremendously. They do it because they care about me and love me. They do it because even though they cannot stand to see me crying so bad I'm slobbering, and see me in my worst moments, they do it because they love me. They want to help me. 
I am truly blessed. There is no question about that. 
I pray that if you don't have someone in your life like this, that God sends this person to you. 
I pray that if you don't have PTSD but know someone who does, that you are able to be this person for them. 
 
To read more of my story, visit my blog at breakingthestigma623.wordpress.com 

Published by Nurse D

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