How does my post-traumatic stress disorder affect my life?

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a specific form of anxiety with relatively predictable symptoms and predictable triggers of the symptoms. I have lost nearly all of my personal and professional relationships, in part, because of PTSD–it is not a trivial matter that I can simply “snap” out of: it is a serious and debilitating illness.

It involves:

  • Re-experiencing of traumatic events
  • Avoidance of events, places, people, that might trigger re-experiencing the trauma
  • Numbing the senses to avoid feeling anything
  • A constant, alert state; being more easily startled than before the trauma

See A definition of Complex PTSD.

Physical symptoms include:

  • Nausea
  • Acid reflux
  • Anxiety attacks that can be triggered by small and innocuous things

Emotional and mental symptoms include:

  • Quick and sudden oscillation between moods
  • Unpredictable emotions and reactions
  • Feeling that my rational mind is not working properly
  • Irregular sleep patterns and nightmares

Some posts with more details:

  1. A definition of Complex PTSD
  2. Supreme Court Request for Extension of Time page 12, or read the document from the beginning for full context.
  3. Would you hire this person?
  4. A sample of a typical morning in my life
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