| | Another "Do I have PTSD?" post.
I was diagnosed with "severe" depression in 1988 when I was 20 years old. I'm 37 now. Yesterday I saw my psychiatrist about my meds (I'm on Effexor) and happened to tell him about some of my recurring dreams, and he said it sounds like I have PSTD more than depression. I don't really agree, but I thought I'd check it out. My best friend DOES have PTSD, unquestionably, and my symptoms are nothing like hers.
Specifically, my doctor said that my recurring nightmares and my panic attacks point to PTSD. Now, it's not that nothing traumatic has ever happened to me, but all the most traumatic things I've been through have been as an adult, and I've been depressed since I was 5 and having panic attacks since I was 17.
I've noticed a lot of people here have trouble remembering things, but I don't. I have a very good memory, going back to when I was only two. I remember the first time my mom hit me, and also the frist time she hit me and didn't apologize, and I know that I was already severely depressed before those things happened. So I didn't have an ideal home life, but I also was never afraid and there was no one in my life whom I felt threatened by. In fact, I have never lived in any situation that felt unsafe to me.
So, any thoughts? Does this sound like it could be PTSD? Does it even matter, treatment-wise?
Choose the devil you don't know.