I just was wondering about something. I attempted suicide last April and was hospitalized. It was quite a traumatic experience and ever since I've had exaggerated flashbacks and severe, vivid night terrors, to the point I'm afraid to fall asleep. Could I possibly have caused myself PTSD??? Is that possible or is this just stress from what happened that will go away? I was just wondering.
I have PTSD, and from my own personal experience, and knowing the symptoms in general, it sounds like it's a possibility that it is. The only way you'll ever know is if you go to the doctor to find out for sure though.
I wonder if what happened is what is called "retraumatization." Retraumatization occurs because once traumatized, we are more likely to become traumatized again. It can become something of a vicious cycle. The whole suicide experience certainly could have caused trauma, but be careful!! Don't blame yourself for something you probably didn't have a lot of control over at the time. See it as a learning experience if you can. Harry