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Old 06-16-2009, 11:05 PM   #1
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adoption trauma?

Hello all,
I feel funny posting this here at all...
But I show symptoms of trauma and am not entirely sure why.
My therapist seems to think that my being adopted has something to do with it, though I have, consciously, had a very positive adoption experience.
I suppose I should elaborate.
I have been told by several Dr.'s that I show symptoms of PTSD, and this could be from something else that happened in my life, but to me it seems to have been triggered by break-ups with people I was extremely close to.
I guess I am here more to ask questions than anything.
What constitues as PTSD? What are the symptoms?
And has anyone ever heard of it being caused by loss of a loved one?
What about adoption trauma?

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Old 06-17-2009, 01:09 PM   #2
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Re: adoption trauma?

Hi mochi,
You can find lots of information on PTSD right on this site at the bottom of the page and by using the health guide tab at the top of the page. I prefer to think of it as a way that a person's mind reacts to something stressful that the mind thinks that takes place. The mind can be overwelmed with inputs at times due to actual events, sudden rushes of emotions both positive and negative or combinations of these. Events from our senses or feelings that take place today may trigger our minds to recall stored information. Some information may be filed away so deep that we can not understand it, but we react to it by feeling both positive or negative. The loss of love ones can be a very good trigger to cause our minds to go back and search.

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Old 07-01-2009, 03:07 AM   #3
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Re: adoption trauma?

Hi Mochie and welcome,

yes PTSd can be caused by the loss of a loved one - people react differently to different events - and the adoption thing too - do you know anything about before you were adopted? maybe the trauma happened then?

If you have probs with losing people that sounds like it could be associated with the adoption process - how young were you? if you dont mind me asking.

PTSD is generally associated with a life threatening event - losing parents coudl equate to that for a small child..

I hope you can get help and finrd the answers you seek - although sometimes if like me you have few memories you have to just deal with the feelings with your therapists and heal that way.
Good luck on your journey -

keep posting - it can help

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