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    Old 03-29-2014, 08:07 PM   #1
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    Not all wounds are visible...

    Hello, everyone! i hope all is well. It has been a very, very long time since i've posted on these boards but i still remember the overwhelming comfort and support that these forums offered me in one of the most devastating periods of my life. It feels good to know that there is a community of people that can provide a safe outlet for the intense emotions that are so hard for me to express. And for that, i feel very blessed.
    I developed PTSD about five years ago after being raped. It started with the intrusive thoughts and overwhelming fear, then shortly after came the flashbacks, nightmares, nightsweats and debilitating insomnia..which haunt me to this day. I began treatment within six weeks of developing the disorder, but i struggled with facing my trauma, so i left therapy, which i deeply regret. I spent the next few years trying to forget my traumas and move on with my life. Drug use and depression consumed me, creating a vicious cycle of numbing and darkness..Eventually, however, I did meet a wonderful man, whose love and support helped me tremendously. we have a beautiful life together that i cherish deeply. My PTSD has caused a lot of pain for us, though. He doesn't understand why I shut myself off...emotionally, physically, sexually. And niether do I. I feel trapped within my own nightmare. i have this amazing individual in my life, and yet i feel so alone. With that being said, I've made the decision to give therapy another chance. Which is actually why i'm here...I am starting off with CBT and my psychiatrist started me on some medications to help ease my anxiety, depression, flashbacks, intrusive thoughts, insomnia and so on. However, I am interested in exploring some alternative treatments such as hypnotherapy, art therapy, and EMDR and i was wondering if anybody had any experience with these particular methods?!
    I apologize for the length of my post. A simple question turned into a novel but it felt good to open up a little. I'm a very introverted individual and i struggle to find the comfort and trust that i need to fully overcome my demons. So I guess it's true when they say that every journey begins with a single step. Well...I just took my first step.

     
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    Old 03-31-2014, 06:52 AM   #2
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    Re: Not all wounds are visible..

    I don't have anything to add as I've not experiened anything like this before, but wanted you to know you're supported and cared about!

    I am interested in mental health issues and how they are treated - but more importantly I feel that everyone should have someone to support them - listen to them - cry with them...and I'm great at listening and giving virtual hugs

     
    Old 03-31-2014, 08:34 AM   #3
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    Re: Not all wounds are visible...

    Breathe, I am sorry you are going through this I have a similar story that I don't like to speak about and denied that I had any issues until three years ago which was 20 years after the fact. I have been in treatment for PTSD for 2 1/2 years now and I would like to think I am making progress. My therapist is trained in EMDR and has recommended that we try it several times. I don't feel ready to try it at this point. I struggle often just with the CBT my therapist is a specialist in PTSD working primarily with the VA and has not suggested any alternatives than the EMDR therapy so I can't speak to those but I will say that each of us have to work through this process in our own time and way.

    I wish you the best of luck in your therapy.

     
    Old 03-31-2014, 07:15 PM   #4
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    Thanks so very much for the replies! The support alone is tremendously helpful. There really are a wide variety of ways in which PTSD can be approached from what i've seen in my studies, some which are rather fascinating, really, but i agree with tears...we all have to find our own way of coping and recovering from this tormenting disorder. I have studied extensively the effects of hypnotherapy on PTSD, and I've read papers claiming as high as a 93% recovery rate after 6 sessions. I feel very hopeful..but still somewhat apprehensive. Tears, I wish you nothing but the best with your therapy as well. May we both one day be free from the darkness. And K, I thank you for your support and interest in this cause. Mental health suffers are often stigmatized and demonized in this society and it's comforting to know that even those who may not understand our struggles first hand can still sympathize and aid in our fight. May god bless you both, and keep you well.

     
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    Old 03-31-2014, 09:35 PM   #5
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    Breathe, I will pray that you can continue to have the love and support of your significant other. My issues were a challenge in my marriage and when I first began to acknowledge that I needed help and that there were things he needed to know but needed to hear them in a therapeutic setting helped to seal the fate of our marriage as he had no desire to ever attend any session with me and a counselor (this was before I was diagnosed with PTSD but knew I had significant trauma issues he should have been told about but I didn't.) he basically told me he didn't need to know my problems as they were in the past, which I have continued to learn I am not yet able to leave them there.

    Please include your partner in the process of getting better, it is the only way the two of you can move forward together. I don't know if I could have saved my marriage or not but it has been 8 years and I have only been really working on myself for two.

    Sorry I didn't mean to hijack your thread.

     
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    Tearsnfears- Alternative methods of treatment including all you have mentioned could be the most helpful on your healing journey. Look into (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) DBT which is akin to the CBT, however instead it is a bit more of a radical acceptance in understanding our past/present/future and how our trauma's determine the emotional responses. Grounding ourselves with mindfulness in the here and now means to our recognizing the trauma's are in the past - while at times of PTSD triggered responses it is really difficult. Look into the DBT if your ready to do deep therapeutic work.
    EMDR was one of the other best therapies for myself anyway. It is literally like re-training your mind, re-wiring it, re-learning and re-focusing. With this format or mode of therapy akin to biofeedback or tapping methods, what you are doing is thinking of a negative experience, and intentionally replacing it with a positive. Your eye movement/focus somehow is integrated into the method, just like tapping methods. The power of our minds/brains are amazing, its just a matter of learning what works for you and then utilizing what you learn.
    Art therapy, music therapy, mild forms of meditation, tai chi, yoga etc are all good ways to explore getting yourself in a place of Mindfulness along with decreasing symptoms of PTSD. Good luck on your healing and recovery journey!

     
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