Welcome to Day 1 of my new Journal to tract what I’m going through as a Christian with PTSD, Bi[polar II, and schizoaffective. Now I know through my research that if you are schizoaffective Bipolar II is included within it added to schizophrenia so I am stating it twice in my above statement. The reason I stated it the way I did is that is the way that my doctor informed of my diagnosis.
I have lived with these disorders for 29 years and counting. I have been on a lot of medication with the many doctors that I have seen over the years trying to find the magic combination that will “fix” me. The medication won’t “fix” anyone. Let’s make that clear. It does help to keep me together so that I can function like a human being for at least some of the time…..lolol
I’ve done a great deal of research into my diagnosis and medication. In fact, I will investigate any medication that any doctor gives me before I take it. It’s not that I don’t trust the doctors but I want to know what’s going on before I take it. Anyway. I thought that I would break up my diagnosis and look at each one up close. I also thought that I would start with the easy one first.
PTSD you have most likely heard of. It stands for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It is a mental condition that a person gets after they have experiences or witnesses a traumatic event. It can result in a series of emotional and physical reactions to fear for their personal life and wellbeing. Examples would be a car collision or other accident long term abuse physical or sexual assault, torture living in a war zone, a natural disaster or a life-altering experiences such as the death of a love one. Symptoms of PTSD can be but are not limited to:
A] Physical Pain – Dizziness, digestive problems, headaches, chest pain, stomach issues, migraines, breathing difficulties, and fatigue.
B] Flashbacks and/or Nightmares – It is also know as re-experiencing where the person is suddenly and vividly reliving the event over and over again. It can happen when you are asleep, but it can also happen suddenly in waking images or sensation of physical and emotional pain and fear. Sometimes it will cause the person to become homebound because they fear the world outside.
C] Depression and/or Anxiety – Mental phobias or irrational and persistent fear and avoidance of certain objects or situations can cause paranoia and depression
D] Withdrawal – Sudden lose of interest in favorite hobbies, activities and friends in some that was socially active is also a symptom of PTSD. On the other end of the spectrum is seeking out risky behavior can also be a form of escapism through drug or alcohol abuse or thrill seeking.
E] Avoidance – Another one is why a person doesn’t what to do something physical or mental that reminds them of the event.
F] Repression – this is the intentional blockage of the memories that associated with the past even or experience
G] Emotional Numbing – A person after a trauma most of the time wants to numb their feeling because it’s hard to suffer the pain when you don’t feel anything. Unfortunately, numbing leads to withdrawal which eventually leads you to complete isolation from social circles.
H] Hyper-Arousal – Sometimes a person suffers from a form of the jitters so sever that it becomes impossible to relax due to the fear of threats. They are thought to be “on edge” or “jumpy” and easily frightened.
I] Irritability – A state of constant fear and paranoia that causes irritability, indecisiveness, and a total lack of concentration, sleeplessness and difficulty maintaining personal relationships.
J] Guilt and Shame – If they can’t get past the negative experience, the patient will find it difficult to move forward and maintain a healthy life. Blame of themselves will come into the picture and they will constantly relive the event wanting to know what else they could have done to prevent it. Finally, they will blame themselves for the tragedy and have immense shame and guilt for it.
Well, if you stayed through all the dry information part of this post then I will reward you with some personal information…..LOL I know that is most likely not what you were looking for, but then why else would you be reading my blog? I have PTSD because I was abused as a child and I have been in some really bad relationships. I have dealt with most of it with the help of doctors, medication, friends, Jesus and God, but there are times that it sneaks up on me and the fear takes hold of me as if I was back there again. I have no control at that point without the people around me that help me to remember my “helps” and that gets me back to the present so I’m not stuck in the past. Praise the Lord!!!!! I am so thankful to the Lord for getting me to this point in my life!!!!!
Thanks for listening to me. God Bless You!!! I’ll talk more tomorrow!!!! Day 1 Out!!!!