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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Hi Jose, This is my first post to this site, and this area is an area of concern for me personally. I have wrestled with what to say here, with tears in my eyes as I struggle to say what I want, yet also fear that I might say something that gets me permanently banned. Please understand my posting is not intended to insult or offend anyone. I personally struggle with the medicalization of my experience of pain and suffering. I feel obliged to object to being subjegated to only being seen or understood from a medical model point of view. A view which promotes the internalization of my problem, and the subjegation of me as a person to being a disorder. I can assure you and others that I am far more complex than being given a label that may (and I might emphasize only maybe and not for certain) allow me to receive help for my struggles. This then for me is a barrier that makes seeking help more difficult. This online forum in one way helps me to overcome such subjugation and internalization by allowing me to maintain my anonymity while interacting here. It seems to me the experience of trauma is one which dominates a persons (my) experience and identity, and that parallel is why I comment on the importance of not allowing me to be subjugated (dominated) by the medical model. As a free and equal person we may walk together for a while, and I may be healed, or I may not, but here is to hoping it will be so.
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I am living with a physical disability that prevents me from doing some of the things I use to really enjoy, such as going for a jog or even a 10km run, but now-a-days, I find, as others have said, that movies are a cornerstone of my ongoing coping and survival.
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I am 45 yrs old and find the need to seek support, and so I hope for a time this space may provide me with some refuge. I have done lots of talk therapy that has been very helpful at different times but am not in therapy at the moment. I am thinking about participating in the program but am not sure if it is for me. I have experienced trauma a number of times over the course of my life to date. Thankfully none of these has been recent, and so I find I am able to function at a certain minimum level in my daily life. I feel it is fair to say that I suffer from some elements of a social phobia, though I think this is mild. I experience worries and avoidance more predominantly than anxiety or panic. My experiences of trauma relate in part to childhood sexual abuse, and my ongoing experience of intrusive images and physiological sensations related with sexual experience. I have also experienced quite a few life threatening events in my life starting with a plane crash at an age of 5. This preceded a car crash, another plane crash, a bike accident that put me in a coma for 3 days, and another car crash all by the age of 15. I went on to serve a military tour of duty in which I chose the occupation of loading bombs on airplanes. This lead to several high stress situations that I still recall to this day quite intensely. It also involved other traumatic events such as a car crash in which I rolled a car, had a mountain climbing incident that almost took my life, and a moderately dangerous cave exploring incident, not to mention my relatively scary practice of European downhill skiing on slopes well above my ability level. While I have learned how to ski from this, and had some truely thrilling moments, for which I now certainly question the motivation that put me in such dangerous situations. I look forward to participating here and hopefully finding the support I am looking for.
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Thanks for your welcome Josie... I am quite willing to focus on doing, as well as it's existential shadow, being, and look forward to taking what works for me and applying it to my life. I am unsure that I can complete everything in a 12 week time period but once I know more about if it is a good fit for me, then I will be better able to prepare and estimate my abilities at that time. For now support and interaction regarding my struggles are plenty... thank you.