DSM-IV-TR criteria for PTSD – NATIONAL CENTER for PTSD

http://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/pages/dsm-iv-tr-ptsd.asp This is a good link to check out if you want to refresh your memory about PTSD. It’s geared toward veterans, but it contains the DSM criteria, so it applies to everyone unfortunate enough to live with this crippling illness. There are three major classifications or groupings of symptoms. A person can have symptoms that cross groups, too. If you’re one of my regular readers, you might notice that my writing style is not its usual sparkling self. That’s because my personal PTSD demon got let out of its cage yesterday, and I haven’t managed to get back into the world enough to get it corralled. My PTSD falls mostly into the avoidant group. I get numb and totally leave my body, even as I scramble to try to grab onto something to keep it from happening. This time, I felt myself slipping, tried to stop it, and then got totally knocked off my pins by a second, larger trigger. When I was younger and had fewer resources, I would ends up depersonalized a great deal of the time. I had a lot of severely traumatic experiences, running the gamut of childhood abuse to multiple rapes to multiple trauma from being hit by a car while riding my bicycle. But the worst was being the helpless target of childhood verbal and emotional abuse. I’ve done a huge amount of work on this stuff, and got a lot of it under control. From my own work as a pediatrician I have observed that abuse that happens to preverbal kids just does not get integrated and has little hope of being erased. Prior to language development, a kid just has no way of processing what happened. So when they’re confronted by a similar situation, even as an adult, boom, you’re right back there in that same place of no-escape terror. For me, the only way out was to leave my body and let the chips fall where they may. So yesterday I got triggered. I’m still trying to find my way back. My dog helps, but I think I’m even freaking her out a little. Time is the only healer for this.

Copyright 2012 Laura P. Schulman all rights reserved

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  1. I’ve read a bit on PTSD and C-PTSD, and the scholars do say emotional abuse is more damaging than physical. But more damaging than rape – I believe you, I guess I don’t have to fear rape any more, huh? I wish I’d seen your blog earlier, it’d have been a good reply to this guy who said that my experiences weren’t as bad as his ex’s, as she was raped. (Though seeing as it was her father and brother, I suppose her experience was worse than mine – as if it’s even possible or desirable to quantify trauma).Keep writing xx

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    • There are lots of kinds of rape. Sexual is one. Unfortunately, people will try to force all kinds of bullshit things down your throat. The guy who was trying to play a head trip on you saying that somebody else’s trauma was worse than yours…well…I hope you can relegate his memory to your past and say goodbye to it.

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  2. Reblogged this on Tell About Abuse and commented:
    the end of Child Abuse Prevention Month…but not the of child abuse

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  3. I just found this–It’s good info.

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  4. Niharika

     /  November 19, 2015

    I was abused physically by one of my seniors , he used to remove my shirt and harass me making me feel bad of my breasts and sometimes making me nude , it used to happen on a regular basis , i was very innocent , and i used to cry a lot , but in the beginning he pretended that he likes me , and he can’t live without me , as a result of which became a victim of this torture or abuse , he used to do this and later used to blame me that it was you who didn’t stopped me , was it my fault ? Later i came to know that he got married to someone else , then î realised what had happened …

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  5. Niharika Kesarvani

     /  November 19, 2015

    I was abused physically by one of my seniors , he used to remove my shirt and harass me making me feel bad of my breasts and sometimes making me nude , it used to happen on a regular basis , i was very innocent , and i used to cry a lot , but in the beginning he pretended that he likes me , and he can’t live without me , as a result of which became a victim of this torture or abuse , he used to do this and later used to blame me that it was you who didn’t stopped me , was it my fault ? Later i came to know that he got married to someone else , then î realised what had happened …

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    • I’m so sorry that happened to you….I hope you know more that you were just a little girl then, and it wasn’t your fault. How could you have stopped him? You couldn’t. If you had tried, he would have hurt you more. He hurt you in many ways, physically and especially psychologically. It’s this that lasts and lasts, this injury of the heart and mind. Know this: he will pay the price for injuring an innocent child’s soul. In his next world, believe me, he will be more than paid back for his cruelty. So knowing this, you can begin to heal, knowing that you were a victim of an elder’s perverse cruelty, and that the Universe will not let him go unpunished. Now it’s time for you to begin to heal, to know that you will always have a scar, yes, but the wound can heal and you can be free to grow and blossom with life. Be well!

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