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How PTSD Happens: 'Ask Dorothy'

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Dorothy Zennuriye Juno
Psychotherapist & Meditation Teacher
Here I share the story of a client with whom I continue to work at the time of writing this. Her name has been changed to protect her identity. Her story is real. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition in which people experience a variety of symptoms following exposure to a traumatic event. These may include flashbacks, nightmares, intrusive thoughts, anxiety, avoidance, and changes in mood and thinking. Symptoms may include re-experiencing the traumatic event, avoiding reminders of the trauma, startling easily, and having negative thoughts and beliefs. * Assessment Tool for PTSD (online) *If you suffer from PTSD, please let me help.
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I. Need help to get better!? Shy, alone too offten. Neglected mostly. Very Negative! I mostly Try to find the good in things!? I do!… but people need people… Bee Well
I’ve been in therapy with different therapists for more than 20 years but still have not begun to get to the root cause of the traumas that have created severe PTSD symptoms including dissociation. Is there any way to help me now at age 58? I’m also a cutter and have been since I was 17. Is there any hope for me?
Understanding PTSD is a breakthrough
I learned so much about PTSD this past week. I am relieved in a sense I can gain tools to deal with this
How ptsd happens
I learnt that by experiencing all the repetitive life threatening situations growing as a kid means that I could have ptsd. I need to learn to find ways healthy to cope because of my child hood. I felt extreme fear and sad when she talked about watching her dad get into a physical fight with someone else.
many different childhood experiences can lead to PTSD
I should take a PTSD quiz to see if the trauma from my car accident qualifies me.
Everything will be okay. Just let go and move forward. It’s okay to set boundaries and enforce your boundaries. You are on the right path for you.
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