I love when people tell you they won't judge you no matter w

marie86's picture
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I love when people tell you they won't judge you no matter what you tell them. So you tell them some of what you're feeling/thinking and they judge you anyway. They tell you that you should check into a mental hospital. Really? It's right at this moment when I'm reminded that most have no idea what people with PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, or Rape Survivors think about or go through on a daily basis. They really are trying to help, they just have no idea how to. It's a struggle every day to do routine things such as go to work, drive, grocery shop, or hanging out with family/friends. I have a hard time saying no and speaking up for myself. However, say something about my parents and I'll tell you where to go. I used to think that my PTSD was punishment for my part in my rape, the part where I talked to him and agreed to meet him for dinner. I still wrestle with this skewed way of thinking. Everything feels like it's getting worse since I started this bible study with my mom at a church, the study is The Armor of God. I have to say as much as it helps ease some aches/pains, it's worsening others.

How do you tell someone you love that while you are with them they can't watch certain types of tv shows/movies? I ask this honestly as I don't know how to tell my grandma that I can't handle lifetime movies that are romantic suspense and especially horror or crime shows/movies. I end up in a major panic attack every time I stay with her.

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Raine14's picture
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Jul 15

@marie86 The book I read was called: "The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma" by Bessel A. van der Kolk. It's bit dense and textbook-y, but it's praised as the most in-depth book for PTSD and was written by one of the leading experts in the field. I would also recommend "Taming the Tiger" by Peter Levine, which is less dense and more reader friendly. It's written more as a self-help book for people with PTSD.

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livingwithcomplexPTSD's picture
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Jul 16

@Raine14 I have read the body keeps the score as well. great book. there are also YouTube videos by Dr Bessel van der Kolk, which I found very informative too. The taming the tiger is still on my reading list... reading about it has helped me in my recover journey a real lot.

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Jul 16

@marie86 that's what I have to do too and I'm sorry you don't have anyone it must be hard for you

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