posted on Aug, 5 2010 @ 02:17 PM
I had some experiences with some things I saw as a child which a psychiatrist once called PTSD.
When I first saw the psychiatrist I didn't mention these things very often. I was seeing him for insomnia, and things I guess unrelated but related
at the same time. It took many visits with my psychiatrist for me to not only discuss the contents of my dreams, but also for him to even ask me about
certain events in my life - and for me to tell him.
Psychiatry/psychology aren't simple things, and labels aren't good. To be honest I wasn't ready to be labeled anything. My psychiatrist did
eventually say I had PTSD to me one day, but I imagine it took sometime for him to discover it, more time to confirm it, and really having the break
down Oprah moment immediately probably wasn't the best solution.
I got 'through it' via meditation, concentrating on music at night to try and sleep, and having some more good memories. I say 'through' like this
with apostrophes because no one should think of themselves as a label or as a victim ...
We are all empowered to help ourselves in most cases. My advice would be - be there for the person, understand their behavior may be erratic in this
difficult time, and don't try to force any 'moment' that might 'fix' them.
Some of the best advice comes from friends, the rest comes from Taxi drivers, hookers, and passers by. Random things picked up here and there mend a