Sharing what led up the need to begin an emotional health journey and work for recovery from PTSD issues and symptoms.
In Mar 2021, at the 6 yrs mark since the accident, I started a YouTube channel as a way to share what I have learned. When I discuss my story with friends and co-workers, they want to learn more because of the recovery I have experienced.
In 3 1/2 yrs of counseling and very hard work, I went from a person disabled with inabilities to handle stimulating environments, not being able to drive, Not able to perform a full day of work due to chronic all day headaches, crazy dizziness and vertigo episodes along with so much fatigue and inability to sleep. To where I am now today – able to go shopping and driving myself there, enjoying my work pain/symptom free and just taking on a new challenging role within my incredibly supportive company AND learning to feel and experience life fully; I had to learn what each emotion was and what it felt like and now I can have the full experience of emotions in a healthy way that is no longer suppressing them and their toxins into my body. Throughout this journey, a lot of books and YouTube videos provided me with information that helped me make sense of it all – of course with a great mental health therapist and psychiatrist as well. I am so grateful for this journey and all I have learned and will continue to learn that I want to share it with others. I want to provide a channel that can hopefully be exactly what you are looking for as I had not found it in my YouTube journey.
** PTSD Criteria per DSM-5:
These details were gathered from brainline.org
All of the criteria are required for the diagnosis of PTSD. The following text summarized the diagnostic criteria.
Criterion A: stressor (one required)
– The person was exposed to: death, threatened death, actual or threatened serious injury, or actual or threatened sexual violence, in the following way(s):
– Direct exposure
– Witnessing the trauma
– Learning that a relative or close friend was exposed to a trauma
– Indirect exposure to aversive details of the trauma, usually in the course of professional duties (e.g., first responders, medics)
Criterion B: intrusion symptoms (one required)
– The traumatic event is persistently re-experienced in the following way(s):
– Unwanted upsetting memories
– Emotional distress after exposure to traumatic reminders
– Physical reactivity after exposure to traumatic reminders
Criterion C: avoidance (one required)
– Avoidance of trauma-related stimuli after the trauma, in the following way(s):
– Trauma-related thoughts or feelings
– Trauma-related external reminders
Criterion D: negative alterations in cognitions and mood (two required)
Negative thoughts or feelings that began or worsened after the trauma, in the following way(s)
– Inability to recall key features of the trauma
– Overly negative thoughts and assumptions about oneself or the world
– Exaggerated blame of self or others for causing the trauma
– Negative affect
– Decreased interest in activities
– Feeling isolated
– Difficulty experiencing positive affect
Criterion E: alterations in arousal and reactivity
Trauma-related arousal and reactivity that began or worsened after the trauma, in the following way(s):
– Irritability or aggression
– Risky or destructive behavior
– Heightened startle reaction
– Difficulty concentrating
– Difficulty sleeping
Criterion F: duration (required)
– Symptoms last for more than 1 month.
Criterion G: functional significance (required)
– Symptoms create distress or functional impairment (e.g., social, occupational).
Criterion H: exclusion (required)
– Symptoms are not due to medication, substance use, or other illness.
** Personal Safety Plan **
Make sure you have a Plan in place when dark thoughts of suicide or harming thoughts occur, or darkness of depression sets in.
Download Personal Safety Plan at https://www.ptsdwithcj.com/
================= INTRODUCTION ====================
My journey has been working towards recovery from PTSD (Post- traumatic stress disorder), Complex-PTSD, Post-concussion syndrome (PCS), depression, suicidal ideations and a myriad of physical issues that manifested after an accident.
I am not a medical or mental health professional, but rather just someone wanting to share information through a channel I wish I had found at the beginning of my PTSD journey.
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