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Forums / PTSD & Trauma / Anxiety/ptsd like symptoms with dissociation after trauma

Topic: Anxiety/ptsd like symptoms with dissociation after trauma

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  1. Joeii2020
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    1 posts
    20 August 2020
    Hi all new here unsure if im supposed to be writing here although ill give it a shot. Recently involved in a car accident and have been dissociating since . I have had plenty of years with anxiety dissorder and been diagnosed with anxiety somatic symptoms ptsd like symptoms and drdp disorder .

    I have not yet found my triggers nor found this is the correct diagnosis. I am currently seeing numerous phycoligists and now started seeing a truma phycoligist .

    The symptoms im facing makes me worried , as I have never came across anyone that has had such symptoms and I feel alone . And feel as if it'll never go away and be in the present . Im constantly dissociating.

    Have somtic symptoms aswell. Heavy breathing, palpitations, headaches fatigue tunnel vision muffled ears feeling thrte blocked as such . Don't like being in different areas .

    Please tell me if anyone else has experienced this or knows someone that has . And help me get through this hard time .

    My mind tells me that I'm stuck in this visious cycle and that it's something medically wrong . That hasn't been found yet and doctors cannot detect . As this no matter what I do is always with me side by side .

    Thanks for reading and if u can gove me inaote would be great .
  2. sisu100
    Student Mentor
    • Masters of Psychology student on placement
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    71 posts
    23 August 2020 in reply to Joeii2020

    Hi Joeii2020,

    Welcome to the forums! Thank you for taking such a brave step in sharing this with us. It takes a lot of strength and courage to reach out, and we're so glad you've done so. You've come to the right place- this is a safe and non-judgmental space, where you can give and receive support from others who have/are experiencing something similar.

    I'm sorry to hear that you're having such a tough time right now. It must be really scary and confusing to be having dissociation alongside your somatic and anxiety symptoms too, but not know what's causing all of it. Unfortunately, I have not experienced this myself so I can't offer any advice but hopefully other members of the community will jump in and share their experiences.

    I just want you to know that you don't have to do this alone, we are here to help and support you through this difficult time. Please let us know how we can best support you, and feel free to update us on how you're going if you feel up to it.

  3. Wishes
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    30 posts
    7 September 2020 in reply to Joeii2020

    Hey Joeii2020,

    Really appreciate the vulnerability and courage you have shown in posting this, it can be really scary/frustrating stuff!

    Personally, I've felt a lot of physical symptoms tied to my own experiences of trauma. Usually, it begins with difficulty breathing that feels like a really tight throat, headaches, and the feeling that the room is spinning. Often these physical symptoms can warn us of underlying psychological issues that still have yet to be dealt with. You are definitely not alone!

    While your psychologist can help you with a proper diagnosis and mental health plan, perhaps some questions you can ask yourself are:

    • You stated that you cannot find your triggers. Could you write down your situation, environment, dialogue, level of noise, emotions beforehand, or activity you were completing after the symptoms occur? Even at the end of the day, perhaps trying to find some links between the triggers?
    • Have they persisted for a few weeks? Months?
    • Can you add something to your day that you are looking forward to, such as a walk or movie to give yourself some hope to eventually break the cycle?

    I just want to let you know that this is not forever. You will overcome this, and you reaching out to seek help is the start of recovery! Thank you for sharing and being brave. That's really admirable.

    Best,
    Wishes

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