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Forums / PTSD & Trauma / Surviving PTSD

Topic: Surviving PTSD

4 posts, 0 answered
  1. Rusty2020
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    3 posts
    10 July 2020

    Hi, I’m new to forums altogether. I was diagnosed with complex PTSD late last year. I have suffered from anxiety attacks for more than 30 years, 20 of those I didn’t know what they were. I just thought I was going crazy! I was physically, mentally and verbally abused as a child then had a traumatic experience at 17. From there the trauma didn’t really stop.

    Call me lucky....... sorry sarcasm is second nature to me.... suicide.....I have planned it multiple times and come very close. Self harm and physical pain I don’t feel. A GP once started to cut out a mole then gasped that he forgot the local, I told him to just keep going.... at least I could feel something! I learnt how to breathe this year and it made me vomit and pass out! I hadn’t taken a deep breathe in years! My brain and lungs went into overdrive!

    My question is my appointments have run out, apparently to see a psychologist, you are only allowed 10 a year through Medicare rebate? I can’t afford the full cost. What do you all do for the second half of the year? I was only just starting to make progress and now feel myself slipping back again...pushing people away. I don’t think I can bare to go back again....

  2. GimZim
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    45 posts
    10 July 2020 in reply to Rusty2020
    Hey Rusty.

    There's something called Chronic Disease Management that Medicare do, I believe it's a rebate for five additional appointments but less money back than the initial ten appointments. Honestly I'd like to know if there's any other schemes myself as I have the same issue affording them.

    Get in touch with your GP and ask about that CDM though.

    Take care.
  3. Rusty2020
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    3 posts
    12 July 2020 in reply to GimZim

    Hi Gimzim,

    I had heard of something like this and mentioned it to my GP. He said that it is available, but I need to be on a pension card or government health card or something?

    To me, that sounds like I have to be claiming benefits to claim the extra 5 from Medicare. Which sounds about right..... I’ve paid for everything else my entire life.

    they wonder why you lose it? You lose your mind working, you pay taxes your entire life to pay for everyone else’s appointments so then you can’t afford yours because you still work part time to pay the bills and still paying high taxes!! It’s a never ending battle, why bother?

  4. Rusty2020
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    3 posts
    12 July 2020

    I think my main problem is that I can handle the anxiety.

    I worry about the depression where some days I find it hard to get out of bed... I worry about pushing away the very few people I have left in my life... the ones that probably love me most. As they have stuck around.... I worry about my anger, although my psychologist said it’s good to have a degree of anger, as it’s stops the depression from taking over... sometimes I think I have too much.

    My head never stops! Does anyone have that?

    Does anyone know how to turn it off????

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