Hi Super Nurse,
Its so good to hear from you, someone else in the 'job'.
Im so sorry for the delay in replying. It's been a hard week emotionally (PTSD wise), so I figured I should be in a better head space before I did.
I know that PTSD is the most devastating thing I've ever been through (and for my husband and son), and although a huge portion of mine is directly related to work, I was an anaesthetic technician for 10yrs in a trauma hospital with absolutely no management support, but I have also had quite a few personal trauma/tragedies in my life over the last two years in particular.
I often find when I'm talking about the personal stuff, that work bits creep in, which is why I thought it might be nice to have a thread based mainly of medical peeps that suffer PTSD for what ever reason.
I also have two gorgeous little dogs (Jack Russell crosses, so they're fairly hyper but they keep me sane!).
Part of this forum for me is because I also have found myself becoming quite withdrawn from most of my 'previous' life, too many things at the moment still trigger flashbacks etc.
I haven't worked since late September, although I did try a return program in January that failed massively and after one week I ended up in hospital.
I am lucky though that I have, besides my husband, son and dad, I also have the best GP ever and a psychologist that I get along with so well, when I see her it's like chatting to an old friend. So I've recently started intensive trauma CBT and soon we'll add in (EMDR) Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, which is supposed to really work well for PTSD.
I would love to hear back from you, maybe you can share a story if you won't too.