On a regular basis I post information on the symptoms of PTSD. I lived with it for over 40 years not knowing that my reaction to life had a name and I wasn’t alone. I am fascinated that when I decide I want to write a certain post and within days I get links to articles that share similar information. Roland Bal shares his experience as a counselor in defining terms referring to PTSD. He gives a layman definition of terms like victimization, emotional flooding, and other terms used when talking about PTSD.
I also get updates from US VA department. I was never in the military but their research is excellent and many of the articles are helpful to anyone with PTSD. Tonight they shared a link on how to talk to your doctor about symptoms of PTSD. Military style they created a check list you can check off then talk to your health care provider. The first time I did one of the check list I got 100% with many at severe levels. I am less than 100% now and many of the symptoms have reduced from severe to annoying. I measure progress in years not days.
I started asking my doctor when I was 15 years old about why I reacted so different than other teenagers. I finally found my answer when I was 45 and a counselor guided me through the labyrinth of my mind. Accepting my symptoms was the first step to learning to manage PTSD.