Hey there, I'm a regular over at the Bipolar section of this site, tho I still have no firm diagnosis of everything, but that seems to have been the recurrent theme of 'pre-diagnosis' for the last 5 years.
Ok, I'm trying not to ramble. I know a little about PTSD - my old boss suffered it and also an old friend of mine, for two entirely different reasons, but I could understand in both cases why they had it so to speak. I have some understanding from their point of view, and spent many hours talking with my boss over what he was feeling.
Everything I know about it seems to relate to massively life-changing events.
Just lately I have been wondering if I suffer some post-traumatic stress from an event in my life, but (and it's very hard to talk about it without actually talking about it) I wonder if what I've been through is severe enough to cause PTSD?
Can anyone tell me what has caused their PTSD - and this is where I may sound ignorant so please, excuse me, but I tend to think of it as disastrous life events that cause it, and although that could be said of how I feel, it's not necessarily something that most people may relate to - I haven't come back from war, I wasn't in an accident etc.
But the symptoms I seem to have relate totally to my expectations of PTSD - recurring dreams about this event (6 years on), high anxiety, some things are just always on my mind you know, I can't escape it. Dates come round every year and it becomes unsufferable, just to name a few of the things I feel anyway.
I would really be grateful for any advice on this, as I say I have no proper diagnosis, and I'm going in for round 3 of treatment with a psych as of next week (they keep fobbing me off), and so I wonder is it worth a mention of these feelings of mine, or do I persevere with my general mood swings, which do seem to indicate bipolar at the very root of it all.
Or, indeed, does anyone suffer with PTSD alongside BP?
Thanks for your time, xxx