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Do I have PTSD perhaps?

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Pezzy

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I have never had an anxiety problem my whole life, but as soon as my wife gave birth to our first child(traumatic experience), it triggered an immediate state of crippling anxiety that is still plaguing my life almost 3 years on.

I have been on antidepressants which are helping massively, but since I've never been diagnosed by any doctor, could this be PTSD or general anxiety disorder or what do people think?
 
SunnyDaze

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Hi there.

There's no way anyone online can say whether it could be PTSD or not. I suggest maybe you go talk to a professional about it.
 
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Cpt_Stunning

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I've heard of people getting PTSD from a whole variety of things, go through life dealing with everything fine then bang, traumatised, a divorce, pet dying, things you're expected to be OK with normally, I've never had a child, but I heard it can change you world overnight.
 
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The poster here hasn't told the story of what happened during childbirth for anyone to be able to even make a judgment.
 
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Cpt_Stunning

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It is ironic that he's got PTSD from having a kid when I'm having PTSD from not having a kid.
 
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LizBo

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I have never had an anxiety problem my whole life, but as soon as my wife gave birth to our first child(traumatic experience), it triggered an immediate state of crippling anxiety that is still plaguing my life almost 3 years on.

I have been on antidepressants which are helping massively, but since I've never been diagnosed by any doctor, could this be PTSD or general anxiety disorder or what do people think?
I understand what you're saying Pezzy and I'm sorry you've found yourself in this situation.

When I had my first child it hit me like a brick. I went into post natal depression that lasted nearly a year.

At the time I didn't get it, but looking back I realize I'd been told most of my life that I'd never make a good mother. My baby was placed in intensive care due to complications at birth and I was laid up after the cesarean. To say I felt helpless and a useless mother is an understatement.

No-one can predict when the effects of trauma will hit. The brain carries our entire history within our subconscious so when something occurs that triggers us, our bodies show signs first before our mind comprehends what the problem is. (e.g. - shaking, crying, nausea, sleeplessness, diarrhea)

Talking about beliefs and similar memories could be a good start as PTSD's usually based on fear and safety issues, so seeing a counsellor or psychologist may provide answers.

It's brave of you to talk about this on the forum as many suffer in silence.
Well done!
I hope you find what you're looking for...
My best...Liz
 
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Personally, for me, I knew I had it before I was diagnosed. I did extensive research on symptoms and things that are related that people often don't consider a symptom (brain fog, substance abuse, etc) so really, only you can determine that, with the help of a medical professional, if you have access to one.
 
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I suspected I had PTSD for a long time before I was diagnosed. I had been going to a mediocre therapist for depression for a while but when I moved I started going to a good one. She saw right away I had PTSD and helped me. I knew I had anxiety triggers but I felt if I addressed it, I would end up killing myself and avoided it so I could function at work and school.

What happened during the childbirth that might have caused it?
 
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