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Is it PTSD, or something else?

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PaleRider13

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Hey all,

First time on this specific forum so I'll try and be as thorough as I can.

Basically I've had two different diagnoses, from two different medical professionals, one being PTSD and the other being a hybrid of various phobias and my pre-existing panic disorder.

Let's start with symptoms. Most prevalent are insomnia and night terrors. Lot of sleeping problems based around my body being "frightened" awake, like how a loud bang or something would scare me walking out and about. Heightened aggression is also on the list, I'm way more on edge and aggressive than I've ever been in my life before. Things like loud noises, being trapped in enclosed spaces or among big groups of people, all send me into a frenzy of panic attacks, followed by my cognitive functions stopping entirely; I literally cannot think so I either freeze and stand there for 10 mins or I start destroying everything around me.

Context: Almost died a couple times (all events occurring while I was alone), usually in situations that arose and passed in a matter of minutes. Also seen death plenty. Family members, pets, all dying in real time right in front of me. Then again, I'm under the impression that most people go through this. The only outlier was an incident in which I fell under lake ice as a child, and had to be rescued and resuscitated.

My point: I've never been in lethal combat or gone through any other severely traumatic experiences outside of what's common. Yet I'm constantly ready to 'fight or flight' with the lightest of triggers. Loud noises and icy water. Two seemingly normal occurrences, make me fear for my life on a regular basis. I can understand the second one, but I cannot make heads or tails of my sleeping issues, and my aversion to excessive noise.

Is this PTSD? Or simply a mix of phobias compounded by an existent panic disorder? I don't know much about PTSD so it could very well be a type of panic disorder on its own, which is why I'm asking for advice here, on this forum.
 
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Hi there.

Nobody here can tell you which it is,not being mental health professionals. Since you got 2 different opinions from professionals maybe you should seek out a 3 rd one?

I have PTSD from my childhood. I could relate to some of the things you said. But I can't even try to guess whether you have it or not.

Here's some info. Just do a Google search and you will find lots more info.

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PaleRider13

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Hi there.

Nobody here can tell you which it is,not being mental health professionals. Since you got 2 different opinions from professionals maybe you should seek out a 3 rd one?

I have PTSD from my childhood. I could relate to some of the things you said. But I can't even try to guess whether you have it or not.

Here's some info. Just do a Google search and you will find lots more info.

Hugs

Hi Sunny,

Thanks for the tip. I think I'll do just that! :)
 
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