However, there is excellent help available. I have provided some very basic information.
Post traumatic stress
disorder develops in response to a trauma or traumas that the person experienced as terrifying or as a threat to life. The categories of symptoms are avoidance, reliving and hyperarousal. There may be avoidance of people, places, sounds, smells, events that trigger feelings or memories associated with past traumatic events. Reliving can take the form of nightmares
or the kindling of memories of old traumas. There can be periods in which you feel like you are back in the traumatic situation â€” reliving it. Hyperarousal means that you may be more reactive, especially to anything which you might perceive as a danger to you. It can lead to insomnia
Dissociative identity disorder
develops as a response to trauma in childhood. As a coping mechanism, two or more identities develop. Borderline personality disorder
is a personality disorder which is associated with symptoms such as feeling empty emotionally; self mutilation
, threats of self harm
attempts; feeling intense anger
and fears about being abandoned by the people that are important to you. Interpersonal relationships usually suffer. Dramatic mood changes
are a hallmark. There may be risky behaviors like gambling
, unsafe sexual practices, spending too much money, reckless driving or abuse of alcohol
During your treatment, your doctor should be providing you with information about your conditions. Often the doctor breaks up the information into smaller, more manageable chunks. When an urgent situation presents, the doctor may need to place more emphasis on handling the crisis, than on educating. One sign of an experienced doctor, is that he or she will determine how much information you can handle at a time. It can be a relief to finally get an understanding about why you been experiencing difficulties. The human mind is complex, so don't expect to develop a comprehensive knowledge of these conditions over night.
Your doctor will most likely develop a treatment plan with you, to get a handle on which issues need to be addressed first. It is important to remember that progress in treatment is usually accomplished by a series of small steps. So, patience is important. Good luck as you and your provider work toward a healthier life with more happiness.