11-11-05, 02:55 PM
I am interested in hearing about anyone who is suffering from PTSD because of all the hurricanes they've been through over the last year. We lost our home during Ivan las tyear and we've dealt with several more this year. I'm toast. Have PTSD, ADHD, feel numb much of the time, depressed some of the time, feel uneasy interacting with others on a good day, don't trust myself to be around anyone but family, therapist and a few friends on a bad day and want to hide even then. I'm using Morita Therapy readings and Naikan journaling to shift focus to more positive thoughts, and it helps, but would like to hear from anyone else in my situation, whether they have PTSD or not.
11-12-05, 01:05 PM
SurvivnIvan, I live in Baton Rouge, LA and while we did not get the worst of Katrina or Rita it has affected the whole city. I personally have been more depressed (It is always there, I have unipolar depression.) and experience more social anxiety.
More than one of my children's teachers have comment how hard it has been on kids. While hesitant to label it as full blown PTSS the school counselor says the resultant behaviors have been similar. For example this is at a elementary magnet school that usually doesn't have much in the way of fights, but since the hurricanes they have really increased.
It sounds like you are taking positive steps in your own self care. Mention your feelings to your pdoc it you are still feeling bad the next time you go.
11-13-05, 11:14 PM
Stress is definitely an issue for anyone who has been exposed to any part of the hurricane season. I'm sure that having the influx of people, increased traffic, etc. has been a big issue for Baton Rogue.
As a matter of fact, I have an appointment with my doctor tomorrow to talk about an antidepressant, which I have been loath to do but right now I think I should at least have the discussion and get the scrip for it. Then I can decide what to do next. One step at a time, right?
Thanks for writing.;)