Here’s the thing… I do LOVE fashion, makeup, and hair related anything but I am also suffering from Complex PTSD. This is something I have been trying to sort out how to write about, how to approach writing about it and I came to the conclusion that I’d just dive right into it.
I have Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and I am prone to sleepless nights, panic attacks, and worrying about everything. All. The. Time. My PSTD is complex because there is not just ONE trauma that affects me but many traumas all on top of each other.
For YEARS I was misdiagnosed as Mild Bi-Polar which never really made a lot of sense to me but at the time, being desperate for an answer, I just went with it. I have tried so many antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications – at one point I was taking something in the morning, something in the evening, and I had Ativan “just in case”. I hated them all, none of them (EXCEPT the Ativan which I do still use on occasion), helped me at at all. I was a zombie. I had no personality. Nothing mattered. For me it just wasn’t working and wasn’t worth sacrificing what little part of me I enjoy. Over the course of 3 years I was on and off more meds then I can remember and one day I just decided enough was enough. I wanted to regain SOME control over myself.
I ended up just completely stopping taking my medication which I KNOW is not a good idea. I am fully aware that one is supposed to “ween off” of antidepressants and such but in my defence I was to a point where I was forgetting to take my AM pill or my PM pill on a regular basis, I’d miss a day or two routinely so just stopping just kind of happened. Luckily I didn’t have any issues with going off of medication and I am happy to be off- NOT that medication is bad, it does work for some people just not for me (and I do not recommend my method of just stopping meds).
After going off meds and alerting my doc to my decision, I decided to pursue therapy (again). I had tried therapy before but I never really found anybody I felt comfortable talking to nor did I find it ever helped. I’d leave my appointments feeling worse then when I went in. That didn’t seem right.
I began doing some research and I came across a treatment called eye movement and desensitization and reprocessing (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eye_movement_desensitization_and_reprocessing) or EMDR for short. I did not know much about this treatment but I knew I wanted it. My search for this treatment led me to the therapist I see now and have been seeing for a few years now. She is amazing. I feel comfortable, safe, and not judged when I talk to her (which is how you SHOULD feel in a therapeutic environment).
At the time I first started this round of therapy I still thought I was Bi-Polar. Not only did I question this diagnosis but eventually so did my therapist. Over time and through a lot of discussions and activities such as mood charting and other things I won’t get into at the moment (because this blog is long enough ALREADY…), I was re diagnosed as PTSD. That made a lot more sense. I didn’t have many of the symptoms of Bi-Polar when it came down to it but I did have EVERY SYMPTOM of someone suffering from PTSD. Not only was this a huge answer to the big blank I’ve been drawing for years but it also explained why medication did not benefit me. In taking antidepressants and anti-anxiety medication I was only treating the symptoms of my illness, not the root of the problem. As irony would have it, the EMDR therapy I so desperately want(ed) is exactly what (I feel) I need.
Currently I am in therapy and I am pursueing/getting EMDR treatment. I have officially just started reprocessing and feel the need to share/vent about therapy or life in general…. What is my point? What am I doing? I have no idea really but I felt the need to write about it. I can’t sleep and this is some what productive. Also, I have been trying to vlog my therapy days and I thought a blog would be a nice piece to add to the puzzle. I recently had someone comment and thank me because it helps them feel better and it was such an amazing feeling I have been inspired to start trying to write about this. If I can not only help myself but potentially help other people then its worth more then I thought it could be.
Also please note this is my personal opinion/experience, I am not a professional.
At this current time (MARCH 2016) I have deleted most of my “Therapy Vlogs” from YouTube as I have decided that for now I would prefer to keep some things off camera (this post was written a few months ago). I have, however, started this blog in hopes that I can potentially talk about therapy and mental health related topics. It is something I want to talk about. I still vlog on occasion but I am trying to focus on making happy vlogs I will want to watch years from now and am not embarrassed to share with friends. It is all a work in progress. Let’s see what happens and where I go.