i think i might have ptsd

Discussion in 'Mental Health Disorders' started by undercoverlover, Dec 9, 2015.

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  1. undercoverlover

    undercoverlover Well-Known Member

    i think i have ptsd from some horrible abuse that happened to me a few years ago, and even a dissociative disorder. ive had the symptoms ever since we broke up and i keep trying to tell my therapist but she says it cant be ptsd because it wasnt life threatening. but it was, and i keep trying to tell her this, and she does not believe me. what do i do
  2. Petal

    Petal SF dreamer Staff Member Safety & Support SF Supporter

    Your therapist needs to go back and read her books again and actually have a clue what she's talking about before telling her clients. I have PTSD from sexual abuse and rape (not life threatening either), it was diagnosed by a consultant psychiatrist and to this day I am still getting help for it. So I am in total disagreement with your therapist, may I ask what does she specialise in? You very well could have PTSD, I'm no professional but I have lived through PTSD and have done a lot of reading/therapy about it and on medications for it, if you think you have PTSD that hunch you have may very well be correct. I think you should find the info on PTSD and either confront the therapist about it or get another therapist (that's what I'd do) and get treated for it if you have it. Wishing you all the best, good luck on your road to recovery.
  3. undercoverlover

    undercoverlover Well-Known Member

    thanks! ive actually decided to see another therapist because ive been struggling with dissociation and she wasnt taking me seriously (didnt believe my alters were real, etc). but surprisingly she specializes in trauma. so im very very surprised shes so...off the mark about trauma.
  4. zaen

    zaen Member

    Hey I have PTSD and maybe I can help a little bit but I'm not a therapist so I don't now how much I can help but! What makes you think you have ptsd? There are signs of it, if you wouldn't mind telling what signs you think you have.
  5. JmpMster

    JmpMster Have a question? Message Me Staff Member Forum Owner ADMIN

    Therapists cannot diagnose- so if she is even trying to diagnose she is clearly not worth the paper she prints her bills on. They are not trained nor licenced for diagnostics, so while they may have guesses based on past experience that is all they have and if actually offering up as a diagnosis or not then in US would be at risk of losing licence to practice (though in some states "therapist" or "counselor" has no requirements whatsoever and can be done by anybody that decides to hang a sign). Only Full phd Psychologists/ Psychoanalysts and and Psychiatrist have actual full medical training and that is why they are only ones able to make a true Dx or give prescriptions (Psychiatrist).
  6. frypan367

    frypan367 Well-Known Member

    I think most people would be able to correctly self diagnose PTSD. Its quite obvious abuse leads to PTSD. This therapist does not know her stuff. Even if you didnt have PTSD you would still need the same treatment for the affect of the abuse. New therapist. They never listen to you. Can you please elaborate on what type of dissociative disorder? Some are more dangerous than others..
  7. undercoverlover

    undercoverlover Well-Known Member

    sorry for late response, i only just now saw this.
    she is a psychologist, but practices psychotherapy. clinical social workers can also diagnose, but only ones working clinically (im not 100% on that though). im seeing a clinical social worker now instead of her, and he's considering the PTSD diagnosis. it might differ from state/country though, on who can diagnose, etc. you are correct about prescriptions, though.
  8. undercoverlover

    undercoverlover Well-Known Member

    agreed. and as for the dissociative disorder, it looks like DID but sometimes like OSDD and so im not exactly sure? the alters have been around for a while, a few years. they came out shortly after the abuse. i knew that disorders like that are caused by childhood trauma and at first i couldnt remember any but then i started to. but recently i havent heard a single thing from my alters so its all very confusing, like they naturally integrated or something. (i have been dissociating lately, but not switching. more like feeling unreal/dead/in a movie/etc.) my therapist never seemed concerned about it and only wanted to talk about integration, and never about trauma, so i just stopped talking to her about it. it got to the point where i was switching constantly. i remember this was back in december, and i had lost so much time that i switched on the first day of chanukah and came back in the middle not knowing which candle to light (it ended up being the 6th day). it was really frightening because something like that had never happened to me before.
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