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False Assumptions About Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

False Assumptions About Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

There are many false assumptions about PTSD and the people who live with PTSD. Are you making false assumptions about PTSD and the people living with it? Get your PTSD facts straight at HealthyPlace. Read this.

There are some false assumptions about posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that people continue to make, and they make me want to hand out informational brochures on PTSD myths. Especially bothersome are the misconceptions rooted in PTSD stigma. Let’s take a look at some of the more common examples of false assumptions about PTSD.

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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Low Self-Esteem

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Low Self-Esteem

Complex PTSD causes low self-esteem for a variety of reasons having to do with the consequences of long-term trauma. Learn how to heal low self-esteem caused by PTSD at HealthyPlace. There's no reason to think so badly of yourself -- read this and heal a bit today.

As an individual with complex posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and resulting low self-esteem, I can spend an exhaustive amount of time worrying about how others perceive me. Even though these worries are not the most rational when held up for inspection, they are so automatic that sometimes they slip right out before I have time to think about them. Here are some examples of how my low-self esteem manifests itself and what helps me fight the negativity, warped self-confidence and low self-esteem caused by my PTSD.

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Moving Past Shame After Abuse in PTSD Recovery

Moving Past Shame After Abuse in PTSD Recovery

Feeling shame after abuse is a common symptom even though abuse is never the target's fault. Learn why you might feel shame after abuse and how to work through that feeling at HealthyPlace. Getting past shame is not a one-time event, so look at your progress again today.

Many abuse survivors grapple with feelings of shame after abuse. When someone develops posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of her abuse, that shame can become a long-term problem. Shame after abuse doesn’t have a rational basis, but even people who know it’s irrational to feel shame over being abused can still experience it. Unfortunately, emotions don’t always follow logic.

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The Impact of PTSD on Your Sex Drive

The Impact of PTSD on Your Sex Drive

How can PTSD impact your sex drive in long-term relationships? Read on at HealthyPlace for suggestions on how to discuss PTSD and your sex drive with your partner. Although PTSD impacts sex drive, it doesn't have to destroy your relationship.

One of the things I find most frustrating about living with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is the impact PTSD has on my sex drive. I am a private person, and sex is a decidedly personal issue for many people, so I’ve put this topic off many times. However, the problems that PTSD can bring to partners don’t go away on their own, so let’s explore the potential difficulties that PTSD symptoms can bring to a sexual relationship.

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PTSD Stigma: Why People with PTSD Can’t ‘Just Get Over It’

PTSD Stigma: Why People with PTSD Can’t ‘Just Get Over It’

PTSD stigma says that people with PTSD can just get over the trauma and move on like a 'normal' person. Learn why getting over a trauma that causes PTSD isn't that easy at HealthyPlace.

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) stigma is alive and well. If you have PTSD, you’ve probably heard someone tell you to “just get over” your trauma. Maybe it was a well-meaning friend or family member, like my father who was frightened by my suicidal ideations. Or maybe it was a less well-meaning stranger, like the rude New Yorker who recently commented on my blog telling me to, “Grow up and take responsibility for [my] life.” Whether the statement comes from a place of love or PTSD stigma, it doesn’t make sense. Here’s why.

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Complex PTSD and Perfectionism

Complex PTSD and Perfectionism

PTSD can drive you to perfectionism; the kind of perfectionism that causes problems in your life. Learn about PTSD and perfectionism at HealthyPlace. You may not even notice it because you've lived with PTSD for so long. Take a look.

Complex posttraumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD) and perfectionism often occur together. What drives someone with C-PTSD towards clinically significant perfectionism? Generally speaking, perfectionism becomes clinically significant when it results in an excessive or unrealistic need to perform to exceedingly high, self-imposed standards. The drive for perfection is so strong that it can interfere with work, education or relationships. For individuals with C-PTSD, the need for absolute excellence can become a means of dealing with fear and anxiety created by ongoing trauma. Let’s examine how trauma drives these unrealistic expectations, and how to set more realistic goals.

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How Feeling Helpless Helps My Trauma Recovery

How Feeling Helpless Helps My Trauma Recovery

My trauma recovery progressed when I accepted my helplessness. Learn how feeling helpless can help us recover from trauma at HealthyPlace, and discover why not being in control of everything is good for you.

Feeling helpless helps my trauma recovery? Yes–you read the title correctly. The subject of this article is helplessness as a form of healing. If that sounds completely counterintuitive to you, you’re not alone. I’m sure that if I had come across an article making this same claim in the past, I would have labeled it as completely ludicrous. But hear me out. If you totally disagree, you can write out your counter-argument in the comments.

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Mental Fog, Stress, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Mental Fog, Stress, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Mental fog is a symptom of PTSD that can make people feel uncertain and confused. What causes mental fog? What can you do for it? Learn more about it here.

Do you ever feel like you’re in a mental fog, you can’t think straight, or as though you have to labor to access even the simplest thoughts? I feel this way often, and it used to make me panic, like I was losing my mental faculties. Then I realized that “mental fog,” aka “brain fog,” (not clinical terms) or confusion can actually result from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Triggers, stress, and anxiety can heighten feelings of mental fog–leaving those of us with PTSD feeling even more vulnerable and confused during the very moments when we most need to feel safe and in control.

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Find the Right PTSD Trauma Therapist for You

Find the Right PTSD Trauma Therapist for You

PTSD trauma therapists can guide you through PTSD recovery more skillfully than other types of therapists. But how do you pick the right PTSD trauma therapist?

A good posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) trauma therapist can make all the difference when it comes to PTSD treatment, but not all therapists are created equal. Finding a competent trauma therapist for your PTSD recovery can be difficult without an understanding of the technical and interpersonal skills a PTSD trauma therapist should possess, and what approaches you find comfortable.

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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Psychosis

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Psychosis

Posttraumatic stress disorder and psychosis can collide. Learn how to tell apart typical PTSD symptoms from the rarer symptoms of PTSD associated psychosis.

Posttraumatic stress disorder and psychosis? What do you think of when you hear the term “psychosis?” Most people know that it is a serious mental illness symptom that involves a radical disconnection from objective reality. Not everyone knows, however, that sometimes having posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can lead to psychosis.

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