Bottling up…Fighting PTSD

I have Complex PTSD… several incidents of Trauma… but I am not a quiet introverted sufferer of my pains. I am sensitive… but I am angry and often irrationally so. Loud, and offensive to many – but the end result is the same as holding it all in. No one REALLY understands…

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One of the most common (and annoying) parts of having PTSD is that you keep things inside yourself. Feelings, thoughts, emotions… It’s like you are wearing a mask and nice thick armor.

Logical? Yes. It’s a survival strategy and it works very well.

Good? Until a certain point. It helps you survive. After that, it becomes poison.

The reasons

There are a couple of different reasons why someone with PTSD keeps things inside themselves. They can exist simultaneously.

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Numbness

After you have been exposed to a trauma, your mind can protect itself by going ‘numb’. You felt so much, was hurt so bad, that you start to feel ‘nothing’. It’s a way to continue living without losing your mind completely. You need to protect yourself from your pain.

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Protecting others

You don’t want to hurt your loved ones because you are hurting. So, you put on a ‘happy face’ and…

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