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Blue001

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Disclaimer this is going to be about periods * What I have noticed is that when I’m on my period, ptsd arises more and I get more intense feelings of ptsd increase. This can make me want to push people away or disconnect from people because I feel guilty about sharing my feelings while all I want deep down is to talk and to socialise with people. I don’t know why. Can anyone relate to this? If so have you found coping mechanisms or tool to help you with this? Thank you :)

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    • Blue001

      227d

      @QueenOfPlants thank you so much for your comment. It’s really helpful

    • QueenOfPlants

      227d

      I have PTSD to the pain caused by my endometriosis and PCOS, the pain triggers flashbacks and actually have periods is worse for me so I have progesterone tablets to stop my periods. If you get particularly heavy or painful periods it could be that you were experiencing that when your trauma source occurred and so it is a trigger in of itself. The amount of people who don't realise they have an abnormal amount of flow or pain is crazy, and so it's worthwhile speaking to the doctor about a possibility of an underlying issue with periods because management of the periods themselves could help with the issues with the PTSD as well.

      • Blue001

        227d

        @QueenOfPlants thank you so much for your comment. It’s really helpful

    • SandyMoss

      229d

      I can relate to this. I think, for me, it's because being more aware of my body is triggering. I can also imagine that the way hormonal changes affect emotions could play a part. I find that tracking and recording these symptoms helps because I feel less surprised and out of control when it happens again. Also allowing myself to lean more heavily on my usual strategies, and reminding myself that it is only for a few days.

      • Blue001

        229d

        @SandyMoss that’s really helpful thank you. I’m going to record my symptoms when I’m on my period so it’s better managed ☺️

    • 1bananahere

      230d

      Idk if this helps, but I have PMDD, which is kind of the same, but before my period instead. It's definitely because of hormones, so you may have to check with your doctor. I know someone with PMDD is on a certain birth control pill that helps, but your doctor would know more.

      • Blue001

        230d

        @1bananahere thank youu :)

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One of the replies suggests that intense anger, rage and irritability could be a sign of PTSD getting triggered throughout the day. They recommend undergoing therapy specific to Anxiety and/or PTSD. Another reply mentions the concept of "window of tolerance" and ways to increase it as a coping mechanism. However, no specific tools or mechanisms are mentioned in the context provided for dealing with increased feelings of PTSD during menstruation.

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