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Does anybody know what I am experiencing? Please help :( It’s happened to me 3 times so far. I’m 30 now. It started last year. I started therapy (currently not going cause my therapist went on leave). I was diagnosed with PTSD, GAD, and depression. I have been experiencing this weird thing. It’s really uncomfortable and I am just wondering if anyone can explain or relate to what is going on. I am usually triggered by my mom. I start screaming and I lose control of my body. My body gets really stiff, my hands start clenching, I begin to shake. I start laughing, screaming, and feeling nauseous. Today was my worse one. My dad said I looked like I was going crazy and didn’t know what to do. I just kept screaming and wasn’t able to stop bending my body. My mom kept yelling at me, I think she thinks I’m acting? I don’t know, she gets really upset when I have these episodes. The only way I break out of these has been to cry. I’m getting really scared. Does anybody know what’s happening to me?

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    • GingerSnapple

      585d

      This definitely sounds like a panic attack that's being triggered by trauma. You aren't crazy, this is normal for people with PTSD.. at least from what I've seen. There lots of things that can help. I do breathing exercises when I start to feel panicy. Count my breaths and drawing them out. My sister uses a weighted blanket to help ground her when hers happen. We both have a lot of trauma from our mom. Separating yourself really helps to give your the space and time to work through your body's response to such a high amount of stress. Hope that helps

    • MorganVL

      585d

      I have the exact same issue you're experiencing and it helps to have a medical professional talk to you first and u can include how ur dad thinks u look like ur going crazy and how ur mom just screams and yells at you and then the medical professional can talk to your parents and tell them how they're able to help and what they can do to assist you during these episodes you have

    • Leebee

      585d

      It sounds like a panic attack.. in all honesty Hydroxyzine has helped me out quite a bit and I have them less frequently now

    • BeanBetter

      585d

      100% panic attack

    • GingerSnapple

      585d

      This definitely sounds like a panic attack that's being triggered by trauma. You aren't crazy, this is normal for people with PTSD.. at least from what I've seen. There lots of things that can help. I do breathing exercises when I start to feel panicy. Count my breaths and drawing them out. My sister uses a weighted blanket to help ground her when hers happen. We both have a lot of trauma from our mom. Separating yourself really helps to give your the space and time to work through your body's response to such a high amount of stress. Hope that helps

    • r.augustus

      585d

      I have the same diagnoses & this has happened to me several times. If it’s anything like mine, it’s your body’s natural (survival) response to trauma triggers. The biggest short term fixes that help me are: experiment with surefire ways that will calm you down in an instant (for me it’s music, very specific songs that are nostalgic in a good way); escaping the room (physically exit, take yourself to a new environment, outside/real air helps me the most in an instant); shifting your temperature (hop in a cold shower, hold an ice cube in each hand); and if you’re in public without reach for any of the aforementioned, stand & rock back and forth on your feet with absolute concentration on that movement. Long term, the best thing that helped me was seeing a trauma specialist (therapist). I’ve been seeing mine for 2 years now and it’s been life changing to voice all the reactions/behaviors/ coping mechanisms that I think are crazy & having her be like “no that’s good” & explain the science of the trauma reaction to me. Overall, the more I’ve understood about it, the better equipped I feel to face it. I’m still struggling, and there have been times even recently when I feel out of control, but being able to learn, recognize, preemptively assess & separate reaction from response in my PTSD moments has given me a bigger sense of agency in being able to handle those times. Don’t worry, you’re not crazy (and don’t let anyone tell you that you are). Trauma changes the way that our brains work, it’s only human & your body is doing an absolutely stand-up job in deploying protective survival measures to keep you alive. Hang in there & reach out if you need support ❤️

      • Star123

        585d

        @r.augustus Thank you so much for your response 😥 That really helps a lot. And thank you for saying I wasn’t crazy. Just thank you.

    • mamabear07

      585d

      I myself have been diagnosed with all those same things. to me it sounds like you're having some type of panic attack. I get panic attacks frequently, they aren't like that, but the fact that you can't control what's happening, and the only way to make it go away is crying, to me it sounds like a form of panic attacks. you're fully conscious when this happens?

      • Star123

        585d

        @mamabear07 It feels like a dream, I go in and out. I feel exhausted afterwards and sometimes my body hurts from all the bending I can’t control :(

        • Krissyd

          585d

          @Star123 it really sounds like a panic attack to me!

    • rip_ash

      585d

      I think you have some trauma surrounding your mom, which explains your behavior around her. Try thinking of anything she has done that has negatively affected you, like maybe if she has repeatedly neglected you or have put others needs before yours. Please remember it's okay and that you are allowed to cut your mom out of your life if it's for the sake of your own happiness ❤️

      • Star123

        585d

        @rip_ash Thank you ❤️

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