Have I told you my post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) story?
Probably not. I have yet to tell many people, until now. After all, I tried to hide it for many years. This is my first time openly speaking (well-written) about it.
You see, I was afraid people would treat me differently. That they would think I was weak or broken.
So, I kept it a secret for many years – at least, I tried to. I don’t recommend you do that! It did nothing to serve me and did not help me heal. I liked to pretend that it didn’t affect me. But PTSD still reared its ugly head on many occasions.
But the truth is, I am super strong. Strong because of what I have gone through. Strong because I have come out victorious – despite the trauma thrown in my path. Despite having lived with post-traumatic stress disorder. It does not mean weakness.
Oh, and in case you are wondering..
What is Complex PTSD vs. PTSD?
The main difference is that PTSD generally stems from a single event or a series of events that happen within a short period of time. Complex PTSD is a result of a series of events that occurred over an extended period of time.
My PTSD Stories
Over the next few months, I will share my PTSD stories. You can find a link to the stories or a preview below. I’ll link to each new story in this article when the story goes live so you can follow along – if you want. I’ll also be sharing more about the symptoms of PTSD and resources on how to deal with PTSD.
Warning – it may be a trigger for some. So return to read them, knowing that.
I Was Terrorized by a Masked Man & Nearly Kidnapped
I was chased down the street by a masked man and narrowly escaped. You can read about it here.
I Was Drugged and Raped
Story coming soon.
I Was in 3 Automobile Accidents
Story coming soon.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Leisa Watkins is the founder of Cultivate An Exceptional Life. She believes life is meant to be enjoyed and experienced in abundance. She is on a mission to help people break through barriers, build resilience, and avoid roadblocks in life while creating a life they love - despite chronic illness, trauma, and other life challenges. She also shares tips on getting more out of life, despite its challenges, on our Instagram channel. Please follow us.