PTSD Articles

Rape Survivor: Still Struggling 3 Years Later

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Thursday, June 19th, 2014
Hi. Three years ago this Father's Day, I was date raped. This happened about 4 months before I got pregnant with my two year old. Lately I have been having a really hard time mentally dealing with the memories of being raped, I have even ...

Could I Have PTSD?

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Sunday, June 15th, 2014
When I was a young child I was mocked a lot, but childhood bullying is not my main concern. When I was a Sophomore in High school, my grandmother moved in with my family and I (mom, dad, and I. I have no siblings.) When she ...

PTSD?

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Wednesday, June 4th, 2014
Not sure if my latest issue with my driving phobia was due to effexor withdrawl, PTSD, or freaking out about nothing A year ago I got into a very bad car accident with my son where we both were hospitalized due to injuries. I have been ...

Partner’s History Problems

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Saturday, May 31st, 2014
My boyfriend is ex-army and talks about when he was in training someone died due to a mistake he made. he constantly thinks about it and makes are relationship very difficult. it seems to bring him alot of anger issues, i know he loves me ...

Considering Leaving Bipolar Husband

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Tuesday, May 27th, 2014
My husband was diagnosed with PTSD (not military-related) and bipolar disorder approx. 5 years ago. In retrospect, many of his problems pre-date our 20-year relationship; some used to seem like quirks or immaturity, or he would find ways to justify them. These days, ...

Delusions

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Friday, May 9th, 2014
I have ptsd and borderline. This winter, I had a phase of four months in which I had delusions. The delusions entailed having somebody else's presence in my head, up to the point where this presence (while being in my head) wanted to kill me ...

Failed Recollection of Childhood Memories

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Thursday, April 24th, 2014
Is it normal for me not to be able to remember 98% of my childhood memories? I've heard its common for trauma survivors but it doesn't make any sense. Its not just childhood memories I can't remember. I can barely remember any memories from my ...

Depressed, Angry & Shutting People Out

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Monday, April 21st, 2014
In the last 2 years I've developed depression. Recently I've been having nightmares/daydreams that remind me of a past experience of abuse I witnessed and I'll wake up crying, sweaty, and terrified. Also, lately if feels like I have a literal heart ache and I'll ...

Communicating with Someone Who Has Shut Down Through PTSD

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Sunday, March 30th, 2014
Hello, I am trying to find the things I should do and the things I shouldn't do when approaching my husband. He has just been diagnosed with PTSD after years of alcohol and drug abuse. He is a VERY loving man who will suddenly change ...

Emotional Shut Down

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
Problem with being emotional shut off. I have a problem where I’m completely shut down, I don’t have pain, anger sometimes even happiness. Once I get to a point of sadness or anger its like a switch and I don’t feel anything. I was all ...

Constantly Changing Diagnoses

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Thursday, March 20th, 2014
I was first diagnosed in 2008 after I had been hearing voices for a little under a year. After 1 1/2 to 2 years I was stabilized with meds. No voices. Only a couple of suicide attempts. I then had a baby. About a year ...

Embarrassed In Front of Children

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Sunday, March 16th, 2014
I'm 24, mother of twin 5-year-old girls. I've always been outgoing, athletic, intelligent, very pretty, very competent. Never experienced depression. A week ago my husband took our daughters to the zoo while I stayed home to shop and relax. When I returned from shopping I ...