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  23:10:05  23 October 2017
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Lord_Santa
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I'm not asking for people to 'share their experiences', nor do I intend to share any of mine; I've undergone the specific therapy for it and the only conclusions reached were that 'I have full insight into the situation and what needs be done, thus no further help can be provided.' (also 30 years of therapy later... gotten kinda old) - so I was more thinking if anyone had any... recommendations... literature? documentaries? links?

and please, let's remain somewhat rational here; it is a sensitive topic and I don't wish similar quarrels as have been had in the past, on these forums with regards to certain situations of mine, which are partial reasons for this specific topic at hand.

I will add that my behavior/relentlessness, in response to certain topics in the past, is part of the reason as to why I am asking the question in the first place, since it is part of a reactionary pattern that unfortunately interferes with my everyday; in that my stress-responses are often of the same nature

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if anyone thinks this is an odd place to ask the question; may I add that I pose it here, having been a member for at least a decade and having followed conversations and gotten a feel of who people are, as have most of you of me - thus I find this to be the only 'mature enough' place to pose such a question, especially since I don't do social media (apart from twitter-account to watch daily pixel-art, i.e. not really a forum to speak of such matters)

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for the sake of the forum and my own presence here; I shall let this remain for three days
in lieu of response, I will take it down and leave it at that - I have no intentions of damaging the structure, nor integrity of the front-page
  00:29:04  24 October 2017
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Not an expert in PTSD by any means, and I don't know anything about those "topics in the past" (you've always seemed like a balanced person to me).

That said, my own hard-won experience in life has been that food, sleep and regular physical activity accounts for over 80% of my mental wellbeing. The rest is caused by other people, for good and for worse.

For example, if stress from external events (such as other people) makes you eat or sleep poorly, that alone may perpetuate the situation. And while physical exercise is normally great for reducing stress, stress can also tempt you to exercise harder than your body is able to recover until the next training session. All of this may increase stress hormone levels a lot, which in turn leads to more negative thoughts, poor sleep, lack of appetite and less mental strength to deal with annoying people.
  02:02:59  24 October 2017
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Lord_Santa~

I don't see there's any need to remove this or have a timed window of
exposure. As you yourself have said, the audience here is mainly us
old timers who you know well and are mature enough for any topic.

Both you and Three Mile Island mention stress which definitely contributes
to detrimental physical and mental health. Avoiding stress becomes more
important the older you get, as in youth it can be thrilling and exciting but
in maturity more harmful to the body. Responsibilities are fewer when you
are younger, easier to disengage from friends, family or employment that
is not conducive to positive living. As the responsibilities increase and
people burden themselves with creating their own families and the need
to possibly work someplace or deal with others they find distasteful, you
can encounter stress you cannot escape. Add to that material possession
and you find your life being run by accumulating things and trying to keep
all of them together. This common theme is why so many of us enjoy a
Game about being an individual in the Zone. Our only concern is what we
carry on our back. We don't have a family to drag round or a job to show
up at everyday. We have the freedom to do anything and go anywhere.

Why bring up the Zone and the Stalker Games? We play for enjoyment.
To take our minds off our duties and responsibilities in the real world. The
gist of all I wanted to say is to simply make time to relax and do things
that you enjoy. Devote time to sometimes just doing nothing. As a young
person feels the need to get out and engage the world, an older person
may want to stay home knowing that doing nothing is a way to unwind
and relax. Books, Music, TV, films, Games. Expand the mind at will.
Try to determine any PTSD factors and do what makes you feel good.

TS
  12:19:06  24 October 2017
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Lord_Santa
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I may be should not... 'minimize the issue' that is, unfortunately the very real affliction of PTSD and as such, perhaps we should stick to said topic

I just don't wish for this to be too personal
  02:40:22  25 October 2017
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I read your first response before you greatly reduced it. Basically your
intent may be hard to respond to. While I myself have dealt with some
stress at various points in life, the actual term PTSD always meant to me
a lot more serious event like from combat, a natural disaster or other a
situation that the person was unable to return to their normal life before.
It may be more difficult to get what you seek without getting more personal.

TS
  09:49:27  25 October 2017
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thus the necessity of distinguishing between 'general' stress/anxiety and PTSD; as my personal diagnosis stem from having been put through multiple trauma, of such a severe nature that it has literally left me at constant hyper-vigilance, basically since birth - due to the unfortunate nature of said situations (certain things I was too young to remember, but have in recent years gotten a hold of hundreds of pages of journals from child-care, social-workers, police, etc., not all mind you, but at least something), pertaining to violence (the first notation of actual physical abuse, 'on paper' being physically abused at my one-year birthday by caregiver -before that I had arrived at the age of about 8 months with a (physical) head-trauma (my skull-bone was fractured), which was suspected as physical abuse by caregiver, but motioned away at the time, among such things of which I was not able to remember myself and thus finding out information as such, among other things [in] said journals, helped clarify certain murky things of the early years - but since physical abuse was a recurring issue and subsequently part of the trauma(s) once again due to the unfortunate nature of things nonetheless not necessarily the 'worst' part of the combined traumas which I was going through, especially at the very early childhood, from being born up unto and including the age of four, almost five) - and thenceforth from the ages of 7 going on fourteen, the matter is slightly more complex than what I may be able to properly lay forth, without exposing too much and thus painting myself into a corner; whereas I wish to find advice on the matter as whole, but unfortunately it may be a difficult issue to approach on anything but an individual level

with that out of the way (please, do not comment on the nature of whatever trauma's I happen to speak of here - I do not wish to have my emotions take too great a part of this discussion)

I shall respond to the two first replies, soon
for now, please keep in mind that I do not wish to 'over-share' anything here, nor do I seek any sympathies, since that is the only reason I do not speak of these issues with anyone outside of well-educated psychologists/psychiatrists

the only reason I speak of the trauma(s) at hand, in my particular situation, is to accentuate how the diagnosis can apply to a broader spectrum 'these days' (as opposed to 'only applying to shell-shocked combatants', as was originally the case (it has been included under the name PTSD, since DSM-III from 1980, at the very least) but that even-so it is not a diagnosis that is 'given lightly' (so to speak)

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  11:41:24  25 October 2017
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Yes, you've trickled out similar information over the years. Certainly
nothing I'm going to prod you about or expect clarification. I've never
felt you wanted any sympathy, pity or attention on the subject matter.
If anything it appears to me you were hoping others would share some
type of experience you could identify with and maybe get further insight.

TS
  01:19:26  26 October 2017
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three mile island

I do try to keep my composure in public, although there are certain topics of debate, in which I have very fundamental views (not religious, nor necessarily political) and I can be very adamant and increasingly hostile in my conviction, being one of the issues I am trying to deal with, since years past

I have been exercising for almost a year, on a daily basis for the past eight months, or so - I exercise mainly at home, using my own body and a pair of crude dumbbells; apart from that I do take long walks, climb cliff/trees and lift a lot of wood...

I keep my exercise-schedule rather tight in the morning and it does not involve me over-exerting myself to any extent; I have been at a steady 19-21 BMI for six months and am free of all my 'old cramps' (staleness, etc., also recovering from back-injury couple of years ago), while at the same time having finally (after a life-time of sleep-depravity) managed to wire my brain and body to wake up at 7AM, every morning - regardless, for about two years; then breakfast at 8AM, exercise at 9AM

I quit smoking cigarettes about three months ago and almost quit coffee (sometimes I will drink 1 cup in a day), having switched to rather drinking red tea (no caffeine) without sugar

I also am doing yoga and meditation

I am still learning how to eat more vitamins, etc. but it is an on-going process

I am amazed at how well my daily routines function, by sheer automation - as it has always been an issue for me to keep the days properly structured and at the same time all these measures help me to keep the blood-pressure down, which is vital in my case

Tejas Stalker

you are correct
I shall leave this here, for posterity, if nothing else
(as you mention also), there is indeed a connection between this topic and my various other... additions to this forum
I am glad that you observed that I have indeed been searching for someone who might have some insight; based upon the voices that have made themselves heard on the forum over the years, there has always seemed as if though there are people with valuable life-experiences, as it were - and I for one am always eager to learn from others, how they cope with whatever life has put them through

the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games have been my main plane of escape, since it was released - and this forum has tied the games into my real life, in ways no other game(s) have, so I fully respect its place in the discussion

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edited as to not stray too far from topic
  08:15:36  26 October 2017
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Lord_Santa~

I've always found you as normal as anyone else here...if not a little more interesting.

TS
  17:56:26  26 October 2017
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(keep in mind, I am speaking from my own point-of-view and within the realm of people I have interacted with, that have been through similar situations)

one of the most prominent issues with PTSD is the fear of and thus avoiding places, people and situations that remind one of the original trauma(s), due to the fear of being put through the very same trauma, as an irrational response due to the similarity of what occured when one was first traumatized

fear, in turn, is not really an emotional response to a situation, but rather an instinctive one - as any living being faced with imminent death is likely to have at least [a] moment of panic

and it is this very [moment], which acts as a trigger in PTSD, i.e. the split-second of irrational panic, regardless of how threatening the current situation at hand [truly] is; if the similarities are strong enough, then the brain will make the connection and for a fleeting moment all rationale is gone and suddenly it is about life or death

it is within those [triggered] moments that the core-issue resides, since most day-to-day situations/encounters are of a non-threatening nature (of course, scenarios may differ, if per example you are in prison, or in a war-torn nation, etc. - but once again; let's keep it simple) and even-so there may at any given moment occur a situation of such a similar nature as one associates with a traumatic event and thus instincts take precedence over rationality and the response will be accordingly

if then your natural response to fear is to run away, you may find yourself 'cornered' (metaphorically, but even-so the sensation of actual, physical boundaries may appear very much real in the situation, perhaps as the sensation of being grabbed/held against one's will, or similar) and thus no matter what you try, you will nonetheless find yourself unable to physically escape the situation, whereto you may force yourself to act (i.e. 'survival-instincts')

the [act] at hand then (as response to the triggered [moment]) is where irrationality remains the key-difference between 'natural' responses to stressful situations and a traumatic response to the very same - and the key-issue becomes deciphering how to, in a moment of [actual] fear for one's own (or others) life, to remain 'calm' and manage to resolve it, without taking to immediate action

there are various forms of therapy that handle this, by per example exposing the patient to a trigger-situation, within a 'secure' environment ('exposure-therapy'), to give the patient a sense of control [of] the situation, as it is being exposed to him/her and also discussing 'trigger-moments' and try to figure out what the underlying emotional response is (as per example in my case; I nearly always respond in anger, whilst 8 out of ten situations does not demand any emotional response at all, due to their nature being completely non-threatening and it is but my own irrationality that found it provoking and the remaining two times it is most likely that 'sadness', or similar emotion would be the 'proper' response, i.e. I get some bad news and instinctively I do not get sad, I get furious)

of course there is much more to it than this, but I figured I'd put this in here, to try and elaborate, if nothing else, for my own sake (and clarity), since I started this, I may as well continue, no?
 
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