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 Post subject: Re: Nightmares
PostPosted: Tue Jul 01, 2014 8:08 am 
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spacecanada,

My heart goes out to you. I often feel that dealing with mental health issues is harder than any physical health issues. I sure hope you can find a supportive practitioner who can help you find peace of mind. I'm definitely in your corner, sending you positive vibes and virtual hugs. Please know that many of us understand what you're going through and support you 100%.

Love Soccermom


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 Post subject: Re: Nightmares
PostPosted: Tue Jul 01, 2014 5:07 pm 
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Mental health is very important and it is good that you are following up on it.

I am very sorry to hear that your nightmares are back. Having endured them myself for months on end I empathize with your frustration and tiredness. I wish you well.

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 Post subject: Re: Nightmares
PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 2014 3:29 pm 
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Thanks for all your support. :huggy I have an appointment booked with my GP to get help and/or a referral to an outpatient program.

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 Post subject: Re: Nightmares
PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 2014 11:14 pm 
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Daughter: asthma, allergies to egg, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, most legumes (not soy) & penicillin. Developing hayfever type allergies.
Husband: no allergies
Me: allergies to some tree that flowers in May
Cat: allergic to beef, pork and lamb


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 Post subject: Re: Nightmares
PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 9:06 am 
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Good for you for going, and pls. don't feel weird about. Remember this older article from our archives? http://allergicliving.com/2010/07/02/fo ... r-of-food/

In it, experts compared having a bad reaction to PTSD. And having had a hard time with food after a major reaction, I believe it. Take it slow and steady, maybe consider yoga (if you don't do it already), to help with the stress that you've internalized.

All to say, wishing you the best with!

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 Post subject: Re: Nightmares
PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 2:54 pm 
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I hadn't read that article before. Thank you for posting the link. It summarises quite a bit of what I am feeling and some of the help I've received so far. Thankfully, malnourishment isn't a concern - I still eat plenty of healthy foods made at home, as cooking and baking are one way I relieve stress.

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other family members allergic to to dairy, egg, peanut, peach, banana, sesame, environmentals


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 Post subject: Re: Nightmares
PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 5:20 pm 
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FYI - Confirmed diagnosis for PTSD. Treatment starts this week and lasts ten weeks. :freak

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 Post subject: Re: Nightmares
PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2014 9:15 pm 
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spacecanada, I'm so glad to hear you will be getting treatment! I'm sure it will be a real journey of healing for you. You will be a new woman at the end of it, so it will be so worth the time spent... I hope you will share how this is going for you, because we all care about the well-being of our allergy family. If you are comfortable, please share your journey. I'm sure many of us would benefit from hearing your story. All the best! :huggy

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 Post subject: Re: Nightmares
PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 9:14 pm 
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Julie wrote:
If you are comfortable, please share your journey. I'm sure many of us would benefit from hearing your story. All the best! :huggy

I'm not completely comfortable sharing, but I know others can benefit like you said. PTSD has a few distinct elements: re-experiencing (flashbacks, nightmares, intrusive thoughts), avoidance (of things that remind you of the trauma), and increased arousal (anxiety, difficulty sleeping, jumpy, etc.) Treatment starts by determining what type of PTSD treatment is best for you and your situation.

For me, we chose Prolonged Exposure Therapy, which means I have to expose myself to safe situations that my brain now (due to the trauma) believes are unsafe. It started out by visiting places or things I started to avoid because they reminded me of the trauma - starting with the ones that caused me the least amount of anxiety, and will be slowly increasing to things that cause most anxiety. For instance, sitting in front of the fire hall for 45 minutes to let my anxiety kick in and then subside. Repeat that enough times, and sitting in front of the fire hall becomes normal again, or even boring. Eventually, I hope to go on a fire truck ride along with a friend of mine who is a firefighter. (emergency vehicles and sirens are a big trigger/avoidance of mine, despite the fact I used to completely admire fire trucks and ambulances - a year ago, a ride along in a fire truck would cause uncontrollable excitement in me)

Another big part of treatment is where I am now: processing the memory of the trauma. That's where I have to put all the puzzle pieces back together and remember the trauma as it was, completely, like a book from cover to cover - not fragments here and there that get jumbled up in my head. Again, doing that over and over again should make the memory normal or eventually boring (the psychologist's words, not mine, although I believe him despite not being able to comprehend such a thought at the moment).

So that's where I am now - week 3 of 10 - and not looking forward to my homework for tonight because it's extremely scary. And there's no way to change that other than to do my homework every day (for 2-3 hours) and make it less scary over time. It's not easy but the treatment is proven to work and I have to believe in that and trust my psychologist (a PTSD specialist).

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