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3 days ago
I wasn’t going to post this today in case I pissed people off, however I feel it is important..
I have not celebrated this day for some time as to me we should support each other EVERY DAY! And to be honest when I have reached out to people that have asked if ‘I AM OK’ and I have replied NO..
I have gotten crickets… NO replies…Totally ghosted!!!
I wasn’t wanting them to be my therapist or go out of their way to listen to my problems I was implying answering a question they felt the need to ask..
Don’t get me wrong I am all for raising awareness and know the organises and ambassadors for this charity are doing AMAZING things.. This is not a dig at them at all.. The problem is with the people who do not promote this day for what it really is about..
I get people who want to do their bit and for the most part, are doing a great job.
What doesn’t sit well with me is I have seen peoples stories, posts, text messages promoting the cause that never spoken about mental health before or have never wanted to raise awareness and I feel maybe to them it is about getting attention on socials, more followers or an excuse to bake cupcakes and use a trending hashtag.. I just don’t feel there is total sincerity..
AND these people are the people I have responded NO to and not gotten a reply!
I may sound judgmental and I am purely speaking from my own experiences and opinions..
Please if you are going to use such an important charities message
❤️DO IT WITH LOVE!
❤️DO IT WITH MEANING!
❤️DO IT WITH PURPOSE!
Because being someone who suffers from Mental Health I would rather have a conversation than seeing you share on your stories and use the trending Hashtags to make it about YOU rather than about the 1 in 5 people that suffer from Mental Health in Australia!
END RANT.. So please let's authentically continue to support each other and if you aren’t ok please dm me I promise to reply…
OR If you need support contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.
10 years ago I remember sitting at my kitchen table with my husband and my dad. It was at a time when I knew things weren’t right between me and my husband, but I was just so broken and I didn’t even realise how bad.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
My dad was trying to help our marriage and see how he could help and my husband looked my dad in the eye and said he loved me and would never do anything to hurt me.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I sat numb and helpless whilst my husband charmed my father into believing him.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
2 weeks later, my husband took less than 10 minutes to tell me and my kids that he was leaving.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I’m not sure where I summoned my strength as he told me to just tell the kids he was leaving for work early as he had for the last 6 months but this time I said “no”. You tell them this time.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
You see I had been in a cycle for years being promised that he’d make an effort, promise to change, promise that he’d never do anything like that again.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
But you see words are easy.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Actions speak louder than words.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
If you keep hearing the same words with the same action and you are feeling numb, broken and helpless, it’s time for you to change your words and action.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Take those first tiny steps because YOU deserve so much more from your life ❤️ 🦋⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
PTW in this post. I want to share this list with everyone because these are the labels that used to make me feel:
👉🏻After spending most of my earned income in trauma therapy and working on myself, I’m very aware those are not true 🙄
I felt this overwhelming feeling to share with others this chart. On the left is a very ABBREVIATED (and nice lol) list of what men (bosses I have worked with as a speech pathologist, men I’ve met, the nurses lawyer in passing) have labeled me as in the past 3 years.
I have always responded with “I don’t love labels” and you can imagine how much that helps the situation.😂
On the right are things they I have known about myself from a very young age and had a handful of friends remind me of these exact words during this entire journey of
•learning to accept what I know (which is it lol was some bullshit, but I can not change what happened).
•A-holes tend to use labels because they’re uncomfortable with YOUR traumatic or sad experiences.
👋🏻Please remember: another person’s actions that impact us 👉🏻DO change us but 🙌🏻DO NOT DEFINE WHO WE ARE👊🏻
Swipe 👉🏻 for my personal reminder on those who judge us for our past and things we can’t control.
PSA: I still wholeheartedly believe sad and traumatic situations bring out who people really are. If you have not been lucky enough to have your tragedy card punched yet, good. But that statement is evergreen.