So life happens!
I have decided to open up, be honest and be vulnerable about my experiences. I'm doing this because it has helped me in the past to hear others doing the same.
I have experienced first hand threats of violence, actual violence, psychological abuse, near death experiences. What has happened from that is that I have experienced several things,
- Social Anxiety
- Panic Attacks
- PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
- Sleep Paralysis
What I wish I knew years ago is that others have experienced these things too. And also that there is things we can do.
I have tried most of the list above, and have found improvements along the way.
I have been seeing councillors, therapists and clinical psychologists for around 17 years. What I can say is that some have helped. And even if they didn't, I never really lost anything by trying.
At one point I found that the panic attacks happened a lot and were taking over. One tool that really helped me was grounding techniques (or what I describe as a PTSD kit). I have a set of photos, mantras, grounding techniques that live in my wallet, so that I can use them whenever needed.
Here are some that you can use yourself,
Site 1- https://library.sheffieldchildrens.nhs.uk/grounding-techniques/
Site 2 - https://www.healthline.com/health/grounding-techniques#bonus-tips
These 2 pdfs are also really helpful.
My name is Berty Justice and I'm going to add things here. If you like life from another angle, you'll love this!