Hi, I am new to this group and was recently diagnosed with PTSD. My trauma was repetitive physical beatings and verbal abuse by a parent which started in infancy and lasted until I was 12 years old. For many years I have tried to just push on and live my life. I tried so hard to let go of this and refused to let it define my character as a person. I thought that since the abuser was gone, then I could forget it and move forward. Now that I am in my late twenties with a child of my own, it has come back to haunt me for some reason. I get panic attacks on a daily basis which prevent me from driving and socializing. I have also started having horrible nightmares where I relive the past over and over again which has perpetuated extreme insomnia. I am literally afraid to go to sleep. I am baffled as to why this is so intense NOW when it happened so many years ago. My therapist has suggested that I try EMDR treatment. I was just curious to hear about any experiences or insight regarding the effectiveness of such a treatment. Thanks!
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