Hi everyone I'm new here so I thought it would be good to introduce myself.
I'm a 50 year old c-PTSD sufferer from the UK. I have survived incest in childhood and severe domestic violence as an adult. I also have other mental health issues besides the c-PTSD, namely Borderline Personality Disorder (though some people would suggest that c-PTSD and BPD are one and the same thing-I would disagree :)) as well as Bipolar Disorder and traits of Aspergers Syndrome.
Somewhat along the way I also developed addictions to alcohol and cannabis as a means to cope with, and survive all the abuse inflicted on me. And at times I would react in kind. Other times still, I would be a bit of a bully myself. But fortunately by the grace of God I have grown out of being abusive in my own right, by getting clean of cannabis 2 years ago and only drinking minimally these days, by following a 12 step programme of recovery.
I am still crippled by terrible bouts of depression, however, and some days my anxiety is so awful I can't leave my home. On these days I'm grateful I have my little dog to keep me company, but I get ever so lonely due to the isolation. I suffer from social stigma and alienation due to past crazy behaviour due to the c-PTSD or one of my other mental illnesses getting triggered, always, I have found, by fear. It's a horrible way to live, and I feel so misunderstood most of the time.
And that's why I am here. Because I know you guys and gals most definitely will understand the hell I go through on a regular basis.
So I'm hoping to not receive support for our terrible mutual affliction but also to give support where I can.
After all we're all in the same boat aren't we? God bless us all.
Looking forward to meeting new friends.
Cheers, all the best
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