I know the DSM-V no longer includes the term "nervous breakdown" anymore. I'm fairly confident even if it did include it, since the origins of my panic attacks, crying, dissociation, and depression are quite well known, I'd still just end up labeled with the "dissociative subtype" of PTSD (aka the compromise that is supposed to … Continue reading Absent without (Family Medical) Leave
CW: Indirect descriptions of PTSD symptoms, the aftermath of trauma, and workplace bullying. Have you ever wondered what a zombie with an office job would look like? If you've heard Jonathan Coulton's excellent "RE: Your Brains," you don't have to ask. If you haven't, I do suggest you listen to it eventually, but there's no … Continue reading RE: Your Brains
I very rarely think that dysautonomia is a survival mechanism, but I'm kind of wondering about that today. My mental and physical health haven't been awesome lately, because C-PTSD is a sponge that sucks up ambient fear, but I thought I was holding it together okay. Thought being the operative word in that sentence. I … Continue reading Feed a Fever, Starve the Bully-in-your-Brain?
...The bartender says, "We don't serve folks with social anxiety here." The groups shrugs their shoulders and replies, 'Well, if that diagnosis doesn't work, how about depression, PTSD or ADHD? We've got a few options for what to call ourselves...' The bartender shrugs, "One of those ought to count. Come on in." You probably thought … Continue reading Improv* #6: A Meetup Group with Social Anxiety Tries to Walk into a Bar…
I write anonymously. I write anonymously because I am aware of what the consequences could be at my work if everyone - including my boss who hates knowing any personal information about any employees - knew my inner thoughts and challenges. I write anonymously because my trauma history isn’t mine alone, and I don’t want … Continue reading Where’s Whoopsie #5: Like Red Before The Bull$hi7 (Er, bull. Er, cow, as the case may be.)