I have only recently found out that I've been suffering from PTSD for many years and at last I'm getting treatment. It was triggered when my boyfriend at the time became mentally unwell and tried to kill me. Initially I didn't even remember what had happened, and I had a blank space in my mind about it, but a year later I started getting flash backs and that's when the panic attacks and depression started. I managed on anti-depressants and counselling for a while, then I met my husband and started a family.
A few years on I moved into a community, where my next-door neighbour was going through a very public mental breakdown and was clearly delusional, which was attracting all sorts of scary individuals to his (and my) house. When his mental state had got so bad, I had to call the ambulance and police to get him sectioned. This happened twice, and so it's not surprising that this triggered the PTSD and the panic attacks and depression returned. I soon developed M.E. and then later on in 2010 I was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease called Lupus. I believe these are all linked to the high levels of anxiety I've suffered over the years, which caused chronic fatigue and triggered the disease process.
I am happy that this new online community has begun, and I look forward to the support I know we can help each other with.