I have been thinking of writing since this group was started. The truth is...I have PTSD. I spent a long time in icu and when I woke up I was changed physicallly and emotionally. Most of the time I get by well enough. Most people don't notice much about me. But I have changed. I don't like being in crowds. I prefer my own company. I rarely talk to my friends. I really don't think they can understand the fear I live with on a daily basis. Loud noises are a shock to my body, it's like nails on a chalkboard. The worst part are the flashbacks. They don't last very long, but it is so disconcerting. I saw a therapist for about six months. She explained that PTSD has to be managed like a chronic illness. I am on a wait list for more therapy. Things were going well for a while, I guess this is just a rough patch.
My question is... What are some things I can do to lessen my anxiety?