"I'm afraid of someone seeing that I'm not in control of myself."
Strong emotion is common, even years after
the event that causes PTSD. You still may get angry easily or feel like crying.
It's not your fault that you feel the way you do. Strong emotions are a symptom
of PTSD. Treatment can help you cope.
"I've tried to talk to people. They just don't get it and don't care."
It may be hard for some people to understand
or relate to your experiences. But other people who have experienced the same
type of events can understand. Consider finding a group of people who have
experiences similar to yours.
"It happened a long time ago. How can anything help me?"
You can't change the past, but you can learn
to see your past in a different way. This can help with symptoms.
"I can't afford it."
Many towns and cities have resources that may
be able to help you. Call your local social services department or welfare
office to find out.
If you have insurance, check your policy.
Mental health benefits often are covered through a separate
Check to see if your state has a mental health parity law.
Your employer may be required to provide mental health insurance.
Look into the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). You may be able
to use it to take time off for doctor visits.
Ask your doctor for
help. He or she may be able to find free or low-cost medicine or counseling.
Check Medicaid if you have a low income, or Medicare if you are 65
or older. These programs may be able to help you.
If you are a veteran, Vet Centers throughout the country offer
treatment for combat trauma and PTSD.
"It might hurt my career."
You may think that it will hurt your career
if people at your workplace know you have PTSD. But PTSD may make it hard for
you to perform your job well. Treatment can help you perform better.