Why is my PTSD getting worse 6 months after the abuse?
Last Updated: 03/27/2018 at 3:10am
Caroline Middelsdorf, MSc.
I am a warm hearted, patient, calm and open-minded therapist. I am here to dedicate my expertises to my clients and their individual challenges, thoughts and feelings.
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In my experience it gets worse before it gets better - now there is no present threat your mind has the space and time to try and process the abuse
Post-traumatic symptoms can vary in intensity over time. Sometimes symptoms get worse years after the event. This usually happens when something triggers it or when you run into a strong reminder of what you went through. It can be anything: a place, a person, a smell, even a comment. The important thing is that you talk to a professional as soon as you see that symptoms are getting worse so you can get your life back under control.
You have had time to think over the situation a little more clearly now, and your emotions are growing as your mind goes back to the abuse.
PTSD or post traumatic stress did order is common among abused children, so it is understandable that once they understand what they have been through entirely and remember it clearly those specific things can only be tied to the abuse. Even the smallest of things tie back to it when you have spent 6 months a part. It changes your life which in turn brings those things to negative light.
Sometimes we create a buffer between what hurts and ourselves. Your body may have been protecting you from the painful experience by making that buffer, but now that it's sure you're safe, it doesn't need to protect you anymore.
PTSD comes in waves, it ebbs and it flows. Sometimes it's good, and sometimes it's awful. It's very normal for things to get worse at a slightly delayed rate.
If you are experiencing PTSD, perhaps speaking with a professional counselor or therapist could help you with your feelings and emotions in moving forward.
It could be that you are trying to hard to get better. Let loose, and make reliable friends if you haven’t already. It is also a possibility that you haven’t fully distanced yourself from what might be making you experience PTSD.
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