PTSD: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental health condition which has been triggered by an event of extreme emotional significance (trauma) and includes symptoms such as flashbacks, nightmares, insomnia, and severe anxiety. For more comprehensive information on PTSD, please click here.
Before I had a name for my mental illness — bipolar disorder and ptsd — this is what it felt like: playing diagnosis dress-up, trying on labels, seeing how they fit, and feeling lost — like there was nothing left in my closet to wear.
They say when you experience a traumatic experience as a child, you block out the details. My memory jumps.
Trapped between fear and anxiety, I would drink and use drugs to cover up my feelings. After years of living this way with several bad trips, blackouts and hospitalizations, I went into treatment.
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