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(I really would rather not go into too much detail of how I came to have PTSD)

I am currently a stay-at-home mother, though not unemployed by choice. My husband and I are struggling to regain our health insurance. Before we lost it, I was receiving some basic out-patient therapy. I was also hopping from psychiatrist to psychiatrist, though never found a good fit. I have been semi-successful at hiding many of my symptoms up until now, but with the crippling stress of our living situation (very long story), I can barely function. I used to deal with the PTSD rather decently on my own but with all of the new stress piling up, the symptoms are just getting worse. My husband is a saint and on top of supporting all four of us on minimum wage, tries the best he can to help me, but I know it's not enough.

I know I need help and I can't do it on my own. I can't be the best mom I can be if I'm not even myself. I'm hoping to have us on health insurance soon, but.. I don't know how long its going to take. I need a psychiatrist and a therapist who KNOW how to really handle PTSD.. but where can I find serious help without insurance, or for very low cost?



--I have gone to the ER admitting needing mental attention, and I did eventually receive help.. but that was after being locked in an empty room for 18 hours on suicide watch (though I did not EVER imply I wanted to do myself or anyone else any harm) with absolutely no warning (there goes work!) and being forbidden to see my children or husband. I'm apprehensive about asking the hospital for help again.

--I would rather not go to some college students over this matter... it might be free/cheap but I know I need far more than just chatting with a psych student about what's bothering me.
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Profile Photo by HOPE ANGEL24K (66.2k points)   7 11 38
Thank you for sharing your story. I know it is a difficult time for you and your family, but please never give up!! You can fight through this!!

Have you tired local support groups for PTSD?

http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/pages/peer_support_groups.asp

https://www.ptsdforum.org/c/forums/ptsd-support-groups.15/

http://www.stressgroup.com/home.html

Have you also tried meditation?

How about 211? Can they refer you to some local resources?

 

I hope I can be more helpful.

 

God Bless you and your family!
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Profile Photo by Jones ANGEL14K+ (15.6k points)   3 7 24
hi

I wish i was able to offer you some more practical advice, but i'm not sure how things work over there in the US. What I can do though is to offer you an outlet - an ear to listen to you and someone who gives a ****. I'm not medically trained or anything, but please, please if you think you'd like to and it may be of benefit, then i'm always here for a chat.

Whether it's specific to your situation, or if you just want to chat about the crappy weather you've been having! , or anything in between - please do so.

Fingers crossed you get some good advice from others on here.

take care.
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PTSD is not easy to deal with at all but you having the courage and strength to talk about it and ask for help is the first and hardest step. Congrats and I'm proud of you! I found a site that might help, it's for veterens but they still might be able to help. i havent tried it but i have heard that hypnotherapy works for some people. also if you can find someone else who has it (like me) and talk to them about coping skills. also if they have YWCA or something similar where you live they do cheap and (i believe) sometimes free therapy. they also have DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) classes and most therapist that work with PTSD can go through the workbook with you or you might be able to find a workbook yourself. there is a site online where you can download and print out worksheets that might help. its a tough process but it really does help. good luck to you and your family.

p.s. have your husband do some of the worksheets with you and if your kids are old enough to understand their own feeling have them do it too. not many people realize how much us having PTSD can affect our families. there is hope and you will find it!

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