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The Story of My Childhood and My Saviour Caveman

by Erin Fado Australia   [INTRODUCTION] In 2012 Australia announced a Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. It was hearing the victims’ testimonies that triggered my own PTSD and I had a full breakdown and spent some months in hospital, where I was diagnosed with Complex PTSD and Dissociated Identity Disorder (DID) […]

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He Hates the World and I Can’t Change That

by Anonymous United States of America   Vacation. To most people, it’s a time of excitement and anticipation. But to a PTSD family, it is filled with anxiety and uncertainty. Recently we had to travel to my son’s baseball tournament. My children – twelve-year-old son and nine-year-old twin girls – were all excited but I […]

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Trying to Find Hope When PTSD Has Clouded Our Future

by Anonymous Australia   Nearly two years have passed since my husband got his diagnosis of PTSD. Two years of relief, joy, sadness and despair. I think for us, the hardest thing has been loss. My husband has lost the man he thought he was. All he ever dreamed of was being a police officer. […]

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The PTSD Collective Lea Farrow

It Won’t Happen to Us

by Anonymous Australia   I write this story on the one year anniversary of the day our lives changed forever. My husband left the family home, just saying he had to go away for a while and I couldn’t understand why. He is a general duties police officer, working in the same district and dealing […]

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My PTSD Life By Numbers

by Sarah Australia   For as long as I can remember, I’ve worked with numbers. 36.  My age. 3.  The number of years I dated my husband before getting married. 7.  The number of years I’ve been married. 3.  The number of months that would pass between seeing him when he was staying on base. […]

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My Post Traumatic Life, and How It All Began

by Dane Greenstreet Australia   [Please note: this story contains details of traumatic events which may be a trigger for some] I want to start my story with the caveat that I feel I don’t deserve PTSD. I was a solider, but my PTSD is not combat-related. I know of many others who have been […]

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Searching for the Light at the End of Our Tunnel

by Anonymous United States of America   In a month’s time, my husband and I will be married twelve years. For ten of those years, my husband served with the US Marine Corps. We met young, but I know he is still my one. PTSD was not present in our home until many years after […]

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My Story of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

by Anonymous United States of America   My husband has chronic PTSD from his service in the Army, following two deployments to Afghanistan. He probably never should have done the second tour as his symptoms were already showing after the first one. I didn’t really know what PTSD was back then. You don’t know until […]

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Focusing on My Own Happiness, Even in the Darkest Hours

by Anonymous United States of America   I have been thinking this over for several days, trying to start my story in an uplifting way. The more I thought about it, the more I felt compelled to write about the dark place I go to often. Please read no further if you prefer the positive, inspiring […]

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The Long Journey

by Anonymous Canada   PTSD? What’s that? I had no idea until my husband’s diagnosis about four years ago. My husband was in the Canadian army when I met him. As a family, we went through two U.N. tours, each six months long, although he had done other tours before we met. After he retired from […]

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Lost, But Not Gone

by Diana United States of America    [Please note: this story contains details of traumatic events which may be a trigger for some] I don’t know when the PTSD actually started. All I know is that every single time an ambulance drove by when I was little I thought, I’m going to do that one […]

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To Love and Cherish, Armed With Knowledge

by Deneen Canada   I really don’t know how to tell a story, but I can share a bit about my journey with a spouse with PTSD. After reading a few posts from The PTSD Collective [previously Away With Her Words] that popped up on my Facebook news feed I realized that my husband has PTSD. Up […]

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