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Title: A hello
Post by: BlankPage on April 04, 2020, 06:16:04 PM

I turned 43 earlier this year.  I'm a female in a monogamous relationship (12 years) with a man who also has CPTSD issues.  My trauma is related to sexual molestation by my dad and physical, emotional, and verbal abuse by my mom.  We have just moved out of their house after living with them for about six years because of a variety of circumstances, most resulting from trauma-related issues.  We are now living in the middle of nowhere in a house owned by one of my boyfriend's relatives, in a state we don't want to stay in, still struggling with all the same self-esteem and emotional regulation issues we had at the other place, unsure where to go from here or how to get there.

I'm one of those people who throws myself into work to avoid dealing with anxiety and other uncomfortable feelings, and (fortunately or unfortunately) I have the kind of job that takes up a lot of time and pays barely enough to make ends meet, which keeps me preoccupied with (and stressed about) work most of the time.  This keeps me from working on self-care stuff, which I had started a couple of years ago - stuff like meditation, writing, exercise.  It had been helping until a sequence of events disrupted my life, and I've spent the last full year trying to get back on track, which doesn't make me feel terribly resilient. 

Again, because of the circumstances of our life and our issues, we do not have a lot of friends to turn to.  Of the friends we do have, several are severe alcoholics who cannot provide adequate support or understanding, and many of the others simply don't have understanding of our issues.  The few who do understand live states or countries away and have life issues of their own, which makes it hard for us to communicate with and get support from each other.  Most people don't call or email us either way, although I have tried reaching out a few times since we've been here.  Especially with the social distancing stuff going on now, I've just been stuck in this small house with my boyfriend and all our CPTSD issues rubbing up against each other. 

I had big plans for us to get into therapy when we got here, but there isn't enough money (or, truth be told, time).  I have been struggling to get back on track with exercise, meditation, writing, eating well/hydrating, working through various workbooks on anger management, emotional regulation, stress management, etc.  We bought a few books on CPTSD to try to work though, but we haven't gotten around to looking at them yet.  I do the best I can and try not to feel like a constant failure every day that I skip a workout or writing or have a flashback/meltdown.  It's hard.

I could really just use someone to talk to now and then, on the days that are harder than others.  My boyfriend tries to be supportive, but he can't always respond the way I need him to because of his trauma-related issues.  On the days that are particularly bad, I can't always respond to him the way he wants, either, which leaves me feeling guilty, ashamed, blamed, frustrated, angry... all the bad feelings, which never seem to help but which also seem inescapable.

Today is one of those bad days, so I may have written different things than I would have on another day.  Anyway, this is the introduction I can make today. 

Thanks for reading.
Title: Re: A hello
Post by: OceanStar on April 04, 2020, 06:58:01 PM
Hello  :wave:

I'm glad you've found this site. I hope you find it helpful.

Thank you for having the courage to admit you've had a bad day. It gives me hope in my aloneness and i find myself able to say I've had a bad day too. My day has been spent traversing between  various flashbacks and the reality of the here and now.
I'm exhausted.

I hope your day improves.

Title: Re: A hello
Post by: Three Roses on April 04, 2020, 09:34:33 PM
Hello and welcome, BlankPage! Glad you've found us.

This community has been a great experience for me - the support and understanding are tremendous imo. In all my life (I'll turn 64 this year) I have never felt the camaraderie with any other group that I do here! The one down side is waiting for a response if you're in immediate need.

There is also a private messaging option here that you could use, feel free to message me any time.
Title: Re: A hello
Post by: BlankPage on April 05, 2020, 05:41:29 AM
Hello, OceanStar and Three Roses.  Thank you for your messages.  OceanStar, I really do find it meaningful to hear that even at my worst I can inspire hope in someone.  :)  My day did not really get better, but... there's always tomorrow, right?  I hope yours did, though.

Three Roses, thank you so much for your invitation to reach out.  I very likely will.

Incidentally, I realized I had to change my username since it is also my email username and I was concerned my parents might inadvertently stumble across my posts here.  Anyone else's CPTSD involve invasion of privacy?? 
Title: Re: A hello
Post by: Kizzie on April 05, 2020, 05:40:45 PM
Hi BlankPage and a warm welcome to OOTS  :heythere:  There a re a lot of resources and very understanding, supportive people here so hopefully you will find being here helpful.  There are country specific resources here you might want to take a look through in case there's something in your area that could be helpful. 

One type of resource you might want to look at is self-compassion and anything dealing with the Inner Critic.  We tend to be really hard on ourselves and part of recovery is learning to be kinder,   and how to quiet/deal with our Inner Critic.  Pete Walker has some good articles here a lot of us found useful. 


Note:  I changed your username in TR's post by the way.
Title: Re: A hello
Post by: marta1234 on April 05, 2020, 08:46:52 PM
Hi blankpage, welcome to OOTS. :heythere:
Hope you find comfort here and relief. :)
Title: Re: A hello
Post by: notalone on April 06, 2020, 01:07:56 AM
Welcome.  :heythere:
Title: Re: A hello
Post by: Snowdrop on April 15, 2020, 05:51:03 PM
Hello BlankPage and welcome! :wave: