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    Vee, there's not much recognition over here of the PTSD/ASD "effect" unless you are fortunate enough to be under the care of a specialised ASD MH team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lencoboy View Post
    Sadly I don't really think any treatments would be much use AV.

    Regarding the origin of the swearing thing, it goes back to the first respite unit I attended back in 1990-91 at the age of 13 where a couple of staff members with a short fuse dropped F-bombs within the earshot of us clients on one or two occasions, and they got really stroppy with me when I said 'language', and said I had 'no right to tell them what to do and what not to do'. Ditto for them lighting up cigarettes inside the building where we were being forced (as children) to ingest their airborne poison.
    Yeah, I figured it was from something like that. It's not the actual swearing that bothers you; it's the actually triggering of that memory.

    The thing I have learned about PTSD is that our body remembers, more than our mind. When we get triggered, it's more of our body reacting to that memory, than it is our brain. For instance, I'm very claustrophobic. For years, I had no idea why I was claustrophobic. Then I got a new therapist for PTSD, and she pointed out that it's from being trapped in a car during a car wreck when I was a teen. Even though my mind knows I wasn't in there very long, when my body gets triggered by enclosed spaces, it goes right to that muscle memory, and my brain is just like "WTF?"

    Quote Originally Posted by pulisa View Post
    Vee, there's not much recognition over here of the PTSD/ASD "effect" unless you are fortunate enough to be under the care of a specialised ASD MH team.
    Wow, that's really sad, P. Anyone can have PTSD, whether they're on the spectrum or not. Why do these people believe that other conditions can't be comorbid with ASD?
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    Because most general psychiatrists here have a criteria for PTSD diagnosis and they don't understand the complexities of ASD and how PTSD is really quite common with trauma experiences of any kind, not necessarily the obvious, "recognised" ones.

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    Other comorbidities with ASD are acknowledged though. PTSD remains the cloudy issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntsyVee View Post
    Yeah, I figured it was from something like that. It's not the actual swearing that bothers you; it's the actually triggering of that memory.

    The thing I have learned about PTSD is that our body remembers, more than our mind. When we get triggered, it's more of our body reacting to that memory, than it is our brain. For instance, I'm very claustrophobic. For years, I had no idea why I was claustrophobic. Then I got a new therapist for PTSD, and she pointed out that it's from being trapped in a car during a car wreck when I was a teen. Even though my mind knows I wasn't in there very long, when my body gets triggered by enclosed spaces, it goes right to that muscle memory, and my brain is just like "WTF?"



    Wow, that's really sad, P. Anyone can have PTSD, whether they're on the spectrum or not. Why do these people believe that other conditions can't be comorbid with ASD?
    You're dead right AV. Anything that is generally innocuous to most other people can trigger 'flashbacks' to painful past events that I have experienced throughout my lifetime, say, something as mundane as an odour, song, brand name/logo or even specific typefaces (lettering fonts) which I may have associated with said events whilst they might not all have been directly related.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pulisa View Post
    Because most general psychiatrists here have a criteria for PTSD diagnosis and they don't understand the complexities of ASD and how PTSD is really quite common with trauma experiences of any kind, not necessarily the obvious, "recognised" ones.
    Wow...what complete and utter bull$hit. This is another reason why I'm ready to take over the world
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lencoboy View Post
    You're dead right AV. Anything that is generally innocuous to most other people can trigger 'flashbacks' to painful past events that I have experienced throughout my lifrtime say, something as trivial as a song, brand name/logo or even specific typefaces (lettering fonts) which I may have associated with said events whilst they might not all have been directly related.
    Yes, what you are describing is exactly PTSD.

    There are some self help things you can do for PTSD, and I have a good book that I recommend, but honestly, from my experience, having a therapist works best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AntsyVee View Post
    Yes, what you are describing is exactly PTSD.

    There are some self help things you can do for PTSD, and I have a good book that I recommend, but honestly, from my experience, having a therapist works best.
    If you can get one..Which normally comes at vast expense to get the expertise with ASD.

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