In our world, we live amongst movies, and computers and screen shots and iPhones and sunsets and traffic, etc. We do not live in farms, where we see the natural progression of birth or death. This is unfortunate. If we were able to we would not be fed this pipe dream that birth is pretty or fun or gentle or sweet. It is not.
Birth is really like taking a big dump and that is if you have a good birth. For many women it is raw and unreal, a force field of bleeding, hours of excruciating pain and hopefully with the correct medicines to ensure a healthy birth. Because of the juxtaposition of our dream orgasmic hypno birth and the actuality many mothers develop PTSD after giving birth. Their births are not pretty, they lose a lot of blood or have emergency C-sections and are left haunted, and sometimes traumatized.
What is Post traumatic stress disorder?
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, PTSD is “a disorder that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event.”
To be diagnosed with PTSD, an adult must have all of the following for at least 1 month:
- At least one re-experiencing symptom*
- At least one avoidance symptom
- At least two arousal and reactivity symptoms
- At least two cognition and mood symptoms
*Re-experiencing symptoms include:
- Flashbacks—reliving the trauma over and over, including physical symptoms like a racing heart or sweating
- Bad dreams
- Frightening thoughts
If you feel you may have PTSD, do not normalize the symptoms go to a therapist. There are several ways to treat PTSD and it is really important to seek treatment.
I changed my password everywhere to ‘incorrect.’ That way when I forget it, it always reminds me, ‘Your password is incorrect.’ Anonymous-