Archived Messages 2009

January – December 2009

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Date: 7 Jan 2009
Time:   02:25

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I have just been diagnosed with PTSD, its taken 6yrs however I have now began treatment. I think sites like this are important so that you know you arnt alone, thanks for making it

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Date: 22 Jan 2009
Time: 12:06

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Hi Andy

Loads of useful information and a great effort. I wonder if you would be kind enough to place a link to the UDR & Royal Irish (HS) Aftercare Service web site its at www.aftercareservice.org one of the services we offer is professional psychotherapy counselling for PTSD and other service related challenges

Hi, I have put a link on both the Regimental Website page and the Web site links page for you.

Keep up the good work, regards Andy

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Date: 5 Feb 2009
Time: 13:14

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Andy, thank you for setting up this website. PTSD is something which most people associate with just soldiers, and as you state it is not. I was involved in a house fire, and have been living with PTSD ever since. It is a horrible thing to live with, and to be honest, it was only when I was diagnosed that I read around the subject, and I got so much comfort out of knowing that I wasn’t the only one feeling this way, and that I wasn’t going completely insane!!

So thank you once again, Claire X

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Date: 17 Mar 2009
Time: 23:48

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Finding a site like this has made me feel that I’m not completely alone with this, others hurt as much as I do through no fault of there own.

Thank you!

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Date: 19 Mar 2009
Time: 16:52

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Hi all,

Well I am sat here in the computer room of Combat Stress and what a great help they have been. This is my 1st visit but I have been told not my last. To come here and speak to other people with P.T.S.D. is a great help. They know where you are coming from and listen to you as though they are your best friend. It has informed me a lot of what and how I need to do things, so please if you even think you might have P.T.S.D. get in contact with them and they will help you.

Thanks Andy for a great site it helps a lot to know you are not the only one who has this illness.

Cheers mate Mac.

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Date: 23 Mar 2009
Time: 10:41

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Hi Andy,

Thank you so much for this site, my new man suffers with ptsd after being in Iraq and Afghan (I didn’t realise how much until he started opening up to me this weekend). It’s really helpful to get an insight into what’s going on so I can try and support him as much as I can. I know it’s not going to be easy but he is a good man and deserves a chance to rebuild his life.

Thanks again

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Date: 27 Mar 2009
Time: 19:29

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Andy, good work fella, I have suffered for about 16years and am still suffering. I’m still serving and as a medic instructor I often talk to others that I teach about my condition and talk to them about it and to watch out for others. they are generally surprised at my honesty but they are fixated, good on you and good luck to all that are suffering.

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Date: 2 Jul 2009
Time: 20:37

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I received a message on the 2nd July from a soldier who was in Gornji Vakuf and needs to talk. Please email me at Andy@ptsd.org.uk and we can chat some more. I too was out in Bosnia and went through Gornji Vakuf to and from Tusla and know what a hell hole it was. I am here for you and look forward to hearing from you again soon.

Andy

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Date: 27 Jul 2009
Time: 21:45

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Hi Andy, I have just qualified as a Person-centered Counsellor and I am very keen to specialise in PTSD.

I would like to offer my services and skills to people who have a genuine need for support and who could make use of the skills I have spent the last four years training for.

I look forward to getting a reply from you and perhaps some guidance.

Yours very sincerely

Ella Lund MBACP,

Dips Person-Centered Counsellor

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Date: 27 Jul 2009
Time: 22:47

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Well done with the site, learnt more here than the 10 years since diagnosed I’m a single parent and really worried about the future my drinking and general health I do not want to go to combat stress they have ask me to go several times over years but I always find a reason not to social services are now on my case which adds more stress. Well that’s me done thank you well done

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Date: 29 Jul 2009
Time: 08:59

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Hi Andy, thank you for your help with my mental health training what you have shared with me is so valuable , I hope in some way in my future work I can help to change the way the N H service sees service personnel, they certainly will wherever I work anyway.

Lynn

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Date: 29 Jul 2009
Time: 17:22

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Having been out of the Army for a few years now, I have finally decided that I am not some kind of superhuman, who can handle what he saw and done, that real men don’t have emotional/mental issues, and that I really do need help. Without having a clue where to start, your site has been a great source of inspiration in getting the ball rolling.

Thanks.

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Date: 5 Aug 2009
Time: 09:02

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Hi there,

I am a wife of an ex-military personnel, my husband has been on many tours. The last being the Gulf War (Op Telic). He is attending Audley court at the moment. Things go up and down and it has not been easy. I cannot thank them enough for the support they give to him. I have three children of which my husband finds hard to relate to, he goes from one extreme to the other, he is either all over us or so distant that he cannot even talk to us. It is very hard for the wives out there.

I have researched into PTSD to help me understand but, was wondering if you know of any web sites that the wives and partners of sufferers can let of steam and support others in the same situations as we tend to be the ones giving the support and not receiving any. I was warned a long time ago that things get worse before they get better.

I love my husband to bits, but I am sure many reading this can relate to this comment my loving caring husband was lost in the gulf war and only his shell came back. I would be willing to listen to anyone who would like to join a support network, as the saying goes a trouble shared is a troubled halved.

I would also like to say thank you Andy for this web site as you have cut through all the jargon and offered an easy to read explanation of PTSD.

Take care and God bless

Julie

Hi Julie, this is one area that struggles to get recognition however Combat Stress do hold days at their treatment centres for wives where they can meet and get support from one and other. If you contact Morag @ Audley Court, I am sure she will give you the details of the next meeting?

Andy

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Date: 24 Sept 2009
Time: 17:15

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thanks for this site. semper fi.

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Date: 28 Oct 2009
Time: 09:24

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Thank you for creating this site. Having suffered from PTSD following an explosion in my house, it’s so good to be able to relate to the comments, though often I found it hard to read due to the tears in my eyes – maybe of relief to find I’m not alone. I’ve been lucky in having treatment which has helped me begin to come to terms with it. It’s a long process.

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Date: 28 Oct 2009
Time: 21:49

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My name don’t matter on this message I wrote to you once before saying I just crack on I only did two tours of NI I left in 98.

three years ago I hit a wall and went ballistic in a car doing about 80 with my wife and kid only a heated argument ,since then I’ve been put on anti depressants I have cut my self I really didn’t no why I did I have had the counselling which didn’t work for me for all I thought about this fella aint gotta clue or oh crap I’m gonna get my kids taken away.

also I thought that way on my anger management and I was defensive with them and played their game.

Now I’m off the course and going through with drawl from the anti depressants I’m on .

I don’t no if I have ptsd no one would say so again I’ll crack on I’m sorry if this sounds negative but I don’t no how to say it

Have you thought about contacting Combat Stress and asking to talk to a welfare officer? They really are the experts and could help you with many things as well as getting you into one of their treatment centres where you will meet up with other vets who have similar issues with PTSD?

Andy

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Date: 06 Nov 2009
Time: 18:01

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Andy, brilliant website, so informative am having panic/anxiety attack as I am working my way through your site. Reassuring to learn that I am not alone in my symptoms and feelings thank you so much….best wishes to you all and thank you…

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Date: 03 Dec 2009
Time: 09:36

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Hi Andy,

I am so very proud of you !!

well done and congratulations with the release of your autobiography!!!

Tulip.

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Date: 03 Dec 2009
Time: 10:42

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I feel guilty saying I have ptsd. my problems started a couple of months after a very stressful day at work – I work as a support advisor for the elderly – this particular day I found a tenant dead in the morning and another dead in the afternoon-at the time I coped., but recently cant face the though of finding anyone else and the slightest thing un-nerves me- get very annoyed with myself that something like this could effect me this way – have been doing the job for 10 years and never had a problem.

Please do not feel guilty, what you need to do is to go to your GP and get some real help and support. If you want more support or advice please email me direct?

Andy

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Date: 03 Dec 2009
Time: 21:14

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Andy,

Still going strong mate well done buddy. How do I get a copy of your book?

It came out 1st December so I’m told?

Andy ex 2 R Anglian

I hope it will be available on Amazon really soon, the book was printed this week so it is now down to the publisher to get it on sale ASAP.

Andy

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Date: 08 Dec 2009
Time: 13:56

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Hi Andy, great site, nice to know I’m not alone. My accident can NO way compare with you guys, but I was an electrician with London electricity board and back in’98 had a 3 phase flash over in a substation causing a fault current of 43000 amperes. Shouldn’t be here, gone off my nut!!

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Date: 23 Dec 2009
Time: 02:41

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Very simply, thank you for being here.

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