Depression. Bipolar Disorder. Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder. Hyperactivity. ADD. ADHD. On and on. How many of these types of diagnoses are simply incorrect? Could a person be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and not know it? Could the doctor, too be unaware of the presence of this condition? The answer is yes, a resounding yes.
For one thing, the original trauma could have happened long before one is verbal; therefore, a person would not have an account of the event. Some of these traumatic events might be: birth trauma; infant surgery without anesthesia; other invasive medical procedures with or without anesthesia; childhood sexual and physical abuse; physical accidents that did not require formal medical care, such as a bad fall; and the witnessing of an extremely disturbing and horrifying sight. I’m sure there are other scenarios I haven’t thought of.
Society has given me many labels and diagnosed me with many different conditions in my lifetime. Here are some: juvenile delinquent; clinically depressed; borderline personality disorder; narcissistic personality disorder; character disorder. But it all comes down to PTSD from infant surgery without anesthesia and retraumatization by doctors and traumatized parents. (As most of you know by now, I was operated on for pyloric stenosis, a stomach blockage, at three weeks old.) So many children could be helped early on if the correct diagnoses were made. Lives of “quiet desperation” and intense psychic suffering could be avoided. Lives of gratitude, success, self-understanding, and fulfillment could be lived instead.
I have dedicated my life to sharing information that can hopefully help free others from many of the traps I’ve fallen into. I am blessed to be able to make this journey.