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Anonymous said: Do you recommend talking to your teachers, profs, whatever, about PTSD or other similar issues if you have them
It honestly depends entirely on your comfort level and what you feel is best. I WILL say though that I decided not to talk to my professors about it at the beginning of this year, because I wanted so desperately to be normal and not have to go through awkward conversations like that. And eventually my professor, who does a lot of casual physical contact, put his hand on my shoulder when I wasn’t expecting it and I screamed in the middle of class and freaked out. I think for me and where I am right now it’s definitely the right decision, but I can only speak for myself. Whatever you decide, it’s your story so it’s 100% your choice whether you discuss it and what you discuss when you do :)
Tip for anyone with PTSD related hyper vigilance or ADD (or in my case, both!) Finding a way to actively engage with your notes during lectures really helps make sure you don’t space out. I take all of mine in French, but if you don’t know another language then try color coding them with a different color pen for every line, or adding illustrations, or writing commentary in the margins
As C.M. Kosemen explains throughout All Yesterdays, we really can’t ever know how much fat and other soft tissues contributed to the overall shape of dinosaurs since that’s the first thing to rot and shrivel tight against their bones and like even a sperm whale has a little skinny skeleton.
how would we know?
Solidarity with survivors of multiple traumas.
Solidarity with unstable survivors.
Solidarity with survivors of multiple kinds of abuse, over long periods of time.
Solidarity with survivors with complex narratives.
Solidarity with quiet survivors.
Solidarity with survivors who can’t find their voice, survivors who can’t express themselves well or at all or in the ways that make other comfortable.
Solidarity with ‘bad’ survivors, survivors who can’t set an example.
YOU DO NOT GIVE PSYCHOTHERAPY TO PEOPLE WITHOUT THEIR CONSENT.
Psychotherapists treat arachnophobia with exposure therapy, too. They expose people first to cute, little spiders behind a glass cage. Then bigger spiders. Then they take them out of the cage. Finally, in a carefully controlled environment with their very supportive therapist standing by, they make people experience their worst fear, like having a big tarantula crawl all over them. It usually works pretty well.
Finding an arachnophobic person, and throwing a bucket full of tarantulas at them while shouting “I’M HELPING! I’M HELPING!” works less well.
And this seems to be the arachnophobe’s equivalent of the PTSD “advice” in the Pacific Standard. There are two problems with its approach. The first is that it avoids the carefully controlled, anxiety-minimizing setup of psychotherapy.
The second is that YOU DO NOT GIVE PSYCHOTHERAPY TO PEOPLE WITHOUT THEIR CONSENT. The Wonderful Thing About Triggers | Slate Star Codex (via brutereason)