mental illnes symptoms

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    I have been dx with psychotic depression/ptsd for 5 years .have lost 2 previos jobs. I am working a new icu job for 3 months and have had some
    severe triggering due to voilent pts. I can control symptoms at work but not at home once triggered. I love this job and am doing extremly well.
    My meds are controling symptoms as much as possible. Does any one have any tips on dealing with triggering besides quiting?
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    Are you comfortable in sharing with your co workers your hx with ptsd? My employer knows of mine, and they also know I do Not deal with violence or the threat of it by a patient or anyone. This is also was my trigger.

    I have been able in the past years to tell myself over and over again "he (perpetrator) cannot hurt me like that again. I Am safe". Now, it is most rare to experience a trigger. My co workers step in for me when an situation arises that I will not place myself in, due to what I view as potentially harmful. It has worked for me, and it is Rare that this happens. I am empowered by being able to do this, and by giving myself permission to protect myself first, even IF it would mean walking out the door (ie leaving a job) to do that. Of course, the later has not happened. My PTSD was in 1994.

    Keep pressing forward, you should be proud of your achivements and obvious steps towards healing. I hope this helps and ecourages you, it is true, that this too shall pass. I'm living proof of that.
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    Quote from HangTen!
    Are you comfortable in sharing with your co workers your hx with ptsd? My employer knows of mine, and they also know I do Not deal with violence or the threat of it by a patient or anyone. This is also was my trigger.

    I have been able in the past years to tell myself over and over again "he (perpetrator) cannot hurt me like that again. I Am safe". Now, it is most rare to experience a trigger. My co workers step in for me when an situation arises that I will not place myself in, due to what I view as potentially harmful. It has worked for me, and it is Rare that this happens. I am empowered by being able to do this, and by giving myself permission to protect myself first, even IF it would mean walking out the door (ie leaving a job) to do that. Of course, the later has not happened. My PTSD was in 1994.

    Keep pressing forward, you should be proud of your achivements and obvious steps towards healing. I hope this helps and ecourages you, it is true, that this too shall pass. I'm living proof of that.

    Great feedback, Hangten,

    Good luck Jmorri!
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    Perhaps you need to see if you can get a consult with a psychopharmacologist as maybe you meds need to be adjusted.


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