Post # 1
I was in a car accident a little less than a year ago. It was my fault…I didn’t see in time that a tractor trailer ahead had stopped and was making a left hand turn because the sun was blinding and the trailers brake lights were hard to see. I was going about 50mph and braked hard but still slammed into the back of the trailer…hard. Luckily I was ok except for a broken hand and some airbag bruises and burns and the driver ahead was totally fine. My car was totaled but who cares…we were both safe.
Anyway, now I’m pregnant with my first child and since I’ve been pregnant, I have started getting flashbacks out of nowhere about my accident. I was sitting at dinner with some friends the other night and all of the sudden I just flashed right back to the moment of impact…the moment I was sure then that I would die. It freaked me out so bad I was shaking. This type of flashback has happened about 5 times or so recently. It’s weird because in the months after the accident, I never had these episodes. I rarely thought about the accident. It’s only since I’ve been pregnant that I get them.
My husband thinks I have a form of PTSD that for some reason had a delayed onset. He believes I should see a therapist for my flashbacks. Now he’s not a trained medical professional so I’m not sure. Do any bees have experience with this? At the time of flashback I’m not ever thinking of the accident-it just comes on out of nowhere.
Post # 2
You should definetly go talk to a professional. If it is PTSD you want to get a hold of it and learn some coping techniques. You do not want it to get out of controll. It may also put you at a higher risk for post partum depression if you do have PTSD.
Post # 3
Congrats on your pregnancy!
As someone who has also dealt with trauma 10 years ago I would say it is worth going to see a therapist to work through it. I waited, and regret that I didn’t go right after the incident. about 2 years ago I was out to dinner with my Fiance, and something triggered a flashblack. I basically blacked out, an my brain went on autopilot (called dissociation). My Fiance said I seemed totally fine, but I do not remember the dinner at all. I didn’t even know I had blacked out until we left. I’ve been in therapy for a while now, and so far it is helping.
Trauma does funny things to the brain, and it is worth seeing a professional to help you work through it!
Post # 4
Lokie85: thanks for your response. I definitely want to get a handle on it before it turns into something like post partum depression. I will look into seeing a professional.
Kannon: oh my gosh how scary! I haven’t blacked out-the flashbacks happen for literally a split second but I can’t imagine what that must have been like after you came out of dissociation. I will definitely call around to try to meet with a therapist.
Post # 5
I’m no medical professional, but therapy sounds like something you should look into. Accidents are terrifying- whether or not you have PTSD, a therapist can be so beneficial. Nothing wrong with getting help!
Post # 6
morganc8: Yea, it was very scary! We were walking away from the restaurant and I mentioned to my Fiance that I would have liked to see the bathroom in that place (it was a very cool barn by a river). He looked at me oddly and said that I already had. That’s when I realized that I couldn’t remember anything after the first 10 minutes of arriving. I was completely freaked out.
Post # 7
Not a trained professional but do have a Psychology degree. To me, it sounds like a PTSD symptom. Definitely talk to a professional to get it under control before it causes more stress to you or the baby.