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    I went through sexual abuse at a young age stretched over a few years, I don't want to go in to details about it on this website but this led me to develop depression and insomnia from 15 onwards. Skip ahead to now, I'm for the most part over the depression (I used self help books and talk therapy) and fall asleep a lot easier but I still get nightmares frequently and sometimes wake up and have panic attacks. Other symptoms similar to PTSD include avoidance, I actively avoid people who remind me of my abuser and avoid situations similar to those where the abuse took place in the past.

    My question is, is it likely I have PTSD or is this just the aftermath of the depression? If I am diagnosed with PTSD does this go on record and negatively impact my future? I'm a healthy and positive person otherwise, I'm just tired of the nightmares and feeling unsafe. Thanks!
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    You would need a specialist diagnosis from a Neuropsychologist, or even a psychiatrist to be sure of PTSD. It takes a while to diagnose.

    Regardless of the diagnosis, an employer cannot use it as a reason to not employ you.
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    People shouldn't discriminate against you on the basis of the fact you may (or may not) have PTSD. I'd suggest going to your GP and talking to them about your current issues and (briefly) what you went through in your past, they may be able to refer you to a psychiatrist at your local community mental health team.

    Also, it's illegal to discriminate against a person for having a mental health condition.
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    You'll need to actually see a specialist for a diagnosis. No one on here can give you the diagnosis, and if you do self diagnose yourself anyway then it won't effect your employability because you won't be able to justify having it.

    I can't imagine why any future employers would discriminate against someone with PTSD or depression. Depression in particular, is often known as the common cold of psychiatry, it's so common, many employers may not even realise their employees do have it.
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    (Original post by flym3t0th3m00n)
    I went through sexual abuse at a young age stretched over a few years, I don't want to go in to details about it on this website but this led me to develop depression and insomnia from 15 onwards. Skip ahead to now, I'm for the most part over the depression (I used self help books and talk therapy) and fall asleep a lot easier but I still get nightmares frequently and sometimes wake up and have panic attacks. Other symptoms similar to PTSD include avoidance, I actively avoid people who remind me of my abuser and avoid situations similar to those where the abuse took place in the past.

    My question is, is it likely I have PTSD or is this just the aftermath of the depression? If I am diagnosed with PTSD does this go on record and negatively impact my future? I'm a healthy and positive person otherwise, I'm just tired of the nightmares and feeling unsafe. Thanks!
    Depression usually comes from the PTSD. It's not going to affect your future, because you've made the first steps in getting yourself better. Companies can't discriminate to you about mental health problems, especially when you seem to be on top of it (for the most part). Have you tried getting counselling with a specific service that deals with sexual abuse? I went to Nexus (NI) and they've been fantastic. There is also a book called "Breaking Free" I believe, which may be a benefit (if you've not already heard of it).
    If you are still concerned, go to your doctor and ask for a referral to a specialist. As far as I'm aware from what my doctor has told me, if your depression can't be managed even after everything (therapy, meds), seeing a specialist is the next step.

    Anyway, I've been through exactly what you've been through (to a degree, everyone's situation is different) and I'm only starting to come out on the other side. So if you ever need to chat, just pop a message
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    Thanks for the replies, I've booked an appointment with my GP so hopefully they'll refer me to someone who can help. I definitely feel more reassured knowing employers can't discriminate against me, hopefully things will get better
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    I wanted to comment as you mentioned it 'going on your record'. All health records are private and employers can't access them. So they would only know you suffered with PTSD or depression if you chose to disclose this with them.
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    It depends, as it only affects a small number of jobs (e.g. army) and even then, bad mental health makes it anyway often impossible to work properly. For the majority of jobs, it does not matter at all and only becomes important in case you can no more function sufficiently to do your job.

    The exception are those, who so severly mentally ill, that they cannot "just work" and need a lot of adjustments, in that case, there exist of course only a small numbers of jobs, which are doable, but that has nothing to do with discrimination.
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    I have a diagnosis of PTSD and never once have I had to disclose it - your diagnosis is yours and you only have to disclose it when you so choose.

    My advice would have been, also, to make a GP appointment and discuss this with them, which I see you've now done. Although the symptoms would seem to allign with PTSD, the thing to focus on is - beyond the diagnosis - these are things that are obviously affecting you and an appointment with your GP means they can provide you the information needed to recieve help with those symptoms.

    I know my cognitive behavioural therapist has been suggesting we try a treatment called EMDR, which is a treatment that is meant to be providing quite successful with those with PTSD, for one.

    Good luck and I hope you get the help you need. :hugs: No one should have to feel that way.
 
 
 
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