Why the hey am I so angry?? Get a grip. (I sorta did so now I can talk about it) So Odd.

Dang!

That was a rough PTSD last week. (holding my head.)

It seems that my PTSD flares (or I make it flare….keep reading) and leaves me spiraling into -

…. exhaustion, irritation, and hypervigilance – plus anxiety. Sounds like a ball of fun, eh?

But last week….it included ANGER.

And I mean ANGER with ALL CAPITAL LETTERS!

You are thinking….


“Did she scream and yell?”

“Did she throw things?”

No. I did not. (okay I might have… but I not at the kids. Wow. I’m amazing. sheesh.) 

It was almost a “sad anger”. Sad that this mental health issue is here. Sad that it affects us still. Sad that I cannot, consistently, wake up and just feel “good”. But, it was also an unusual anger that I allowed to build.

The anger … this type …. was definitely new to me. 

I sort of wanted to just be alone until the feeling went away, but I knew that was a bad idea and also not that reasonable.

However,  I wanted it “gone”. I am not used to “super angry”. It is a bit un-nerving. 

[okay...we are not talking 'murder-angry' or anything...though I did 'murder' a few cartons of ice cream last week]

By last Friday, I was standing in our room, crying. 

I was trying to do my hair or throw some makeup on or whatever (I feel better dressed, etc when I’m struggling with PTSD)

Jim walked in … stood in front of me …. and I said, “I have NO idea how to make this go away. None. If I did I would. I want to be mean. I want to scream. I want to tell people off. I have controlled it all but this is not me and it needs to end.”

What’s a guy to do? It’s not like he can come over and give me a big hug. I’m irritable, itchy, sensitive to touch when in this state…a hug would have made me scream.

Jim was left with the same phrase that has begun to haunt us…”We can get through this.”

To know neglect of his own, I already knew that. I didn’t, truly, expect to be that angry for days and days. 

The scary part was not being able to understand it. 

Now that it’s subsided, I can see through it a bit more. I can see why I acted the way I did when that sad-anger was sitting on top of me.

I let things build up.

Specifically, stressers/triggers. 

I lied to myself that I could handle it all last week.

There were events occurring last week that were super-struggles. But I was not true to myself about my ability to handle it all. 

I, instead subtly let the stress of each situation build, and I think the “mound-o-stress” (ha)  turned into a strong anger that I did not understand until the feeling left.

Some stressers were related to a situation that I do not blog about (out of respect) but which causes me significant sadness.

I did not consider that those situations would bring on such anger. 

All the {oh I wanna insert some sort of mean adjective but I won’t} specifics in this situation are NOT new in any way shape or form. I was sure I could handle it all.

I have experienced “regular” anger towards the situation, the people involved, the losses we’ve experienced…but not “THIS” anger.

THIS anger was deep. Sad. Until it was dissected, um like right  NOW, it was just raw, sad, anger that was leaving me confused last week.

Add to that, just before the difficult stress that occurred last week, we had enjoyed a long weekend away. That was JOY … coming home is NOT. [enter stress]

(the following may seem petty…but to someone getting her brain all-balanced again…it is SO SO SO not…)

I LOVE home. I NEED home. It is my “safe” spot.

But…I do not like a super-messy home.  But, durrnit, coming home from a long weekend, at a beautiful and sandy beach with five kids,  means MESS. 

{insert ANGER … at least that was what happened when I saw all that vacation stuff laying around…why???}

I am not a “Has to Be Perfect” Stepford Housewife!  I have gotten OH SO MUCH better at letting a lot of messiness go. 

I let it fly out that dang proverbial window ….. I was even getting better at that BEFORE PTSD…(pat me on the back…  ;)

But MESS that comes through the door and sits in piles for a day or two…blah. gag. boo. stress. [anger growing]

You are thinking, “Just deal with it. Just put it away.”

Yeah. Well, um, can you come put it away? Or better yet…Wash it and put it away? While life continues?

(Said in complete kindness of course…sorta)

One of the things a PTSD sufferer deals with is lack of focus and a component of this is that SMALL things seem MASSIVE. Unattainable. Why-Even-Try-I-Cannot-Do-It.

Now, medium to hard stuff? Somehow that does not affect me as much.

Take homeschool for instance. Teaching my kids is a pretty “big” thing on a daily basis. A huge responsibility. 

If I’m feeling even just barely so-so…I can do homeschool. I feel great about it!  But there is NO WAY IN HADES I could hang up some clothes in my closet. WHA????  

It is so weird to be me. 

AND, adding to the above events (stressers),  there were a few other more relational-yuks that were occurring that absorbed me last week.

AND, last but certainly not least – adding to the above ,  our “Nala” (3 yr old, sweet momma-dog) ran away from a friend’s house while we were gone. (I mentioned that in my last post…sigh)

We were looking for her all week in 90-100 degree temps. I struggle, deeply, (like we all do) when my kids are hurting but I did not think to associate THOSE feelings with triggering my PTSD so much. 

{insert stress-obviously. But I did not ‘feel’ angry about this event. Sad? Sure. Angry? not so much. This is one of the reasons some of this hit between the eyes maybe?}

As I am typing this all out … at this very moment … I am thinking,

Andrea, it probably wasn’t all THAT unhealthy to feel such sad – anger last week.  For the love of pete, give yourself a break. Why didn’t you last week? 


Yes, it was new and strong and scary. But why are you still surprised at PTSD stuff?

Why didn’t you wave the white flag and just HIDE for a few days? Why do you push so hard?

You have PTSD. You ARE sick. [growl]

You cannot plow through like you used too. You need to remember stuff like this for next time.

Because there might be a next time when you feel like a complete failure because you want to scream, and throw, or act out in anger-induced ways. You are smarter than this!”

Dang this is real writing. Here’s to transparency!

I hope my kids read this in the future (hey future kids…I adore you)..and know “me” from all of this. 

Mercy. 

How could they not, eh? 

And I am certainly not scared of them seeing their “true” Momma who isn’t perfect. They see her in-real-life right now!

Reading about it in the future will probably be humorous….”Ha! I remember when Mom was doing that! She was a trip!” 

or “Yep. She sure freaked about that sand.” 

or “Wow. Mom REALLY fought to have our family be tight even when she was struggling.” [this one is my favorite]

I am happy the sad-anger has left…but so has the stresses that were mentally straining me, although “Nala” is still missing. [sadness]

Apparently these events were desperately more difficult on me than I was aware of.

And there’s where the rubber hits the road. 

That’s when the anger slipped I think. I let it all build until is passed “irritation” and slid right into raw, pure, sad, hot anger.

So now what? Hide in my house forever? Never interact with others? Stay away from sand-related long weekends?

No….I simply need to plan better. 

If you are a person reading this who is or knows of people who struggling with mental health wellness…please talk about being completely honest with yourself (or help your friends be honest with themselves…) 

Sometimes it is HARD to allow yourself to be constrained by the truth.

“Will this event draw you out long term?” 


“Add up all the stressing events going on yesterday, today, tomorrow. Can you handle more?”

That kind of stuff. That kind of HONEST stuff. That hurts. Makes you feel like a failure, a louse, a weakling, if you have to say “NO” oftentimes.

I used to be good at asking myself these questions…Jim was especially good at seeing events that would put me in bed for the famous 31 hour sleeping events. [those haven't happened in a happy long while. Improvement!]

But, now that I’ve gotten somewhat healthier, (hey…don’t I sound oh so healthy?! ha) I’ve gotten out of the habit of ‘checkin’ myself like I was.

OR I assume I am bionic and can plow through difficult things with ease and comfort, and be fine the following days.

Well. If there were ANY doubts (oh please)…I am not bionic. ;)

I am a fighter who fails (danggit…) but who, with the help of God, Jim, kids, close friends, and ….

(truly…and I don’t give a fig if this sounds odd…because….if you are reading this then you read this entire novella so you get my ‘weird’ a bit.)

….you guys.  

Here, I have an outlet to throw it out.

I have a place to write my brain down and to hope & pray that what I am writing, as raw and as somewhat embarrassing but yet oh so true it all is, MIGHT be touching a reader right now.

THAT also pushes me and makes me a fighter. 

I can come back out of the corner of the fighting ring, makes me put my (pink) boxing gloves back on, and go another round. 

I am pretty sure I lost this last round but I am hoping to make up for it or should I simply say “improve” this next round.

Because what HAS happened doesn’t necessarily need to be “made up for” but it can be used to IMPROVE oneself, yes? [this may be one of my best blogging sentences ever ... I should probably take heed.]

Wowza…thhat was some really real writing!

Okay…push me outta the corner…
Andrea

4 thoughts on “Why the hey am I so angry?? Get a grip. (I sorta did so now I can talk about it) So Odd.

  1. Love,

    Love,

    Love,

    I am here to give,

    You love.

    And there is NO WAY you lost that last round,

    You WON!

    As you learned so much from it,

    Just like you said!

    Love YOU!

    Love,

    Me

    I am SO SORRY to hear about Nala.

    My heart is BROKEN : (

  2. Something else that speaks to my heart. I don’t know if I have PTSD issues because of the “gunshot” explosion I had in my head 7 years ago, but it sometimes seems like it. A certain type of pain in my head can freeze me immediately and have me running for my bed. This life that I have now is my “new” normal. Quite frankly…..it sucks. I don’t want this, don’t need it, didn’t ask for it….welllllll…..I kinda did ask….I asked God to do whatever it took to bring me into the right relationship with Him that He wanted with me….BOOM! Gunshot explosion, ambulance ride, 8 months thinking I was going to die any minute, and now 7 years of pain and other stuff. I get angry, I throw things….NEVER in front of the girls….but usually with my hubby to see it, to calm me, to remind me that, even though I’m different, I can still be me…..hmmmm does that make sense? I don’t see all the angles….never have. I’m a ‘it’s gotta be in front of me’ kinda gal. I don’t see options. I’ve ALWAYS been an all or nothing gal and this illness doesn’t allow that anymore. Example….this past 4th of July our dear friends and neighbors were having a party. They really wanted us there because, even though we share a yard, we hadn’t really connected in months. I had been trying to keep a migraine at bay for 3 days and I thought I was winning. WRONG! However, a young man we’ve been trying to get to open up to us, to trust us with him, FINALLY did! His fiancé was in our home Bible study. They don’t come from an easy background, all their family are addicts, cons, and dealers. She told us she liked being in our home because she felt safe. Her fiancé was in a half way house finishing his sentencing for dealing. At EVERY function for about 2 years, I’ve encouraged him to come over, to hang with us, talk with us. He has always kept us at arms length. Then….BOOM…..he just opened up! He talked with us for almost three hours! About everything….we encouraged him to keep on the road he’s on because he’s really made a 180 and is living to make great choices for him and his family. I didn’t want to leave, didn’t want to break up the mood that God had so perfectly planned. The minute we got home, I collapsed in bed because, during that long conversation, my migraine came unleashed. My hubby and girls said I should receive an Oscar for my performance. eyeroll….but! I would have gone thru ANYTHING to make sure that GOD moment didn’t pass me by. I was in bed the next two days. My husband says he looks for all the angles concerning anything we do because I can’t/don’t. He thinks, if we swim today and it’s too cold(ummmm I don’t think that’s gonna happen too soon), then how will Amanda feel the next few days. He thinks of ways to, as I say, laugh me out of my anger. Once, I threw a pillow or maybe a remote, ticked off, crying out of anger, pain, frustration….I had hit the end of my rope. My hubby gently took me in his arms, gently rubbed my back, and said “Do you know what I’m looking forward to the most?”. I thought “OK! my hubby is an amazing man of God and he’s going to give me Scripture to soothe my spirit!” So I said ‘What?’. His answer? “I’m REALLY looking forward to that handicap sticker and the parking spots!” Ummmm. Yep! That did the trick! It made me laugh. I know some people don’t get our warped sense of humor but it works for us. Thank you for sharing. I know we have different issues and I know I’ve said it before, but it really does help to know I’m not alone. That someone else, as much as I pray it wasn’t so, can speak to me when I need….you did today with your post. So! THANK YOU FRIEND!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!! PS…sorry for the book of a comment. Wink

  3. Jen – What is wrong with the world that we live states away??? [i mean...there's SO much more wrong than THAT but...]

    THANK YOU for the LOVE.

    I did learn from it…that is true. I suppose there is worth and, as a result, a bit of a ‘win’ in that ;)

    YOU, of ANYONE, would know when to say a girl won a round ….. I’m gunna trust ya on that one.

    Amanda – you’ve been through so much. I know we are learning through this together.

    It is quite difficult..confusing…

    Thanks for your input and insight..

    Luv -
    Andrea

  4. Andrea…please know I’m thinking of you and praying for you with this stress and ‘new’ anger you’ve felt. Sorry to hear its all mounted up. And since you’ve written I know you must be so sad about Nala (big sigh over here in oz) :( Hard for the kids too.

    Thanks for being so brave and being honest with how you’re really going. I think it does help you get some clarity and perspective on what’s going on in your mind and that must be a help.

    Love ya my friend,
    Xx Anna

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