my fiance and i are raising his 12 year old younger half brother who suffers from PTSD, depression and severe anxiety because of abuse by his stepdad for years. we've had him for a few months.
Today was the first time I witnessed what I would assume was some sort of flash back. I feel so horrible because my fiance had JUST gotten home from work, and I keep wondering what I would have done if he hadn't of been there because I was so shocked, and scared and kind of overwhelmed.
Its all kind of a blurr so I'm not exactly sure what triggered it but, I was in the kitchen and jonah was in the family room watching tv. My fiance was in our bedroom and our twins were in their room napping.
All of a sudden I hear Jonah making some weird noises and I ran to check on him and found him on the floor crying and holding his head. I asked him what was wrong and he started screaming. he was screaming "I remember the closet i remember the closet" Zac came in and tried to calm him down using the steps the therapist has given us. but it wasn't helping.
this went on for at least 5 minutes, which seemed like so much longer. he was so upset and crying so hard he started to vomit. Zac couldn't get him to the bathroom because he couldn't pick him up. he hates being touched, so its espessially hard when he's havin an episode because sometimes Zac has to take him to his room or the bathroom or basically remove him from a dangerous situation and that requires physically moving him.
its just heart breaking to witness and feel like you can't do anything.
is there anyone else out there dealing with a similar sitaution?? i wish there was more I could do for him.
he eventually calmed down, and fell asleep. we called his therapist to let him know. i'm taking him in, in the morning to talk about what happened. we haven't tried to talk to him about it this evening because we're worried it will trigger another episode, and we are afraid to pry or push him.
i hate feeling so helpless.
thanks for reading.
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