Looking after my Appetite through PTSD

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One thing I have struggled with with PTSD is losing my appetite. In fact, I went two whole weeks without eating anything about a few years ago. I hid it from my family and friends and when I tried to eat again, everything I swallowed hurt my chest so bad. It took another two weeks to heal.

I know that I don’t want to go through that again, however when panic attacks happen, the first thing that goes is my appetite. When I finally admitted that I had a serious problem, I talked with hubby and confessed it to him. To my surprise, he wasn’t angry with me, just concerned.  

He made me promise him that I would eat something, no matter how much. These days, I’ve been fasting a couple of meals because I’m in prayer (deep prayer) for my total healing. So, I break my fast at 3 PM and eat. I can only handle small portions like a ham/cheese slider and small salad or a bowl of cereal. Again, it doesn’t matter the proportions…as long as I eat and keep my promise to hubby.  

I’ve since confided in other lady friends of mine and found that 90% of them have suffered the same thing as me and while that saddens me, it also encourages me that I’m not alone. The one thing I can’t do is let the depression overtake me to the point that I can’t function. I still feel God wants more from me and I know my hubby has goals that include me so I have to keep fighting.

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Kim McDougal

Kim is the founder and creator of Growing Up in Grace. By day, she's the Director of Interactive Communications for the Hispanic chamber located in Jax, FL. Kim also owns "Kim's Studio Art" where she creates and sells Wall Art Printables and "Kim's Handcrafted Cards" on eBay where she creates and sells handmade greeting cards.