You Know You Have PTSD When…

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You Know You Have PTSD When…

You Know You Have PTSD When…


1. When you have an escape plan for every possible thing that could go wrong, including earthquake and zombie invasion.


2. When you do your grocery shopping at 3am at the all night store because it’s not very busy then and you’re not sleeping anyway.


3. Anyone trying to wake you up does so with a broom so they can drop it and run like hell.


4. It’s 5am and you decide you better to go to bed before it gets too late.


5. It isn’t a question of whether or not you have a weapon nearby, it’s how many and what kind.


6. You go to the store to buy a note pad so you can make lists and not forget things, get to the store, and forget what the heck you went there for.


7. Your house is locked down tighter than Fort Knox.


8. Most of your best friends are people from online.


9. “Triggers”, “Flashbacks”, and “Perps” have become the predominate words in your vocabulary.


10. When someone mentions they’re on antidepressants and you say “oh, really? Which one?” and then tell them all the side effects they should be looking out for.


11. You consider good human contact as having an object between you and them and they can’t get near you.




  1. WOW!! This list fits my boyfriend to a “T”!!!

  2. Simply Stupid…. Sounds like you are mocking soldiers who really do suffer from PTSD

    • Omfg I’m a vet with ptsd and in no way am i offended by this..

      Let me ask you something , have you even served?

    • I have PTSD. I have learned to live my life by trying to find humor in things. Even things that aren’t good.

      • I’m the same way man. It completely changed my life, a laugh out of myself or someone else makes it all go away. Glad it’s not just me.

      • Justin… I was diagnosed with PTSD in 2010. And, I totally agree with you. Humor works wonders!!! We can either succumb to the diagnosis or find ways to live well, despite it!

    • I’m a vet with ptsd and I think this is hilarious. Chill.

    • You must not have ptsd if you took it that way.

      • I have severe PTSD and just so you know…people who have it react to certain things differently. Situations we have experienced have molded us and our thought process differently than your average person. And yes there are some who find humor in certain things…sometimes you just have to laugh to keep from crying or exploding with a violent reaction!

    • Chill out, if u actually have PTSD then you learn to find humour in things like this. You don’t have to be a soldier to have PTSD

    • 25 years afterwards and my first visit to this site, I enjoy the humor and am not offended. In fact, I laugh at almost nothing. So, it is good to be here.

  3. So many of my friends n family have or had ptsd. Awareness is what we need. Send that to our government assholes who want to run the world. These r the people who kniw what the fuck the Americas need. !!!!!

  4. Come on. You really mean to tell me everything I have been going through is not normal?

  5. If PTSD wasn’t so terrible for our soldiers & their families to deal with, this might be funny. I resent that both the American & Canadian governments had no hesitation about sending our soldiers into theatre but no sense of moral obligation to care for them adequately.

  6. It’s definitely a sarcastic list made so that you know you’re not alone, which would lift a weight off your shoulders and help you to not take yourself so seriously. Cause sometimes you just need to laugh at yourself. And what better way to do that than with people who know and understand the same struggles. It’s not a poor topic for sarcasm and wasn’t created with any negative agenda. Seeing things that only ever talk about the realities of ptsd in a shameful and sad and fragile light get really old and though helpful, life requires more than that.

    I’ve been professionally diagnosed with PTSD secondary to MST, anxiety, depression, and severe insomnia. I’ve been given a GAF rate of 45. With all that I don’t want to be made to feel like it’s some sort of taboo to be open and laugh about it that’s still in a constructive manner. It wasn’t posted by some shit blog site or something like that. I found it funny in a time I’m struggling very severely with symptoms and it made me remember that no I’m not fucking crazy and I can still enjoy things, especially when it directly pertains to something that has fully effected my life and I think about constantly, cause regular jokes and things like that just don’t cut it anymore. So its nice to see something that I can relate to and laugh about at the same time.

  7. This is my husband and he has been diagnosed With it.

  8. True of my husband….

  9. I too am diagnosed as a three-time combat Veteran. This stuff is true, and freakin’ hilarious folks. I own my PTS (d), and I navigate it day by day. You can’t know true happiness until you csn learn to laugh at yourself.

  10. I myself wondered about the angry one. I am here to add another marriage to the list.I must agree with Ron, It is a daily battle. I have thought to myself since laughing at myself more in the last two years than ever.That maybe I have reached a significant point in my therapy. Sounds pretty stiff huh. LOL

  11. It has been 25 years since the Storm. For the last 24 years I defended myself (to my family), explained myself, explained contexts around which “things happen”, etc. etc. etc. (and it did not work, eventually leading only to my isolating myself from my family in more ways than one…like a segment here, a segment there, until I felt like a “keep my damn mouth shut” stranger at home). Only in the last year did I finally begin to treat my family exactly like I relate to people at work. People at work are acquaintances to me (we have shallow relationships), and with acquaintances (at work) you cannot verbally “go off” on them, ridicule them, create long-term attitude towards them (e.g., lack of teamwork attitude), etc. Now all of the sudden my grown oldest (and often hard-ass) son talks to me, as my does my wife. Treating my family like acquaintances does feel foreign to me (and I don’t particularly like it), but it is preferable to being viewed as crazy (in thoughts, attitudes, self-practices and sometimes life decisions . . . like being a Prepper). So by accident (and with a little bit of attitude that I kept to myself) I started over in marriage/ family in my 42nd year of marriage, and 24th year after the Storm. I guess late is better than never. My family seems to think so; and adding it all up, it doesn’t bother me to feel somewhat like an acquaintance with my family. But the fact is that the Storm skewed my life (through no one’s fault) in a direction different than my family; and my family’s life went on in the normal way of growing through normal changes and experiences. Here is how this change came about: I finally decided after many years to leave my wife, whom I decided could never be happy with me. But then I also decided to come over and mow the lawn (out of past friendship loyalty) and do some chores. A little later I re-looked at my work relationships and thought to myself, “I am treating people at work better than people at my home!”. Then I realized that I really could treat my family like I treat people at work, though it felt foreign to me. But it has worked and worked well for all of us. So now I give up thinking that I have the rights to express myself (when my family doesn’t want to hear it) or to dominate (male domination, or superiority was part of my upbringing with my WWII dad). I have very few interpersonal rights at work, and certainly no domination/superiority rights, which led to easily abandoning the same at home. I was not smarter about this in my earlier post-Storm years because I used work as a distraction to tell/prove to myself I am being satisfactorily dutiful with what I can do. It became an excuse for not doing what I needed to do, even though I wasn’t sure what that was. It would have never occurred to me to treat my wife/family like (I do) strangers; nor did it ever occur to me that I had come home from Storm as a stranger to my family. I thought “old memories” was the glue that held marriage/family together, when, in fact, new memories “even from scratch” were needed for becoming the “After Storm” glue to hold my family together.

  12. I was from 2003-2007 a United states Marine infantryman, have been to Iraq 3 times was diagnosed with 70% Ptsd. On april 1 2011 i was assaulted an had every bone in my face broke an lost my left eye. i also suffered a TBI of my frontal lobe. The DA of clearfield, pa said during the sentencing said an i quote “i didn’t want to waste the money on a trial. Now having said all that the guy who did it to me was my girlfriends brother at the time. Walk a mile in my shoes an i could pretty much guarantee that most notice i said most would have ended there own lives by now.

  13. I want to laugh at this but I battle feeling guilty I can label ptsd and sometimes fear I’m being brainwashed to be ptsd like it’s an excuse for my personal bad behavior. I don’t remember my grandfather blaming or even suggesting he had something like ptsd he was the ultimate bomb so I try to accept appreciate and be that soldier that is a mix of both ptsd aware and better than an excuse. I love this site thanks

  14. Trying to be the veteran that can sit and enjoy coffee and still be hypervidulant

  15. Y’all are all over-reacting about this chillax. Find out what makes you happy or what makes you feel better and do it. Get off each others backs!!!!!

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