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Managing PTSD at the Hospital for Hysterectomy

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Managing PTSD at the hospital for hysterectomyWhat are some ways I can educate those who will be taking care of me about my Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)? How are others managing PTSD?


Post-traumatic stress disorder is a type of anxiety disorder. It can occur after you've seen or experienced a traumatic event that involved the threat of injury or death. Symptoms of PTSD fall into three main categories: reliving the event (to the extent that it disturbs day-to-day activity), avoidance, and hypervigilance.

As you face surgery, your main goal is to make sure the nurses, doctors and hospitals understand that you do not have a simple case of anxiety, but are under managed medical care for PTSD.
  • Here are some suggestions:
  • Be sure to put on all your medical forms that you have PTSD.
  • Bring a note from your mental health caregiver for your file at the GYN's office.
  • Bring a copy for the hospital as well.
  • Request your medication be available for you during your hospital stay.
  • Visit with your anesthesiologist regarding your pain management, and make sure they fully explain your "sleep" during surgery.
  • Share your story. By talking about your experiences, you will not only be educating others, but also taking steps towards emotional healing.
Surrounding yourself with understanding people is the best way to manage your emotional needs.


This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

03-28-2011 - 05:22 PM


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