Pros: Comforting to know that i’m not alone looking to this hobby as a way to deal with my demons and triggers from my army career.
I’ve just bought a tank and the equipment with the hopes that this hobby can help me with my triggers as well. Setting everything up has been hard so far because my brain damage from too many concussions fuel my ptsd. I just fear that i’ll set it up badly and cause more harm then calmness and relief
Everyone that is in the hobby can relate to this. We all have problems and some are more difficult than others, but everyone of us loves to sit in front of the tank and enjoy. Even if just for a moment it is very relaxing and helps relieve the stress and "forget" the problems. Of course they don´t disappear, we can only hope they go away...
Pros: Being strong enough, brave enough to speak out. Excellently written
Thank you for being a voice when for so many years we are told to suck it up and move on. We did our duties, and now, as your well spoken article says, we cope. We are not fine or ok, we cope. All day, every day. Thank you for sharing.
Pros: Great, moving and well written article. It will help others with the same or similar conditions.
I think many people, including myself, can relate to what you've gone through and how reefing has helped them. I know that I have experienced similar benefits of reefing. I wish you the best on your journey and feel solace that you're helping others.
Pros: As real as it gets. I could relate as I too use my tanks to distract and find relief from the medical situation that has me at home for periods at a time.
Cons: None except that it happened to you.
This was a very touching and relatable story. Your honesty and frankness were refreshing as well as your humbleness. Thanks for giving me something else to relate to in this hobby. It lets me know I'm not the only one. Different seat - same canoe/creek.
I honestly cried hard reading this. I totally get it. I'm dealing with a parent with dementia which is nothing compared with PTSD, but I can so relate. This hobby can help so much with these things...Bravo in writing it!
Great article and explanation. I recently got my mom a freshwater turtle tank because part of her problem was she was no longer able to be the caretaker of the family and our roles became reversed...She has ptsd from a car accident and has been in and out of the hospital/surgeries for over 3 years. Her turtles not only give her something to care for but they are also a huge distraction for her which was really needed. Good luck