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I was in a car crash many years ago and suffered a spinal cord injury resulting in paralysis below the shoulders. I had good recovery physically but have emotional problems since. I seem to feel no emotion with certain events. I laugh often and everything seems fine. On the other hand, when my mother died, I felt no pain at all and the same thing with my father. I thought I was heartless until my pup died...and I almost died from remorse. I read and found "Faded Affect", but more closely "Blunted Affect". Has anyone had anything like this happen in their life? Any recommendations?
I too was involved in a car accident and still have problems when other people are driving, but regarding your question, PTSD can cause many problems with feelings and emotions...For me it is not so much a blunted effect but a problem with showing emotions or delving into them too deeply which causes me pain. I internalize a lot of my emotions and think them through before deciding to act on them or react on them. Another word I use is Dissociation which is a term in psychology describing a wide array of experiences from mild detachment from immediate surroundings to more severe detachment from physical and emotional experience.
I don't think you are heartless at all. Have you had a meeting with your Med doctor and talked about PTSD or asked about seeing a therapist either in a group setting or privately...
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