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MST Inpatient Care, Day Camps, etc. etc....

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I am 100 service connected for PTSD/MST total and permanent. I am literally going CU-CU in my house because no one understands the hell whole MST effects my life. I need a break from my family to surround myself with people who understand what I am going through without being judged. I heard about a place for veterans with PTSD/MST in the US that provide inpatient care Does anyone know of any programs, inpatient care, intensive inpatient care, day camps (kind of like a summer camp), retreats for MST survivors available in the USA or abroad. Any help guiding me in the right direction would be greatly appreciated. 

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I would suggest you get in touch with your local Vet Center.  I have been in MST Group at my local Vet Center for 8 years.  I have gained much strength from being in the group.

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Your local Vet Center is a good starting place. Also check with psych doctor about a referral into any programs they may know about.

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 Where I live there are over 120 nonprofits for Veterans, offering 

                                           such services - some are specific to females... 

also "meet-up.com" has specific groups Veteran and non-Veteran. 

check out the non-profits in your state.

"inpatient" referrals always need a doctor's order. 

best of luck, my issues with MST has been helped tremendously by the VA CPT program - as T Bird suggested the Vet Center is a great resource. 

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@Destia22, I agree with above posters. I've only been going to my local Vet Center for about 2 months now. The therapist I have is a MST SC Army Vet. And she is my age, too. So that makes it not too hard to talk about my stuff. Especially knowing that she has been walking the same walk wearing the same shoes. They only deal with PTSD, And as far as I understand, all the therapists are Vets with PTSD.  So...esentially they are us. 

Also can check out anonymous online survivor's community Pandora's Aquarium. 

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Destia22, There are many MST Survivors who don't play well with others.  I am one of them.  I believe it is mainly because people believe that you should be able to "Just get over it."  I like to use this scenario,  Say most people can close their eyes and transport themselves to permanent memories of previous Christmas or Thanksgiving Holidays.  They cheerfully remember the taste of Grandma's yams,  Aunt B's stuffing and even Uncle Bob's Cajun Turkey.  They can remember smiles from family, friends and other pleasant events regarding those holidays for life.  Now on the other hand,  in an MST Event(s) you will not close your eyes because trust is always an issue.  You don't want to be transported anywhere near where the MST Event occurred.  You don't ever want to remember the tragic hurt, smells, sounds, feelings, tastes, sights, locations, textures, looks, people (etc.) associated with the MST for life.

I hope this info will be a blessing to you.  Setting Boundaries, Setting Boundaries and Setting Boundaries is key.  Setting Boundaries is not easy, includes making changes for you and others and takes time, but keep fighting.  Boundaries help YOU flourish and grow by keeping all weeds, bad soil, unproductive water and dead wood out of you Minds Garden.

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