PTSD from Anaphylaxis

Posted on February 06, 2019

Food allergy reactions, anaphylaxis, and emergency care can leave food allergy sufferers with trauma and fear. Sometimes this can lead to a long-term condition called post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD). When trauma and fear begin to impact daily activities, it's important to find support from a friend, doctor, or therapist.

On MyFoodAllergyTeam, the social network and online support group for those living with food allergies, members talk about a range of personal experiences and struggles. PTSD from anaphylaxis is one of the top topics most discussed.

Here are some question-and-answer threads about PTSD from anaphylaxis :

Does anyone else suffer from severe PTSD from anaphylaxis?

My son is 9 1/2 months old and is severely allergic to dairy. I'm so scared to leave him and just worry about receiving a call saying he's being rushed to the hospital. What can I do?

Have First Responders ever given you grief? Last week I had an anaphylaxis reaction to a new antibiotic I was taking...

Here are some conversations about PTSD from anaphylaxis:

"I've had very nasty tummy issues since 2004 and I still get it. I cry scream shout roll around and when pain is so bad I can blackout. It controls my life, I don't go out much as I also have PTSD."

"Only a couple of small anxiety attacks that were food related. Really working hard to get through this PTSD from my anaphylaxis episode last October..."

"I think I have woken up to the failures of the medical system here and I don’t know If I trust my medical treatment now. I just reached a point of shock and fear of ever needing medical help.. not a nice feeling."

Can you relate?

Have another topic you'd like to discuss or explore? Go to MyFoodAllergyTeam today and start the conversation. You'll be surprised just how many others may share similar stories.

Feel free to ask a question here.

A MyFoodAllergyTeam Member said:

Is it PTSD or is it just that people who suffer from severe allergies have no choice but to be hypervigilant? We hear regularly about people of all ages… read more

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