Before I go into the week of my husband’s psychosis I want to share a little more about our life prior to that week. Our life prior to PTSD Diagnosis was really great as you can imagine. Although I have my complaints about his long work schedule everything was pretty normal. You can read more about that here.
My husband and I met in March 2011 fell in love and were married in May of 2013. My spouse is a licensed Journeyman electrician by trade. He moved to the big city five hours away from his home town to find work.
Our Life Prior to PTSD Diagnosis
He got hired on at the electrical services company where I worked, and that’s how we met. In his prior career he had undergone two extensive back injuries that required surgeries. Almost a year into his career at the company we both worked for he endured a third back injury. This third injury took him out of the field and the owner of the company promoted him into a management position. His new position was Service Manager where he was tasked with sales training and managing the field and office staff.
As the company grew I was promoted into a Human Resources role where I recruited and hired for all positions in the company. We had two locations, one in Denver, Colorado and the other in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Colorado Springs is my home town. When my husband assumed the role as Service Manager we had a total of 14 electricians.
Extreme Business Growth
A few months after my husband’s management we started a heating and cooling (HVAC) company that had three technicians. Soon after building that division of the business we merged companies. With my recruiting efforts our field staff grew from 17 to 40 within a year. During that year we also acquired another company and absorbed their employees too. We had a total of 53 employees which propelled my husband into an Executive of Operations position. To give some perspective, the company had been at a six year stagnant $3.4 million; and by the time we left the company we were just short of $10 million in revenue!
During this extreme business growth the owner of the company was very abusive to my husband. Both verbally, mentally, and emotionally. The owner of the company is a narcissistic sociopath. That being said, abuse from a narcissistic person can cause Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD). At the time I couldn’t figure out what was causing my husband’s mental health to unravel. He developed a serious panic and anxiety issue. On top of that, as you read in my last post of our journey, he suffered hospitilizing vomiting episodes. A PTSD Diagnosis was not even a thought in my mind. One often relates PTSD Diagnosis to military combat, sexual trauma, or a different single tragic event to cause it.
PTSD Diagnosis – C-PTSD
The C-PTSD has been very challenging in multiple ways. I definitely have an intriguing story to share and each week you will read more about it.
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