Dear Dr. Liu
it is my desire that sharing a bit of my story will help someone else. I am a 60 year old female suffering from PTSD. And I do mean suffering. When I arrived at your office a mere 4 sessions ago I could not control my emotions. I vacillated between mad and sad with great hopelessness. My body hurt in my muscles especially my back, shoulders, and legs. My abdomen was very painful with spasms. I could not sleep more than 2 hours at a time, I was paranoid and hypervigilant. I was exhausted, was in a state of fight or flight 24/7. Life was unmanageable in all areas. I was isolating because I no longer trusted myself to behave appropriately in any settings.
I have done battle with PTSD symptoms all my life. Child abuse started it but my lack of coping skills and the lack of appropriate treatment exasperated my challenges. I have been in therapy off and on since my early teenage years The western view of medicating my symptoms, electric shock, and talking about my pain ad nauseum just led to more hopelessness. I have carried many labels I found not helpful such as depression, personality disorder, hypochondria, and lest I forget psychosis when I found myself in extreme stress. So, basically when I met you I was a mess in great confusion in my mind.
After the 1st session my crying and anger were MUCH improved. After 2nd session I had some hope I might return to a better state of being and had much better control of emotional outbursts. My horrible intrusive thoughts began to back off. I have just finished my 4th session and am able to entertain thoughts of speaking with family and friends without fearing emotional breakdown. I am ever so aware it will take this psyche a while to mend. I am however hopeful for the first time in over 2 years that I will be able to resume a more productive and happier life. I find words rather inadequate to describe my gratitude.
If you, reading this, have PTSD, anxiety, depression, or any overwhelming emotional suffering come let Dr. Liu help you. His skill is a precious gift. Come. Feel better. Let him help you remember hope. My body pain is already much improved but my emotional improvement is nothing short of miraculous. Thank you.
Sidney. Spring 2015