I don’t consider myself having PTSD.
I just get sort of edgy with loud booms and pops.
Most of the time I am totally fine. The worst days of the year are Fourth of July and New Years Day. Everyone blasts off fireworks and scares the pants off of me. My dog and I both go into a panic when it starts happening. I start sweating, breathing hard and getting nervous. I have tried a lot of things that have helped, but not fixed my issues. I used to wear noise canceling headphones and just lock myself in a single room that I sound proofed. It was horrible for those two days. Now I rely on medical cannabis for it. I am a lot better when I am a bit high and mellowed out. It is a combination of THC and CBD. The combo works great for keeping me less anxious and nervous. What is great is that my state offers both medical and recreational cannabis. I have a medical weed card that I use for my cannabis. I pick my prescription up and then I take some dog CBD treats for my pup. That way the two of us can be mellowed out. I would feel terrible if I was high as a kite and totally relaxed but my dog was freaking out. Now the two of us celebrate those days with a long run, a good dinner and then we get high on our CBD products. I wish people would be more aware of veterans and animals during those holidays and not burst fireworks. But nobody seems to care.