Our expert says:
Sorry to hear of this nasty experience but pleased to hea that you are safe. And good to hear that there were some people prepared to help, What you are experiencing sounds like a normal and often fruitful result of an experience like this in which one unexpectedly confronts the possibility of death, and starts to think more seriously about the nature and purposes of life. And you seem to be starting to draw the most useful of conclusions, the value of de-cluttering one's psychological baggage. Maybe, just as at least annual Spring Cleaning of one's home is a good idea, so is a mental spring cleaning !
Actually, there's no such thing as post-traumatic stress, though this is a popular term as used by illiterate journos. There is a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, but that involves a range of specific symptoms arising after such an experience and lasting a significant amount of time. There's an acute stress disorder, but that also reqires a number of symptoms and lasts less than 2 weeks.
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