PTSD (Post Traumatic Synication Disorder)
You might not know it by looking at me, but I have an illness that affects my every day. I sometimes can’t get out of bed, concentrate, or simply stay in a good state of mind.
This disorder causes me extreme violent outbursts and severe mood swings. These mood swings are triggered by any mention of 3 companies….frankly its hard to for me to even type this, so I will do it quietly. SHHHH…(zillow,truila,realtor.com). I can tell you that writing this is actually causing me to become a little ill. I don’t have enough deodorant to manage the large amounts of perspiration I have going on right now.
It all started in 2006. I had just obtained my real estate license after being in the title side for over 6 years. I knew real estate like the back of my hand. I had a plan and DAMN this was going to be easy.
I didn’t realize that outside of the current economic times, there was also a revolution going on in the industry. Turns out, consumers wanted to surf the web and find any valuable information they could before ever actually calling an agent. I didn’t understand why they wanted information for free, without a sales pitch and they were not ready to talk to me. I felt like my life was ending.
I did what any respectable agent would do, and I hit Facebook. There had to be some genius Facebook group that could help me solve all of my problems.Turns out there were many.
I had an unlimited supply of online acquaintances that would help me. We would sit online for days at a time, having in-depth discussions about how these sites were hurting our business and we really tried to figure out a solution to this epidemic. We had nothing but time. Because of these syndication sites our business had diminished. We all knew that if we continued to complain, soon these sites would be gone and our business would be replenished.
Fast forward to 2014. After years of trying to force these companies out, they were still here. I didn’t understand. I had done so much to help save my industry and I knew that there was no way these companies should still be around. This is when my disease hit its worst point.
I was out of control. I woke up in the morning, turned on the Facebook and followed every and any post I could with mention of these names. I was addicted. It didn’t matter what the context of the conversations were in these threads,I knew, deep down, that I could get anyone to feel that same as me. As far as I was concerned, these sites were the devil and I needed to send them back to hell.
It didn’t matter what I said or did, nobody believed me. I could feel myself getting taken over by this disease. I knew deep down that I needed help.
I turned to REWebMD. This is where I first learned about Post Traumatic Syndication Disorder. I was shocked by the amount of people who were suffering like me. The sad part was….there was no medication to treat it. All I could do was disconnect myself from the online world and simply run my business offline.
Its going to be a long process getting thru this battle. I am forming a support group in hopes that we can all help each other. It’s with these relationships that I believe we can truly save ourselves. My thoughts and prayers are will be fellow sufferers.