Why Kathy Griffin wakes up 'terrified' after complex PTSD diagnosis

2019 SXSW Conference And Festival - Day 5
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Kathy Griffin is giving a glimpse inside the difficult days following her PTSD diagnosis.

After publicly sharing she was diagnosed with an "extreme case" of complex post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the comedian wrote in an April 18 TikTok video that she recently experienced an eight-hour "episode."

However, she said the attacks are "day by day," and some days she feels fine.

"My PTSD attacks me in mornings. So, every single morning, I wake up terrified to see if I'm going to be OK or not," Kathy said in another video. "It's the weirdest thing."

The 62-year-old detailed her symptoms by noting, "It hits me in my chest first, like my chest starts to tingle. Then it goes right to my stomach. Then it's like, 'OK, am I going to start vomiting today from anxiety or not?'"

However, Kathy has found ways to cope with her PTSD and anxiety attacks, sharing that one helpful trick is to get over-dressed and put on makeup for "almost no reason."

"We're going to a farmers market today," she said in an April 16 clip, "and I like to sort of be over-dressed sometimes for stuff, because just getting ready gives you something to do. And I don't have to wallow in weird thoughts."