POST TRAUMATIC STREES DISORDER

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april417
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   Posted 7/9/2009 10:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone ever had this????  Please help trying to get help but no
luck 3 month wait..............
 
 

Apri
 
 
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stkitt
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   Posted 7/9/2009 11:00 AM (GMT -7)   

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a type of anxiety disorder that's triggered by a traumatic event. You can develop post-traumatic stress disorder when you experience or witness an event that causes intense fear, helplessness or horror.

Many people who are involved in traumatic events have a brief period of difficulty adjusting and coping. But with time and healthy coping methods, such traumatic reactions usually get better. In some cases, though, the symptoms can get worse or last for months or even years. Sometimes they may completely disrupt your life. In these cases, you may have post-traumatic stress disorder.

Anxiety and depression often go hand in hand. Several types of medications can help symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder get better. Antidepressants can help symptoms of both depression and anxiety. They can also help improve sleep problems and improve your concentration. Anti-anxiety medications also can improve feelings of anxiety and stress.

If your symptoms include recurrent nightmares, a drug called prazosin may help. Prazosin, which has been used for years in the treatment of hypertension, also blocks the brain's response to an adrenaline-like brain chemical called norepinephrine. Prazosin can reduce or suppress nightmares in many people with PTSD.

Several forms of therapy may be used to treat both children and adults with post-traumatic stress disorder. Which form is best for you depends on your symptoms and situation. You may try one type and then a different type of therapy, or combine elements of several. You may also try individual therapy, group therapy or both. Group therapy can offer a way to connect to others going through similar experiences. Reference: Mayo Staff

CBT is often the therapy of choice and has worked well for many. 

I hope you can get in to see a therapist sooner then 3 months.  Your PCP should be able to prescribe your RX if you need medication.

I understand the wait for a Psychiatrist is often long.

I wish you peace,

Kitt


 

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Deejavu
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   Posted 7/9/2009 3:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi April,
 
I have been suffering from PTSD since 1974 after a speeding car hit me in my legs and I almost died from that accident.   I'll skip all the horrible details.   I deal with it the best I can and I after trying many anti-depressants, the only one that works for me is Paxil, 20 mg every day.   To this day I can not walk on the same road where that accident happened but I do drive on it even though I don't like to. 
 
A friend told me about EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) and it has been helping her but I have not tried it yet:
 
 
Hope this helps,
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THE HAPPY TURTLE
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   Posted 7/9/2009 11:59 PM (GMT -7)   
yeah understand ptsd. seen two people die in devestating ways. seeing my mate deceased on my couch after coming back from a night out and loosing my partner, basically dying in my arms. yeah, understand........getting the help is key, kitt and the guys have given you some helping info. see your dr. asap. understand. jamie.  take care of you. jamie.

Precious Gem
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   Posted 7/10/2009 1:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Some people experience symptoms right after a bad event.  Some people like me, there reactions are delayed.  I have the depression and anxiety issues that go with it.  I do not have problems with nightmares because ever since it happened (I was brutally assaulted by a burglar who broke into my home and did not know I was there, he tried to beat me to death and left me for dead) I cannot ever recall dreams.  Maybe due to the head trauma I suffered maybe because I just blocked it out for so long, who knows.  That was over 10 years ago, I rarely think about it.  I have great locks on my doors now, different house as well and a big bad dog that I rescued as a puppy (some jerk throw him out of a car window going down the road, he was only 8-9 weeks old).  My family is very protective of me, so I feel safe again.
Good luck with getting some help, some people do not think it is really a problem, but I know it is a very real problem.
 
 
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Raniah
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   Posted 7/12/2009 7:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi April,

I was diagnosed with PTSD after leaving my abusive ex-husband. I found that after some work in therapy and on my own, the night terrors decreased and I was able to start functioning in the world again. It took time and practice, and I still have the occasional trigger, but things did get a lot better for me, and I know they will for you, too, as you work through this. I hope you get off the waiting list soon....I am guessing this is for therapy? I have had good luck with the CBT that Kitt mentioned as well as the EFT that Denise mentioned (it was part of some hypnotherapy I did, which I would also recommend for releasing recurring painful thoughts and feelings). I wish you the very best....please let us know how it goes.
 
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april417
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   Posted 7/20/2009 8:34 AM (GMT -7)   
I want to thank everyone for there advise I am going to try to get a appointment.

Apri
 
 
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                               Total Hysterectomy Oct 08          
synthroid, Lamictal 100mg, cymbalta 90mg, Trazodone 100mg,
                        ambien CR, Neurontin for Migraines


Lexus Lady
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   Posted 7/21/2009 9:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Hang in there April! I too have PTSD that didn't surface for over 20 years! Been dealing with this now for over a year. First tried Xanax w/therapy now and then, but knew I needed help for depression-though I didn't think I was. I was taking Zoloft w/Xanax and as the anti-depressants start to work on your brain, the need for the anxiety pills lesson. The manufacture for the Zoloft changed recently, and I didn't take well to the change. Went back into depression w/anxiety, and my phsychiatrist figured what the problem probably was--I had done really well on Zoloft (up to 200mg daily). Changed me over to Prozac and so far no side effects (only been 4 days). It is a daily struggle, so much so, that a few weeks ago I had to finally give in and go on SDI so that I could take care of me first. Trying to cope with the fact that I am not as high functioning as I once was is so frustrating to me! Just trying to get stable again and working on some suggestions you were given as well. This forum is great for that--pretty new here myself. Glad you are getting help! smilewinkgrin

april417
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   Posted 7/21/2009 1:21 PM (GMT -7)   
This forum is great, I was only this daily for other problems and everyone is great.  It's nice
to chat with someone who has been through the same thing and to get ideas on how to
cope.  I know the forum will help me get through this part of my life.  Soon I will go it to
detail on what happen to cause this PTD.
 
 
Apri
 
 
                                   Total Coletomy Feb. 07
                               Total Hysterectomy Oct 08          
synthroid, Lamictal 100mg, cymbalta 90mg, Trazodone 100mg,
                        ambien CR, Neurontin for Migraines


Raniah
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   Posted 7/21/2009 3:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi April,

Hang in there, and let us know when your appointment comes up. In the meantime, feel free to share whatever you are comfortable with. We are here to support you. (((hugs)))
 
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