What is the best treatment for PTSD?

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Ginny
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   Posted 8/7/2009 3:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,  I was diagnosed with PTSD, Clinical Depression, GAD and Panic Disorder a few days ago.  I have a lengthy history of horrible medical crisises that have resulted in all of these problems.  2 near death situations since 2000. A lot of reasons to have all this.
 
I"m wondering what the best form of treatment is for PTSD?  I'm on 150mg of Zoloft and I am getting therapy sessions once a week with my psychiatrist.  I just had my first visit last Tuesday and it's all very new.  I guess I'm wondering from first hand experience, if there are any exercises or bio-feedback methods that have worked for anyone?
 
Thanks so much, I hope everyone is doing okay today,
 
Ginny
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stkitt
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   Posted 8/7/2009 3:51 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello Ginny,

I do not have first hand experience but this is what I have learned works well for 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.

Some types of therapy used in PTSD treatment include:

Cognitive therapy. This type of talk therapy helps you identify and change self-destructive thought (cognitive) patterns.

Exposure therapy. This behavioral therapy technique helps you safely confront the very thing that you find upsetting or disturbing, so that you can learn to cope effectively with it.

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). This type of therapy combines exposure therapy with a series of guided eye movements that help you process traumatic memories.

Cognitive behavior therapy. This approach combines cognitive and behavior therapy to help you identify unhealthy beliefs and behaviors and replace them with positive ones.

All these approaches can help you gain control of the fear and distress that happen after a traumatic event. The type of therapy that may be best for you depends on a number of factors that you and your health care professional can discuss. (Reference: Mayo)

Good Luck and keep us updated on how you are doing.

Gentle Hugs,
Kitt


 

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Ginny
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   Posted 8/8/2009 7:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Kitt, I really appreciate it smilewinkgrin
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THE HAPPY TURTLE
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   Posted 8/9/2009 12:54 AM (GMT -7)   
hi ginny, i have as as a result of many sad things have gone through and been dx with ptsd. what you are doing is excellent. it is all about you understanding you. and yes it is a form of self learning-of which you are doing. thx for your courage in posting. keep well and work well in therapy. it is the work you do in therapy that matters, shrinks are the conduit, not bagging shrinks! with loving compassion. jamie.

stkitt
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   Posted 8/9/2009 11:01 AM (GMT -7)   

Great input from MountainMan.  Hpe you are doing OK Ginny and please know we are here to help you.

Blessings,

Kitt


THE HAPPY TURTLE
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   Posted 8/9/2009 8:49 PM (GMT -7)   
THANK YOU MOUNTAIN MAN!!  your sharing highlighted some very clear issues, for you and others. thank you for sharing and having the courage to do so. very beneficial info my friend. with loving compassion. jamie.
 
dx, mdd, severe borderline personality disorder.

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   Posted 8/10/2009 6:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Ginny and Mountainman,

I find that ptsd is something that hangs over us until our minds are ready to accept what trauma we have been through. It takes time and patience to get through this. I looked for all the answers but realized that it takes time for my mind to deal with the information that I could remember and the things I can't will be there until I can handle it.

Never give up hope. Learn to trust again. I know that you are both suffering right now. Know that we are here for you.

Best wishes,

Hugs, Karen
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stkitt
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   Posted 8/10/2009 9:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Ginny,
Good Morning,  and I hope you are doing well this morning.  I found for myself talking about my trauma and learning to be able to stay in the moment and not dwell on the past has worked well for me.
 
When my mind wants to drift back to the events that caused me pain and trauma I do my best to pull out of those thoughts and stay in the present.  There are times when the thoughts coming crashing down on me and I crumble but then I let out the tears of pain and pick myself up and move forward. Coping with PTSD symptoms and the problems they cause is usually a continuing challenge for survivors of trauma.
 
Some level of continuing reactions to memories is normal and reflects a normal body and mind. Healing may mean fewer and less intense reactions. But it also means greater ability to manage trauma-related emotions, and greater confidence in ability to cope.
I am very proud of you for advocating for yourself and
taking  active steps to deal with your  PTSD symptoms.
 
I agree with Karen............never give up. 
 
Gentle Hugs
Kitt
 
 

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