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   Posted 4/16/2012 8:14 PM (GMT -6)   
ok 2nd post.  My husband has pointed out that I did not ask for support on anything on my first post; this being reaffirmed by Living Well mentioning the briefness of my post.  This historicaly a problem for me.  
So my first question from anyone especially the veterans and admins. out there is HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET STABLE? I was diag. a year ago with MDD complex PTSD. I have cluster headaches related to childhood trauma and I was diagnose in 2006 with Trigeminal Neuralgia. Daily pain is manageble with meds. My problem is depression, panic attacks, dissassociation, flashbacks, etc... 
Been working with CBT, DBT, art therapy and journaling and talk therapy for a year.  WHY DO I NOT FEEL ANY BETTER?    I can control my urges and 99% sure I can stay out of inpatient now, maybe hold down a Part time job. But that is it!  Could never do the analytical work I was doing.    IS THIS AS GOOD AS I CAN EXPECT?

Post Edited (BnotAfraid) : 4/16/2012 7:27:33 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 4/16/2012 8:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry if I mess up, but you didn't mention if you are on any depression medicines?? Sounds like you are
on a lot of good talk therapy and other therapies...which is always a good start and maybe the
next step for you would be trying some medicines... Maybe try Cymbalta if you've not yet tried medicines
or asking your doctor about them...
Also relaxation cd's can help, but depending on how bad your ptsd and MDD are it just
takes time to get a good results so keep up what your doing as it does sound like it's helping you...
Others, will come by with better advise...many many well wishes and do keep us posted as we do care..
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   Posted 4/16/2012 9:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Chartreux thank you.
 OOOOPs my meds.  Yes on many meds. Cymbalta for Pain and depression, Topomax pain, propanol pain, visiril for depression, and others but those are the main ones Minipress for nightmares, Ativan PRN others PRN. 
I have the instinctive knowledge that I will have to give up my past life and future.  Prepare for whatever comes next, which is not going to be what anyone would want.  This for me may
not be possible to except.
Will still keep taking it one day at a time though. Doc an therapist think you don't know just because they talk in circles... be nicer if they showed us some respect and layed it out.

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   Posted 4/17/2012 2:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Unfortunately there is not any kind of time line that says how long it will take anyone to stabilize. There are just too many factors some of which include complexity of issues, how long it takes to find the right medications in the right dose and combination as needed, finding the right therapies, how much effort someone puts into it, how receptive they are to treatment, etc.

Just on the medication front alone it can take a few months to determine if a particular med is going to be of any benefit. Most depression type medications are cumulative in nature and can also be quite overwhelming if the initial dose is too high or if adjustments are made too fast. There are also a lot of medications available.

Keep working at it and keep working with your doctors. Your answers are out there and depression is very treatable. Be sure to be honest about how you are doing with your medical team.
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   Posted 4/17/2012 2:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi again BNA,

Please don't take my mention of your brevity that you were in anyway wrong. I just brought it up as it gave me the feeling you hadn't quite "claimed yourself a chair" here - and you have EVERY RIGHT to claim for yourself the biggest softest comfyist metaphorical armchair you can find here :) You belong!

Try to slow down and breathe and focus on your body. Knowing our body sensations gives us the best information we can have about our health. Awareness of sensations lead to very precise awareness of symptoms which can help with accurate diagnosis and treatment.

Just be, breath, experience each moment fully and in an acutely present way. You seem to be panicking? and asking questions no one ever has answers to. Each of us finds our own journey to wellness.

What would it matter to you if Jack gets well in one year and Jill gets well in five? What does it matter how many years it will take you, really? The focus is on how you are going to learn to play each hand in your poker game as well as you possibly can, not what hand you get dealt. No one can know what cards you will be dealt; we can just be here as your friend as you plough your way through any and all challenges as they present themselves.

Life is challenge in one way or another.... health is no different.... we just chip away at resolving the issues, one moment at a time.


Jade xx

Post Edited (Living Well) : 4/17/2012 1:19:53 AM (GMT-6)

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