Good Morning, this is Kitt and welcome back. It has been a while since your posted. Could you bring us up to date on your living situation and do you work outside of your home?
Post-traumatic stress disorder treatment often includes both medications and psychotherapy. This combined approach can help improve your symptoms and teach you skills to cope better with the traumatic event and its aftermath. May I ask if you are on any medications?
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.
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.
There is a free online CBT course that you could work through from home on your computer that has been very helpful. the MoodGYM. Here is the link for this program. I have used it as well as other members and found it very helpful.
Coming here and talking with the great members of this forum is another way to help decrease your fears and the members are always kind and caring.
Stick with us and do keep trying to get back into one on one therapy.
Gentle Hugs to you,