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Old 05-13-07, 07:52 PM   #1
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PTSD treatment?

Hey, has anyone here suffered PTSD and undergone successful treatment?
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Old 05-13-07, 08:52 PM   #2
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Not exactly. The PTSD I had as a teenager "resolved itself", but morphed into generalized anxiety disorder as I got older. I did engage in cognitive behavioral therapy for that, which was very successful. Now I'm just high-strung.

I understand that CBT is very helpful for PTSD.
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No, but I hope nothing bad happened.
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Talk to the local VA or veterans' support group..
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i suffer from ptsd, treatment is an ongoing thing with me.

the hardest part was finally figuring it out, with the help of a few good doctors, i've finally managed to keep it under control.

i used to have to pop prozac & zoloft, an anti-depressant- and then something else to sleep.

but now i only use cycling & medical cannabis now, for me i've found that the pharmies kept me from dealing with the issues that i needed to confront in order to deal with get over the deep emotional feelings, more than just one in my case.

i'm completely open and will talk about anything, openly, but if you have any specific questions fire away..

are you a veteran?
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I think succesfull treatment is too broad a statement. As a person who lives with someone who has ptsd, I think it all depends on the person. I think it can be dangerous to get expectations from someone else's experience. You may very well be doing more than alright, but if you end up basing your definition of successfull treatment on someone else's experience it could lead to some serious issues. I've seen this happen and the results were not pretty. This person turned back to self medication. It's only been through a lot hard work, what patience I have, and the love of family that things are going ok now. Counseling and specialists helped somewhat, but again, it depends on the individual. I hope you find what you need.
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My parents sent me to a psychiatrist back in the day for mine. He was gay and kept Czeching me out.

Didn't help much.

My PTSD manifested itself in a way that makes it so I close out emotional feelings. I don't think that's a bad thing, but I'm told it will interfere with my life later on, so I should get it "fixed".
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Old 05-14-07, 12:08 AM   #10
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Thanks folks, I'll check out various options to cope. Had a Vietnam War flashback when watching LOTR with GF last night. Pretty freaky really.

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Happens to the best of us, Danno. And you are definitely one of the best. Love ya, Danno. ((hugs)).
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Thanks folks, I'll check out various options to cope. Had a Vietnam War flashback when watching LOTR with GF last night. Pretty freaky really.
Ah, flashbacks. I've been known to have them from time to time. The "CBT toolbox" that I developed is a big help to me in those instances.
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Danno, I wish you well, bro.
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*hugs* Danno. I'm not one who suffers from PTSD but I've done some reading/research on it. I found that those with PTSD get treated with Cognitive-Behavior Treatment like Donnamb stated and they also are recommended some SSRIs (Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) such as Prozac and Paxil. SSRIs are used with primarily with anxiety disorders but they can be helpful with PTSD for they relieve the severe stress and anxiety that might be caused with the flashback.

Danno, other than reading up on PTSD, I have a member in my family who suffers from it for he is a Vietnam Veteran. He has flashbacks every now and then so, I understand. I wish you the best.
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Thanks folks, I'll check out various options to cope. Had a Vietnam War flashback when watching LOTR with GF last night. Pretty freaky really.
wtf? I thought you were 28 or some such.
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You don't have to have been a vet to have experienced Vietnam. There are those of us from the part of the world.
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Waking up in cold sweats screaming really does freak out your signicant other I am here to tell you. Word has it that they are working on a new drug that changes the way the PTSD experience is processed by the brain. PTSD sort of runs like a loop and keeps going. I saw them talking about some new drug that addresses this problem and breaks the loop. Damned if I can remeber the name of it. Back when we were being chased by Lions, Tigers, and Bears this adaptation was helpful. Now that we are living a "civilized' existance it becomes a less helpful survival too.

The loop makes it all seem too much like it is happening in the present.
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{{hugs**** danno. hope everything is ok.
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You don't have to have been a vet to have experienced Vietnam. There are those of us from the part of the world.

Yep. Not only do I feel bad for the soldiers but also for the people who made Vietnam their home.
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dannoXYZ,

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http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releas...-vsr050807.php
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Danno, I have to agree on the Cognitive-Behavioral aspect. In the long run, it is far more effective than Pharmaceuticals. Good luck, Bro!

Remember, when the flashbacks occur, if you can remember in the back of your mind that it is a flashback and not your current reality, that often helps with coping.
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Hmmm, strangely I can distinguish that it's a flashback and not current reality. However, that doesn't help it feel any less intense...

Anyone know of any online support-groups for victims of war? Especially kids?
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Im sorry danno, big hug
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Hmmm, strangely I can distinguish that it's a flashback and not current reality. However, that doesn't help it feel any less intense...

Anyone know of any online support-groups for victims of war? Especially kids?
http://www.ptsdforum.org/

Might help! Not specifically for war related PTSD, but there are at least shared experiences.

I understand by the way that knowing it isn't real doesn't diminish how it feels, and I wouldn't imply it did. It just helps in your "toolbox" for coping.
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Just don't ever go to a fireworks display in a swamp, mmmkay?

Actually, kind of surprised you're a vet - I thought you were younger than that.
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