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POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER
March 26, 2000
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Does anyone know about any medications that are prescribed to help with PTSD and relieve the "pain in the brain" that sometimes goes along with it. I have never been dx w/ PTSD, but judging from the traumas I have experienced in my life (abusive marriage, dysfunction in family) , I feel like I have had it for a few years. Any knowledge will be greatly appreciated. It will help get me my life back. Thanks.

March 27, 2000
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what have you done besides meds to alleviate the "root" causes?
Are you still in the marriage?

March 27, 2000
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I have been in counseling for years, believe me, I think I know more than them sometimes. I've been out of my marraige for 5 yrs. I am seeing someone now who specializes in PTSD, but she is a therapist who is not familiar with the medicine that could help me. I think I am getting to the roots of the issues. But there is still pain where my mind dealt with the trauma. I feel like there are meds out there to help with that.

April 12, 2000
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Sorry I haven't been here lately. I didn't go to the therapist. The flashbacks stopped for a while, and I thought everything was going to be okay. But they came back three times worse suddenly. Things are pretty crappy...my girlfriend decided we should "spend time apart" until I "get help." She says I scare her. I'm still waiting for it to go away by itself again. Why am I so helpless?-Jonathan

April 13, 2000
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FEAR and denial

Reread the posts all the people have left you.

If the flashbacks are worse your mind and body is sending you a signal.

LISTEN to it!!!! But seeing a cousnelor you are not giving up your life but tahter taking it back from whatever is controllling it right now.

As I said before...the decision is yours.

And all the control of a counseling session is yours too., You can walk out any time you want.

Remember we are not counselors or therapist. Maybe we have had some classes in the area but we are not the professionals. You need to seek help from a professional. We may be more booroken than you know. but a certified counselor has to do things "by the book" or lose their license etc.

Please seek help.

April 13, 2000
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Jonathan,
hi again, please re consider about going to a councellor. as you have found, this thing is getting big enough now to have a effect on your relationships, try not to feel too bad about your girlfriend, the only healthy thing she can do if this is affecting her to, is to have some space from it, try to see it as a sign that this thing has started to eat into your life, and it is no time for you to face it and process the pain so you can move forward to happier and healthier times.
try to take it one step at a time. You know now, that these flashbacks will not just fade away quietly, they are a way for your mind to say to you " hey lets face this".
if you broke your leg you would expect it to hurt wouldn't you? that would be how you know your leg is broken! the same with your mind, it is hurt and saking you to get it some healing. it is just another organ, like your kidney or your liver, but much more beautiful and special! if your kidneys hurt, you would deal with it right? try not to see getting a councellor to help as anything negative. it is the most positive thing anyone can do for themselves.
think it through a while if you need to, but there is no harm in going to see someone and just giving it a try. if you don't feel comfortable with one therapist, try someone else.
at the end of the day there is NO MAGIC PILL that will make this go away, the only way you can change your mind is by using the mind itself as an interface. Just like you program a computer with various laguages. you need to interact with your mind in its own language, therapists are interpreters for that. They only facilitate the process of YOU re connecting with yourself. They have no special powers to brain wash you. the work is your alone, but the professional is your interpreter and guide.
the most wonderful thing about the time in which we live is that the walls of confusion are slowly being broken down about the human mind, we are slowly losing the stigmas attached to taking care of the most important part of ourselves.
maybe also you could contact some support groups for people with PTSD. you can be put in touch with other people who have been there, you can speak to them and see how they have progressed and see that they are not in any way less able than others because of the condition. support groups have helped more than anything for me with my agoraphobia.
i wish you well anyway, but hope that you try to drop your prejudices about therapy and check it out for yourself. how do you know unless you try?
when we stand up tall and no longer feel shame about ourselves, we can start the healing process. that is where life gets better again!
peace
Hazza

April 13, 2000
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I recently began seeing a therpaist again because I had unresolved issues about being raped. I was angry, unhappy, and confused that I had spent 8 years being relatively ok and now suddenly I'm totally debilitated with anxiety attacks, body aches and pains, migraines...well, stress-related disorders.

I asked her why. I wanted to know why I should open up all those ugly memories if I had had them bottled up so long and everything had previously seemed ok. It's common for people who experience severe trauma to have a time-delayed reaciton. My mother didn't even remember being raped until about 25 years later. She had blocked it ocmpletely out o fher mind.

Your mind seeks to protect itself. that's why you repressed this. Sometimes, you feel helpless when the problem seem insurmountable. But since you are constant ly surrounded by events and people and things that you can't control, you can be triggered to remember the incident at any time. Your mind, as all of ours, is not able to repress something completely.

It was painful to describe in detail. It was painful to go step-by-step through the anguish. But otherwise, you're personal life will be in shambles.

I don't know. You never get over trauma. It stays in your memory. But, as my therpaist said, instead of carrying around a big sheaf of newspapers, you can shrink it to microfilm. You can still pull it out, remember it, look at it, but it's not so big and heavy a burden to carry around anymore.

It's about quality of life.

April 13, 2000
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Okay. If I don't write back...I either went insane or had a nervous breakdown. I'd do just about anything right now to get my girlfriend back. I'll call the therapist. -Jonathan

April 14, 2000
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hey there Jonathan,
i hope that you do write back!
you are not going insane, people who do never question their sanity! people like us who go through breakdowns, are what therapists sometimes call "too sane"! we question everything, and tie ourselves in knots trying to find the answers.
please think though, that you should and need to do everything to get YOURSELF back, the girlfriend may return as a by product of that. The fact that this has motivated to you to seek some help is great, but please love yourself enough now to see that you are doing this for you first and foremost.
good luck and i hope to hear how it goes for you
Peace
Hazza

April 30, 2000
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Johnathon, I had been diagnosed with PTSD since Vietnam, but the reality entered my heart when I made a choice to find a therapist that I was able to work with. It's like shopping for a pair of shoes. Your heart will tell you this is the one to begin with. In my case, I've seen many, due to the fact that I considered my Vietnam experience my only problem that I was unable to deal with. Shock to the system.......I went to an ACOA meeting and after that meeting I had a quite raw discovery that my childhood abuse , neglect, acting out , controlling anger, sadness, aneed to be heard etc.......was at the very core of my being having all the control over me that my life or lack of could stand. I was a very unhappy man. Feel the fear and do it anyway has become one of my tools towards forward movement in my life. Never give up, never. The only thing one needs is the willingness to do whatever it takes , in a healthy way to sift through the quagmire of all the unwanted bagge that is carried. My heart is with you Johnathon......When I feel the walls closing in I say to myself, " It breaks my heart to watch my mind." Such a big difference between thinking of the mind, and the knowing of the heart.

April 30, 2000
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There is so much in your post heartfelt. Applies to so much of the human condition... thanks.

May 1, 2000
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Dear johnathan:

this thread, your posts and the posts of others deeply touched me.
You are not alone.
Please understand and begin to trust a little. It is normal for you to have such mistrust, considering your childhood. But. as soon as you trust one person, you will begin to trust your own self and mind.
If it helps, talk here. It is most important that you no longer keep this dark pandoras box shut.
It is time.
Your mind is signalling you to release this stuff. You have chosen to challenge and heal this pain, hence the sudden onset of more flash backs and anxiety.
think of it as a wound festering and the pus coming to the surface.
Squeeze the wound and remove the pus so that it can heal.
I will pray for you. YOu will come through this. God is with you.
hugs

May 3, 2000
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Jonathan
I don't know that I have ptsd but last may I had some prostate trouble
and it brought back some bad memorys
from my past of abuse, mental,sexual,
physical.I always suffered from manic
deppression.Iwas never treated for it
now I'm 48.I started drinking at
20 I went
on to drug-abuse got divoriced some-
where along the way and alot of pain
and suffering.I always thought I new
best.last year my doctor gave me some
drugs for depprssion.I found out
about on line help,lisened for a time
now i am in T it took a long time to
find the right place for me and to be
honest with you I've only been going
for about 6 weeks but so far it's
been ok.
funny story last week I went to
conifession,I walked in and sad bless me
father for I have sinned it's been 20
years since my last confession he
asked what my sins were I said all of
them he said could you be more
spacific well
I told him I don't have the will to
live anymore well we talked alot.And
for pennance he told me to sit
somewhere and try to get all the noise out of my head and to lisen to
the voice of God. I like that advice
maby you could try that and take it
from there.Don't let your self suffer
needlessly.
sorry about the spelling
ejob

May 7, 2000
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You should find someone to talk to about this, My husband has PTSD from going oversea's to Bosinia and he just turned 40, has two boys and has been fighting this for a long time try to find someone to talk to. Try to rec. the things that set you off, make sure you find what is important to you and do it for you and no one eles, Life can be a happy one.

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