I'm always a bit baffled by any question that asks why their condition hasn't gotten much better despite the utilization of a med. Truth is that klonopin is good for anxiety and sleep, but doesn't do a thing for the trips down memory lane. If it's bad, in order to get better, you really first have to stop falling. I had to take what at the time felt a rainbow of pills. When it got bad the meds helped me not split off into something that I had no control of.
Yes, klonopin and I are very familiar, and it did serve a function as was mentioned above, however, it was an alpha blocker called minipress that helped decrease the flashbacks. Zoloft.. you know, I think it helped, but really, that one could very well could have been placeebo, hmm. Abilify seemed to help when things got out of hand, Nuvigil prevented me from falling asleep head down in my corn flakes caused by those other two plus methadone for chronic pain, turned out to be cancer. You know it's funny, cancer was way easier to deal with than an invisible monster. There were always a few other meds, sometimes a second ssri or alpha blocker, but those listed were the basic foundation of my diet.
Once you stop falling, then severe ptsd can be removed via therapy or meditation or both. For me meditation did the trick, but everyone is different. What is universally true however is that no one can do much of anything if your not able to stand and fight back. Took me months to get off of all that junk, however was totally worth it cause I'm pretty certain that I'd be dead right now without the piles of pills. That would have sucked.
Also, I found at some points that 1 mg of klonopin was enough, and at the worst, 6 mg barley cut it, needing an additional pill type in order to sleep. All of the pills were like that for me actually. Glad that that's all over, however took a bit of a fight. It sucks, and that's an understatement, however, if you want, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, you just have to work hard to get yourself there.
I hope that this is of some help to you. I know how painful it can be to even ask questions while suffering from ptsd, at least was for me. Anyways, best of luck to you, I sincerely hope that your doc can give you something that can address this illness a bit more head on vs. just a tranquilizer. I listed off a few that I've had to take in my past, however know that there's many other options that may tailor fit your situation better.
Hello Melody. There are very effective methods of curing PTSD. Huge progress has been made in psychotherapy. I have been cured from frightening events. They simply are gone. Not buried. Just not visited.
The medication helps during that time. The retraining of the mind is the cure. I suggest you see a psychologist trained in this solution and get going. The pain of this is as acute as any injury. That it can be removed seems like a miracle. Actually it is far easier than you think. The therapist helps you retrain your mind so you stop visiting that pool of pain. The reviewing, rehearsing, reliving, resolving can and does end. It takes work. No pill will ever cure you. Only you can.
Using meds to sleep soundly can help. But if you don't get REM sleep it actually makes you more ill. Go check out the Dr. Phil website on PTSD. View some shows and go through his descriptions to see how this can be done.
This is curable. Just remember that often people don't want the cure because they identify the self as a victim. They reward that idea by revisiting the drama. It is in the past. You are here now. Tomorrow cannot be known. Keep today as the precious time it is. I know you can do this. I know you will be done. Wishing you deep relief and a plan to regain life, Karen
I agree. Intense therapy with a trauma therapist is what helped me. Some very very hard work - but the freedom from PTSD is SO worth it. I very seldom have a flashback or even a thought from my past. Look for a therapist with experience in trauma therapy - this isn't the right place for a student. Dig your heels in, accept the challenge, and hold on for the ride. The reward: a life well lived. SO worth the work!! EJ23
Hello Melody Mailman,
I have been suffering with many mental health issues for yrs and one being extreme ptsd, in my opinion the best thing for that is not drugs, it's one on one counseling to get it out in the open and deal with the issue itself for the drug is only going to cover the pain no deal with the issue... GOD BLESS...
I've had PTSD for six years and truthfully, nothing works for me. I do take meds for it, but no med is going to remove the racing thoughts, sounds, smell, etc. '
Yes, Klonopin is a fantastic med. I still take 4 a day. However, if it's not working for you, then you might want to ask your doc if you need an additional med or increase the dosage. I take Lamictal, also, and Flexeril`as needed. I still take Gabapentin(which I'm slowly getting off of.) Most of us take more than one med. It's not unusual.. My suggestion would be to have a visit with your doc. Their the pro's. Figure out what works, and don't allow negative people in your life. You need positivity. People who understand the illness and accept you as you are. My kids(their 42 and 38) are just starting to know the difference between who I am, and what the disease is. I can be in the middle of a sentence, and hear a sound and all of a sudden I'm in another world, totally forgetting what the conversation was about. This happens on a daily basis. I had a manic episode that left my mind crippled. I do so hope that you find a med that works for PTSD. If you do, plz let me know.
Enjoy your day. It's beautiful in Oregon.
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