I've been suffering for years and had no idea from what. I was diagnosed with it about 2 years ago and everything they have put me on has either not worked or there was really bad side effects. I still have bad dreams(when I do sleep) and I can't go to one side of town without having panic attacks and there seems by everything I'm reading there nothing out there that seems helpful. I can't keep this up... everyone that is close to me is worried, they make my eat because I just have NO appetite, I don't sleep until my body just gives out and I pass out, when I sleep I have terrible nightmares that I can't remember all of,I smoke like a freight train,I don't let people get close and the list goes on. There has got to be something I can do and/or meds that can help this. Please any help would GREATLY be appreciated. I have had these symptoms for years and still don't have the tools I need.
Have you joined a support group - you may find it helpful to share your feelings with people who have had similar experiences.
Has your doctor tried antidepressants, such as fluoxetine, or anti-anxiety and sedative drugs ... these could help your panic attacks and sleep issues?
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It sucks. I mean, it really really sucks - and I hate it. It seems that the only real cure that can happen is with a psychologist, especially if you can find one who specializes in the topic. I've been put on a ton of meds for the anxiety / panic attacks, depression, Fibromyalgia, and now my c-ptsd. The meds help, has stopped the impulses of self destruction, but make me so sleepy that I now even the 250mg of Nuvigil doesn't really do a whole lot for me to stay awake during the daytime. May have to shift to something different, but regardless of all of the piles of bandages, some of which I'll probably be on for life, such as the methadone for pain, and currently the 3mg of Klonopin. So far, it seems like my only real hope is in the psychologist. The psychiatrist has proved himself sufficient in treating the mental issues, but I question his approach on the Fibro, and the other pile of meds that I have to take for that... but that's for another posting.
Anyways, at first, I had no faith in psychology due to a bad experience years back, but now I have an excellent counselor, who has been able to help me a great deal with the carved, and cut out hollow feelings of nothingness, and a very slow progression of unravelling the past. It has so far proved to be extremely difficult, but hopefully will pay off in the long run. It's going to take a long while, but look forward to being done with it. At first I underestimated the technique, and pushed to get it over with as fast as possible, and had a severe backlash, felt the next few days almost manic depressive, except starting at angry and depressive, and suddenly dropping down from there. Then just back to the severe empty lost feeling. I guess that I'm happy that I didn't end up in the hospital. Anyways, good luck to you, and I've just started the journey, have been now given a few mental tools that work for me, as everyone is different I really would encourage for you to at least take a look into that route. Very hard, drugs help, but don't really solve anything, and sometimes that's just fine to me, just as long as the symptoms are gone. At least that's my opinion, but for something like c-ptsd, I don't really think that there's any medication that could help me, and take away all of the symptoms, except for maybe something that would just knock me out - which... I guess I'm kind of on something like that...
Hi Luv! I know it's TOUGH. Try to find a really good Psychiatrist so he/she - and pick who you like - see one and if you don't like him/her, CHANGE - so they can write meds. If you're having Panic Attacks, I can tell you from experience READING about it makes it 10X worse! Took 5 years of having them CONSTANTLY until I moved to another state and found a Psych who, in 10 minutes DXed me with Panic Disorder, Depression. I can tie in my depression with having NO SLEEP, AFRAID TO EAT, COULDN'T FIND THE "TRIGGER(S)" of my Panic Attacks. My Psychiatrist, a full Professor and Director of 25 other psychiatrists said that they believe "Panic Attacks/Disorders" are caused by a "chemical imbalance". They use anti-anxiety meds - I'm on Xanax - works ONLY at 75 mgs. MINIMUM. That cured me.
I took a TCA-Ludiomil, for years-put on a lot of weight and now they use SSRI's and SNRI's for anti-anxiety too. Maybe a low dose. You don't say if you're on any meds. I hope that whoever DXed you with c-ptsd gave you some support - in the way of meds or whatever. And I'd really get a second opinion on that too - it's "complex", as of course you know "post traumatic stress" and for me,all that means they just haven't found the cause. PLEASE try not to stress about having it though; and reading about Panic Attacks GAVE me Panic Attacks. Whatever happened, whether you can recall it or not, bears weight too. If you CAN'T recall and it really is C-PTSD, then that's your body's way of SHIELDING YOU. If you know what the cause(s) is/are, then you can work on it. Otherwise, get RELIEF FIRST - and FAST. There are plenty of anti-anxiety meds (hate to go straight to meds) - there's also herbal Kava-Kava and even Valerian - in small amounts which you usually get from an Acupuncturist, Herbal Doc, Kinesiologist, etc. I also would recommend you stay away from ANYONE who is NOT supportive of EVERYTHING YOU TELL THEM. Especially family. Mine just wants me back "the way I was" - well sorry to disappoint - we're all close - but I draw the line and will NOT let them talk to me about my med problems. This is a good place to start. A lot of people I know "probably" have c-ptsd because of the types of lives they live - but they just keep on going. BUT NOT WITHOUT HELP and not without FRIENDS WHO ALWAYS - 100% OF THE TIME ARE POSITIVE and mostly JUST LISTEN. That's the best. If you're female, we just want people to listen - mostly. Males talk because they want IT FIXED. And if you tell a Male something, they want to fix it for you, so I find they're not as supportive. MY best Doc's have ALWAYS been female, like me. Be sure to get a 2nd opinion on the DX. Don't stress about it. I have both major physical and emotional issues going on an the emotional ones are the worst. So only people who love you unconditionally, who are ALWAYS there to help you - NIGHT OR DAY. And when you talk to them - YOU ALWAYS FEEL BETTER! Time will absolutely help - but first you've got to get the RELIEF and give your mind and body a BIG BREAK. Rest, try not to worry - even if you have to sit in a room and lay down and start counting backwards from 1000 or whatever - it clears your mind. We can get so worried about any or all of our dis-eases or syndromes and we can't let them rule our lives. I hope you can filter the GREAT people from the ones who are NOT helping; find yourself a DOC you'd LOVE TO GO SEE and talk about stuff with; and friend(s) who will be there for you always - ANYTIME. I wish you the best. Know that there's a lot of people out there going through what you are AND GETTING RELIEF! I pray you find it ASAP! XO
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