I have continual post traumatic stress disorder or reoccuring or which ever term you prefer to use.I have found that I do not like taking drugs such as zoloft,or seriquil or cipralix as they work for a short period of time with me anyway and then its as if the negative effects take over worse then when Im not medicated i.e. panick attacks,I become suicidal,anxiety , flashbacks insonia ect I am trying St.johns wort not sure if it is useful with ptsd or not but Iv been to counselling and theres only so much closer one can get untill it seems to reverse the purpose I am a survivor of ritualistic childhood abuse physical,sexual,ect... ongoing into adult hood sometimes I do very well and then there are times when everything just comes crumbling down .So what would you suggest to help with the hieghtened anxiety? that could be taken when needed but left when not needed. and is it common to suffer a stroke from added stress as this occured to me last year at a very trieing time in my life and I am only 28 years old Iwoud like to go through life without feeling this way
I too suffer from PTSD as a result of sexual abuse of a violent nature. I have flashbacks and suffer from sleep disorders. I take Klonopin, wellbutrin, & abilify together as my cocktail. The Klonopin helps take the edge off of my panic and anxiety. The wellbutrin peps me up and keeps away the depression and the abilify helps with the hallucinations and paranoia. Everybody is different, so I am not promising a miracle if you take this combination. Your body may react completely differently to it. But, you may want to mention it to your doctor as an idea and see what they think. Goiod luck. I know how very painful PTSD can be! And, most definitely I highly recommend group therapy, which saved me from suicide, I truly believe!
St. Johns wort is an upper - it may be adding to your anxiety. Check with your Doc about a small amount of Seroquel at bed time, and more as needed. It has a mild anti-depressant effect and, since it is used to help with sleep, will mellow your symptoms.
In my case I use it as a stabilizer since I'm bipolar; 600 mg. My doc lets me take an extra 500 mg if I get really stressed out. The side effects are tolerable.
Hi Ravenm, I too suffer from PTSD and anxiety/panic disorder. I currently take xanax .5mg 3 times a day as needed, but I need them each and every day to take the edge off the panic and anxiety. I don't like taking medication every day, but weigh the good and the bad and most days... without xanax I wouldn't make it out of the house. Now with that being said, I've also started therapy and considering EMDR therapy it's pretty complex, but involves using lights to stimulate REM (rapid eye movement) while describing traumatic events with your therapist. the idea is that this allows the brain to reprocess the trauma and properly process it. I hope that makes sense and so far... just having someone to talk to and add a little clarity to my thoughts and feelings helps alot. Hope this helps!! feel free to contact me if you have any ?'s...
I take 5 mg of diazepam 3 times a day as needed. It is longer lasting then Xanax and you can take it as needed. I prefer to keep some in my system at all times. I also do not like ssri's like Paxil or Zoloft. Both caused zombie like effects. I was tired and basically numb to everything and everyone.
My PTSD and panic disorder was caused by physical,mental,sexual abuse from my father and ex husband. As well as multiple car accidents with someone else driving.
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