Ive moved in with my father and step mother and nothing i do is good enough,my stress has sky rocketed! Im on murelax & ativil. My doc wont give my a script for xanax cause she doesnt want me to get addicted to them.What else can anyone suggest?
I understand and feel for you. I am unable to completely identify the two medications you have listed as there are no US equivalence. The murelax maybe oxazepam which is a benzodiazepine just like xanax. In which case, you are being treated with an anti anxiety medicine that by the way is addictive. I am unable to identify the ativil, can you tell us what type of medication this is?
Are you able to get any kind of talk type therapy? Maybe that would go along way in helping you cope with the stresses at home. I have been to many therapists and have always found this opportunity very beneficial.
As side from the talk therapy, keeping the stressors down in one's life is critical to coping with ptsd. Do your parents understand your disorder?
I hesitate recommending any other medications until we know more about the meds you are on. If you could add a bit of info to your post, it would be very helpful.
Best wishes and please keep in touch,
I think that Laurie has hit the nail on the head from the experience that I had when I was mid teens I tried it both ways 1. with medication alone 2. medication and therapy together and I found out that the combination worked well for me, I truthfully wanted to take the medication and didn't think the therapy would be benefical but I soon found out that I was very much mistaken. I hope you are able to supply Laurie or one of us with your meds so that we may be able to give you further help. I also want to wish you the very best!
I agree with your doctor, that xanax (or any benzo medication) is a poor means to deal with routine, day-to-day anxiety. It is highly addictive, and not intended for long-term use. It is actually intended for extreme situations of intense anxiety, and not for a regular means of coping with daily life. Besides, there are other meds that are used for anxiety that do not carry the risk of addiction - if medication is needed.
But what will help far more - and for the long term - would be regular 1-on-1 counseling, to help you to develop healthier coping skills to deal with stress. In fact, your individual therapist may be able to hold some "family" sessions, for you to address the major issues with your parents in a safe, supportive environment.
The only way we learn how to successfully deal with life's stresses and problems is to confront them head-on, without medication. When we turn to a pill to cope, we deny ourselves the chance to develop our own techniques to handle stress; tools that will be essential throughout life.
I also have not heard of ativil, could that be ativan?
My heart goes out to you friend, I think having to live with ones parents would make stress levels skyrocket, and along with PTSD it must be difficult indeed.
I've a friend that has PTSD and takes Seroquel, he does very well on it.
Could that be an option for you?
All the best to you Tenillejade and I pray your stress level goes down, and fast.
Well said ARTIST658 - you echo'd what was in my heart. Bravo! Dear Tennillejade, while we who have suffered from PTSD understand completely your desire to take a medication to free yourself from your suffering, the only true freedom comes from confronting those feelings and making positive changes so they will no longer hold you captive. Truly, I do understand, having been in your situation myself, and you need a strong ally to walk you through the darkness. A good therapist can make your life so much better. Please consider doing the search for such a person - medication's benefit's are fleeting, but to be free of your torment - wouldn't that be wonderful? Be aware, the "fit" between your therapist and yourself needs to be right. If you go for a time and are uncomfortable, or aren't making progress, it is fine to try another therapist - as long as you are sure the reason is that you aren't running away from your feelings. A good soul-searching will discern the truth. Best wishes to you - for a life free of the effects of PTSD -
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