I suffer from reoccuring traumatizing memories on a daily basis now. It's affecting my life in a serious way. Just wondering if Pristiq works well for this disorder. I'm on no meds now and feel I'm heading for a crisis if I don't seek treatment. I'm seeing a doctor tomorrow but wanted to know first hand from someone else who suffers from this if this is a good medication. Thanks to anyone who has any personal advice.
Hi there I have never taken Pristiq but I've been dealing with anxiety/depression much of my life due to a stressful childhood. I didn't have reoccuring memories on a daily basis but sometimes I would get them and its a terrible place to be. I used to not even want to go anywhere because I was afraid of having another anxiety attack. Now I seldom ever get anxiety attacks so try to stay positive there is hope. I'm a recovering opiate addict I used to self-medicate but all that did was cause more problems. I did go to a doctor to help deal with this but I'll tell you straight up it can be frustrating finding the right meds that work for you. I've tried almost every antidepressant and some of them seemed to make it worse but now I take Wellbutrin and it works pretty good. Prozac also worked for me but I quit taking it cuz it gave me real bad nausea. Everybody reacts different so its just trial and error finding the right one its discouraging when one med after another doesn't work but keep trying until you find something that works. If you are having anxiety/panic attacks you need to let your doc know because antidepressants stop an anxiety attack you may need an anxiety med such as ativan or xanax I used to take ativan and it worked great but they can become habit forming so its best to take as little as you need. If you're not sure what an anxiety attack is you'll know when you feel like you can't breath, think, sick to stomach, heart really racing sometimes you feel like you're losing your mind. If any of that fits look up panic disorder or anxiety attack to get more info.
One thing I really need to emphasize is that medications are helpful but they are only part of the solution. I used to absolutely hate counseling but once you find a counselor you are comfortable with it will help sooo much. You need to talk about your problems and try to deal with them but deal with it at your own pace a good counselor won't push you to talk to things you aren't comfortable with. I hope some of this helps but good to see that you are reaching out for help thats a good step. If you have any questions or whatever send a message and I'll do my best to help...
I have severe PTSD also. I have tried many drugs but the one I felt worked best was Paxil. It helped with anxiety and depression as well as decreasing some of the intensity of the flashbacks making it easier to deal with. Please find a counselor you can trust it took several trys for me to find someone but I did and it really helps to have someone to validate your feelings. Hang in there talk here anytime I will check in frequently now that I have joined. I have been there alot, hospitals, meds, counselors and all. The thing that helped me the most was finding someone to validate my feelings and let me know it was o.k. that I would make it. You will too.
- Pristiq Information for Consumers
- Pristiq Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Pristiq (detailed)
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