I was given luvox,as the doctor said it was strictly for ocd,anyone take that and if so,did it help any? and i was told that anti depressants also help with ocd and ptsd,is this really true,has anyone taken anti depressants for ocd/ptsd? and also the luvox like i said strictly for ocd,and the doc also told me its a non narcotic,so no withdrawls when ending it/no addictions,anyone have anything to say to that one? thank you so much:) oh,also,for ptsd they just usually give an anti depressant? or is there a med that is used strictly for that? ok,enough questions in one post,lol,thanks again:)
luvox is an SSRI antidepressant and its for depression, bipolar, and ANY anxiety disorder (ocd and ptsd are both anxiety disorder). SSRI's tend(<--- note this word) to have longer half lives so they have no to little withdrawal symptoms ( im not sure specificly on this one)
SSRI's are peticularly good at the anxiety disorder treatments, but take 1 month to take effect so its usualy prescribed with a Benzodiazepine (this IS narcotic) but tappered when the SSRI starts to work. they dont want to keep a person on a Benzo, especually, for a long term condition such as OCD
i have no idea why your doc said its STRICKTLY for OCD (zoloft is also a good one for this, not sure why these tend to work better than other SSRIs for OCD/PTSD but they apparently do)
Lots of drugs for ocd & ptsd: anafranil, paxil, elavil, depends on what works for you.
each works differently depending on the side effects. all are "addictive" in that they build up the serotonin in the brain, the lack of which causes your symptoms (along with trauma).
Therapy deals with the trauma that depleted the serotonin in the first place
so that you understand your "triggers" and can avoid them, but studies have shown that once serotonin "overfires" in consistently traumatic situations (war, childhood abuse, sexual abuse, etc) in the brain's attempt to calm the victim, the brain will forever "overfire". Thus, the depeletion of serotonin.
The antidepressants in the SSRI class attempt to slow the serotonin firing so that the serotonin builds up in the brain, thus making more available for the person suffering from ocd or depression or ptsd, etc.
The antidepressant can raise the levels of serotonin, but you'll still have to have therapy to deal with the issues which caused you to have ocd and ptsd (and they won't be pleasant ones, I'm sorry to say, having had this all my life, as no one just "gets" ocd or ptsd for "good" or "happy" reasons) so that you can learn what triggers the behaviour and avoid the triggers.
You'll have to learn to help your medicine so that your medicine can help you. The medicine can't do it alone and vice versa.
And that's why we're here, too. To help each other. I'm sure most of us have been through the same things. That's why we're reaching out to each other. So we can reassure each other that we're not crazy.
Healing on your path,
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