I am new, I have PTSD and nocturnal anxiety out of the blue during the time I am just waking up, rapid heart rate, soaked in sweat, but goes away as soon as I am fully awake, disrupts my sleep. Have day anxiety. I have tried just about every SSRI ,lexapro,zoloft,celexa,prozac with horrid side effects, dizzy, nausea,want to sleep all the time, lost too much weight. Tried wellbutrin increased anxiety. Currently on xanax 1/2 tab as needed and lorazepram for sleep 1/2 tab, hate being on benzo's but have to function and they take the edge off. Seeing a therapist who is anti-meds but help with the EMDR, the psychiatric doc prescribed the benzo's.I am currently not on any antipressants (days 2 from 2 weeks of being on Zoloft). Positive is a am able to eat again. Just want to have conversations with others that can relate. Need support.
You will get answers to any of the questions you ask here but also if someone adds you as a friend you can then ask private questions and talk to each other that way.
Go to the My Settings and update your profile telling us about yourself, you can click on anyones name and see how they did it. That way when people read your About Me profile they can see what you have in common with them. That way you get a bunch of friends and you can help each other.
I hope that helps.
Welcome janiebme, there are many like you & by selecting the various support groups that you have notifies others in those groups that a question has been asked. Sometimes you will get a response right away, sometimes it just takes a little while, but you are in the right place :) You can feel free to friend me if you would like to ask a private question or talk on a more personal level about what you're going thru, or you can continue to ask questions/make comments & ppl in the support groups you selected will be along to answer you & give their support. There are many here dealing with PTSD & various other mental & physical ailments that will likely reach out to you, but feel free to click on members in the support groups you've chosen & if they have made their bio public you can learn a little more about them & friend them so you can talk privately. So again, welcome! and I hope you get all the support you need! ~anjeegyrl :)
Hi, welcome to the site. Be prepared to receive lots of support. When posting questions, add as much detail as you can, and link it to more than one group. The way you have written is just right. How long have you been doing EMDR? I did it a few years ago, for about a year, and it was fantastic! Helped me so much. How are you getting on with it? I remember it did me some time to notice benefits, but from then on, i couldn't believe how helpful it was. Regarding the antidepressants, how long did you stay on each one before discontinuing use? You probably know this already, but it takes antidepressants 4 weeks/a month to work at their best and for all of the induction side effects to dissipate. I've taken Prozac in the past with good results, and am currently taking Citalopram & Amitriptyline (among other meds'), and they are doing a great job of keeping me 'healthy'. I've been taking these 2 for some years now.
Do you still see the psychiatric doctor? Was it through him/her that you were prescribed the antidepressants you used? With many patients that suffer from mental health illness, a combination of medications are most helpful, i would ask you to discuss this with your psych' doctor? In the mean time, feel free to contact me if you think you might want to talk further about what you are going through. I can relate, and know how much better things can seem/be when you are able to 'talk'.
Hello Janie. I understand PTSD, anxiety and depression. I have dealt with these for decades. However, they appear only when under great stress. For the major part of that time I have been well, happy, raised a beautiful daughter. And been married for three decades. So there is life after trauma, it does get fixed and the methods available are so much better than when I was 18.
Though I don't know your fears and what triggers, I do know that there are many ways to get depressed and have a panic attack. One thing you need to remember is that every time you go back to the event or rehearse a panic attack or review something stressful it is going to hurt you mentally. And it has been found that you develop an actual nerve track to get you to that material extremely fast. In other words, the roads to your distress keep getting bigger and stronger. Pretty soon, too much review and you are automatically there. From that finding you can now retrain your mind and leave the stuff behind. After all, it is in the past. Nothing can change. This moment is the only time you are alive. Tomorrow is unknown.
Am hoping your therapist is aware of working with this new method and will do so for you. They used to think it takes decades to get rid of PTSD. It no longer takes that long for anyone motivated to do the work. I hope that is true for you. Healing is now in months, not years.
It seems to me that you need to try a different group of antidepressant medication. You are naming mostly SSRI meds, and there are other meds to work with. It does take time on these, and sometimes one has to get through initial side effects before they work. Really hope they find the best for you. There is no magic medication or I would have it on my shelf...
I use Xanax when I am in overdrive from spontaneous anxiety. I still don't know why but it is usually something I used to handle and instead I am panicking. So I take a Xanax to calm my nervous system and that will do it for me. It is weeks now before I need it again. It is all about poor news regarding my health, new limitations. All the old stuff just isn't there. But the first two months after my first panic attack, I took it three times a day. Weaning down is not that bad if done slowly. They told me to use it once i was feeling better, only for situations, they were correct.
Eating is a problem when depressed like you are. I have this too. I decided to treat food as medicine. I would eat because I had to do so. It took a bit of time, but I do make sure I eat something. Weight is stable now. I know you can do this too. I think if you look into your heart you will find that you punish yourself by not eating. It is something you can control. There are better things to control.
We get wires crossed in our head that makes us want to punish ourself because we feel we failed. That is one reason why we keep looking back at old events. I would think new solutions over and over. Why didn't I run? Why didn't I tell someone at school? What would others think of me if they knew? I learned I had no fault at all. I was used and I am now free. Been free a long time. It does get corrected. Eat whatever you want. Maybe ice cream, donuts, steaks. Whatever is your thing. You deserve to treat yourself well. You have done kind and good things. And can still do so. It is your life and you are very capable. The past is an old movie. Not all old movies were good. True with our history as well.
They say tell the story three times and then be done. There is real truth in this. So, what is for dinner tonight? What is your favorite? Write and let me know. You are fine. your body is catching up with its feelings. comedies will help. wishing you healing, Karen
I have severe ptsd as far as I know Zaloft needs about four weeks to start working for me SSRI meds did not help because my experience they do not take away the traumatic experience stored in the brain to me they are no use I found that Seroquel comes the racing thoughts and if the racing thoughts are calmed the anxiety lessens and things fall into place.
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