Does anyone out there have PTSD and if you do how do you handle the flashbacks? Looking for some support with this and how to handle the flashbacks of the event that caused the PTSD in the first place. I don't have a counselor just a Nurse Practitioner who gives me my Ativan and Paxil. I have told her that I need a counselor but am getting nowhere fast. Can anyone help me out there with suggestions? Thanks marjore zych
Most counties have resources for therapy through their Welfare programs. In Pa you can see a psychologist or psychiatrist through County programs. I believe you should definitely seek counseling to help with your PTSD. Check with you local county offices. There should be some help available to you if not from your county from your state. Run some searches for your area and see if you can come up with something. I feel for you I have always had PTSD and one psychiatrist said I was abused as a child and I am suppressing the incident. I don't think that is the case but who knows?
I have been diagnosed with add, sever anxiety disorder and PTSD. You might want to talk to you doctor about possibly switching to a stronger antidepressant that also handles anxiety, Such a Zoloft, A great antidepressant in my opinion. You might also mention a higher dose of ativan, Depending on the dose you take now. Coupled with an antidepressant, Benzodiazapines ( Ativan, Xanax, Klonopin, ect,) used in combination with your prescribed antidepressant can have a great effect at reducing flashbacks, and any anxiety associated with those flashbacks, And anxiety in general. Your flashbacks will probably not stop completely, But can become less intense and less frequent when prescribed the right combination of an antidepressant and Benzodiazapine.
You need to find the right combination for you.
Marjorie, you definitely need to call your state mental health department. Tell them about your situation and the violation so now there are trust issues. Do this today, dont wait. I have suffered from ptsd for a few years and it will get better... it never completely goes away but now I can pull myself out of it sometimes and not completely collapse when they happen. My heart goes out to you.
peace & blessings
Hello Marjorie, I was diagnosed Bipolar 1 in 1988. Recently my psyc refered me to a PHD in Psycology. I was told I was not Bipolar after he listened to a very scary recording. I have PTSD. It's from many many incidents of childhood sex abuse. I am going through avery scary process that came on by its self. The flash backs are now being resurected. I am going off my meds per the Psycologist. I can relay more info to you. You may think I'm nuts but it is a reality. good luck, Stacey
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