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andrew1027:
If you have read my story..... You will understand why I have gotten this dx.... I have been through counseling with it, but none of it seemed to work, because all they want to do was harp on the past and reopen wounds that were just to painful to bare.... I am not on any medication for it.... Is there a medication out there that could possibly help and if yes what is the medication

intaglio:

--- Quote from: andrew1027 on October 31, 2013, 04:23:16 PM ---I have been through counseling with it, but none of it seemed to work, because all they want to do was harp on the past and reopen wounds that were just to painful to bare....

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Disclosure: I have PTSD from childhood experiences.

There is nothing available in a bottle that will fix this for you. The reason the counselors harp on the past is to help you find a way to find some closure for what you've been through. Part of PTSD is your mind's inability to handle your experiences. Until your mind can process what has happened, you will relive those experiences.

Anti-anxiety drugs can dampen the effects of the PTSD, but they will not wipe them out. Cognitive behavioral therapy can help you develop coping skills to lessen the intensity of the PTSD episodes. It can also help you derail your PTSD thoughts and build new, healthy responses to your PTSD triggers.

The catch? Your therapists have to know what it was that caused the PTSD in the first place -and what your reactions are like. Your triggers may be common or they may be unique. (Smells can set mine off for example).

Maybe instead of having to orally go through all the pain, write it all up once and hand the pages to your next therapist.

Keep trying. It's all about achieving success in increments over time. You have to work at it.

mecch:
Intaglio seems on the money.  One has to build some sort of new synapses to compensate the habitual anxiety making ones.  Its not obvious but it does seem somewhat mechanical and that is hopeful. Its not some sort of voodoo Freudian work one needs to do.   
There were two recent Sounds True podcasts on the topic of changing the brain that I think are very intelligent:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/sounds-true-insights-at-edge/id307934313

Theyer:
Hello ,

I am sorry you are currently in this awful position and wish I could add a alternative view that Intaglio and Mecch have outlined but I cannot. Its not fair or just and at the time clearly feels the opposite off caring but it does move on and as there are no pills that will fix this " andrew " , its hard , very hard.

The fact that you are here posting here , continuing with your daily responsibilities is a testamount to a strength in you  and , even if the counsellors did not stay with the pain , you , I think  , know that it would stay there , and pain it seems to me when it stays in one spot , festers  and bubbles till it leaks out.

Wishing you the best off the best
m



 

Theyer:
How are things ?

Michael

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