Any women members here that have PTSD, and Acute Clinical Depression?

Posted by notavailible @kathyzendner, May 12, 2016

Are there any women members here that have PTSD, and Acute Clinical Depression? I would like to talk with women who have PTSD. I found out several years ago that I have had PTSD my entire life due to severe family abuse(physical & emotional) and incest. I was raped twice while I was in the US Navy. My PTSD is getting much worse again. I don’t currently have frequent access to the internet. I’m moving this weekend so hopefully I will have more internet time after I move. I may not reply right away due to my move. I hope to meet others soon to discuss PTSD, depression and military sexual trauma(MST) Thank you, Kathy Z

@animallover22

Hi Everyone. I just joined this group in hopes of finding different ways of coping and finally conquering this very intense 4 1/2 year battle with clinical major Depressive disorder, severe anxiety, PTSD and a multitude of other medical issues. I have suffered my whole life from depression but this has been my worst state I have ever been in and I am open to any suggestions. I live in Canada so some drugs may not be available where I am or may have different names. I am also just beginning peri-menopause but my only real symptom that I notice at this point are hot flashes. Thanks for listening and I am also here to help if I can. Thanks

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Hi Dawn. Thank you for your reply. I have heard of biofeedback but really do not know much about it. When you have time and if you are willing could you kindly describe to me what it entails and if it is very expensive? Thank you in advance, Lisa

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@animallover22

Hi Everyone. I just joined this group in hopes of finding different ways of coping and finally conquering this very intense 4 1/2 year battle with clinical major Depressive disorder, severe anxiety, PTSD and a multitude of other medical issues. I have suffered my whole life from depression but this has been my worst state I have ever been in and I am open to any suggestions. I live in Canada so some drugs may not be available where I am or may have different names. I am also just beginning peri-menopause but my only real symptom that I notice at this point are hot flashes. Thanks for listening and I am also here to help if I can. Thanks

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Good morning Lisa,
Would love to share information on biofeedback. Here is a great link.
http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/biofeedback/home/ovc-20169724

The training I received involved several electical monitoring devices. They taught me how to contral my breathing, heart rate, muscles, body temp. Then we made a recording of one of my training sessions for the difficult times and need a reminder on how to do it.

Most insurance companies cover this therapy. You can receive biofeedback training in physical therapy clinics, medical centers and hospitals.

Hope this helps you! 🙂

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Hello Ladies, I often feel ashamed that I allowed my problems which were minor compared to others to send me into the pit of depression, but I believe when we are prone to depression or carry the genes of others who were depressed, we find ourselves in our first bout of depression before we realize what has happened to us. I had my first major depression in my 20s and it lasted for two years. It has never totally gone away, but I now know more about living with it. When I was in the hospital, they administered Insulin Shock (no longer legal) for three weeks. When I was released, I came out with all sorts of meds. I was still so depressed and felt they were not helping (of course, I could have been wrong and probably was), but I made the decision to no longer see my doctor or take my meds. Never try quitting cold turkey as I did ….. talk about being sick. Anyway, I survived and finally began to function again. Today I take a small dose of Paxil for anxiety so I can sleep without nightmares. I am calmer now than I can ever remember being, but some of you may not like why, but it has been my only answer. I gave my life to God and trust him to do with it whatever he wants. I am his. There is a little sad place deep inside, but I have learned to live with it. I think it comes from memories that can’t be undone. However, I have forgiven myself and others and blame no one. We must let it go, but I can’t do that without my Heavenly Father.

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@liz223 God is good! He is the PERFECT one to lean on. When we are weak and when we are strong. When we have many to support us and when we think we are all alone. He is the only one who will never fail us or leave us alone. 🙂

I went thru a few years of very severe depression after my car accident. I remember the day I almost took my own life. God stopped me!!
I am sending you a BIG virtual hug!! 🙂

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@dawn_giacabazi

@liz223 God is good! He is the PERFECT one to lean on. When we are weak and when we are strong. When we have many to support us and when we think we are all alone. He is the only one who will never fail us or leave us alone. 🙂

I went thru a few years of very severe depression after my car accident. I remember the day I almost took my own life. God stopped me!!
I am sending you a BIG virtual hug!! 🙂

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Thanks for that big hug. Never have too many of these. Sending one right back to you. 🙂

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@liz223

Hello Ladies, I often feel ashamed that I allowed my problems which were minor compared to others to send me into the pit of depression, but I believe when we are prone to depression or carry the genes of others who were depressed, we find ourselves in our first bout of depression before we realize what has happened to us. I had my first major depression in my 20s and it lasted for two years. It has never totally gone away, but I now know more about living with it. When I was in the hospital, they administered Insulin Shock (no longer legal) for three weeks. When I was released, I came out with all sorts of meds. I was still so depressed and felt they were not helping (of course, I could have been wrong and probably was), but I made the decision to no longer see my doctor or take my meds. Never try quitting cold turkey as I did ….. talk about being sick. Anyway, I survived and finally began to function again. Today I take a small dose of Paxil for anxiety so I can sleep without nightmares. I am calmer now than I can ever remember being, but some of you may not like why, but it has been my only answer. I gave my life to God and trust him to do with it whatever he wants. I am his. There is a little sad place deep inside, but I have learned to live with it. I think it comes from memories that can’t be undone. However, I have forgiven myself and others and blame no one. We must let it go, but I can’t do that without my Heavenly Father.

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You are God’s Precious Daughter, and He created you to know love and joy. He is not finished with you yet! : ) Miracles are chasing you down Sister!

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@liz223

Hello Ladies, I often feel ashamed that I allowed my problems which were minor compared to others to send me into the pit of depression, but I believe when we are prone to depression or carry the genes of others who were depressed, we find ourselves in our first bout of depression before we realize what has happened to us. I had my first major depression in my 20s and it lasted for two years. It has never totally gone away, but I now know more about living with it. When I was in the hospital, they administered Insulin Shock (no longer legal) for three weeks. When I was released, I came out with all sorts of meds. I was still so depressed and felt they were not helping (of course, I could have been wrong and probably was), but I made the decision to no longer see my doctor or take my meds. Never try quitting cold turkey as I did ….. talk about being sick. Anyway, I survived and finally began to function again. Today I take a small dose of Paxil for anxiety so I can sleep without nightmares. I am calmer now than I can ever remember being, but some of you may not like why, but it has been my only answer. I gave my life to God and trust him to do with it whatever he wants. I am his. There is a little sad place deep inside, but I have learned to live with it. I think it comes from memories that can’t be undone. However, I have forgiven myself and others and blame no one. We must let it go, but I can’t do that without my Heavenly Father.

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Praise God! I find that it is good to keep a journal to document your feelings as well as God’s promises. Find a quiet place and spend time with God daily reading his Word and talking to him. He will comfort you. When you feel the depression overcoming you the Bible says to resist the devil and he will flee. God bless you Liz!

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Kathy Z: I have PTSD and I was prescribed Risperidone for it and it did help with the panic attacks. Although when I was taken off of it I developed a chewing problem with my teeth that caused one of molars to crack and fracture. I ended up with a crown and TMJ which I had to see another doctor for a jaw splint. I was also physically, emotionally abused by my parents as a child and molested by my brother. Be very careful of using the VA as I worked as a psych nurse there for several years and saw two vets commit suicide. An aide found one of these vets and I tried CPR on him without success. Never got counseling for that as the VA didn’t offer it. Sometimes the psychiatrists the VA hires are rejects from the private sector. I worked at a VA facility that was mostly treated vets from the Vietnam era with psych problems. Do your research on your VA psychiatrist before agreeing to any treatment and if your gut tells you that he/she might be a little hinkey then run do not walk to another private sector shrink! Good Luck!

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Hello, all! I too suffer from Treatment Resistant Severe Depression, PTSD, Chronic Pain, Guilt, and a myriad of other problems. I’ve had 21 surgeries, seven have been on my spine. Right now, the big problem I have is fatigue. It’s been worse since my last spine surgery seven months ago. I am on Remeron (mirtazapine) and Pristiq, which I am now coming off of and switching to Celexa. The Remeron helps with my sleep, but I doubt I will find an antidepressant that will work for me. I’ve been on so many over the last 30 years. The one I do remember taking that really helped at the time was Surmontil, but my psychiatrist won’t prescribe it for me. She says it has too many side effects. Don’t they all? I’ll guess we’ll see if the Celexa helps. I see a therapist every two to three weeks. I can’t work outside the house, but I do some work from home through Upwork and Guru. I am starting college, at the ripe old age of 51, in the fall. I’m taking a certificate course online through UC San Diego. If my mother hadn’t cosigned on my student loan, I wouldn’t be going at all. Makes me laugh. At 51, I still need my mother to cosign on a student loan. 🙂 My husband and I are buried in debt from my medical bills. We pay a fortune for insurance through his work, and still, we are in debt. We have to pay for a family plan even though we don’t have children because they don’t offer an employee and spouse option. So we pay for two children we don’t have. I was fortunate to get on Social Security Disability a few years ago. I was on it before in the 90s when I had an 8-pound tumor on my spine, which is where my PTSD stems from. I lived in horrible pain for ten years with a growing tumor on my spine. And all I ever heard from doctors was that it was all in my head, I was too young to know what pain was, I was looking for attention, I even had one doctor say to me, “You women, all you ever want are painkillers.” What an ass. All I want is to become a functioning member of society again. I used to have a great job, but my pain and depression caused me to lose it. My husband doesn’t really understand the fatigue and depression, so it’s just the big elephant in the room. He understands until he wants to go out and do something but I don’t have the energy to do it. Sorry for ranting, my problems pale in comparison to the rest of you. You are all much stronger women than me, and I applaud you.

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I have been diagnosed with PTSD. I was molested for years as a child and also physically abused. I also have RA, Sjourn’s fybromyalgia, spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, and depression. My faith and counseling have helped me a bunch. I take Celexa and it helps me. I, too, tried several antidepressants and had bad side effects from some. I used to take Prozac and it worked well for me. Then it stopped working. I tried a handful of others before getting on Celexa. I have been on it for years and am doing better. I hope it works for you!

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@blindeyepug

I have been diagnosed with PTSD. I was molested for years as a child and also physically abused. I also have RA, Sjourn’s fybromyalgia, spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, and depression. My faith and counseling have helped me a bunch. I take Celexa and it helps me. I, too, tried several antidepressants and had bad side effects from some. I used to take Prozac and it worked well for me. Then it stopped working. I tried a handful of others before getting on Celexa. I have been on it for years and am doing better. I hope it works for you!

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Thank you so much for letting me know that Celexa works for you. I’m curious, are you taking the name brand or the generic?

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