Suggestions for dealing with PTSD after ICU

Posted by rsinger22 @rsinger22, Aug 16, 2016

I suffer from PTSD due to an operation that went wrong and landed me in the ICU on a ventilator. Long story, but I had my esophagus replaced and got a bad case MRSA. Over the past 10 years, I have had multiple chest surgeries and other complications. I go some periods with doing well but still suffer from PTSD. I have taken many anti depressants and other medications. I am now trying MBRS (Mindfullness Based Stress Reduction) Does anyone have other suggestions?

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Finding a support group may be a helpful adjunct to individual pharmaceutical and psychological treatments. It can sometimes to help to be around other people who "get" what it's like to live and cope with PTSD on a daily basis. Your doctor or current therapist is a place to start for a referral. Checking out what an organization like NAMI or Mental Health America offers in your area may be an option too. They host local support groups and may have something in your area or the local chapter may be able to point you in the right direction.

The ADAA (Anxiety and Depression Association) also has many resources about PTSD on their site as well as educational tools, help finding a clinician, etc.

Stay strong, and best of luck to you, @rsinger22.


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Thanks for everyone support and comment


Hi, I am so sorry to hear about you experience it sounds really scary. I have PTSD from breast cancer, horrible chemo that made me so sick that the doctors ran out of ideas to help me get through it pain free etc. I just graduated with a bachelors in health sciences and health and wellness. I studied stress reduction and anxiety. Mindfulness meditation is awesome and if you do not know how to start you can you tube many sites. Another thing that helps me is coloring, aromahterapy and essential oils. When I am trying to get my anxiety and PTSD under control I meditate and use an oil difusser. I also play soothing music especially at night. Deep breathing exercises can help as well. There will probably be times that nothing will work and you just have to ride through it. I also take Busbar and I find it helps a lot.
You are in my prayers.


Those of you participating on this discussion may also be interested in this ongoing discussion:

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

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I was highly skeptical of EMDR until I tried it. It is a great way of processing troubling issues and gaining control over them.


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