I have PTSD, & I can't find help in DE...

Posted by chinchillagirl @puddinpop, Oct 31 8:48am

Where can I find competent help in DE? I'm miserable, it was definitely difficult for me before COVID-19, but it's much worse now. I've been to a psychiatrist in the past. He's since passed away, but all that he wanted to talk about 5 years ago was politics, and not about helping me. My significant other shows me absolutely no affection or attention, which makes things even more difficult for me. I missing being around and talking with other people. What has gotten me through all of this so far, is my faith in God.

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@puddinpop I know what it is like to be without a helpful dr to address a mental health crisis. Can you ask your primary care dr for a referral to someone? There is a website that you list your zip code on, that can offer you resources for many things: https://myhelpnavigator.auntbertha.com/

Also, you state you are in Delaware. Here is the link for tracking down a local National Alliance on Mental Illness [NAMI] office/resource in your state: https://www.nami.org/Find-Your-Local-NAMI/Affiliate?state=DE

I see it has been a while since you joined, but this is your first post. I hope you have been reading from others, and see how we can be supportive here, and relating our experiences on our journeys. Welcome to Mayo Connect. There is an existing conversation about PTSD within this Mental Health group, that you may find encouraging https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/anyone-else-with-ptsd/

Please let me know if this has been a help to you, and come back for more support!
Ginger

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WebMD has a link for treating PTSD through EMDR, suggest you view the link and look for a therapist that has experience in this form of treatment. It helped me more than anything, Group therapy also helps. https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/emdr-what-is-it#1

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@gingerw

@puddinpop I know what it is like to be without a helpful dr to address a mental health crisis. Can you ask your primary care dr for a referral to someone? There is a website that you list your zip code on, that can offer you resources for many things: https://myhelpnavigator.auntbertha.com/

Also, you state you are in Delaware. Here is the link for tracking down a local National Alliance on Mental Illness [NAMI] office/resource in your state: https://www.nami.org/Find-Your-Local-NAMI/Affiliate?state=DE

I see it has been a while since you joined, but this is your first post. I hope you have been reading from others, and see how we can be supportive here, and relating our experiences on our journeys. Welcome to Mayo Connect. There is an existing conversation about PTSD within this Mental Health group, that you may find encouraging https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/anyone-else-with-ptsd/

Please let me know if this has been a help to you, and come back for more support!
Ginger

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Thank you Ginger!

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@oldsalt1947

WebMD has a link for treating PTSD through EMDR, suggest you view the link and look for a therapist that has experience in this form of treatment. It helped me more than anything, Group therapy also helps. https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/emdr-what-is-it#1

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Thank you! I would love to find a therapy group in DE for PTSD.

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@puddinpop I'd like to invite members @lolaemma @vickimurray and @marjou to the conversation.

There are many important variables when approaching treatment for P.T.S.D. and treatment often happens in layers.

May I ask if you experienced isolated event(s) of trauma or ongoing and/or childhood trauma?

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@puddinpop NAMI is a good resource or checking into behavioral health facilities as they are called here in NM. What about checking local hospital to see or local physicians for referral.

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I've had probably twelve incidents that contributed to seventyseven years of PTSD. The three biggest annoying residual continuing problems is trying to get CBT Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and transportation to their office. Second is trying to shut off the continuous stream of flash backs of not only painful memories but sometimes just inconsequential thoughts from many years back. Lastly is the pending divorce which has been keeping my equilibrium off balance for eighteen months so far. As I'm self representing and half my pension is being held until the judgement it's been difficult to concentrate on following up on necessary activities. Fortunately the pandemic has allowed me to isolate most of the time and resist the temptation to rant about my frustration.

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@lolaemma

I've had probably twelve incidents that contributed to seventyseven years of PTSD. The three biggest annoying residual continuing problems is trying to get CBT Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and transportation to their office. Second is trying to shut off the continuous stream of flash backs of not only painful memories but sometimes just inconsequential thoughts from many years back. Lastly is the pending divorce which has been keeping my equilibrium off balance for eighteen months so far. As I'm self representing and half my pension is being held until the judgement it's been difficult to concentrate on following up on necessary activities. Fortunately the pandemic has allowed me to isolate most of the time and resist the temptation to rant about my frustration.

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@lolaemma Your situation sounds extremely difficult. Until Covid-19, most therapists did not see clients online. If transportation is a barrier, I encourage you to request your therapist to see you online or to find a therapist that will do so.

Would that be something that would interest you?

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@erikas

@lolaemma Your situation sounds extremely difficult. Until Covid-19, most therapists did not see clients online. If transportation is a barrier, I encourage you to request your therapist to see you online or to find a therapist that will do so.

Would that be something that would interest you?

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I wasn't completely clear. I had online therapy for a short while but the therapists contract ended at the beginning of the pandemic. I haven't checked to see what new arrangements that have been made. My insurance possibly may cover it. I assumed that I would be contacted. Then transportation remains. I had ER visits July August and October for residual muscle pain from badly healed "accidental" injuries. Took my mind off my mind. I've been trying to get motivated to follow through on projects already started. I enjoy hibernating too much maybe.

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Hello @lolaemma,

I would encourage you, as @erikas, did to check and see if you can have some online therapy. That sounds like a good plan for you right now.

Yes, hibernating is something that comes easy to those of us who have suffered from PTSD and/or depression. Unfortunately, you cannot cure these types of problems with bed rest or by hibernating. Connection to others is very important.

I applaud you for using Mayo Clinic Connect as a way of expressing your thoughts and feelings. It is a good beginning to this process.

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Faith in God, you are fortunate indeed. Struggling with bipolar for a life time, I found much help in Christ Jesus expressed with Christian Science. I recommend you go to there website and listen to the Wed healing service at 11am PT. There are practioners you can call and for a small fee, receive prayerful support.

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@lolaemma

I've had probably twelve incidents that contributed to seventyseven years of PTSD. The three biggest annoying residual continuing problems is trying to get CBT Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and transportation to their office. Second is trying to shut off the continuous stream of flash backs of not only painful memories but sometimes just inconsequential thoughts from many years back. Lastly is the pending divorce which has been keeping my equilibrium off balance for eighteen months so far. As I'm self representing and half my pension is being held until the judgement it's been difficult to concentrate on following up on necessary activities. Fortunately the pandemic has allowed me to isolate most of the time and resist the temptation to rant about my frustration.

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You have a lot going on….arrgg. When I have a thought I don't like, I tell my mind to delete it. And this usually works. One issue with depression is negative self talk. You could be creative and imagine a vacuum cleaner removing the thought. After decades of bipolar issues and plenty of study, I have a suitcase full of methods to help with my issues, from prayer, nutrition, vitamins, herbs, massage, exercise, journeling, art, music, and study.

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@gingerw

@puddinpop I know what it is like to be without a helpful dr to address a mental health crisis. Can you ask your primary care dr for a referral to someone? There is a website that you list your zip code on, that can offer you resources for many things: https://myhelpnavigator.auntbertha.com/

Also, you state you are in Delaware. Here is the link for tracking down a local National Alliance on Mental Illness [NAMI] office/resource in your state: https://www.nami.org/Find-Your-Local-NAMI/Affiliate?state=DE

I see it has been a while since you joined, but this is your first post. I hope you have been reading from others, and see how we can be supportive here, and relating our experiences on our journeys. Welcome to Mayo Connect. There is an existing conversation about PTSD within this Mental Health group, that you may find encouraging https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/anyone-else-with-ptsd/

Please let me know if this has been a help to you, and come back for more support!
Ginger

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I believe that she would be able to find good health care providers for mental health from any NAMI resource. Mayo provides the best information and patient care.

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