It sounds you have suffered from PTSD and Depression. PTSD is one of Anxiety
disorder and its symptoms include anxiety, panic attacks, flashbulb memory of traumatic events, nightmares
etc. Symptoms of PTSD are similar to Anxiety and Depression. In your case, possibly your PTSD condition may have developed depression as well.
It sounds you have multiple mood disorders - PTSD, Depression, Anxiety.
Depression is a state of disease that affects body and mind. Depression can disrupt the nerve impulses that carry a constant stream of orders from the brain to the muscles. When the depressed brain slows down, so do the signals to all parts of body. Depression affects memory, problem-solving ability, language, perception and is accompanied by nervous tension, anxiety, and profound fatigue. It can generate pain and aches. If depression is untreated, it develops PSYCHOSIS too. Medical reasons for Depression may include thyroid hormone abnormality, Vitamin B12 Deficiency, Chronic pain, Stroke
), Alzeheimer’s disease, other medical problems such as kidneys, heart, lung, epilepsy, migraine headaches, brain injury. Malnutrition/brain damage can dull mood further. Some medication can cause or contribute to depression. In order to treat PTSD and depression,
You may need phramacotherapy, individual therapy, and a support group for adults with PTSD. You may need a licensed psychotherapist who specializes in PTSD and Depression. Cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) will work for both PTSD and Depression. EMDR (Eye Movement desensitization and reprocessing) and CBT (RELAXATION TECHNIQUES, IMAGINAL FLOODING, GRADUATED & PROLONGED EXPOSURE, IMPLOSIVE THERAPY, STRESS
INOCULATION TRAINING) are most effective for PTSD. You may need to find a licensed psychologist or psychotherapist who SPECIALIZES IN EMDR and/or CBT and PTSD & Depression in a community clinic, a local hospital or a private office setting. You may call your insurance company and can ask for a list of providers who you may work with.
You can also call The United Way toll free # XXXXX to find the community mental health centers in your area where you can get treatment described above even without health insurance. You can get counseling for free or low fee. Additionally, You can also check out HRSA (U.S.department of Health and Human services) (Website - http://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/Search_HCC_byAddr.aspx)Federally-funded health centers care for you, even if you have no health insurance. You pay what you can afford, based on your income. Health centers provide • checkups when you're well • treatment when you're sick • complete care when you're pregnant • immunizations and checkups for your children • dental care and prescription drugs for your family • mental health and substance abuse
care if you need it. Type in your address and click the 'Find Health Centers' button to find health centers near you. In addition, you may need a support group for people with PTSD and Depression. Check Mental Health America website section (http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/go/find_support_group) - Find a group in your area without insurance. support groups are usually free of charge in community centers. For any questions and resources for PTSD and Depression or any mental health questions and resources, contact National Institute of Mental Health Phone Number:(NNN) NNN-NNNNToll Free Number: 1-866-615-6464 Fax Number:(NNN) NNN-NNNNEmail Address:[email protected]
Website URL: www.nimh.nih.gov If you are in crisis, seek help immediately. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to reach a 24 hour crisis center. To find a specialist/therapist for PTSD and get more resources, contact ANXIETY DISORDERS OF AMERICA- http://www.adaa.org/. Please let me know if I have overlooked any and you have more questions. Ger well.