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I am so sorry that you are experiencing these symptoms of PTSD, I can imagine how distressing this must be for you
I would like to ask you a couple questions to get some more information, so that I can better assist you
I understand that you are trying to get off the Effexor, will you be planning on switching to another antidepressant medication?
Also what type of therapy are you currently going through? Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), or another type of therapy?
I think they want me on an ssri
I am going to my local rape crisis center for talk therapy
Okay, well for the best SSRI medications for anxiety and depression that are linked to PTSD would be Zoloft, Paxil, Lexparo, or Prozac. Also there is another SSRI based medication called Buspar, but has some mild tranquilizer effect that can be very beneficial for anxiety as well. Here is a good link explaining the best medications to treat PTSD.
For therapy the best type of therapy to effectively treat PTSD symptoms is called CBT. This therapy is the most evidence based therapy to date and very effective. CBT has a premise that your symptoms are caused by negative thoughts, so if we change your thought process to be more positive and objective as well, then your symptoms will lessen.
I can show you some good CBT techniques and recommend some quality books as well. Also I can recommend another therapy called EMDR that is specifically formulated to treat PTSD.
I have read a lot about all the meds
Well the medications can only lessen the symptoms, not cure it. Therapy is the only sure fire way to cure you of your PTSD.
I am more worried that I can not take it anymore
will they treat ptsd in the mental health part of the hospital if I go
They most likely will not put you as inpatient unless you met the criteria for harming yourself, harming other, or if you are gravely disabled (e.g cannot take care of your daily needs like hygiene, clothing, shelter, food, etc...)
Instead most likely they will just give you new medications and recommend you to an outpatient facility. Now if this was a primary mental health hospital, then it is possible that you could be admitted as an inpatient.
we have a lot of mental health help avalible in Syracuse ny, however I don't want to be labeled either
Most mental health professionals will not label you, instead they will treat you like a patient and someone who needs help. You are not your mental illness, it does not define you and most mental health professionals know this
The xanax is a good medication to take for the anxiety, but it will not cure you, only therapy can
I would like to recommend some good therapy books and possibly a good therapist in your area if you like
it's hard to be on Xanax, I have been on 3 years now
and I am never anxiety free
I know, this is a complicated form of PTSD. I think that trying CBT or EMDR will be more of a success for you, but it does take some time as therapy is a gradual process. Switching to the SSRI can be helpful as well. Lexapro is the most effective of the SSRI antidepressants and also has the least amount of side effects too
I need to get to the repressed memories of my rape, and the rage and I know I won't switch meds if left on my own it scares me too much'
Well EMDR does a great job, according to most studies, to get at those repressed memories. Here are a couple links explaining it in more detail for you.
thank you for your help tonight.
It is a novel type of therapy that was specifically meant to treat PTSD and especially Veterans.