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Re: When to End Therapy? Dx. PTSD Speaker

Posted by dragonfly25 on January 2, 2004, at 8:52:44

In reply to Re: When to End Therapy? Dx. PTSD dragonfly25, posted by Speaker on January 2, 2004, at 0:29:29

what happened was i left therapy after years of intensive therapy (i was quite young), when the choice became more mine i reevaluated it, and basically said screw it. the flashbacks had diminished but i attribute that to my refusal to talk about those issues and klonopin at the time (i do not take that now). i feel i became more whole when i took control of that, i was out of therapy for years again and i struggled for quite a while, but not with the flashbacks/nightmares per se. i was struggling more with 'life' i have gone back to therapy, with someone else but not to deal with that issue. i again am questioning how helpful therapy is, teh more i focus on, the worse it is. they some times keep yoiu ruminating. i am by no means 'better', but i feel a hell of lot more stable than i did before. and i am not haunted anymore. i can not watch certain movies, and i will leave or close my eyes and try to think of good things if ever in a trigger situation. and one of my biggest triggers which use to make me nuts, is everywhere, so i actually desensitized myself to it. identifing the triggers sort of happened gradually, certain situations, and movies (really bad for me), it didn't take long to identify but it took years to manage them safely. i hope i answered your questions and that i have been of some help.
ps- i am a bit worried that i am giving out bad advice. pls don't do anything drastic, i just found that not focussing my life around it made the woorld of difference. keep me posted
dragonfly


> So, if I understand you right you are not in therapy at this time? Did you find that the flashbacks and nightmares lessened when you quit or did they lessen and therefore you felt is was ok to quit? You mentioned you were able to identify the triggers and then able to put into practice coping skills...how long did this take you?


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