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Re: Can psych treatments cure us? (need inspiratio

Posted by B2chica on June 27, 2006, at 11:16:39

In reply to Re: Can psych treatments cure us? (need inspiratio, posted by Michael83 on June 26, 2006, at 22:36:11

i too think a combination of both have been successful for me.
for me success has meant, being able to no longer be debilitated by my illness and memories. with the RIGHT medication and RIGHT therapist this was able to happen. i'm working full-time with no boss hovering over me waiting for me to make that one more mistake anymore, i completed my degree, and i am now pregnant and awaiting our first child. do i still have issues...yes many, and i will need to deal with them as they come up but now i know i have the tools to do it. and i have some support as well (with the therapist).

medications are tricky. the fact is the best med combination will not make you feel like someone else, however, there are infact some that made me feel 'out of it' or almost surreal. some make me sick, some tired, some i lost weight, some i gained. but finally i found a good combination that i wasn't someone else, i was fact for the first time in years...i was back to me.

do you have a diagnosis?
i think first you should get some type of benzo for anxiety i think that would help tremendously, sometimes a tranquilizer is enough to calm down the racing thoughts. if not there are several other meds out there. muffled mentioned seroquel i think. this was about the only thing that was able to knock me out (i had TERRIBLE insomnia), however after about three months i really noticed cognitive blunting...this doens't happen to everyone, but it did me. i noticed i couldn't do things i normally knew how to do.
i am certainly NOT trying to scare you off trying seroquel, it might be the key to your stability. my best advice about medications is be aware of what you are feeling. you know your body better than ANY doctor. and psychiatry is unfortunately not yet a science. so your input is very important...if you notice things like side effects or mental dulling or opposite maybe a manic type behavior, it's just SO important for you and your pdoc to communicate. that is the key to proper medication. but also, give it time. these medications will not be a magic cure overnight, in fact many even take weeks to start noticing a difference.
i wish you luck michael83 and just know that there is help, i don't know if i'd call it a cure. but we can become much, much healthier.





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