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Re: The shadows from the past (complex PTSD) » shadows721

Posted by cubbybear on September 5, 2003, at 6:15:57

In reply to The shadows from the past (complex PTSD), posted by shadows721 on September 4, 2003, at 19:33:14

Hi Shadows,
I didn't think you'd be willing to disclose your past trauma on this board and so I found your post very moving. I'm nearly at a loss for words, but there are a couple of things I'd like to say. One is that I'm presently tapering off Klonopin myself. Although I need a doctor's prescription to obtain it (here in Thailand as in the U.S.), my pdoc is an uninspiring cold fish and not really supportive of the idea of my quitting the Klonopin. He'll come out with remarks like "Just remember that if you have any problems sleeping, 2 mg. per day is perfectly safe and you shouldn't worry about it." Yes of course. But the fact is that I *want* to discontinue the medication and have resorted to my own tapering guidelines. He's never given me a tapering schedule. I've figured it out solely with the help of numerous posts on this board from others who have tapered off Klonopin.

As for PTSD, all I can say is that there's a fabulous book (not sure if it's still in print) called "They Cage the Animals at Night" by Jennings Michael Burch, who narrates his experiences of being physically abused as a child. I don't know if you're into reading about others' experiences, but it's a heart-rending book. (I'm supposed to say something here about double-double quotes when recommending a book, but am not sure what Dr. Bob means by this. He'll probably jump into the discussion and tell me. . .) Anyway, you might want to read the book. Keep posting and talking to us.




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