reply to post by cavtrooper7
Congratulations, sir: you convinced me to register an account, even though I refrain from internet forums in general. (Yes, yes -- I'll get over to
the introduction forum as I'm able.) This is a subject I can speak to on several levels.
For the last 15 years or so, I'd been walking around with undiagnosed PTSD from a serious car accident.
I have tried just about everything to treat the symptoms during that timeframe. That's what you'll be doing with SSRIs and other drugs: treating the
symptoms. This is all well and good, but if you can address the cause, you can reduce the symptoms.
You might want to look into clinical hypnotherapy. Once my issue was (finally) identified at PTSD, my psychiatrist recommended I see a hypnotist, and
I am very glad that I did. In short, I'm able to drive without freaking out now.
Another poster here mentioned "rewiring your brain," which I've found to be possible with hypnosis. Be forewarned that it's time-consuming,
expensive, and sometimes emotionally painful. In my limited experience, it's also been completely worthwhile.
Don't take this to imply you shouldn't address the symptoms. I think you should do so, as it may help your recovery.
Using SSRIs seems to be an individual thing. They didn't work well for me, so I don't take them anymore. The side-effects and risks were too great.
Doubly true if you have the combination of being armed daily and
combat training, as I do. That said, don't rule out antidepressants as a way
to "bridge the gap" with other forms of therapy if they work for you... just use due caution.
I am not a psychiatrist or pharmacist, but five at once seems like a lot.
The most useful supplement for helping manage my own symptoms has been mentioned repeatedly in this thread. As with any other legal herbal supplement,
your results will be highly dependent on the particular variety of the herb you choose. Be careful about dosage and potency. And, of course, operating
heavy machinery of any kind.
In any case, good luck on your journey. I hope you'll take some of what I've written into consideration, especially if you haven't looked into
hypnosis as a useful form of therapy before.