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  1. Joyce, thanks for this interesting article.
    I’m very surprised because I’ve taken ambien and it had the opposite effect on me, it completely erased my memories during the time that I was taking it. Because it didn’t actually put me to sleep, I would be having conversation with my spath and tell him the same thing over and over again. It really annoyed him. LOL! Within 10 minutes, I’d forgotten what I had said and I’d repeat it. He’d say, “you just said that!” and I would have a very vague memory of it. I’d say, “ohhh, yeah, I sort of remember that.”

    Sometimes, I would stay up all night cleaning the house from top to bottom and not remember having done it. It was great waking up the next morning to a sparkling clean house. As if elves had come in at night to clean.

    There was a very vague memory of it but it was like it happened in a dream.

    Lunesta did the same thing but not as intensely.

    As far as bad memories, well… I was annoying the spath, I do remember that. 🙂

  2. Joyce, thank you so VERY much for posting this article and your thoughts on this subject.

    I believe that I’m experiencing PSTD because what’s going on is consistent with the symptoms. Short-term memory is shot, which is very odd. The insomnia is often pain-induced, or I awaken from “bad” or disturbing dreams and can’t get back to sleep.

    I do not, under any circumstances, wish to take any of the “sleep” medications because I’ve heard more disturbing accounts of using these drugs than I’ve heard of successful uses.

    It may come across as nuts, but I believe that the human physiology/psychology deals with trauma via the PST symptoms. We’re “meant” to experience this, EVEN though it’s a horror show, in all respects. The one thing that I do take for extreme anxiety is a half tab of Xanax, on very rare occasions. But, I’m even hesitant to use that.

    My view on PSTD is that allopathic treatment should not be the “only” approach. If mood-altering medications are prescribed, then counseling therapy should also be prescribed. Having typed that, I realize that “health insurance” often doesn’t cover this, and the cost for emotional recovery can be a weekly expense that most people simply cannot afford – this is a farking SIN, as far as I’m concerned.

    I know more people who describe symptoms of PST and aren’t being treated medically, OR emotionally. Those that are being treated using prescribed medications typically don’t engage in counseling therapy due to cost, but most importantly because of the stigma that still surrounds emotional/mental health. If one seeks counseling therapy, then one must be crazy, right?

    Quite personally, without counseling therapy, no amount of medication would be ASSISTING in my recovery. I believe this 100%. And, it’s shameful that medical and mental health is a privilege rather than a basic human right.

  3. Truthy, depression is often a symptom of PTSD and that can usually be treated successfully with medication, but I ALSO BELIEVE that counseling therapy is NECESSARY as well.

    Going to therapy was difficult for me because I had been on the counselor side of the clip board, but it does help and I have a great trauma therapist and I had stopped going until this latest parole hearing preparation sent me back into the “spin cycle” and I got big time exacerbations of my PTSD symptoms. Mainly short term memory, and THAT freaked me out afraid I was getting dementia. LOL But testing showed that Yes, I do have short term memory problems but it is BECAUSE OF STRESS. So that reassured me somewhat and I AM getting better.

    The thing is that ANY medication has side effect, even a Tylenol, which in over dose will KILL THE LIVER instantly, but in mild over dose will kill the liver SLOWLY so people who take OTC meds containing tylenol frequently over dose on a low level but if continued, it is just as fatal as a huge over dose. They don’t stop to consider that just because something is OTC doesn’t mean it can’t hurt you.

    The same thing with “vitamins” and “natural” products…arsenic is “natural” but that doesn’t mean it won’t kill you. Vitamins K, A, D and E are fat soluble and in overdose are FATAL, again, killing the liver. Yet people OD on vitamins daily thinking more is better.

    After reading some studies by medical universities, I quit taking even a multi vitamin a day. Back in the days when our diets were severely limited especially during the winter, people DID have severe scurvy and so on, but today that isn’t the case. My own great grandmother died of pellagra, which is a B vitamin deficiency, because for 7 or 8 months a year they lived on “meat (salt pork), meal and molasses” and had no fresh greens and no way to get any.

    I have a friend who is an RN and she buys and takes all kinds of “natural” products and has had some bad side effects. She also smokes as well. But the point is that the people who sell these “natural” products and touting them don’t have any idea what the long term effects can be.

    However, I DO use some “natural” treatments, like for example, cherry extract for my son’s gout symptoms. Since “old wives tales” had said eating cherries was good for gout some University Medical school tested cherry extract on a large number of gout patients, and guess what? It further reduces gout outbreaks by 28% when given with the medication allopurinal which only reduces the attacks by 52%. My son used to have an attack every 3 months as regular as clock work until we started him on the cherry extract, and he went 9 months before he had another episode.

    But—I only use “natural” products when they have been TESTED in double blind studies by Medical universities. Otherwise I avoid using anything I don’t need.

    The ambien caused me to sleep walk and eat while I was up…so when I realized what was happening I stopped it, but have done reading on the research since then.

    Since many people who would read this blog have some form of emotional problems relating to their life experience, up to and including PTSD, I thought this might be a good one to do an article on. The trauma, either a big explosion, or continual high levels of stress can cause PTSD in people and they don’t even realize what is going on, but insomnia is one of those problems and many times family doctors will prescribe ambien for those problems, probably not being aware of how they effect people who have experienced trauma.

    Unfortunately, I don’t see counseling as any time soon becoming a “right” for people. I wish it was. Unfortunately too, people in desperate need of counseling who DO have paid access to it will reject it because of the “stigma” that goes along with “mental health” issues. My own dear mother has used my “mental health” issues to smear me to the community as “crazy” and get sympathy for herself, poor old lady, her crazy daughter will have nothing to do with her. Of course she doesn’t tell these people that she is a bald faced liar and her grandson is a psychopathic killer. LOL

  4. Here’s an interesting article written by a survivor of rape at college about her battles and about PTSD the last couple of paragraphs say:

    “Every person that has PTSD is currently fighting a battle — an invisible war that plagues each of us equally, regardless of the traumas that brought us to the battlefield. As a 21-year-old college student, my battles consist of learning how to live again, respecting my body, enjoying adventures, and remembering what it means to be a young, and confident in my abilities to succeed. Often times, it’s easy for those of us with PTSD to isolate ourselves in the battles of being misunderstood and unsupported, and to push off others that want to love and believe in our ability to heal.

    I know now that rape didn’t take my life away, and that the betrayal of my university didn’t take my courage — even if it caused my PTSD. ”


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