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Are there drugs for ptsd that will help with the nightmares?

Are there drugs for ptsd that will help with the nightmares?

Yes: Certain blood pressure medications called Alpha adrenergic agents, like Clonidine or prazosin, are used to help eliminate nightmares. Also, antidepressants like zoloft, Prozac and Paxil (paroxetine) can sometimes help the nightmares. However, therapy remains the best treatment for ptsd and can help the nightmares in time. ...Read more

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Nightmares (Definition)

Also known as "dream anxiety disorder," this is a sleep disorder characterized by frequent nightmares. The nightmares, which often portray the individual in a situation that jeopardizes their life or personal safety, usually occur during the ...Read more


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Are there any good medications that help with coping with a bad sexual abuse situation in the past?

Are there any good medications that help with coping with a bad sexual abuse situation in the past?

See below: Medication will help with managing sx that you may experiences as a result of abuse -- mood, sleep, etc. Discussing your issues with a psychologist or a counselor specializing in sexual abuse and/or traumatic experiences will help you with working through your experiences. Good luck! ...Read more

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Are there any good medications to help with children that are selective mutes?

Are there any good medications to help with children that are selective mutes?

Depends: If the selective mutism is due to a social phobia or agoraphobia, then there are some possible treatments that may help. Anxiolytics can reduce these symptoms. ...Read more

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Are there any medications that can help with mental acuity and concentration in concussion recovery?

Are there any medications that can help with mental acuity and concentration in concussion recovery?

Amantadine: There is a growing literature concerning the use of Amantadine to treat the post concussion acquired attention deficit disorder. In the past doctors have tried using stimulant medication like Ritalin (methylphenidate) and adderall. Speak to a neurologist who specializes in treating patients who have experienced concussion. ...Read more

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Are there any good medications used commonly to help with ptsd associated with sexual abuse?

Are there any good medications used commonly to help with ptsd associated with sexual abuse?

Yes: Prazosin can be very effective for nightmares and for hyperarousal if combat-related. Ssri's help "modify information taken in" more appropriately and help extinguish fear reaction. Also helps anxiety, depression, panic, aggression, and suicidal thoughts. These appear to work better for non-combat-ralted trauma. Any associated medical or emotional problem should be aggressively treated with med. ...Read more

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Are there rehab clinics that can deal with prescription drug addiction and panic disorder in one place?

Are there rehab clinics that can deal with prescription drug addiction and panic disorder in one place?

Yes: Such a facility would have a psychiatrist on staff that would be managing the detox as well as management of coexisting psychiatric disorders. ...Read more

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Are there particular medications that work in addition to psychotherapy in teenagers for depression?

Are there particular medications that work in addition to psychotherapy in teenagers for depression?

Absolutely: There are many medications. However, only a fully qualified medical doctor, specifically a child psychiatrist, is positioned to make this determination. ...Read more

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Please describe the various drugs being used now to help with autism?

Please describe the various drugs being used now to help with autism?

Risperdal: Risperdal was recently approved by fda for "symptomatic treatment of irritability in autistic children." the unfortunate thing is that children with autism are typically not suffering from a "Risperdal deficiency." good bio-medical techniques attempt to determine some of the physiological disturbances in autistic kids and then set about fixing them: - food allergies - gut dysbiosis - nutrients. ...Read more

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Are there any meds that help with flashbacks?

Are there any meds that help with flashbacks?

Ask your DR: To prescribe you some meds to relieve anxiety and help you sleep. Adequate sleep will alleviate your symptoms. Staying active, exercising, living each day, staying positive and experiencing good memories @ present may replace the negative effects of these flashbacks. Hope you feel better! ...Read more

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What are other options in medications that deal with ADHD that don't cause insomnia?

What are other options in medications that deal with ADHD that don't cause insomnia?

Medications for ADHD: May contribute to insomnia but adhd itself may do so. Proper treatment of adhd may eliminate sleep problems that are from adhd. If meds (stimulants like methylphenidate & amphetamines) cause sleep problem then talk with prescriber about other options including (add-on or replacement by) clonidine, guanfacine, or atomoxetine. ...Read more

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Is there any herbal medications in tablet form for insomnia that actually work. and which will help anxiety too. ?

Is there any herbal medications in tablet form for insomnia that actually work.  and which will help anxiety too. ?

Yes, but capsules: By asking about tablet form I'm guessing you want a pill as opposed to a tea or tincture but herbs are more likely to be in capsules than tablets. Many herbs are well-known to help insomnia & anxiety, including Valerian, Passion Flower, Hops, California Poppy, Chamomile, Ashwagandha, Magnolia Bark & Holy Basil. See http://ybertaud9.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/herbs-and-natural-remedies-for-insomnia/ ...Read more

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Studies now show that anti depressants are not the best choice for ptsd. What are other options?

Studies now show that anti depressants are not the best choice for ptsd. What are  other options?

Meds and therapy: Different medications work for different people. Finding the right medication as well as the right dosage is an inexact and time consuming undertaking. Additionally, get a referral to a reputable psychotherapist who specializes in PTSD. Both meds and therapy together are the best combination. ...Read more

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Are there any suggested books for how to think positively--i'm dealing with depression?

Are there any suggested books for how to think positively--i'm dealing with depression?

Books for depression: Are numerous in book stores & libraries. One book i've used with clients is "feeling good: the new mood therapy" by david burns. Another one i like that is not just on thinking more effectively is "the how of happiness" by sonja lyubomirsky. The challenging thing about any self-help book is putting it into practice. ...Read more

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Any help for someone that has 'adhd"? What are the treatments or medications involved?

Any help for someone that has 'adhd"? What are the treatments or medications involved?

Yes indeed: Adhd can be helped. There are psychologists trained to provide a type of therapy which helps. As well there are psychiatrists who are trained to provide appropriate and helpful medication which are approved by the fda. ...Read more

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I have tried some of the ssri medications for anxiety and i refuse to try any more of them. What other nonaddictive options are there?

I have tried some of the ssri medications for anxiety and i refuse to try any more of them. What other nonaddictive options are there?

Several.: Not all ssri's are made alike, with that said, venlafaxine (effexor) is a medication used for anxiety disorders. There is Buspirone (buspar) which is used to treat anxiety disorders. And, some of the older antidepresants, tca's, are used for anxiety. And, there are some newer options. ...Read more

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Are there any nurses or therapist that will live with you for two weeks to help with acute panic?

Are there any nurses or therapist that will live with you for two weeks to help with acute panic?

I don't think so: You may want to consider a voluntary admission to a psychiatric hospital if the panic is that severe. Perhaps a day treatment program would be enough. Call a local psychiatric hospital and schedule an appointment for an evaluation. Good luck and let us know how it goes. It can be treated. ...Read more

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Are there any medications that can help cure anxiety and allow faster brain function?

Are there any medications that can help cure anxiety and allow faster brain function?

No: I am not aware of any medicine that would allow for a reduction of anxiety yet allow more rapid brain function; unless it allows the the reduction of anxiety to create more normal brain function (less fragmentation of thought, etc). ...Read more

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Bad Dreams (Definition)

Bad dreams is a symptom in which a person remembers dreams that are stressful to him, such as scary dreams, dreams of getting chased by attackers, dreams of suffering ...Read more