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What medications should I take for ADHD inattentive, ptsd, depression and anxiety?

Medications: You need to work with your physician to determine the best combination for you. ...Read more

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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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What are the differences between depression and ptsd?

What are the differences between depression and ptsd?

See below...: Depression is a mood disorder whereas ptsd is an anxiety disorder. The theme in depression is one of sadness; in ptsd, it's one of fear and nervousness. While a traumatic event may have happened in the life of a depressed person, the occurrence of a traumatic event is a requirement in the diagnosis of ptsd. ...Read more

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What is the difference between depression and anxiety and ptsd?

What is the difference between depression and anxiety and ptsd?

Mood vs trauma: Depression and anxiety are both mood disorders. PTSD is a disorder that occurs after severe life-threatening trauma. Anxiety and depression can and most of the time are part of PTSD. Depression and anxiety, on the other hand, do not at all have to be related to life threatening trauma. ...Read more

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Does a Highly a sensitive Person really exist because it seems to have similar symptoms of PTSD, depression, eating disorder. What's the difference?

Does a Highly a sensitive Person really exist because it seems to have similar symptoms of PTSD, depression, eating disorder. What's the difference?

Can't answer in 400: You ask for similarities and differences for 3 big topics! Go to www. Mayoclinic. Com or www. Johnshopkins. Com or search on Google Scholar ...Read more

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I've been didiagnosed with ptsd and depression I've taken a lot of pills to help nothing has im going back to my old wayswich scares me?

I've been didiagnosed with ptsd and depression I've taken a lot of pills to help nothing has im going back to my old wayswich scares me?

The best treatment: Plan is one which includes both therapy and appropriate psychotropic medications. It is important to work with a therapist who is experienced with ptsd. Cognitive processing therapy is superior for tx of ptsd. Group therapy & emdr could also be beneficial. ...Read more

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Could ptsd be showing itself through depression?

Could ptsd be showing itself through depression?

Yes!: Yes, depression can associated with ptsd and the problems that ptsd causes in people's lives can cause depression. Medications to treat depression can be helpful in these cases for people with ptsd. ...Read more

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How is ptsd different from depression, how is this diagnosed please.?

How is ptsd different from depression, how is this diagnosed please.?

Post Traumatic: Stress disorder is an anxiety disorder that develops after a life threatening or horrific experience (or in some cases a # of traumatic events). There are reliving symptoms (nightmares, memories, flashbacks); avoidance (of people, places, things, that cause upsetting memories or sxs) and third there is hyperarousal (fight or flight reactions, increased vigilance, ^ startle response). Major >. ...Read more

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I have ptsd, anxiety and depression. What are the best meds to take?

I have ptsd, anxiety and depression. What are the best meds to take?

PTSD, anx & depress: Medication MAY play a role in helping you w/your symptoms but you raise the probability of getting better a great deal if you get some individual therapy such as from a clinical psychologist. PTSD responds well to clinical hypnosis. See www. Asch. Net for licensed referrals. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I have ptsd an depression an anxiety how do I handle all three without medications.

I have ptsd an depression an anxiety how do I handle all three without medications.

If your symptoms are: Severe - at least consider being seen for psychotropic medications. I will start w a deep breathing exercise that you can do if you are becoming anxious or irritable. Breath in deeply & slowly through the nostrils. Hold air in lungs for a 5 count before slowly exhaling through an open mouth. Repeat until you are calmer. Focus on your breathing not what is making you upset. Getting physical through. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with Depression and PTSD since I was twelve. Lately this past year I have been having terrible dreams.

I was diagnosed with Depression and PTSD since I was twelve. Lately this past year I have been having terrible dreams.

Specific medication: If your doctor is not aware there's a specific medication called PRAZOSIN. It's very effective in treating nightmares, especially useful in cases of PTSD. Discovery made by Dr. Murray Raskind @ VA Hospital. Rather fortuitous finding made in Vietnam Vets decades ago with bad PTSD. Prazosin was used to treat other issues but somehow nightmares got better. Referred to as the Raskind Protocol. ...Read more

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Is it normal to feel that you don't know how to get back to work when you suffer under anxiety, depression and possible ptsd?

Is it normal to feel that you don't know how to get back to work when you suffer under anxiety, depression and possible ptsd?

Not uncommon: Depression may lead to a drop in motivation, energy level & self- confidence.
Anxiety may lead one to question their work or decisions and make focus difficult. Ptsd can lead to sleep deprivation & sometimes discomfort being around others. So yes, this may make it difficult to get back to work. Take care. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with PTSD and depression but I feel like my condition has gotten worse. I think I may have ADD. How can I get diagnosed?

I have been diagnosed with PTSD and depression but I feel like my condition has gotten worse. I think I may have ADD. How can I get diagnosed?

PTSD: Is a treatable condition. Please see a clinical psychologist who specializes in PTSD or mood disorders. Your doc or the local VA hospital may have referrals for you. Clinical hypnosis and self-hypnosis training MAY be utilized as the way to relax the hair-trigger bodily and emotional reactions you are feeling. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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At times, can messing up words, forgetting how to spell, be expected 4 my age? Can depression / stress cause this? Think have PTSD from pastmarriage..

At times, can messing up words, forgetting how to spell, be expected 4 my age? Can depression / stress cause this? Think have PTSD from pastmarriage..

See your doctor: While both depression and the medications used to treat it can interfere with some cognitive functioning - something as specific as you mentioned warrants further investigation just to be certain. See you doctor. .. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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I've been treated for depression with PTSD for 5 yrs with different meds and doctors. I'm feeling pretty hopeless that it will never go away. I want to get on with life?

I've been treated for depression with PTSD for 5 yrs with different meds and doctors. I'm feeling pretty hopeless that it will never go away. I want to get on with life?

Therapy & meds: Medications can only treat symptoms and are not curative in ptsd. The most effective treatment is with an experienced therapist who specializes in the disorder. It is possible to get better, but not with medications alone. ...Read more

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What defines anorexia, what makes it different from depression, PTSD or just loneliness please?

What defines anorexia, what makes it different from depression, PTSD or just loneliness please?

See a doctor: Has an intense fear of gaining weight or becoming fat, even when underweight
Refuses to keep weight at what is considered normal for her age and height (15% or more below the normal) Have a body image that is very distorted, be very focused on body weight or shape, and refuse to admit the danger of weight loss. May severely limit food. It differs as it is mainly about body image. See a doctor ...Read more

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Is it possible to acquire manic depression from ptsd?

Is it possible to acquire manic depression from ptsd?

Bipolar disorder: Aka manic depression, in and of itself does not cause any other disorder. It is theoretically possible to have both of them together. Please see a mental health professional for diagnosis and support. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with PTSD, major depression, (6 yrs ago)on many meds, will I ever be able to stop taking these meds, or stop counseling -I feel good now?

Diagnosed with PTSD, major depression, (6 yrs ago)on many meds, will I ever be able to stop taking these meds, or stop counseling -I feel good now?

Stopping treatment?: It's great that you're feeling better from your depression and PTSD! You mention taking multiple meds and participating in counseling. Are you feeling better *because* of your treatment? Considering stopping any of your medications or counseling is a serious medical decision, and should be undertaken with the collaboration and supervision of your treating doc to avoid negative health consequences. ...Read more

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Lifelong history depression &gad, diagnosed ptsd 2007, worsened depression. Tried so many drugs, different therapies, ready to give up. Suggestions?

Lifelong history depression &gad, diagnosed ptsd 2007, worsened depression. Tried so many drugs, different therapies, ready to give up. Suggestions?

Skilled therapist: That sounds really difficult. It might be a good idea to find a psychologist whose specialty is trauma and ptsd. Emdr and other body based therapies with a skilled practitioner could also help. Psychologytoday. Com is a good resource to find someone who will be a good fit. All the best and I do hope you feel better. ...Read more

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What is the most effective way to treat PTSD & Depression without antidepressants?

What is the most effective way to treat PTSD & Depression without antidepressants?

My experience: I like use of Cognitive-Behavioral therapy and EMDR. Maybe my exemplary psychiatric and psychology associates on this site can help guide the way.
Make a Concierge appointment. ...Read more

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What medications should I take for ADHD inattentive, ptsd, depression and anxiety?

Medications: You need to work with your physician to determine the best combination for you. ...Read more

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Who can I talk to for help with ptsd and depression?

Treatment Options: You can find a therapist near you through the website:
psychologytoday. Com

another excellent resource is the book :

the trauma took kit, healing ptsd from the inside out.
Traumatoolkit. Com

this award-winning book provides an understanding of ptsd as something that affects your entire being - mind, body and spirit. The book gives information on many modalities to help heal from ptsd. ...Read more

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Where do I find a service animal. I have PTSD combat related, also anxiety and depression disorder.

Where do I find a service animal. I have PTSD combat related, also anxiety and depression disorder.

Service animal: For vets. Thank you for your service. Contact your local VA and ask. They may be able to direct you to the proper organization. If your local VA isn't helpful find another one that may be. Great idea! Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I am on effexor (venlafaxine). I have ptsd, psychotic features and depression. Is there better suited meds or combos for this?

I am on effexor (venlafaxine). I have ptsd, psychotic features and depression. Is there better suited meds or combos for this?

What works for you: Is best. The main thing is that what you are on is helping. If you still have any psychotic symptoms then a low-dose of Abilify (aripiprazole) would be warranted. If you are having nightmares then Minipress is indicated. There is a lot of controversy surrounding the use of benzodiazepines in post traumatic stress disorder. If you still have a lot of generalized anxiety disorder symptoms then Buspar could help. You are awfully young to have peripheral vascular disease. Please make sure to keep your blood pressure under control especially since occasionally venlafaxine can drive up blood pressure. That does not pose a problem as long as you counteractit with the necessary antihypertensives. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is it possible for someone who has PTSD, major depression and Anorexia to live isolated and this to be considered a successful way to live

Is it possible for someone who has PTSD, major depression and Anorexia to live isolated and this to be considered a successful way to live

Need for social: Interaction varies from person to person. Avoid total disconnect from the world or reality. Have someone in your life to be a bridge to the outer world, e.g., friend, therapist, or spiritual leader. With their guidance, move a bit beyond your comfort zone. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I'm a 20 year old woman with a history of depression and PTSD. I stopped all meds 6 months ago. Recently I started hallucinating. What should I do?

I'm a 20 year old woman with a history of depression and PTSD. I stopped all meds 6 months ago. Recently I started hallucinating. What should I do?

Get help: Right away preferably with a psychiatrist and psychotherapist as your problems can benefit from therapy as well as medication. If hallucinations are new symptoms, please get checked by your pcp to make sure no underlying medical cause. Talk to your family and let a close friend know what's going on. You need support. You can get back to feeling better again! All the best. ...Read more

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How can I help my partner deal with the stress of deployment to Afghanistan AGAIN? He already has some mild depression and PTSD from the last time.

How can I help my partner deal with the stress of deployment to Afghanistan AGAIN? He already has some mild depression and PTSD from the last time.

PTSD: If not already in therapy, he needs to see a Mental health professional, and if already in treatment, he needs evaluated for fitness to be deployed based on his current symptoms with Depression & PTSD. ...Read more

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Hi, im seeking help for major depression possibly ptsd. I'm looking to get and evaluation but have no insurance to see a psychiatrist, what can I do?

Hi, im seeking help for major depression possibly ptsd. I'm looking to get and evaluation but have no insurance to see a psychiatrist, what can I do?

Pay directly: Psychiatrists often get paid directly by their patients; many actually don't accept insurance and don't deal with insurance companies. Just call up psychiatrist in your area and ask about their fees. ...Read more

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I've been treated for severe depression and ptsd w/ meds and therapy for 5 yrs. Can dep. Be treatment resistant or do I need to try somthing dif again?

I've been treated for severe depression and ptsd w/ meds and therapy for 5 yrs. Can dep. Be treatment resistant or do I need to try somthing dif again?

CPT: I agree with dr. Popovov that it is important to be treated by a provider who is well versed in ptsd. You didn't say what kind of therapy you had. If you have not had cognitive processing therapy (cpt) which is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy - that may be the mother load for you (as long as you are willing to work hard to get well). Obviously optimizing psychotropic medications is needed. ...Read more

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Can medical marijuana help ptsd & depression?

Can medical marijuana help ptsd & depression?

Caution: Although some individuals may have a positive response- there can be marked worsening of symptoms in others. ...Read more

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Can people with severe anxiety and depression and ptsd become schizophrenic?

Can people with severe anxiety and depression and ptsd become schizophrenic?

No: Although there can be psychotic symptoms with post traumatic stress disorder and severe major depression, they are very different from schizophrenia. These disorders will not morph into schizophrenia. ...Read more

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Chronic pain, ptsd, depression sleeping has changed to 16 hrs day with no med changes. What changes can I make? What to bring up to drs?

Chronic pain, ptsd, depression sleeping has changed to 16 hrs day with no med changes. What changes can I make? What to bring up to drs?

Medications: Need to bring up the medications and determine if they may be a problem as well asthe depression. You said ptsd and chronic pain. There pain medicine that interact with antideopressants and vice versa. Drug interactions with these medication needs to be addressed as the excessive sleeping could be due to these effects. Address with the physiicain the meds, interactions lab tests especially nh4. ...Read more

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Can you ever get over PTSD or major depression & Anxiety caused by it, struggling so much, hard to try stay positive, without any counselling?

Can you ever get over PTSD or major depression & Anxiety caused by it, struggling so much, hard to try stay positive, without any counselling?

Not easy solo: Sorry to hear of your many struggles. Yes, you can get better. I urge you to consider therapy and/or meds, if possible. Many communities offer low to no cost services, if that is a concern. Here are a couple of websites that might help: http://www. Ptsd. Va.gov/public/treatment/cope/index. Asp, and http://www. Goodtherapy. Org/blog/best-depression-resources-depression-websites-2012-0118137. Take care ...Read more

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1 year ago I had no memory of abuse. I now have severe flashbacks, dissociation, alters, depression ptsd. Pls tell me it gets better, I've lost hope.

PTSD: What you are describing are classical symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder or ptsd. It is a treatable condition and you will get better. The best treatment is combination of medications (ssris) with therapy. I would strongly suggest that you see a psychiatrist for consultation. ...Read more

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I have PTSD and Depression. I gave birth 10 weeks early and have yet to bond. I'm concerned about P-part depression. What's the risk and etc involved?

I have PTSD and Depression. I gave birth 10 weeks early and have yet to bond. I'm concerned about P-part depression. What's the risk and etc involved?

Treat the depression: The risk is considerable if you have had depression before. Best option would be to discuss with your prescriber for Rx and psychotherapy, and if you are already taking an Rx, to explore dosage or augmentation options. Best wishes! ...Read more

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I'm 22yrs old, I have PTSD, can I add certauyn foods or nutrients to my diet to ease my anxiety, depression & dissociation? I don't eat meat nor dairy

I'm 22yrs old, I have PTSD, can I add certauyn foods or nutrients to my diet to ease my anxiety, depression & dissociation? I don't eat meat nor dairy

PTSD: Certainly eating a well balanced diet will help you feel better overall, but I don't know of any specific foods that will help your anxiety and depression. As you know PTSD is a difficult disorder to treat but can be successfully treated with therapy and medications. I'm going to refer you question to my colleague Dr. Baker in CA who has more experience in Holistic Medicine. ...Read more

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What to do if I have sleep, anxiety, depression, and ptsd issues but I keep getting erections from the medicine trazodone?

What to do if I have sleep, anxiety, depression, and ptsd issues but I keep getting erections from the medicine trazodone?

Trazodone: Is sometimes used to treat problems with insomnia. There are many other medications that can be used to help sleep disturbances related to PTSD and depression. Please let your doctor know. If the erections are too troublesome for you - another med should be considered. For erection lasting > 4 hours - obtain emergency care. Take care. ...Read more

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Been living with my g/f for 6.5yrs who suffers from PTSD induced depression. I now struggle to cope (but hide it). Can this cause blood in my stool?

Been living with my g/f for 6.5yrs who suffers from PTSD induced depression. I now struggle to cope (but hide it). Can this cause blood in my stool?

No, but…: Both issues, your struggle to cope and the blood in your stool need to be evaluated. In addition, if your girlfriend is not getting therapy for her PTSD, that may be necessary also. You should see your family doctor to determine how to proceed with all of these. ...Read more

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I have tried commiting suicide 16 different times I have ptsd sever major depression anxiety social skitso insomnia and hospitalized what shld I do?

I have tried commiting suicide 16 different times I have ptsd sever major depression anxiety social skitso insomnia and hospitalized what shld I do?

Get help now.: You need urgent psychiatric treatment. If you are in an inpatient psychiatric facility, work with the staff, participate in group meetings, accept the medications prescribed. Do not sign out against medical advice. After discharge stay involved in your treatment program. See your psychiatrist/ therapist regularly as advised. Don't stop or change doses of your meds. Your illness is treatable. ...Read more