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

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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