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Will being on Ambien (zolpidem) help with ptsd flashback nightmares?

Will being on Ambien (zolpidem) help with ptsd flashback nightmares?

No: Generally speaking, no. It may help you sleep, but it may make your nightmares worse. Psychotherapy and different medications like Clonidine or prazosin can help with nightmares. Get help from a mental health expert if the nightmares are so bad that you can't sleep. ...Read more

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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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I keep getting nightmares since few years, although don't ve any flashbacks [the way PTSD causes],pls help with possible causes of this? and solutions

I keep getting nightmares since few years, although don't ve any flashbacks [the way PTSD causes],pls help with possible causes of this? and solutions

Nightmares: I see that you deal w/breathing issues. Have you been tested for sleep apnea? Are you breathing well in your sleep? Is there a theme to your nightmares, perhaps a particular story or emotion? Please see your doc to make sure all is well w/what you are doing for breathing and then a mental health professional. Clinical hypnosis may be helpful. See www.asch.net Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I am treated for PTSD and really have a rough time, with all the nightmares & flashbacks - some days I am not able to eat or sleep, will I ever heal ?

I am treated for PTSD and really have a rough time, with all the nightmares & flashbacks - some days I am not able to eat or sleep, will I ever heal ?

PTSD: Getting the right treatment for PTSD is essential. It is important to work with mental health providers who have expertise in PTSD. Psychiatric medications are often indicated. Cognitive processing therapy (CPT) is the gold standard - it is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy. Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) & virtual reality exposure therapy can also be quite effective. ...Read more

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Have PTSD(2008)on meds, having horrible daily nightmares, flashbacks, am in therapy- causes restless sleep,feeling very fatigues all the time, help?

Have PTSD(2008)on meds, having horrible daily nightmares, flashbacks, am in therapy- causes restless sleep,feeling very fatigues all the time, help?

Has your doctor: considered an off label of prazosin for your nightmares/ insomnia? Are you working with a provider who has expertise in PTSD? Don't know what type of therapy you are involved with. Cognitive Processing Therapy (a form of cognitive behavioral therapy), EMDR & virtual reality exposure therapy can be very helpful with PTSD. Don't lose hope. ...Read more

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Do i have PTSD i cant sleep nightmares wake up panicy and sweaty and my heart hurts .often get flashbacks so confusing?

Do i  have PTSD i cant sleep nightmares wake up panicy and sweaty and my heart hurts .often get flashbacks so confusing?

PTSD: You probably do. If you have gone through a traumatic experience - it is likely that you are suffering from PTSD. If this has lasted more than 4 weeks please get some help. Talk to your PCP and have him/her refer you to a specialist. ...Read more

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How is it possible that flashbacks are real? Ptsd?

How is it possible that flashbacks are real? Ptsd?

Real, like dreams: Flashbacks are real in the same sense that dreams are real. A flashback is a "re-experiencing" symptom of ptsd. They tend to make a person feel or act as though a traumatic event is happening again. The more provocative the event, the more likely it will be that it will be vividly re-experienced in the future. ...Read more

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Are unrelated flashbacks normal with ptsd?

It's possible: It's possible that someone with ptsd has suffered several different traumas in life, so when one memory of a traumatic event is activated, other memories of other events can get activated. Ptsd can be very painful and disruptive to one's life. If flashbacks, jumpiness, an inner sense of detachment, avoidance or relationship issues are problems, please seek a mental health evaluation. ...Read more

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I have ptsd and Iget flashbacks I was wondering if it's possible to have a flashback and then forget what you saw or only remember pieces?

I have ptsd and Iget  flashbacks I was wondering if it's possible to have a flashback and then forget what you saw or only remember pieces?

Yes: Yes, PTSD affects the way your brain creates, processes and retrieves memories. I would strongly recommend talking with a counselor to help you manage your trauma so you can live the life you'd like. ...Read more

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Ambien (Definition)

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