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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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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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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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Normal for PTSD symptoms (flashbacks, anxiety) to worsen in an episode of MDD? This is the 1st MDD episode I've had since being diagnosed with PTSD.

Yes!: "normal" to have symptoms worsen in MDD - any time we have more than one entity happening the likelihood is that both will be accentuated. Get help with your MDD and PTSD - psychotherapy with medications is best ...Read more

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Having problems with flashbacks from PTSD. Any good tips?

Self care: In addition to the suggestions about getting formal evaluation and treatment it is important that good self care be used as well as possible during periods of heightened PTSD symptoms - this includes good nutrition, getting as good of sleep as possible, and any activity that is comfortable. ...Read more

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What are the best ways to help control flashbacks from ptsd? (childhood sexual assault survivor)

What are the best ways to help control flashbacks from ptsd? (childhood sexual assault survivor)

PTSD flashbacks: Psychotherapy with emdr (eye movement desensitization & reprocessing) can be very helpful for these flashbacks. http://www.emdr.com/general-information/what-is-emdr.html this is done in the context of an ongoing therapeutic relationship to help you work through and release the painful aspects of what has happened to you. History can't be changed, but your future can. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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Every time there is a certain noises that sounds like gun fire or certain images I see, I begin to cry & have anxiety & flashback. PTSD? Been shot at

Every time there is a certain noises that sounds like gun fire or certain images I see, I begin to cry & have anxiety & flashback. PTSD? Been shot at

Yes based on history: Flashbacks, physical symptoms of crying and the feeling of anxiety can stem from the emotional reliving of a traumatic event. These symptoms are often triggered by a sudden experience that is similar and while in the present it still loosens the complete history of unresolved feelings of helplessness and dread. Single episode traumas are easier to resolve than complex, multiple traumas. ...Read more

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Can PMS aggravate PTSD? I recently had to stop taking the pill after a PE, and this is my first cycle being off the pill. Feeling more anxious and having flashbacks and intrusive thoughts...haven't had these in a while and not sure how to handle it.

Can PMS aggravate PTSD? I recently had to stop taking the pill after a PE, and this is my first cycle being off the pill. Feeling more anxious and having flashbacks and intrusive thoughts...haven't had these in a while and not sure how to handle it.

Could potentially: I would start with making sure you have a good sleep by using OTC sleep aids. I hope this simple measure can improve your symptoms. if sleep is not an issue, I would recommend making an appointment with your PCP to get your PMS symptoms treated before addressing your PTSD symptoms. ...Read more

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What med is recommended for a PTSD, who is so terrified of people causing them harm, they drink 24 7 sometimes? They also have Tourette syndrome, which make the flashbacks of being abused for it flare up, creating a cycle.

What med is recommended for a PTSD, who is so terrified of people causing them harm, they drink 24 7 sometimes? They also have Tourette syndrome, which make the flashbacks of being abused for it flare up, creating a cycle.

No simple answer: You describe serious symptoms individually and in combination. This doesn't mean that the person can't be helped. The psychological issues, the drinking , the Tourette Syndrome and the overall physical and psychological condition have to be evaluated before a treatment plan can be developed. This may included medications and therapy. ...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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Horrible flashbacks, PTSD, raped numerous times, past therapist said to masturbate to get over this, can't this, just brings on more flashback & pain?

Would encourage you: to work with a therapist who has expertise in PTSD. Masturbation is not likely to cause healing. However approaches like cognitive processing therapy (a form of cognitive behavioral therapy), Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), psychotherapy or virtual reality exposure therapy may be effective. Be mindful that psychiatric medications are often indication. There is hope with the ...Read more

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PTSD, major depression, fatigued all the time, can't eat or sleep, constant flashbacks, will I ever feel normal again, so discouraged counselor quit?

PTSD, major depression, fatigued all the time, can't eat or sleep, constant flashbacks, will I ever feel normal again, so discouraged counselor quit?

Need : To find someone to really talk with. And open up to. The more you talk about it the better you will feel. You will get back to your self. Just need to stick with it. And find a person you are comfortable with ...Read more

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What are symptoms of PTSD? My son had a very close call with his open heart surgery and almost died. One year later I still have horrible flashbacks.

Could be PTSD: These flashbacks could be part of PTSD. More important than naming the exact diagnosis would be getting treatment. There are various forms of psychotherapy ,sometimes with medication, that can be very helpful. Treatment works. ...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


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Flashbacks (Definition)

A vivid memory that is sudden and disturbing from an event in the past. Could be as a result of psychological trauma or taking ...Read more