Paythotheray. You need to see a psychiatrist for an evaluation. He/she can recommend meds and psychotherapy.
With help. With the support of others. Recommend doing a little research to ensure that you find a therapist who is well versed in the assessment and treatment of ptsd. Second -group therapy with people who have had like traumatic experiences can be invaluable. The gold standard for talking therapy for ptsd is cognitive processing therapy. Take care.
1st, understand it. Read all you can at trusted professional sites and & in books. Talk to your doctor & if you know folks who have experience with it, see what they have to say. Ptsd has about 3 major factors in it's history; physical, emotional & sexual trauma or any combination of the three. There are 3 major interventions; counseling (cbt), medication & strong social support systems. Best results use all three.
Resources after eval. Here's a great website that lists resources that can be used by both veterans and non-veterans: http://www. Ptsd. Va.gov/public/treatment/cope/index. Asp. This website also provides links to evidence based treatments for PTSD; an additional treatment includes EMDR. In addition to the PTSD Coach app, other apps include Breathe 2 Relax, T-2 Mood Tracker, eCBT Trauma, and PTSD Eraser. Best.
Meds & psychothe. Get a full psychiatric evaluation to assess for PTSD symptoms, and see if medications are warranted. Next, find a reputable psychotherapist nearby who specializes in PTSD. Generally speaking, meds and psychotherapy together are the best approach.
How can I deal with increased PTSD symptoms when trying to start dating for the first time since my rape? Already seeing therapist and psychiatrist, but am looking for some help until I see my therapist again.
Concerned. Glad you reached out. Do you have a family member or friend you could talk to. Also, have you thought about double dating for your date? That might be a good first step.
Research. You can look up PTSD on the sites on this page http://www. Chosenpllc. Com/patients/resources. You may consider increasing the frequency of therapy appointments while initially transitioning back into dating. It is typical for symptoms to increase during such a change. Ask your therapist for resources he/she recommends as well as homework between sessions. Use the skills you have learned so far.
PTSD. A lot of this depends upon where you are in your treatment of avoidance. If you're at the point where you're ready to date, perhaps going to a public place, double dating, or meeting the date at the location could help you feel safer. If you're not quite at this point yet in your therapy you can always gracefully bow out of the date and reschedule it for a later time. Process with therapist.
PTSD. Is a complicated and very painful illness. Emdr has been shown to reduce some of the symptoms of ptsd, but there is no research to suggest that this method alone will resolve the problem. Working with a therapist who incorporates multiple modalities and a psychiatrist who can help you function at your best at each stage of recovery is probably the best method.
Many approaches. You might find the book surviving the shadows by bob delaney helpful.
Complex condition. Ptsd is a complicated condition as it represents a disorder that can be precipitated by very different traumatic events. My recommendation is that you meet with a professional who is competent in the area of ptsd and discuss with him/her what the best approach could be to address your trauma. I am sure that you will be presented with a number of options to choose from alone or in combination.
Ptsd. A trained professional counselor that works with cognitive behavior therapy, and a psychiatrist to evaluate for meds.
Psychotherapy, meds. Individualized treatment should be tailored to you and your symptoms. Some form of exposure psychotherapy may include individual and group sessions. (emdr may be considered a form of exposure therapy which includes a specific ritual to enhance coping) medication may be prescribed for insomnia, increased arousal, anxiety, depression, or paranoia.
Collaborative Care. In a condition as complex as ptsd, collaborative teamwork is essential. You might need a psychiatrist who helps with pharmaceutical medications & supportive therapy, and a psychotherapist who is skilled with deeper work including emdr. Group work can be useful also. For those very sensitive to pharmaceuticals, homeopathy can help as well. Practitioners need to communicate with each other too.
Effective treatments. Are independent of discipline. The most effective treatments today involve some form of exposure therapy, psychoeducation, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Some theorists believe, myself included, that emdr is a form of exposure therapy. Medication sometimes helps.
That depends. Simple ptsd may respond well to emdr, cognitive processing therapy (cpt) & other modalities. Emdr is not as effective with complex ptsd especially if the ptsd is severe. In that situation cpt and appropriate psychotropic medications may be effective. Video exposure tx is now being used as well. Group therapy, psychoeducation & family therapy also have a place in a comprehensive treatment plan.