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Which medication works for you?

Zero One

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its not a common side effect at all, at all. antipsychotics are notorious for causing it
Well I suspected it because I don't have akathisia with my antipsychotic and when.I started taking busiprone the akathesia started.
 
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I've been on so many over the years, I can't even remember all their names. Single, multi-medications, etc. The one I've been prescribed about 2 months is Celexa 40 mg once a day. Helps with the depression, flashbacks not so much. Fo some weird reason too, it has helped me not want to drink; which is a good thing.
Reading back through this thread and I wanted to tell you, my psychiatrist put me on zoloft to help with the nightmares from PTSD. I am just thinking 🤔 this thing must be good at stopping flashbacks because it may work ok on some of the same pathways that PTSD is on. This is my second day on it and the sleep last night was absolutely amazing but once my alarm woke me up I wanted to go back to sleep💤

The benztropine makes me have dry throat and mouth so I am always taking water with me everywhere I go. Since being on narcotics, I enjoy beverages, but eating is like a torture
 
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Lamotrigine, my mood stabilizer, helps mute triggering memories and flashbacks. Go read its PTSD reviews on drugs.com. More recent bad memories are still near the surface, but those from decades ago aren't bubbling up anymore in the form of flashbacks and my focus is usually better especially in conversations.

I take meds everyday for anxiety: Klonopin, Lyrica (also for pain), Hydroxyzine HCL and sometimes Propranolol.
I tried Lamotrigine for 6 months last year, but found it just didn't do anything. I titrated up and up, as you're supposed to do, but there was no change in my depression, anxiety or mood. My motivation was even worse than before, my anhedonia and apathy also got worse, and my focus really reduced. I'd lose words, take forever to write even just one paragraph and fall asleep if forced to do something boring.

I also take Klonopin for anxiety and Lexapro for depression (it doesn't do much).

Anyway, my PTSD doesn't have many flashbacks. They aren't my biggest problem. My problem is the PTSD (and cPTSD) has left me chronically anxious and with a constant feeling of dread, doom and fear. What medication helps with THAT? Nothing, in my experience (apart from Xanax, but the tolerance makes that not a viable option, sadly)
 
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I tried Lamotrigine for 6 months last year, but found it just didn't do anything. I titrated up and up, as you're supposed to do, but there was no change in my depression, anxiety or mood. My motivation was even worse than before, my anhedonia and apathy also got worse, and my focus really reduced. I'd lose words, take forever to write even just one paragraph and fall asleep if forced to do something boring.

I also take Klonopin for anxiety and Lexapro for depression (it doesn't do much).

Anyway, my PTSD doesn't have many flashbacks. They aren't my biggest problem. My problem is the PTSD (and cPTSD) has left me chronically anxious and with a constant feeling of dread, doom and fear. What medication helps with THAT? Nothing, in my experience (apart from Xanax, but the tolerance makes that not a viable option, sadly)
Lamotrigine in my opinion doesn't do anything for anxiety. It does soften and even my moods a good bit. But I do need to add something to it. Last month I tried Lexapro for all of five days then I developed intense ear and jaw pain and a constant ear buzz. The buzzing and bad pain have gone but the tightness remained so I got a soft dental splint for TMJ. It seems to be helping.

I'm thinking about trying my bottle of Buspar and am wondering if like you I'll get akathisia. I have a bottle of Mirtazapine to try so that hopefully I can get a break from the cocktail of meds I take to sleep.

My diagnoses are OCD with mood lability problems hence the Lamotrigine for my mood. I'm not lashing out as often anymore because of a change of plans or any other uncertainty that OCD hates. I have the cPTSD symptoms of fear, dread and doom that you describe. It's just that mine come with some compulsions, hellish self-doubt and moods, though better, that go from good in the morning to depressed by many afternoons to calm by evening to anxious before bed.

May I ask where do your feelings of fear, dread and doom come from? I'm realizing that a good deal of my anxiety comes from not having practiced self-assertiveness when I should have. Then I berate myself and feel dread when I think about talking to the person who put me in the damnable position of being their punching bag. This goes all the way back to childhood beginning with school bullies then occasional verbal abuse from my mother. I'd appreciate any insight you'd like to share.
 
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You know what? I don't exactly even know where my feelings of fear, dread, anxiety etc come from. I think they're just so deeply ingrained in my psyche, as they began to exist at around 4 years of age, that it's my natural state of being.

When I was younger, my acute / life stress was technically worse than it is nowadays. Meaning, home stress (that I have cPTSD from), school stress, and the standard growing up stuff everyone goes through. Then from my late teens to my early 20s a lot of my family members died as well as my 2 cats I'd grown up with since I was 3 years old, and my first partner broke up with me after 4 years together. I worked full time for 3 years and found that stressful, just being around people all day.

Then in my mid 20s I moved to a different state with my still current partner, worked part time as I couldn't handle full time (even part time was really uncomfortable for me), bought my first property at age 30, got 2 cats, then bought my second property at age 38, sold the first one, and stopped working entirely also at age 38.

At age 36, one of my beloved cats was diagnosed with Diabetes and from then until 3.5 years later when I sadly lost him to complications from it, I lived in a state of terror that he would die. He was my furry soulmate. A year before we had to say goodbye, I first went on benzodiazepines just for some relief.

Also, around age 34 to 35, I went through a very traumatic time with someone I was very close to but who lived far away. I couldn't eat, sleep or function on and off for about 2-3 years and lost a lot of weight. That's when I first went on antidepressants.

Both of these drawn out intense times of trauma have left me with PTSD (as separate and in addition to the childhood cPTSD).

So these days, I don't work, I barely socialise, I don't really HAVE to do anything. And yet still I'm just always in this state of constant fear and dread.

I'm always terrified something bad is going to happen. Every time the phone rings my heart starts beating so fast and I hyperventilate, because I fear something's happened to my parents.

I've always had difficulty dealing with stress. I don't show it on the outside though. I always "have to" appear "normal". It greatly embarrasses me to ever appear stressed, upset or sad.
 
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