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Post-Trauma Stress Disorder

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Apr 6 2012, 07:28
  • Bob Newbie

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    Hi every one I am new here. I was medically retired from the army in Jan 2012. I have been treated for PTSD by the VA, but now my thearapist will be moving to another VA facility. I go to a VA out patient clinic because the main facility is so far away. So thats why I'm hear.

    When I returned from Iraq in 2005 I began to drink heavily. I had 9 years of sobriety. I drank to cover up all my feelings. I now have 18 months sobriety thanks to AA.

    Now my emotions are getting out of control again. Anxiety, Paranoia, Hyper Vigalance and my emotions rise and fall quickly. I am on medication and I do have a Psych who perscribes my meds. I was also told I may be Bi Polar. But now I have no one to talk to who understands.

    Sorry for miss spelled words.

    Thanks Bob
  • Sillygirl Insightful User

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    Apr 7 2012, 08:03
    Hey, Bob,

    I have so much respect for folks in the military. Thank you.

    I don't have a lot of time to post right now, but I suffered from PTSD as a result of a different kind of trauma. I know it doesn't hold a candle to yours, but I thought I'd never get over it. Then I met a therapist that practiced Trauma Incidence Reduction. I was completely stunned at how fast that resolved about 90% of my issues (being held captive and raped repeatedly for weeks is not easy to heal). My intimacy issues were healed, most of my trust issues, I didn't blame myself and my anger subsided.

    Google TIR/Trauma Incidence Reduction and see if there are any practitioners in your area. It's worth looking into. And while it's very expensive, who knows, maybe some therapists offer a discount for the military or it would be worth approaching a therapist and selling her on the idea of offering a special plan for returning soldiers because honestly, I healed a host of issues in just 2 sessions. I know that sounds to good to be true, but really, if you find someone that is REALLY good, it's the most effective therapy I've tried to date.

    And don't worry about the misspelled words. Many of us are from all over the world and we're upset when we type, so we all do it. I speak 3 languages any given day where I live, so I feel fortunate on days that anyone can understand my gibberish. ha!

    Good luck, Bob. You'll get to where you want to be. Knowing and acknowledging that there is a need to get better is actually the hardest part.