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  1. Skywatcher

    Can fantasies change?

    You are not alone. I have talked to my therapist about these same issues.
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    Who survived lowering Effexor?

    I’ve been in therapy for many years. Yes to psych and doctor. I was just seeking some people’s experiences. I’m actually feeling more normal now. Still some ups and downs.
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    Who survived lowering Effexor?

    @Flying Dove My psychiatrist said that pouring some out of the pill and putting it back together is fine. He also said that it’s such a small dose it shouldn’t be a difficult transition. —it has been difficult—. The reason I’m concerned about my overall health is that they have checked all...
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    Who survived lowering Effexor?

    I have been trying to go from a 75/37.5 combo to 75. I realize that’s a small change, but I’m very sensitive to medication. I’m doing everything I can to help my high blood pressure, lower cost and stop this weight gain. So far, I tried emptying some of the capsule and putting it back...
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    Working with younger parts & success stories

    In our early work: The safe places where some of my parts live: my grandmother’s farm. The joy of that place is endless and full of places to explore. Another place is a room that has crayons and coloring books. Nice adults that stay with those parts. One place that my therapist suggested...
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    Working with younger parts & success stories

    We’ve worked a lot with my “parts.” I also do not have DID. However, dissociation in my daily life or in therapy has been my norm for coping, which is what we are trying to get away from. Early in my therapy, my T would talk to me of how we could imagine somewhere that my younger parts would...
  7. Skywatcher

    I miss…

    Hollywood and Blockbuster video store.
  8. Skywatcher

    Is that posible that I developed ptsd symptoms from my childhood trauma only in adulthood (26 yo)

    I had panic attacks in childhood, but didn’t know what they were. My official label is ptsd, but didn’t seek therapy or receive that label until middle age. My trauma never seemed that bad to me because I had blocked much of it out. The flashbacks became triggered when my children hit the...
  9. Skywatcher

    Medical Hysterectomy - What to expect?

    Everything went okay. Surgery was without complications and I’m recovering at home with some really strong meds including a large ball pump that is attached into my abdominal area with a tube and a dial that I have control over, for pain meds and hydration to the area. My emotions are all over...
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    Medical Hysterectomy - What to expect?

    Today’s the day. I’m terrified. My therapist did send me a reminder email to do self flash emdr for calming and to go outside. I’ve done tapping as well. Will be leaving soon. I’m mostly worried about my blood pressure. I normally have decent blood pressure but it was 167 over 86 at the...
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    Medical Hysterectomy - What to expect?

    Thank you. I’m trying to be patient. I want it over with. I’ve been bleeding daily for a very long time and it’s wearing on me. He told me that I have endometriosis, adenomyosis, and my ovarian cyst has doubled in size over the last 3 months. So, I’m planning for recovery being...
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    Medical Hysterectomy - What to expect?

    @DharmaGirl …. It was rough. Emailed my therapist, but she couldn’t do a phone call. I reached out to a couple of friends to make sure what happened was medically justified, and not a creepy unnecessary painful thing. Finally, had therapy today and we talked about surgeon personalities and...
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    Medical Hysterectomy - What to expect?

    Trans-vaginal Ultrasound…. At this stage of my healing, I didn’t realize that it would have this profound of an impact on me. 😬
  14. Skywatcher

    Write a happy story in 3 words

    Cat on lap.
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    Medical Hysterectomy - What to expect?

    I met the surgeon and really liked him. My Appointment was in his office. He was really funny and answered all of my questions. Ptsd is in my chart and I talked to both him and his nurse about my meds. I feel safe with him in regards to this surgery, I think. I guess next week’s ultrasound...
  16. Skywatcher

    Responsible Drinking - What’s Your Poison?

    Off topic, Can you take strong anti-inflammatory drugs? The only way I’ve gotten better when my back goes out is extreme anti-inflammatory meds in addition to prednisone (which makes me crazy). They say you can take Tylenol and Ibuprofen at the same time as well. (Not sure on dosage). I’d...
  17. Skywatcher

    EMDR machine

    You can ask your T to go back to taps. Too much intensity can certainly throw a person over the edge!
  18. Skywatcher

    EMDR machine

    That is how I used to do therapy. Now we butterfly tap. I thought the tappers were more intense as well, but it all seems to process the same. I’m finding the subject manner is what really affects it the most.
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    Medical Hysterectomy - What to expect?

    I’ll probably dissociate. I just don’t think he would be able to see the things he needs to see considering the cervix would be closed. However, the appointment will be allotted more time, so maybe that is the goal. It’s weird with “elective” surgery. I’ve had 5 different doctors say this is...
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    Medical Hysterectomy - What to expect?

    I’m scheduled to have a hysterectomy in a little over a month. My doctor wants a different/better surgeon to do the robotic surgery because he said that I have a difficult case. Scar tissue attaching my uterus to my abdominal wall or something like that. I’m a little panicked because I don’t...
  21. Skywatcher

    Fibro EMDR and severe joint pain

    Yes. My therapist recommends that I not be still or sleep immediately after emdr. On my list we have: go outside, try a walk, clean, paint, music, short bursts of exercise. After doing that, I can then take my nap or whatever. I was having too many problems when I froze into a nap or my...
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