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    To Medicate or not to medicate...

    I don't think sertraline is addictive. But not sure. I am still on it - 150mg. I think 50mg should be okay? But definitely check with your doctor. I tried Welbutrin and it was awful, as was Celexa. I don't really have experience with any other meds.
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    My Medications are making me fat.

    I have gained quite a bit of weight too. I'm on sertraline though
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    How to Stop Avoiding?

    Oh I hear you. This is *still* an issue for me as well. I just started going to therapy again and I have had homework and the avoidance kicked in. So, I think what everyone else said, just try a little bit at a time. My T does a lot of body work so she tries to get my body to a place where I...
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    Just another EMDR thread. With added scepticism

    I have only ever tried the tapping thing a university counselor showed me but I did it on my own and ended up having the most intense flashbacks that night so I never did it again...even though that, in and of itself, was probably not a bad thing. So I guess I am adding my experience to those...
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    numb and overwhelmed

    Just wanted to chime in. This kind of thing happens to me too...still. I have trouble talking about it...and if I do, I still use vague language like "the stuff that happened" instead of calling it by name. For a long time, I wasn't able to cry. I still hardly ever do. But there are times...
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    Poll How much does your doc know of your trauma history?

    I put other...My GP doesn't know details but my shrink knows more. However, he sends updates to my GP and I have no idea to what extent he shared...if at all.
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    Never told anyone

    Sorry you feel so horrible. I have only ever attempted once but almost nobody knows about it (I did eventually tell a friend a lot later). I tried the old tying around the neck thing...but I just ran out of energy and strength to carry it through. I now have ideation quite often...I think, in a...
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    Why do I actively seek things out that are triggering??

    I have done this too. Used to read about and watch footage of the traumatic events...over and over and over...Not sure if I was numb and trying to feel or if I was trying to dissociate. I must have been numb some of those times...
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    Other Can a concussion make PTSD symptoms worse/more intense?

    Hi. My apologies if this has already been discussed elsewhere. I have recently suffered a concussion so my attention is a bit off, and I can't stare at the screen for too long. My question is if anyone has had this happen (not PTSD as a result of TBI but someone getting TBI after already...
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    Anyone else feel weird on Zoloft? UPDATE: Trying again...

    As I mentioned above, I have had stomach issues and there comes a point where the dosage stops working for me, so he usually gets ne to a higher dose. I recently started 125mg again. This time, the stomach was ok, mostly, but I'm not sure the higher dose is really helping. I feel more anxiety...
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    Other Covid ‘long haulers’ support thread

    So, back in March, I started having symptoms and I initially thought it was allergies. Then I got lethargic. Then the cough started and then the fever. Shortness of breath. I was sick for a very long time. I did the test in later April (regular people weren't getting tested before that unless...
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    is it normal to alternate between severe & mild periods of PTSD?

    Yup. I was reasonably stable for a period and now it seems to be getting worse again. The triggers I thought I learned how to manage are back with a force they haven't had in a while...It is indeed cyclical, as someone noted above.
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    Do you get convulsion-like shaking?

    Not convulsions but I do get the shakes sometimes when stressed or triggered
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    News Terrorism in the US capital

    Please stay safe
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    (Not) Finding a Job

    Hi. This sounds a lot like my situation. My degree is pretty useless, or maybe I am just too dumb to turn it into something better. I am employed (well, underemployed) but have had a heck of a time over the last year and a half or so. Between the ptsd and depression and now Corona (I have been...
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    Anyone else feel weird on Zoloft? UPDATE: Trying again...

    Yes. When I first started, it really messed with me. I would get super sleepy and tired and would start falling asleep on my feet. Then I switched to taking it in the evening and that was okay until the dose was increased...Then I started having stomach issues (the runs ...yikes)...SO then we...
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    Relationship Hypersexuality

    Sorry to read you're going through this. She sounds like she may have bipolar or even BPD - though obviously, I am not a mental health pro...Just that someone I love(d)did some very similar things and yet on good days this was the most caring person. But a pattern of short term, mostly abusive...
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    Therapists - What has been your therapist experience?

    Some people who've been on this site for a while may know my struggles with finding the right kind of help. My initial experiences were not at all encouraging and I found myself giving up on therapy altogether. When I was at my worse, I was still at school and I saw a rotating door of...
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    I just started Zoloft and I just wondered did it help anyone??

    Yeah, definitely talk to your doctor. Sometimes these side effects go away with time but sometimes it just turns out it's not the right medication for you. Everyone's body is different. One other thing that has happened to me a few times, is that I have a few forgetfulness issues. Might not...
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    I just started Zoloft and I just wondered did it help anyone??

    I am currently on it. Initially I had pretty bad side effects, so he lowered my dose and added Welbutrin. The latter made things worse and I was too zonked to do anything so he stopped Welbutrin and continued me on the lower dose of Sertraline (Zoloft). But I find it's not as effective after the...
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    How does anyone ever get sleep on Wellbutrin?

    I was briefly on it...along with Zoloft (Sertraline) and I was really zonked out during the day. Having said that, nights were not too restful but then they never have been. I can't remember the exact dose I was on definitely 100+. I was only on it for a few weeks though.
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    Zoloft Side Effects After 9mo Off & Starting Again

    Hi. I am on this. I had small side effects when I first started on 25mg and different sets as the dose increased. At 50mg and 75mg, I would get really dizzy/sleepy. At 100 and 125mg, I had stomach issues (the runs...yuck!). But yes, the side effects take several hours to kick in. I used to...
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    Sertraline up dose?

    Hi. I am on this too. What they did for me is they started me off on 25mg, then gradually increased to 50 (and I would initially get sleepy), then to 75 (really, really sleepy), then to 100 and finally 125mg (stomach issues as side the point where I couldn't stay at/go to work)...
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    Difficulties with crying

    Not much of a cryer either. I didn't cry through all the crap that happened. And I hardly ever cry now., though lately I do cry for some things, sometimes (eg something sad that happens to to her people or to animals: but never about my stuff. Not sire if that's weird or not. I hope you get to...