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Old 08-09-2004, 12:43 PM   #1
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PTSD or not?

Earlier this year, I went on an antidepressant and suffered very, very bad side effects. The most serious one was thoughts of suicide. I would get images of me carrying it out...they played like a movie over and over. I've been off it now for about 4 months but the thoughts still scare me. I'm always worrying about acting on what I thought about and sometimes the images will start to play in my head again. I get very depressed because of this but my family and my doctor don't seem to understand the severity of what I went through. I don't know if they think i'm exaggerating for attention but it really gets me down and when I get depressed, it makes the situation worse because it feels like it could actually happen. I feel very alone because no one knows what I'm going through. It's been 4 months so why can't I be back to normal? I try to forget about the thoughts/images but they were burned into my brain. I'm not sure if i'll ever be myself again. Ironic how something that is supposed to help PTSD actually caused mine.

 
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Re: PTSD or not?

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Earlier this year, I went on an antidepressant and suffered very, very bad side effects. The most serious one was thoughts of suicide. I would get images of me carrying it out...they played like a movie over and over. I've been off it now for about 4 months but the thoughts still scare me. I'm always worrying about acting on what I thought about and sometimes the images will start to play in my head again. I get very depressed because of this but my family and my doctor don't seem to understand the severity of what I went through. I don't know if they think i'm exaggerating for attention but it really gets me down and when I get depressed, it makes the situation worse because it feels like it could actually happen. I feel very alone because no one knows what I'm going through. It's been 4 months so why can't I be back to normal? I try to forget about the thoughts/images but they were burned into my brain. I'm not sure if i'll ever be myself again. Ironic how something that is supposed to help PTSD actually caused mine.
I understand what you are talking about. The suicide is a part of depression or anxiety or both together. Anxiety will let you get things stuck in your head and it will stick there, but why not get a piece of paper and jot down everything you are feeling related to suicide. Just keep writing, to project, write for about 15-20 mintues anything that comes to you. Then re-read it and either keep it or throw it out. Do this every day for 4 days. Take the meds when you need them, cause this will help get alot of things out of your system.

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Old 08-09-2004, 02:27 PM   #3
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Re: PTSD or not?

Also, what do you relate your wanting to commit suicide too? Were you raped, in a car accident, at war, any kind of trauma in your life or was in your life?

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Re: PTSD or not?

I think you misunderstood me. I DON'T want to commit suicide, hence the reason for me being so confused with this.

The antidepressants are what caused the suicidal thoughts, not me. I've never had them before I went on the drugs. I do keep a journal and sometimes it helps but only so much. I'm asking if it's possible to have ptsd after taking them and having such a horrible experience?

 
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I think you misunderstood me. I DON'T want to commit suicide, hence the reason for me being so confused with this.

The antidepressants are what caused the suicidal thoughts, not me. I've never had them before I went on the drugs. I do keep a journal and sometimes it helps but only so much. I'm asking if it's possible to have ptsd after taking them and having such a horrible experience?

It's possible, I guess. Why not ask a Psychiatrist?

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Re: PTSD or not?

I have actually. 5 to be exact and no one knows what i'm talking about.

 
Old 08-10-2004, 01:17 PM   #7
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I have actually. 5 to be exact and no one knows what i'm talking about.
Possibly you should see a Chiropracter or Osteopath. These doctors deal with the whole. I don't know how else to help you.

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