During the initial onset of my PTSD symptoms ( which were textbook ) my doctor put me on Paxil and shooed me out of the office. I was awake for 4 consecutive days on that med, and experienced only what can be described as circus music in my head. EVERY aspect of my life came apart in the subsequent 4-5 months. My life was literally saved when I got help from a psychologist who practiced cognitive behavioral therapy, and who specialized in PTSD. Have I forgotten the life changing events that caused the PTSD? No, they are still there, and they become more intrusive when I am stressed. But I can manage them, and the whole experience caused me to stop, reevaluate the direction of my life (professional and personal), and make changes for the better. Good luck!