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  1. Honestly? No. Meds are not going to make PTSD go away, maybe meds can help ddeal with the symptoms, but only therapy of some type is going to knock out the PTSD.
  2. Stuff in the news... Whenever I am not doing well -- various MI, even physically -- the best thing to do is to NEVER watch the news, read newspapers. I know it is a difficult thing to do. I like to be informed and keep up with current events but with all the information and all sources available today, everything begins to get scary, I get paranoid, depressed, or more depressed, the more I want to isolate myself, etc. = viscious cycle.
  3. Synethesia is not the same thing as colors or music appearing more intense. It is a cross-wiring of senses so to speak. People with synthesia -- all experince different things and may or may not involve all senses.
  4. From week to week - session to session - I may write some things down which come to mind or came to mind as a result of last week's session. The morning of my appointment I have to check and double check my meds supply to see if it time for a new Rx. About a half hour before my appointment I take the time to write down any Rx's I may need and a short list or outline combined from last session's notes and new things. I don't put my day on hold but I will say there are days when I can't do much of anything before the session, and then there are the times after a session when I am useless for the rest of the day.
  5. I started with 25 then 50mg, then up to 100mg to 400mg of Seroquel, now I am back to 100mg. No matter the dose I am a complete zombie in the morning and it takes me 1-2 hours to get going. For a time I had Provigil which really helped but can't afford the Provigil anymore, and the Dexedrine I take for ADD does not help with the drowsiness in the morning and throught the day just helps the ADD.
  6. Sorry if you have already tried this. Do you a an app or a command to make invisible files visible? You might find out where you music went if it still on the HD and hasn't been deleted. MainMenu application is freeware and can reveal invisible files. I do not store any music in my iTunes library or folder. I made an alias audio file on my desktop and store all of my tunes there. Paying to download music.... people actually do this!?!
  7. Hello Timmet en onthaal aan Crazyboards! My best attempt at Dutch, I do not know if Dutch is your first language but I saw you mentioned Utrecht and I have visited there so I tried Dutch. I have experienced voices in my head talking with each other and laughing at and criticizing what I was doing. I was frightening because it had never happened before. As Chimpmaster has said this can be a psychotic symptom, delusional guilt perhaps, but it a symptom does not always equal psychosis. There could be several explanations. Be sure to tell your doctors, your psychiatrist and your psychologist, and remember to include you forgot to take your Zoloft that day. Many times having a definite diagnosis is not as important as getting the proper psychological and medical treatment, if the treatment is working and is the best for you. Erika
  8. Ok, finally figured out how to scan pics. My dearly departed boy basset My Shy girl basset And for Libby: Chewy Slew, son of Seattle Slew I can't spel!!!
  9. Complete psychological evaluation is ambigous. Most likely it is a combination of tests, written or self-answer, and maybe some interactive/subjective tests. Examples may be the MMPI II, some type of IQ test, a symptoms checklist, and the more subjective and oral answered tests such as the Thematic Apperception Test, even a Rohrshach -- some folks still give this -- the battery of tests would depend on what sort of information your therapist thinks may be helpful. What degree/qualifications does your therapist have? Is she a social worker, counselor, psychologist, or are you referring to your pdoc as your therapist? What are your therapsit's qualifications for reading/interpreting the psychological evaluation report? Perhaps most importantly, it sounds like your therapist thinks the evaluation would be helpful to her in order to provide a proper or more specialized form of treatment. But do you know what kind of treatment would be the most beneficial for you? You don't mention your diagnosis(es), if you have ever been told or given a diagnosis, do you have your own thoughts as to your Dx? As per some of your questions and concerns: Do you think collecting additional information would be helpful to you (or has mentioned above more useful to your therapist)?, and useful for you to make progress in therapy? Psychological testing only aids in suggesting diagnoses not confirming a Dx, and thus may suggest some forms of therapy may be more useful or helpul given your diagnosis and what therapy may be best for a specific Dx as well as best suited to your personality. Correct administration and interpretation of the tests is the key. Testing sessions costs can vary widely according to who performs the tests and how many tests and/or sessions it will take to complete the tests. If tdoc is suggesting you be tested by her husband, there may be a conflict of interest, or it may be that they do work as team? Does hubby also see patients or only perform testing? Insurance coverage, of course, will be according to your coverge and how the testing session is billed.
  10. From your description it sounds like you may be experiencing depersaonlization.
  11. I've taken Propanolol but it never helped with social anxiety/phobia. May have kept my heart from pouding but did nothing for the underlying problem. It is the method of choice for some musicians, and it is cheating, cheating the musicians themeslves. When my mate was in grad school, a well known and respected school of music, most of the folks couldn't perform without propanolol. Once they started taking the stuff they needed it, wouldn't think of performing with out it. Stage fright for a professional is common but is also part of the life and in most cases doesn't keep one from having to retire/forego public performances. I find the klonopin works pretty well as long as I take it on time or plan to take it before I have to venture outside the house or before a therapy session. I have to say the Valium is a much quicker fix for me too. The added problem the benzos can cause with short term memory problems can, at times, make the whole public speaking worse (from my own expereince).
  12. Argh! Nothing worse than looking down at the scale and seeing a weight gain of 8 pounds overnight. But CC is right, salt/water retention could be responsible. Although it's hard for me not to want to get on the scale every day, weighing yourself every day isn't the best indicator. Better to do so once a week and get a better idea of average weight and to see if/how much Seroquel is a factor. If you have a day when you want to eat or drink whatever, well try to let yourself do it and not guilt yourself out over it. Sure, the weight thing sucks but I think it is better to let yourself/your body have what it wants every once in a while, easier than trying to deny yourelf some foods/drinks all the time that is hard to do. BTW, I've lost some weight since beginning Seroquel. Took a little time a month or two for my body to adjust, but I've lost some pounds which had been hanging around from some previous meds.
  13. Possible side effects, VE mentioned, aside. It stikes me as stupid when I read in a very generic drug info book that Zyprexa is only for people with chronic conditions and then read everywhere else that it should be used short term. I have taken Zyprexa on and off for years. I have stayed on Zyprexa for more than one year at a time. It works great for me. Ask your pdoc exactly why he wanted to take you off. Was it due to metabolic concerns, or he wanted to see if the Zyprexa was no longer necessary and if so, why? Not that you may haven not already discussed this with him.
  14. Letters can work for the reasons mentioned above. I have suggested to many peopple to write letters but I prefer the method of writing the letter to get everything out of your system, so to speak, but instead of sending the letters to do something ritualistic like wadding it up and brurning or attaching the letter to a rock and throw it in a body of water. Do as I say not as I do, I guess, because I can't follow my own advice. I have been asked to write a few letters and then had to read them to my pdoc, for me the exercise wasn't effective but I was fighting the idea and didn't want to share my real thoughts with my pdoc who was new to me at the time. Timing may be important for you. Repeating what others have said, think about it, talk to your tdoc, no reason why the "home work" has to have such a early deadline.
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