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    Hi, I'm planning to visit my GP in a while to discuss some problems I've been having and have decided to have a think about what might help. I have already gone to counsellors and cognitive behavioural therapy (none of which seem to be working) and am planning a session of EMDR.

    I've pretty much accepted that medication may well be suggested as a way to help (even if I am referred for an assessment etc. with somebody else) but I've heard so much about it making you foggy, stopping your concentration, making you gain weight, and even increasing negative thoughts (none of which I need as these are my problems in the first place!) so I was wondering whether or not anyone here has found that medication has helped them.
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    What kind of medication do you think would be recommended for you? There's some pretty big differences between the likely side-effects of the various different drugs.
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    What would you be taking the medication for, if you don't mind me asking? If you're thinking of EMDR, does that mean you suspect you have PTSD or C-PTSD?

    I personally take an antidepressant and an antipsychotic for schizoaffective disorder (which is, put simply, like a crude combination of schizophrenia and bipolar). I refused to take medication at first but I'm so glad I eventually saw the light and agreed to try it. It took about 8-9 months of experimenting to find the perfect combination but my symptoms have been severely reduced in both occurence and severity by the meds. I'm now able to mostly function relatively normally. That's not to say things have gone away completely, but my quality of life has been massively improved by medication.

    On this combination, I don't even have any side effects either :ahee:
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    Obviously I'm not really sure, but my problems (in my medically untrained opinion) fit with PTSD and depression, possibly with anxiety, and have done for a few years now.
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    Obviously I'm not really sure, but my problems (in my medically untrained opinion) fit with PTSD and depression, possibly with anxiety, and have done for a few years now.
    Sorry to hear that :console: I'm not sure how medication works for PTSD but imho medication is very effective for taking the edge off mental health issues in general. Consequently, because you are suffering less, you are more able to focus on getting better and to direct your energy to overcoming existing symptoms :yes:
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    (Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd)
    Sorry to hear that :console: I'm not sure how medication works for PTSD but imho medication is very effective for taking the edge off mental health issues in general. Consequently, because you are suffering less, you are more able to focus on getting better and to direct your energy to overcoming existing symptoms :yes:
    Thanks it definitely doesn't sound as scary/ dangerous as I thought...
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    Medication did help me, although CBT did more.
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    Thanks it definitely doesn't sound as scary/ dangerous as I thought...
    Do try it out - I really think anything that helps improve your state of mind is worth experimenting with (recreational drugs aside ) :yes:
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    Hi, I'm planning to visit my GP in a while to discuss some problems I've been having and have decided to have a think about what might help. I have already gone to counsellors and cognitive behavioural therapy (none of which seem to be working) and am planning a session of EMDR.

    I've pretty much accepted that medication may well be suggested as a way to help (even if I am referred for an assessment etc. with somebody else) but I've heard so much about it making you foggy, stopping your concentration, making you gain weight, and even increasing negative thoughts (none of which I need as these are my problems in the first place!) so I was wondering whether or not anyone here has found that medication has helped them.
    NO NO NO it did not help me, it almost drove me mad (antidepressants). Sedatives are godsent though.
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    (Original post by Goaded)
    Medication did help me, although CBT did more.
    hey, I've been told that CBT might help me (I have problems with dissociation, not diagnosed with anything yet, also have moderate depression), can I ask how it helped you and what it was like?
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    (Original post by nverjvlev)
    hey, I've been told that CBT might help me (I have problems with dissociation, not diagnosed with anything yet, also have moderate depression), can I ask how it helped you and what it was like?
    I'll PM you in about 3/4 hours as I'm at work x
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    From my experience although CBT did help a bit it was the medication which made me feel like me again. I take Sertraline which is an SSRI, I had mild feelings of nausea for a few days but after that no side effects. I was really worried before I started it and really didn't want to but for me it was the best thing I could have done.
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    (Original post by Goaded)
    I'll PM you in about 3/4 hours as I'm at work x
    Thanks! x
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    Just wondering: are there any medications which help both with anxiety and concentration problems, as the two seem to be connected for me? I have exams coming up at the end of June (first set of university exams ) and because of the problems caused by my anxiety, as far as I can tell, I am having problems concentrating to study (and then, because I'm so worried about my anxiety and about not studying, I can't sleep!).
 
 
 
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