PTSD Project: Reddit Thread
I decided to get some perspective from Reddit. A PTSD search yielded many discussion threads. This quote helped validate my initial decision to remove myself from my project’s engagement: Nothing is worse for me, than when i tell someone that i have PTSD to explain why im behaving a certain way and i can see the moment that the fear really hits them. It compounds the whole original problem for me.
After reading the top discussions, I thought I should start my own. Hopefully people would be willing to talk. Hopefully I wouldn’t say something wrong or stupid. Here’s how it went:
[PTSD] Have you found CBT and/or EMDR to be helpful? (self.Military)
submitted by bepollen
I do not have PTSD, nor am I a doctor or a therapist. I am an artist/technologist trying to develop a mindfulness game/object that helps with Relaxation Training in between clinical sessions. I would love to hear about what has worked for you or is your go-to mechanism for responding to symptoms. I envision this as something that could be used at home or in a waiting room.
[–]DocMjolnir 2 points
EMDR made everything worse. In fact what seems to be working the best for my PTSD, is not talking about it. All all. To anyone.
What helps me most of the time is peace and quiet. When my symptoms get really bad, the last thing I want to hear is other people.
Some people respond fantastically to treatment, it's just not me :(
[–]SakhmettUnited States Army 1 point
I'm sorry it really hasn't worked for you. I honestly haven't seen EMDR work for very many people.
I know you said not talking about it is what helps best, but when you feel ready to, you should try CBT or Prolonged Exposure. Much higher rates of success.
[–]bepollen[S] 1 point
Did you take yourself off of a therapy regimen? Or was that a joint decision made between you and your doctor/therapist? Does Relaxation Training get equal weight in the treatment assessment? Should it? How do you achieve peace and quiet? Are you still deployed? Do you physically remove yourself from public spaces? Or do headphones work? Is your peace silence or comforting sounds?
[–]DocMjolnir 1 point
Doctor and I agreed to stop after three consecutive appointments within two weeks nearly made me batshit crazy.
I achieve peace and quiet by lying on the couch with a pillow over my head. I haven't been deployed since 2008 (was line medic, now superpogue). I try to avoid the hell out of places I haven't been before, or at least take along someone I trust with me.
I don't like headphones, they muddle my situational awareness.
When I really want peace and quiet, it's total peace and quiet. Pretty any kind of disturbance makes me want to rage. Anything from car doors slamming to people talking outside. ESPECIALLY people talking outside.
CBT worked reasonably well up to a point.
Prolongued exposure/imaginal exposure worked surprisingly well for me.
Have not tried EMDR.
[–]bepollen[S] 1 point
Do you have a post-exposure cool-down routine? Have you made progress on your own after CBT leveled off?
[–]LudicrousGibsSenator Feinfuck 1 point
Do you have a post-exposure cool-down routine?
No, I never did. It was always shudder in horror and feel wretched until I got over it for the day. Then on to the next session...
| Have you made progress on your own after CBT leveled off?
Absolutely. The best remedy has been—as one doctor eloquently described it—Tincture of Time. For others, just the passage of time (from what I hear) doesn't help as much.
I have been fortunate that my PTSD has been severe enough to merit the MEB/PEB process and its results, but moderate enough that my issues are only exasperating and difficult for others (and myself) to deal with in the workplace/in life, and not totally crippling.
I can't imagine (by which I mean I don't want to imagine) what it would be like to be so PTSD'd out to merit a 100%/Unemployable disability rating and everything that goes with it. shudder
[–]charliedunsurf 1 point
Emdr Didn't work for me. Insomnia and nightmares increased temporarily and social anxiety and crowd anxiety permanently. Time, a strict routine and staying deployed have worked for me.
[–]bepollen[S] 1 point
Do you feel that the increase of insomnia and nightmares was related to the Exposure or the eye stimuli? Are those even distinguishable elements. Do you have go-to solutions/routines for low moments? Time alone, long running, physical or musical safe space? Do you play any games (cards, XBox, Basketball)?