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Experiences with PTSD Pre-Military: Voracity for life, trusting, engaged to be married. Post-Military: opposite the above Trauma(s): AIT =1st incident.

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1 Experiences with PTSD Pre-Military: Voracity for life, trusting, engaged to be married. Post-Military: opposite the above Trauma(s): AIT =1st incident Airborne Training = 2nd Incident Duty station overseas = 3rd, 4th, 5th, …incidents In all cases, problems were reported –no actions or penalties except to the victim(s) End resulting effects: Intense fear, anxiety, depression, lack of sleep, suicidal, cutting, drinking, panic attacks, distrustful, hidden from the world, constant nightmares and flashbacks Examples : Home seclusion, driving experiences, social outings, physical ailments, avoidance tactics, sleeping above the cabinets.

2 Treatment(s) & Progress Active duty MST group and medication therapy 1x week 1992 – Psychotherapy at Vet Center 5x/week Medication management with Psychiatric NP In hospital stays x2 for suicide prevention/depression 1996 – College and 3x / week Therapist moved, assigned new – chose to stop treatment shortly after Medication management / therapy with Psychiatric NP – 1 x every 3 months Significant physical ailments, dizzy spells, shingles, nervous ticks, etc 2000 – Significant Life incident Asked for help, true start of therapy Medication management / therapy with Psychiatric NP – 1 x month 2002 – PTSD group- what is it Medication management / therapy with Psychiatric NP – 2 x month 2004 – Exposure Therapy 1 x week for 10 weeks – significant side effects Medication management / with Psychiatric NP 1 x month – med changes Began reading meditation book focused on Sexual trauma 2005 – Continued Work Medication management / therapy with Psychiatric NP – 2 x month 2009 – Current Medication management / therapy with Psychiatric NP – 2 x month Current Status: Significantly diminished effects & life satisfaction

3 Suggestions for PTSD treatment from a patient perspective Patience! Constant support Good fit counselor Availability - time and financial Understand social impact Awareness – reduce stigma Holistic approach Individual specific approach Show help is available and works


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