Author’s note: this is just me talking about my treatment steps. If you want actually information about treatment of PTSD, go to http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/post-traumatic-stress-disorder/basics/definition/con-20022540.
I thought, after regaling everyone with my thoughts and feelings for five posts, I should actually talk about what kind of treatment I’m getting.
So I’ve been on medication for my other assorted mental health problems for seven years. At first I was on everyone’s favourite antidepressant, prozac. Then, a funny thing happened–it stopped working and I developed hand tremors. Fun times. So I was switched to cymbalta and it’s been working okay. I mean, I’m still not a particularly sunny person, but that’s more to do with the environment and being twenty one than anything else. Because of my PTSD, I have nightmares so bad that sometimes I have trouble sleeping for a week after, so I was put on trazodone to deal with that. It’s better than drinking myself to sleep, I guess. I’ve also been in therapy, on and off, for about ten years.
It’s working–ish. None of my treatment is specific to any one disorder. But not anymore. BWAHAHA!
The thing is, I’ve never actually talked to my doctor about what happened to me. I don’t know why, because he’s a fantastic human being. But now I have to, because in exchange for participating in a study at my university, I am getting free PTSD treatment. I just need the doctor to sign off on some papers to say that I won’t die if they force me to exercise.
I also need him to sign off on another exciting development…
I’M GETTING AN EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMAL WEEEE
For those of you who don’t know, which is probably most of you because I didn’t even know what this was until six months ago, an emotional support animal is an animal that supports a person with a mental illness. Sounds simple, right? Isn’t that just a pet? An emotional support animal is a lot like a pet, but it has housing and transportation rights. I am also planning to train it to do tasks that a service dog would do, but I consider myself impaired, not disabled, so I don’t need it with me all the time.
I guess that’s what I’m doing for formal treatment right now. What are you guys doing? Leave me a comment and let me know!