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  1. 16vmkII

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    I was diagnosed with Severe Chronic PTSD. Any Soldiers on here have it and getting better? I am in a intensive outpatient program for it. I will probably get MED Boarded out. I'm non-deployable now and basically don't function well w/in the military environment. I haven't worn a uniform in 3 weeks. I have been perscribed 6 different medications, totally 11 pills a day. I don't feel like I will get better. Anyone get better?

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    Tim, I think many of us it have it at least mildly. Sudden, loud noises bother me still, but less so every month. I hope and pray you get better, bud.
     

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    This isn't the place to deal with it.
     
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    Yeah man we all have it - take the meds - relax and get better...
     
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    That's about the sum of it there....It will start to get better with time..Take meds they give you, your base hospital BMH probably has a group session with other guys experiencing the same things as you...Just remember, you're not alone, and there are always people willing to sit and talk something out with you..


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  6. 16vmkII

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    Thanks for the responses. Today is a good day. Last night is the first night I have slept more than 3 broken hours in 23 months..albeit drug induced, but still I feel 100% physically today. Again, thanks guys.
     
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    At least the drugs work for ya...They stopped working for me a while ago..



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    pain meds and psych meds were killing me.

    I got through it mostly by a great physical therapist, good friends who were psychs, and years of self help and study.
     
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    and taper the meds a little at a time when they start to work.. IMO, not a doctor, get medical advise on my opinion..

    but the drugs are to stabilize and re-set your chemical balance, not LONG TERM MAINTENANCE..

    again, IMO, personal opinion from personal experience, and does NOT CONSTITUTE MEDICAL ADVICE BUT IS ONLY TO POINT YOU AT A CHOICE THAT MAY BE OPTIMUM FOR YOU, DISCUSS WITH DOCTOR YOU TRUST..

    you will get DIFFERENT. either better or worse. you will NOT be the same after a year on meds.

    so, be busy HEALING. meaning, getting yo' butt back to NORMAL.

    it's like the ballast tanks in a boat, when you get CLOSE to normal, start leveling out, a little at the time.

    a handful of pills is NOT A LONG TERM ANSWER, and may well be perfect for short term, but SEEK THE BALANCE, not damp out all symptoms.

    run. work out. stay HEALTHY. eat vitamins. drink a lot of water. talk to SANE people. young women and kids are good for morale, and i mean ordinary social events. be around the reasons to SMILE.

    go fishing , build a tree house, grow a garden. something with a NON CRITICAL PURPOSE TO IT, that is pleasant to DO.

    learn to BE. just BE. meditation is 'not thinking' .. it might help.

    that's not religious, it's mental training.

    SSRI's WORK.. really, they work.. but they're not good MORE THAN YOU NEED THEM.. once they START to work.. start needing them less, TAPERING OFF VERY SLOWLY. let your mind grow the HABIT of sanity and self control.

    best of luck, it's a job, you've been damaged and need to do therapy but it's EXACTLY the sort of long term deliberate effort as if you had a motorcycle wreck. you CAN get better, it's a job. it's not a GOAL, it's a PROCESS.

    and you CAN SUCCEED at it, don't settle for 'maintenance'.

    maintenance is not a win. it's a quit.

    best wishes, but the job part is on you, and the more you own the job, the better you'll do at the job. get well. no half stepping.. :)
     
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    That is the good sound advice I was unable to adequately express.

    Thanks Mitch.

    The VA will resort to pills on top of pills.

    If you start bleeding from places you are not supposed to bleed from, consult a doctor right away.

    It doesn't hurt to get your medical advice from the civilian side and use that advice to adjust the VA.

    Second opinions are good when your well being is what is at risk.
     
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    PTSD does not go away, buy you can learn to cope with it. The VA here rns coing skills groups that are very helpful. You may also want to try a Bible believing, Bible teaching church.
     
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    Sorry bro. :sad:
     
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    And please, for the love of God, do not turn to booze or painkillers...Trust me on this one bro...




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    Well, more information. I've spent the past month and a half in an intensive outpatient program. I take pills for anxiety, sleep and depression. I'm doing a bit better, but do not function at the level required for retention. I'm now in the process of being assigned to Ft Lewis's Warrior Transition Battallion, as I'm being medically retired from the Army. Thanks folks for the information, advice and IM's.

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    Is a MedBoard what you want? If not, then appeal the decision, and fight to stay in. It is a long, drawn out process, but don't let them shuffle you out the door if it is not what you want. Given a decent amount of time to recover, you will reach a level of management where you can cope with your symptoms, and generally function as well as you need to perform your job duties. You may be forced to reclassify, but if you want to stay in, it is possible. I just spoke with the Surgeon General (well, the acting SG, Schumaker hasn't been confirmed yet. MG Pollock) today in fact, about making sure I don't get shuffled out the door..



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    Whatever happens, don't let the army put you out on a personality disorder! Then you will lose all entitled benefits for life! The army has been putting soldiers hurting from PTSD out on personality disorders a lot lately in order to save money.

    I have been out of the army for since 2004. I was diagnosed with PTSD in 2005. It depends on the day, somedays are easy as others are super hard to get through.

    Just remember no matter how bad today sucks, tomorrow is a new day.
     
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    First of all, let me say that I want you to know that I am proud of you and want to say "thank you" for all you have done for me, my family and our country.
    It doesn't matter to me whether people support the war or not, we cannot forget our soldiers.
    Most people don't understand what happens to a body that goes through something like you have unless they have experienced it.
    The only thing that has helped (in my limited experience) is close family or friends that will listen, and faith.
    I wish you the best of luck and again, a sincere thank you.
     
  18. 16vmkII

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    There won't be any type of Personality Disorder diagnosis or discharge based upon such a faulty diagnosis. I wouldn't allow that to happen anyhow.

    I do wish to be separated from the military. I'm spent.
     
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    How long where you in?
     
  20. the iceman

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    I know how you feel! I did 6 years and felt numb towards the end. I couldn't wait to get out only to find out the grass wasn't any greener on the other side.

    Now I sometimes wish I was back in.
     
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