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I have PTSD, intrusive thoughts were like constant at times. Stuff that didn't matter or were not really unpleasant became very intrusive. No sleep without just repeating nightmares. One after another. During the day, if I lost whoever I was with I would kind of panic. Going into a store was like a horror movie sometimes. I just wanted to just sit down where ever I was at.
I met a family practice Dr. she had all the credentials to practice psychiatry (a phychologist who can prescribe medications) which one needs to more formal years after what DRs need to practice medicine.
Anyway, I told her my deal. It could sound outlandish, something like a government entity
Anyway My Dr. she decided on practicing family medicine. I was lucky to meet her. She didn't just prescribe me an antidepressant like zoloft or whatever. She asked me what I thought about zoloft, I said I took a zoloft and it was not good.
I explained my sleep. She said well we can try mirtazapine,( the new kid on the block of newer antidepressants.) She said it is an antidepressant as zoloft but a different kind of antidepressant. Off-label prescribed for sleep.
It is pretty kind drug for most who take it. Nice dreams weird but controllable instead of constant nightmares.
Look forward to going to sleep and waking up early and doing stuff. The intrusive thoughts
were not 100% gone but most of the time things finally felt some normalcy. Activities became mostly routine again.
This basically took care of intrusive thoughts. But alone it was not quite enough much of the time, still intrusive thoughts, would have panic attacks where in public places I just wanted to sit down where I was if I lost whoever I was with.
She asked if I wanted to take a benzodiazapine, she prescribed clonazepam, it's like valium but long acting. I said sure. She prescribed clonazepam it can be abused it can be addictive but I just wanted to get back on track. The intrusive thoughts pretty much disappeared, public became like a nice place to be. Talking to people, people I didn't know became easy where previous avoidance was usual.
So I'll try to shorten this, psychiatrists try to push Zoloft, which many say it doesn't work, makes things worse, and coming off of it it likely worse than before taking it, so tread lightly if seeking help from a psychiatrist. Mirtazapine for me and many is clean feeling. Wake up in the morning feeling like doing stuff. The benzodiazapine clonazapam, known as Klonapin
may make one feel happy, the opposite of what the worst was before. Try to seek a family practice Dr as opposed to a psychatrist. If anything, try to get mirtazapine, trazadone works but has kinda a dirty feeling. Get clonazepam, try to avoud valium which is short acting, ativan a benzodiazapine is OK.
You could maybe go to an ER emergency room or an urgent care center and tell them about you intrusive thoughts and they would likely prescribe one of the 3 or 4 basic benzodiazapines. See if that just works for the short term. Urgent care centers, some my prescribe a benzodiazapine some may not. Most will though. If into drugs do not mention that.
Alcohol, maybe if used to cope with the intrusive thoughts and what goes along with that. If a benzodiazapine works for you it will just work.
If no insurance, and not much income coming in, right away like today even, apply for 'state medicaid,' Try to avoid the Obamacare aspect. You should have a card within a week. You can if you have a printer print the application and send it in, otherwise they will send you the paperwork to fill out and send back. (may be able to apply on an online form?) This will make medications co-pay 1 dollar, even if the prescription is 90 dollars. with medicaid you can find a permanent
or at least ongoing solution to find a health care provider. The co-pay would be 2 dollars a visit. As well dental stuff.
As well, if you have medicaid and have an accident, an emergency room visit will cost you nothing whatsoever, where a bill could cost 40 dollars for you surely heard the story 10 dollard for a bandaid, 140 dollars to be seen for 10 minutes, etc. or urgent care center visit 2 dollar co-pay.
But anyway, long reply but mirtazapine, you can research that and what people say about it, ativan or clonazepam, these are addictive can be abused but combined should stop the intrusive thought and whatever goes along with them. Apply for state medicaid as soon as possible. Research family medicine practitioners near you type in family medicine drs medicaid, your zip code to find a dr near you. Or even practicing psychiatrists, but psychiatrists, some tend to just want to push zoloft ciallis, etc.
Example of state medicaid https://www.healthfirstcolorado.com/ I am nearly past what was an ongoing nightmare day in and day out at times. I wish I knew back then what I do now. If you need some help with my reply, cause it may seem kinda jumbled together let me know. But medicaid, family practice Dr who's office or network accepts medicaid. women may be easier to work with or more difficult concerning the benzodiazapine. Mirtazapine and a longer acting benzodiazapine.
Good luck. Let me know if you need some more clarified. As well there is the Benz board, but many of the people
use benzos just to take massive amounts to get high, but some people have anxiety issues. if you asked thae same question there, ot search anxiety boards. Many many people have issues like intrusive thoughts, anxiety etc.