PTSD Spouse– Medications

September 6, 2011

I am a bit reluctant to discuss medications and PTSD for several reasons.

1.  I am not qualified to prescribe nor evaluate

2. Alcoholism and other unprescribed drugs may be present.

3. I am concerned that drugs may mask the problem not solve it.

4. Some action by PTSD sufferer is required to get to this step.

All that being said, there are new drugs coming on the market dealing with depression.  Taking them short term may help and are worth exploring.  As a PTSD spouse I would definitely go to the internet and read up on any and/all drugs before making the decision to take them.  This way you as a partner can discuss the pros and cons of taking these medications and you will make an informed decision. But more importantly contact a trained professional health provider to get further advice.

The more severe the depression the more the urgency for relief so prescribed drugs may be a quick stop measure to keep things from spiraling out of control.  Keep in mind that drugs also have side effects so be judicious with your reliance on them.  In my experience PTSD is not an issue that can be quick fixed.  At some point difficult work has to be done and that means dealing with these PTSD memories and getting them to surface. Franklin Delano Roosevelt once said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”. 

PTSD is an amorphous dragon which surfaces when you least expect it.  Because it is such a fearsome adversary most people want to keep the genie bottled up rather than let it out for fear that you can not get it back into the bottle.  In my experience the reverse is true.  By letting it out a bit at a time it becomes less and less scarey. I liken it to opening a cola that has been shaken up. If you uncap the bottle slowly it hisses for a bit but no one gets soaked. Unfortunately, for some they refuse deal with it and are surprised when the bottle is opened unexpectedly and everyone near becomes a victim of the bottles up time bomb.

Honestly you will never be exactly what you were before this experience so “back to normal” should not be your goal. Rather you should want to put PTSD behind you.  These were real experiences and they will stay with you forever but you can learn how to manage them and put them in their rightful place.

This starts with taking some action.  If you cannot or will not seek a trained mental health professional then do the next best thing.  Our free postings area is available to you in the safety of your home.  We will not criticize, edit or amend your thoughts.  All the site can do is validate to you that your thoughts and feeling have been witnessed.  Each time an attempt you make to corral these feelings you will further understand them and it will embolden you to find a way to deal with them.  We are open 24 Hours a day 365 days a year so you have no excuses.  The best disinfectant is the light of day.