I was diagnosed with PTSD in November 2009 after having symptoms for three years that due to a major trigger suddenly became much worse. Since then I have chronic anxiety & panic attacks & have been prescribed antidepressants which I am very reluctant to take due to a mis-trust in medication and a feeling that I've got to get through this by other means if my recovery is to be sustained. With the help of my psychologist I think I've beaten the panic attacks with deep breathing, water therapy (I recently bought a Hot-tub, its the best £300 I've ever spent! & meditation. Has anyone else been in this position? I'm starting to feel that I'm being awkward by not taking the meds.
I'm understand how you felt when you began this thread. It was months ago, but I was wondering about how its going. I have a similiar distaste for meds, and pursue more natural methods of stress management. If you are still going through something, I'm here to listen and add my two cents, so feel free to post. I might be able to share something useful from my experiences.
Try cbt. I was in a cbt group where they taught us exercises like the TEA form to counter our thoughts that lead to the anxiety. If you cannot finds a cbt group in your area, check on-line for more info on it or read the cbt book Been there, done that? Do this! By sam obitz, it's a short book and the one we used in my group. I still use the TEA forms all the time and they help so much.
Anxiety isn't like seizures. Its a rational disease. Your disorder is always validated by your mind. It's not that you're scared to go to work because of what could happen if you do, you're not feeling well. It's not that you don't want to go to the party because you might not be able to control your PTSD, you just hate dealing with that guy. My Ex had convinced herself that there was an environmental problem at her office so she wouldn't have to deal with clients before her partner made her go back on her meds. If you're going to go without medication it's essential that you're monitored, think of your therapist as your lifeline. Also joining a group is a good idea, more support, more people backing you up.