About Medications & PTSD

Because of one of the reasons that Jesus showed me why I struggled with transgenderism or being effeminate, I was diagnosed as having PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Soldiers with “shell shock” and memories of “the horrors of war” are among those diagnosed with PTSD.

One of the components of PTSD is depression, which I previously talked about. Other manifestations can be startle responses, hypervigilance, flashbacks to something bad, triggers that bring back an unpleasant memory, concentration problems, recklessness, self-destructive behavior, sleep problems, persistent negative emotions (e.g. fear, guilt, shame), or distorted blame of self or others for trauma.

Certain medications can be helpful in dealing with depression and/or PTSD. It is good to consult with a psychiatrist and have him/her prescribe an appropriate medication for your particular needs. Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), Serotonin Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitor (SNRI), and other antidepressants are among the possible medications used.

It is important to obtain a good balance with the medication, so that the symptoms are reduced, but functionality is not diminished. Your doctor will be able to work with you on this.

Also, medication is not the cure-all. Meditating on Scripture, speaking the truth to yourself, taking every thought captive in obedience to Christ, being with good friends, keeping yourself accountable to a friend, keeping active, doing physical exercise, eating balanced meals, listening to godly music … just all the things that tend toward a healthy and balanced life … do those things. Don’t decide on your own that you’re going off medication … be sure to work with your doctor.

If you have trouble remembering things … like taking your meds or remembering whether you took them or not … get a medication dispenser that has the days of the week on it, and a box for each time of day. You will just need to take a little time on Saturday evening, at the end of the week, filling the dispenser.

“Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones.” Proverbs 3:7-8