I am so glad everyone feels safe to be open and vulnerable here.
It's lovely to know that people are reaching out to each other.
Finnfinn and drama queen I had horrible horrible PTSD for 2 years after 9-11 bc My apt was across the river from Ground Zero. And I had been raped the year before. And I had carpal tunnel syndrome the year before that.
It was just a bad bad time for a few years.
They tried me on Paxil which was a bad fit. Then Zoloft on the lowest dose which worked for a couple of years. Then I weaned off of it.
Therapy helped especially EMDR and EFT (emotional freedom technique) which incorporates acupressure points to help the body readjust and unlearn negative stress patterns.
There is a free EFT manual at eft universe.
Highy recommend along with yoga and qi gong (YouTube has great examples of water dragon qi gong which reduces physical symptoms of stress--water dragon is one of my favorites).
Happily I have become an EFT practitioner and yoga and qi gong teacher, so I help other people deal with anxieties on a daily basis now.
You are amazing people, and it it just a matter of learning a new skillet. Just like rescuing bettas--at first it seems overwhelming, then it gets easier and easier.
All best wishes to everyone on the thread, and thanks for creating a wonderful caring community.
Prana (deep blue/purple CT female) Fluval Spec 2
Qi (turquoise CT female) 5 g riparium
Vanilla Beast (Ivory apple snail diffusa), Watson and Crick (Amano shrimp), Tributary (Moss Ball aka AquaTribble) Fluval Spec V
Pond and ramshorn snails (so many!) 2.5 g
Mr. And Mrs. Smith (assassin snails) 0.5 QT tank
Leopard ramshorns 16oz NPT Mason Jar