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homeopathy alongside anti-depressants for PTSD flashbacks etc?

I'm 37 female, and am a survivor of birth trauma [very low birth weight at 2 months premature, nearly died, forceps, isolation etc] childhood emotional abuse and longterm childhood and teen bullying. I also witnessed domestic violence between my parents.

As a result I have longstanding depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

I am in ongoing psychodynamic psychotherapy 3 times a week - which is going well. We do trauma recovery work as well as focusing on my relationships - I grew up around severe social isolation, and, being an only child, and with both parents untreated mentally ill I had no good role models of intimacy and warmth.

I take mirtazapine, a sedating anti-depressant, at night, and that does help relieve the worst of my symptoms.

My treatment plan is minimum psychiatric medication, and working on containing and exploring my feelings safely through psychotherapy.

Recently I was referred to Occupational Health because when I am triggered by people being too close to me physically [a lot of the bullying I suffered age 7-17 was physical assault of one kind or another..]I tend to get hostile and defensive, which comes across as rude. Some contractors at work were upset by this. [not as much as I was and am by my symptoms, my shame is acute, coupled with a kind of stoical 'but I have to protect myself']

The Occupational Health nurse I saw last week wants me to get re-referred to a psychiatrist and get put on mood stabilisers. I don't want this, and my psychotherapist agrees with me. My GP probably will too.

But I would be ok about taking a homeopathic remedy or remedies for the trouble -basically dissociative flashbacks and hostility when feeling under threat although things are in reality safe.

You see, when I feel threatened by close physical proximity I 'go away' and am not in the physical present, I am in a past painful reality. If someone talks kindly to me and reassures me, treats me like a human being, I calm immediately and 'come back to myself'. I don't need medication for that.
Aside from these times I am triggered I am fairly stable, albeit generally anxious and depressed, it is much better as days go by, with the depth of work I am involved in.

I'm sensitive to.. everything. Basically. No 2 ways about it. I often feel like I have no skin, although this is improving through therapy.

I sleep better with the aid of psychiatric medication, but still waken several times in the night, needing the toilet. [and have done since childhood]

This symptom of defensive hostility etc has been around for some time, only I've only been conscious of it in the past 6 or so years [I started therapy 5 and a half years ao]. Before that I was so heavily dissociated I just wasn't 'here' at all.

It's strangers I'm afraid of, mainly men [it was my father who emotionally abused me and of course my mum too.] I've never had a romantic relationship.

I dream a lot of my old schools, being bullied or attacked, also water, and desolate places.

I've only used homeopathy minimally before, but use Bach Flower Remedies regualarly, and find some relief from them.

I feel exhausted a lot - no wonder from living in a virtually constant stae of hyper-vigilance - which is slowly easing as I work things through. My feelings were buried and frozen for years and are only now starting to melt a little and only now am I starting, in small doses to feel more alive.

Would it be ok to see a homeopath and get a remedy, and take this alongside my anti-depressant?
Has anyone dealt with anything similar, as a patient or as a practitioner?
What remedy/ies might help?

Thank you.
 
  Sorrel on 2007-12-18
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