So, I had my regularly scheduled meeting with my doc yesterday. I told him about a recent experience I had on a trip. Here’s the story.
I was recently on a trip with my wife. Normally in a new place, I have a lot of problems with concentration and short term memory due to PTSD. This hotel stay started out the same as usual. I took a picture of our hotel room number with my phone so I could remember what room we were in. I grabbed a hotel business card so I had the address in case I forgot how to get back once I was out and about. Etc. All the usual things I do to deal with PTSD symptoms.
But a strange thing happened. I was down in the lobby when a group of guys came in. They were shady and they made my former cop instinct go on high alert. What happened next was new. Suddenly, in that amped state, I could recall most everything with ease. No need for a photo of our room number. No need to look at my phone at all. I was able to recall everything I needed to remember.
Once these guys were gone, it was back to my normal difficulties in my attention or memory recall. So, I told the doc this strange to me story and he was intrigued. He said that sometimes in PTSD, the usual medication over dulls the senses. So, I still take the anxiety meds, but he added a stimulant. This is my first morning taking it, but all I can say is wow!!! My mind hasn’t been this clear in I don’t know how long.
This is my first day on it, so I don’t want to get over excited. But hopefully this is the missing piece as far as medication goes. By the way I just typed this post with absolutely no pauses to find the next word. Another new change.
- Couple Shares PTSD Experience (fox17online.com)