Does anyone know how to get the VA to refer to a hypnotherapist? I have been trying for years, and they just give me this condescending, pitying look and try to shove more pharmaceuticals down my throat while asking me to repeat the same crap I have been telling them since 1991. Reliving it does NOT help. Talking about it is just that, talking. Makes me cry like an idiot, makes me feel weak and helpless, makes me feel anything but better. CBT and talk therapy is not for everyone. Anti-depressants make me have suicidal thoughts. Anti-anxiety meds make me more anxious because they give me the runs so bad I'm afraid to pass gas... PLUS the anxiety caused by my PTSD. I wish the VA gave a single solitary damn about what we know works for us as individuals. They should listen to us and take our input into consideration and action. WE know what's best for ourselves, we know what works, and since they have failed miserably at getting into our heads, the least they could do is listen when we willingly allow them in.
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