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am a retired veteran suffering from PTSD. I have been in therapy for 2 years now, I am taking prozac and bupropion, for my depression. I have been diagnosed ith T II Diabetes and sleep apnea, I need to find a Dr willing to state PTSD is poss. factor

Hi PTSD Dawg, I'm not

Hi PTSD Dawg,
I'm not quite sure what your question is; are you saying you haven't officially been diagnosed with PTSD but want to find someone who will agree that you may have it? Have you not discussed your symptoms with your current therapist? Why do you need someone to state this?

If you meet the criteria, then an experienced mental health professional can make that diagnosis for you, so it is in your medical history. I would imagine your current therapist would have a very good idea, after two years, (assuming you've been seeing the same therapist) whether or not you have PTSD by now.

But if he or she (and other providers as well) doesn't feel that you meet the criteria, then you won't be given that diagnosis or have it stated that it is a possibility (if they did it would be unethical) - they have to have sufficient reason to do it. I hope that makes sense.

Dr. Cheryl Lane

I think the box was too small

I think the box was too small to fully explain. I have been Diangnosed with PTSD, and am currently under the care of a great team.
Research lately has been showing a correlation between PTSD and type II Diabetes, and PTSD and Sleep Apnea. When I was going through the cognitive therapy, I spent many a sleepless night with nightmares, Any time I did not sleep well, I tended to binge eat and drink (sodas), I would drink on average a gallon of soda a day, just to stay awake at work, this combined with poor eating, is what I feel caused my Type II D. I have also seen research on PTSD being an underlying factor in Sleep Apnea. My question is How do I find a Dr for second opinions, on these 2 subjects? So far I have had Doctors say, that it could have, but no one wants to put it in writing.
Thank you for your response,

Don, My apologies for

My apologies for misunderstanding your question. Yes, the initial space is quite small.

It sounds like you need a doctor who is willing to put it in writing that the sleep apnea and diabetes are secondary to the PTSD. There is quite a bit of research that connects both disorders to PTSD; however, the problem may be (and I am not familiar enough with the research to know for sure) that the findings thus far are not conclusive enough. In other words, a "correlation" or "connection" between two things is just the start. They may not yet know what the actual connection is - ie, why it exists.

This may be why it is difficult to find a doctor to put this in writing for you. I don't know what types of doctors you have seen; however, if you can find a psychiatrist who specializes in the treatment of PTSD (or sleep disorders, perhaps), or a physician who specializes in treating diabetes or sleep disorders, you may get further as they will likely be more up to date on the research. Whether they will put it in writing or not, though, is still the question.

I hope this helps a little.

Dr. Cheryl Lane

Thank you For your quick

Thank you For your quick response, the term Secondary to, was the term I was searching for. You pointed me in a good general direction, I will work from there. Thanks.


You're very welcome, and I

You're very welcome, and I wish you the best!

Dr. Cheryl Lane

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