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My theory : HPPD is PTSD induced by hallucinogens

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After all, this is what I think

My Hppd is a post traumatic stress disorder caused by the use of one time very high dosage hallucinogen,

Most of the time it happens to you because during the trip, you become scared to death to never come back normal (pretty common).

It match the PTSD chronology, like it does not occur immediately, but after a certain delay 2 to 3 month, 

Starts with Flashbacks, images of the trauma, depression, depersonalisation, social withdrawal and so on..Intense anxiety/awareness that stays to an abnormal level as "normal condition"

I believe the visuals (snow, palinopsia, in my case), are probably created by this permanent state of anxiety and specially they exist in our very case, more than in other PTSD traumas,  because of the hallucinogen drug induced experience at the origin of it (instead of a car crash, terrorist attack, and other traumatic events - does not have to be a profound bad trip).

To me, there is no brain damage. It's purely anxiety and trauma that get anchored.

That's why it gets better when you don't focus on it (like when you're in love / or feel deeply loved, holidays, and so on)

The best way to cure it, is to work on this anxiety, understand that we can reverse it completely by doing so. 

Follow a PTSD healing protocol.

Specially, understand that we did NOT destroy/damage our brains. 

That's my conclusion.

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8 minutes ago, olivier24445 said:

That's why it gets better when you don't focus on it (like when you're in love / or feel deeply loved, holidays, and so on)

Sadly, mine doesn't. Nothing makes it better, only klonpin diminishes it slightly. Personally, i think it is neurological.. receptor based. The disorder shows up on a qEEG. Also, many people get it from MDMA, an experience that doesn't really bring about panic or distress (quite the opposite).

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I think they are different degrees of experience and many ways to endure it, as we all have our own psychology and approach to the symptoms and how we perceived the whole drug experience, including with MDMA that can also be very intense at high dosage.

Like I said, I think HPPD is first of all, an anxiety disorder, and that's why benzos, alchool, drugs, can reduce it, because they distract you from the symptoms and the permanent state of awareness/anxiety you are in.

And PTSD does show an abnormal ECG too

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21960258

The bain chemistry change is also linked to the condition, but not at the source of it.

Still, it's my position, i'm not pretending i own the truth, but that's the theory that makes more sense to me.

I would ad the following as clues

-PTSD has visual snow and palinopsia actually in the symptomatology.

-Lamictal and Keppra are used also to cure refractory PTSD.

 

 

 

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