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Old 05-29-2009, 07:38 AM   #1
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Anxiety disorder . Advice needed

Ive been suffering from really bad anxiety the past couple years. Alot of stress from work and relationships with family. I was taking Prescription drugs(xannax) for about a year . It helped with the anxiety attacks when they were happening but it did not cure me .

Its been 6 months since Ive taken the medicine. I do feel the anxiety still but Ive learned to deal with it . The problem I have is this . I cant go anywhere without my medicine on me . If I don't have that pill in my pocket I start feeling a lot of anxiety again . Its my lil safety net when I leave to know that if I ever do have a panic attack I got my pill to take care of it . I don't want to live like that anymore so I'm seeking advice from someone on this board who has gone through such pains or has and medical advice to help me out( My doctor just tells me take more xannax)

Thank you for your help

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Old 05-29-2009, 11:31 AM   #2
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Re: Anxiety disorder . Advice needed

Sounds like you may need to see a psychologist and figure out what are the sources of your anxiety so you can confront them. Throwing medication at it seems like a terrible idea in the long run, for both health and your long-term ability to cope with stress.
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Old 05-29-2009, 02:08 PM   #3
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Re: Anxiety disorder . Advice needed

Taking a **** ton of Xanax seems bad. But I'm on the fence about this. I know what anxiety is like.

What about the meds that lower anxiety long term but take a while to be effective? I don't remember the name
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Old 05-29-2009, 02:14 PM   #4
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Re: Anxiety disorder . Advice needed

Nothing to be ashamed of taking meds.

But you could try to see a cognative therapist. Ask your psychologist what s/he thinks aobut it.
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Old 05-29-2009, 02:15 PM   #5
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Re: Anxiety disorder . Advice needed

Beta-blockers?

My naive intuition is in line with JH. Whether or not to start with a shrink is debatable, but finding a durable solution that gets at the source seems far more solid than side-effect-laden band-aids.
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Old 05-29-2009, 02:17 PM   #6
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Re: Anxiety disorder . Advice needed

Meds aren't band-aids. The problems are still there, they don't work the way you think.

He already saw a shrink (he has meds). I still think seeing a cognitave therapist would be a good idea.
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Old 05-29-2009, 02:30 PM   #7
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Re: Anxiety disorder . Advice needed

Perhaps you're right. Fwiw, I'm not going Tom Cruise on your Brooke Shields asses.

Just referring to usual patterns of self-prescription with mental issues.
ETA: I understand he isn't self-prescribing.

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Old 05-29-2009, 02:31 PM   #8
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He's not self-prescribing.
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Old 05-29-2009, 03:02 PM   #9
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Re: Anxiety disorder . Advice needed

I was definitely a bit high strung and probably would have been prescribed a disorder and given some anxiety meds a couple years ago.

I've pretty much completely removed it without medicine. Definitely wasn't severe, but it was there. Starting to work out regularly, good diet, meditation type bull****, and removing some stressors in the daily life slowly made a big difference.

If it was much worse, some sort of meds (I hope not regular xanax though) would have probably been necessary. And might be a good idea anyway.

The only recurring (possibly linked) issue has been sleep. and apparently pot is the answer there.
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Old 05-29-2009, 03:31 PM   #10
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Re: Anxiety disorder . Advice needed

are you also on an SSRI?
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Old 05-29-2009, 03:41 PM   #11
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Re: Anxiety disorder . Advice needed

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are you also on an SSRI?
What is that?
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Old 05-29-2009, 03:50 PM   #12
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What is that?
It's a newer type of anti-depressants. I was in a similar boat as you, I got a random severe panic attack, doctors ruled out anything physical, so they gave me Xanax to take as needed. It worked but I found myself needing to take more pills more frequently, as for some people the withdrawl symptoms are basically the anxiety symptoms you are taking it for in the first place, but they become more severe. So I quit while I still didn't need too much.

I talked to my doc about it and I've been on Lexapro (a SSRI) since January, which I guess is marketed to treat both depression and anxiety. It's helped a LOT on a day to day basis and I have a lot fewer symptoms and attacks. I'm also seeing a psychologist which I would highly recommend.

I wrote up another post about my symptoms from an anxiety thread in OOT, shouldn't be hard to find since I don't post much.

Good luck.

Edit: PS if your doctor tells you to just keep taking more Xanax, I would find yourself a new doctor. When I decided to go off it my doc said I was making a good decision not taking it long term or upping my dosage. He said the longer you're on it and the more you take, the longer it will take to ween off of it.
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Old 05-29-2009, 04:02 PM   #13
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^Perfect.

Finding a good doctor is very hard to find. Any ******* can diagnose, it takes a genius to prescribe correctly.
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Old 05-29-2009, 04:22 PM   #14
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SSRI are a type of antidepressant.

i applaud you for not wanting to be stuck on meds to overcome this.

i don't know if this will help, but try easing yourself into situations that make you anxious. i like to be brutally honest with myself, so i'd ask myself if the situation is really something that i can't handle or am i simply overreacting. in the past, i also decided to consciously enter stressful situations to learn how to handle them better. it helped to remember that freaking out wasn't going to make the situation go any better, and that in 10 years, this probably won't even matter.

think it. act it. do it. be it. tell yourself that you are not an anxious person. decide that you will not be someone who stresses out easily. behave like you aren't anxious. eventually, you'll have no choice but to stop being anxious. i believe it's because of cognitive dissonance....



*i am not qualified to give this advice*
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Old 05-29-2009, 04:40 PM   #15
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SSRI - seratonin specific reuptake inhibitors

In quick english: Seratonin is a way that information is passed from one neuron to the next. Some of this seratonin goes back to the original neuron, but it becomes a pathological problem when too much seratonin goes back to the giving neuron. An SSRI blocks the seratonin from going backwards.

A good image would be like thinking of a wire. If there is a whole in the wire, the electricity will stop. Not being able to pass enough seratonin is like slicing the wire. An SSRI causes the wire(neuron) to be able to pass on the electricity (seratonin).
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