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Ilikebigboobies
Aug 17th, 2009, 01:25 AM
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Crazy Canuck
Aug 17th, 2009, 08:20 AM
I used to have serious issues with anxiety. It's gotten better over the past few years as I've gotten to know myself better, understand what my triggers are, and how to avoid them while still living a normal life. I'm only 27, but it's improved significantly over the past 5 years.

When I was still in university and had trouble sleeping due to anxiety, they tried both effexor and celexa in the hopes of balancing me out. Effexor made me numb and had horrible withdrawal effects, whereas celexa gave me manic highs. This was funny, but not acceptable.

Also, I went to cognitive group therapy for anxiety while still in university. Unfortunately, most people were there for test and social anxiety, so I couldn't relate at all. It more or less became an intellectual exercise more than a therapeutic one.

Anyway, most folks are crazy. The Crazy just manifests itself in different ways. Good luck dealing with yours.

Crazy Canuck
Aug 17th, 2009, 08:25 AM
I should probably point out that I don't completely avoid my triggers. It depends what the trigger is. Sometimes it's good to challenge yourself, even if you know that you're going to freak out. For example, I went horseback riding last year in Korea. There was nobody to instruct me, since I didn't speak Korean, they just threw me on a horse. I had no idea how to control it or how to do anything at all. I lasted about one minute on it's back before having a panic attack. I told my friend the second I got on the horse that this was going to happen, but that it was no big deal. She thought I was just being silly :D I insisted that she go on alone, even though I was almost hyperventilating and had tears down my face, so she obviously wanted to stay back. 5 minutes later I was laughing about it and was happy that I gave it a go.

Kart
Aug 17th, 2009, 02:43 PM
I had to google lexapro to find out that it's escitalopram.

Anyway, you have to take the anti-depressant drugs for about a month at least to see any kind of benefit I believe. I wouldn't worry too much about side effects as those drugs are usually well tolerated.

I wouldn't pin too much hopes on it solving the problem entirely though. If you are an anxious person by nature I guess it might alleviate things a bit enough to make a significant difference.

If you've got other stuff going on that's causing your anxiety to be heightened then it may be no help at all until those issues are sorted.

BigB08822
Aug 17th, 2009, 03:06 PM
I have had anxiety for a while. I was on Paxil for about 2 years before finally coming off of it. I haven't been on anything for about 5 years. However, the last year or so I have noticed my anxiety coming back. My friend gives me Xanax that he doesn't use from his prescription and I take half of one if I need it. Xanax, or a similar drug, is the best solution for me because my anxiety is not something I deal with all day every day. However, if you go to a doctor and request a medication like this some of them will think you are just looking for pills to pop and dismiss you. That is why I just get them from my friend, I am tired of doctors not listening to me. I refuse to be on something daily when I only need HALF a xanax every 4-5 days. Not to mention those daily prescriptions usually have awful side effects, both when you begin taking them and when you try to stop. Have you tried any of these fast acting anxiety medications?

Scotso
Aug 17th, 2009, 04:09 PM
Paxil is a terrible drug.

You just need more pills. Valium, tramadol, stuff like that. Doctors love to give you suggestions like "exercize," "healthy diet," etc., but it's mostly crap. Those things will help you feel better in general, but if you have a real anxiety disorder it's not going to do anything to help you. Nor, likely, will seeing a psychologist. I'd recommend you go to a psychiatrist instead.

Brena
Aug 17th, 2009, 06:25 PM
Hi,

Just wondering if anyone on this board suffers from anxiety or nerves.

I have my entire life. I have been to the doctors a bit about it and done everything they suggested. Excercise (though I do that everyday in some form anyway), deep breaths (although that is hard to do when you are anxious for hours, even days on end) and recently they prescribed me Lexipro. Which is also an antidepressent. I have been taking it for a week or so, but so far I seem more anxious. They said for the first two weeks I could have severe headaches and neasuesness (sp?) so I am just putting the extra anxiety down to taking some time to get used to. I guess I will see after that.

Anyway, at my last doctors appointment, they suggested I should try a psychologist which I am now seriously thinking about. Though, imo, it will not help me, but is worth a try.

I'm 22, am a new Dad recently and have a loving family. I thought that recently with being a new Dad the anxiety would take a backwards step as to say but it hasn't. Every day life is a struggle. When I am around my home or family I am calm and happy but outside of that constantly anxious. It makes me so exausted as every little thing is life seems a huge battle mentally.

I am not looking for any expert opinions or whatever, just if anyone has been through, or is similar to this? Anyone had any experience with lexapro etc?
:wavey:

I can fully relate. Especially with the bold part.
I'm 28 now, and I've been suffering from the anxiety disorder for the last 10 years. It's taken different shapes during this time and there were even periods of respite when I was able to function normally and was certain it would never come back again. I have no experience with that exact medicine, but I do think the medicines can help as well as talking to a psychologist and other people who have experienced similar problems. Internet forums on anxiety helped me a lot in alleviating the fears I'd had for my health. I don't know how your symptoms exactly manifest themselves, but you'll certainly find someone who has experienced the same ones. Mine tend to range from pure agoraphobia, when I couldn't leave the house on my own because I would get panic-stricken as soon as I got outside. I had a crazy notion that I would stop breathing and die. :help: It wasn't easy but I managed to completely overcome that and the only symptom that still gives me hell is heart-palpitations - I also feel alright when at home or even at a friend's home, but very often when I'm alone in the street or in the company of someone who doesn't know of my problem (because I have a fear of getting embarrassed in front of them) I get panicked and my heart immediately goes into the over-drive.
I could write about this for pages and pages, but if you need some advice just ask. Given my long career in fighting anxiety, I might be able to give you some useful tips. :)
And as Douglas Adams said:
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Barrie_Dude
Aug 17th, 2009, 06:36 PM
I have huge issues with anxiety, though it is more of a social anxiety. I have tried anti depressants that did nothing for my anxiety but had side effects that included sexual performance and that really did not do anything but escalate my anxiety. Mostly, for me it was cognitive behaviour therapy that helped and building a support network of people that I could talk to.

drake3781
Aug 17th, 2009, 08:21 PM
1. The anti-anxiety/anti-depressant drugs will help; need to find the right ones so go along with this program for several months to see if they help you.

(The advice from people taking Xanax on an as-needed basis is interesting but probably does not apply to you, at least now - maybe later.)

2. Realize anxiety is about loss of control. So start to explore your thoughts about control, and loss of control. Use a counselor of some sort for this. Doesn't matter what degree/type of counselor it is, just that you get one that helps you. You will/should use a workbook style approach with exercises, like visualization. It is all about you doing the work - the counselor will not fix things for you, only help with insight and guidance.

The Guilty
Aug 17th, 2009, 09:58 PM
I hope I can help with my personal experience.

I suffer from chronic anxiety. since I was 5 months old that I had stomach and intestinal problems, which nobody could find the source of. Now I know, that it was most likely because of anxiety. Anxiety can lead to a lot of different symptoms, in my case it was mostly with intestinal problems, and in extreme cases nausea, vomits, and feeling completly numb, like if someone was draining my energy.
When I was child, nobody found the source of my problems, and when I was 8 I started to practise basketball and swimming, which helped me relieve my anxiety symptoms and with medication for my general problems (not for anxiety) I lived well those years. Then, when I was 17, I had lots of classes at school, so that year I left tennis (the sport I was practising then). Well, it was probably the worst year of my life. I've started having all the problems that I used to have when I was a child. I went from doctor to doctor and nobody could find anything wrong. After a while it became worse, because I started to feel really bad at school but I didn't want anyone to notice what I was going through, but it became impossible, because it got to the level where everything I ate I just wanted to vomit. So I started to get paranoid when I left home, because I was afraid of feeling bad outside home and it became a cycle of more and more anxiety. That year eventually ended but I obviously didn't feel any better and I was depressed and always in horrible mood, because I felt so bad when I ate and because I was even skinnier that usual (I was 45 Kg at one point). I had all the anxiety accumulated. I told my mother how I felt and about my fears and she decided to take me to a psychiatrist. It was the best thing that happened to me. After I told her how I felt, and in general my life story, she quickly diagnosed that I had chronic anxiety, and she was perplexed that all the other doctors I went couldn't notice that all the stuff I had was related to nerves. Anyway, she gave an antidepressive - Anafranil and an anxiolytic - Alprazolam (It's the same as Xanax). She told me that sports were essential and that I would have to deal with anxiety all my life. After 3 weeks I didn't have any of the symptoms I used to have and in 5 months I put on 12 Kg (I had never put on so much weight in such a short time and it was great because I was really thin).
I'm 21 now and I've started to leave some medication some months ago. Now I'm only taking the antidepressive and I feel fine. For me exercise was always very important, I make sure I always go at least once a week to play tennis and that I relieve all the tension, hitting the ball as I hard as I can. Other exercises that worked well for me were with weights and cardio in the gym. My advice for you is that when you exercise you can't really go soft, if your exhausted in the end, then that's great.
As Scotso already wrote, you shouldn't go to a psychologist. I'd also recomendate a psychiatrist.
Usually, you'll only feel the effects of antidepressives and anxiolytics after 2 weeks, so don't worry if it's not immediate. With the right medication and exercising regularly, gradually you'll gain your quality of life again, and you won't feel any extreme anxiety symptoms anymore.
In situations that cause more anxiety to you, you'll still feel it, but not as strongly as now and you'll feel you'll be able to control it, which will make you feel better in future situations.
Hope you'll feel better soon :wavey:

Sam L
Aug 18th, 2009, 11:06 AM
I might've in my teens. I was never diagnosed and never bothered to check. I just I was stressed because of the exams/study.

But I'm a lot better now whether I had it or not, I don't know. I just know where I am now is a lot better.

I think exercise is a great way to keep it at bay. It's a great way to keep many things at bay.

Cam'ron Giles
Aug 18th, 2009, 03:46 PM
I have severe anxiety to the extent sometimes I feel like i'm either having a heart attack or gonna pass out. I tried several medications that worked but with severe side effect....I hated the sexual side effects. I was on one that made me sensitive to everything. I was driving and an ambulance came up behind me with its flashing lights...The combination of the flashing lights and the sound made me so sick I threw up. I have been on Clonaxapan (sp) for a while and it works very well for me. Good luck!!!!!

Pheobo
Aug 18th, 2009, 04:38 PM
I started having severe panic attacks around the time I turned 19. I didn't know what was happening to me, I thought I was dying and I was alone in my house. It was 4 or 5 hours of just sitting on my couch dry heaving/sobbing/afraid I was going insane etc. This continued for a week before I could see anybody about it, the ER told me I was having an athsma attack and gave me an inhaler, which just made it worse. Probably the scariest experience I've ever had. My doctor put me on Paxil, and I've heard some bad things about it but it really helps me. I haven't had a panic attack in months now and I've lost a ton of weight :) When I went to a shrink I was diagnosed with Panic Disorder. Everyone's right about exercise though. Something as simple as going for a walk with your dog (if you have one) or playing tennis every day. After doing that and making some changes to my diet I've been able to go down to a lower dosage. But, I can totally relate to you because it's hard to make those changes when you're afraid to leave your house.

I would highly recommend seeing a psychologist or a psychiatrist because they are the only ones who are qualified to make decisions regarding your mental health. Remember to go in with an open mind because I was a skeptic when I went as well but it really did help. Just having somebody there to listen to whatever is going through your head that you don't feel you can say to your family/close friends and help you through it is a step in the right direction. Good luck!

Ilikebigboobies
Aug 20th, 2009, 11:21 AM
Hey guys,

Thanks to everyone who replied. I can't reply to you all because it would take me hours, but I have read everything you guys wrote and it all makes sense.

I think some of you probably have more severe anxiety then me but it is good to hear how you guys got by. I actually have 4 dogs and excercise with them every day. I also have a garden and in summer I swim too. That always keeps me busy. I see alot of you say that you have played a sport competitively. I played basketball for two years on and off, and rugby league for a season when I was younger. BUT, my point is, I would love to play basketball or tennis more often competitively but I feel the need to avoid situations like that 'uneccessary' due to knowing how I will feel beforehand etc. How does everyone deal with that?

I quit my job a couple months ago. I never felt comfortable with it. I was anxious every day before it, and had huge amounts of trouble sleeping etc. Currently I am a going to Uni two days a week (full time student just have my classes on those two days). I have been taking Lexapro for about 10 days now. I had to take 10 mg for the first week, then the full dosage of 20 mg after that. I haven't noticed any side affects currently so far. Just being alot more tired, and actually more nervous then usual for a few things. However one thing I am unsure of is, that if I don't really need the medication for five days (although I still take it) how will it know when to kick in, when I do need it? (if that makes sense) :weirdo:

drake3781
Aug 20th, 2009, 03:32 PM
How Lexapro works.

http://www.lexapro.com/about_lexapro/how_works.aspx

It doesn't do something when you "need it" to, as you are thinking. It improves the brain chemistry overall, by allowing more seratonin to be present, which helps you all times and includes when you "need it".

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Aug 21st, 2009, 02:31 AM
Wow, so many people I know on this board have suffered from anxiety disorders.

I have severe OCD that led to anxiety attacks and thus depression almost all of my teen years and early 20s. In 2000, I finally went to the doctor (I told my mom I was going crazy and she convinced me to go to the doctor).

There I was diagnosed with OCD (which, when my compulsions were not satisfied, I had anxiety) and he gave me Paxil. It was the miracle drug...except it made you non-sexual and I gained weight on it.

I've been off Paxil since 2003 and I've lost the weight as well. I still have the OCD, not as severe as before. I've only had two panic flair ups since then, but I've been able to work through those without help....but by all means, seek help!

Coming here and seeing there are others like you makes you feel better too :)

Langers
Aug 21st, 2009, 09:27 AM
I stress a lot, too much, over stupid things. I'm a constant worrier. I doubt I'd ever need medication though, although maybe for high blood pressure (at 21 :help:) :p

I'm hopeless socially, that's where it stems from.

Ilikebigboobies
Sep 4th, 2009, 12:18 AM
Well, I have been taking the Lexapro for almost a month and they don't seem to be doing any good. After this pack runs out, if I haven't felt any improvements I will stop taking them. But man, I am so sick of this anxiety shit. It seems to be getting worse. After so many years of it, I have just had enough!!!

renstar
Sep 4th, 2009, 12:02 PM
One of the best drugs for anxiety (and depression for that matter too) is Tramadol. I usually take it at 100mg when needed (i also suffer pain from fibromyalgia). Doctors are hesitant to prescribe this medication for depression/ anxiety because this purpose is "off label" Tramadol is like a super SSRI in that it worrks almost instantly, not weeks or months like lexapro etc.... also i have no significant side effects with it like the two SSRI's ive tried (does lower your libido a little though!)

Alternatively if you want to go down the natural track you should try L-theanine , which is the element that has been isolated from green tea, suntheanine is the gold standard. Studies have showed this to make you both relaxed and alert. There is a lot on the net of people being helped with anxiety and social phobia etc with this supplement. Passionflower and Hops are also good herbal relaxants. A lot of herbal sleep formulas are good to take any time for anxiety, not just for bed.

Also don't believe normal doctors and normal tests, a lot of normal tests won't pick up infections in the head. Specifically in my case i see an integrative doctor who uses trans dermal screening. He says a lot of people suffer fungi problems such as candida that infiltrate the brain and body, and anxiety and ill health can result.


Hope this helps

So Disrespectful
Sep 4th, 2009, 02:29 PM
I suffer from social anxiety at times (well, I'm much better than I was 12 months ago, but I'll get to the core of things anyway) because I literally feel like an alien in public, I don't feel as though I look or act like a normal human-being. I won't ordinarily go out when it's windy because doing so triggers massive panic attacks for me. I have to be in control of how my hair looks, what my face looks like at all times. I've been on various anti-depressants and seen a number of therapists, but I soon realised that none of that was helping. I've tried rationalising things in my own mind gradually over time and I do think that helps. Anti-anxiety medication might possibly alleviate some of the symptoms of anxiety and I do recommend that for OCD sufferers, but anti-depressants only provide a shallow happiness that isn't contextual in the slightest and I don't see use for them in most cases of depression or OCD.

Looking at other 'cures', cognative behavioral therapy does not diminish fears or prevent the enacting of routines, it simply exposes the sufferer to the situations that terrify them the most repeatedly in order to reduce their anxiety towards them. It teaches you to tolerate your fears, but I don't think anyone fully overcomes them through this method. Psychologists won't accept that mental illness is so much more complex than action/reaction, it is entirely possible to fear an activity as a unit in itself as opposed to fearing the consequences of that activity.

Kworb
Sep 4th, 2009, 04:25 PM
I used to have mild social anxiety disorder, but it disappeared when I got a job. I hope you can find something that will help.

Kart
Sep 4th, 2009, 05:26 PM
Treating anxiety with tramadol is about as good an idea as treating insomnia with propofol IMHO.

I would stick with the lexapro, thread starter - if you're not suffering any side effects it seems pointless to not carry on for a few months before you quit it.

Brena
Sep 4th, 2009, 05:42 PM
Well, I have been taking the Lexapro for almost a month and they don't seem to be doing any good. After this pack runs out, if I haven't felt any improvements I will stop taking them. But man, I am so sick of this anxiety shit. It seems to be getting worse. After so many years of it, I have just had enough!!!

Hey, hey, you must not think like that, no matter how annoyed and desperate you might feel. I've also felt sick and fed up with anxiety taking over my life - for ten years I think of it every day, even if I'm feeling well, there's always a fear in the back of my head that I might get a panic attack when I'm least expecting it. I can't run, play football or tennis or other sports I had always enjoyed because my generalised anxiety gives me heart-palpitations.
But you have to realise that there are bad and good periods, and that most of the people who have suffered anxiety have managed to overcome it even if it took a lot of time and suffering.
Also, the fact is that not all the medicines work for everyone, it's individual, but you must make sure you've given them enough time and not put pressure on yourself that you have to feel some dramatic change for the better immediately.
What you can do is to try another doctor. At first, I didn't want to go to a psychiatrist, and when I finally decided to give it a try it took me three years and as many different doctors until I've found the right one who was really able (and willing :rolleyes: - I hope the British NHS is better than the Serbian one) to help me. She knew how to dissuade me from believing that I'd never get better and that I'd either die or go insane. She also found the right drugs from me - Rivotril and Efectin. Rivotril is great, it can really relax you but you can stop taking it whenever you want without any side effects. But the, as I've already said, it's all individual.
My anxiety is unfortunately of the strongest and most generalised kind, and there were time when I felt like giving up, but with the help of the right doctor I pulled through. The problem with anxiety is that it appears you can't have the Hollywood happy-ending with it - ''...and I got cured and never had a problem with it in my life again''. But you can learn how to control it, live with it and don't let it bother you as much as it once did. So, be brave and fight it! ;):kiss:

BartoliBabes
Sep 5th, 2009, 03:07 PM
i was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder about 3 years ago

fouc
Dec 28th, 2009, 01:06 PM
I have had anxiety for a while. I was on Paxil for about 2 years before finally coming off of it. I haven't been on anything for about 5 years. However, the last year or so I have noticed my anxiety coming back. My friend gives me Xanax that he doesn't use from his prescription and I take half of one if I need it. Xanax, or a similar drug, is the best solution for me because my anxiety is not something I deal with all day every day. However, if you go to a doctor and request a medication like this some of them will think you are just looking for pills to pop and dismiss you. That is why I just get them from my friend, I am tired of doctors not listening to me. I refuse to be on something daily when I only need HALF a xanax every 4-5 days. Not to mention those daily prescriptions usually have awful side effects, both when you begin taking them and when you try to stop. Have you tried any of these fast acting anxiety medications?

hope ur still controlling the dose, because, from my experience, benzodiazepins (esp. xanax and valium) are never the answer.
not to mention tramadol, guys are you nuts?! tramadol for anxiety? tram is a synthetic analog of codeine, it is an opioid. like morphine or methadon :/

LeRoy.
Dec 28th, 2009, 09:10 PM
I'm hopeless socially, that's where it stems from.

I wonder why ? :unsure: :rolleyes: :tape:

Brooklyn90
Dec 28th, 2009, 11:17 PM
I had to go to the doctor a couple of weeks ago for my anxiety and panic attacks, he put me on Celexa and Xanax. I've noticed a slight change so far. My anxiety is mostly social anxiety and my panic attacks come from my severe claustriphopia(sp?) I've also dealt with mild OCD for several years.

Super Dave
Dec 29th, 2009, 05:06 PM
I had to go to the doctor a couple of weeks ago for my anxiety and panic attacks, he put me on Celexa and Xanax. I've noticed a slight change so far. My anxiety is mostly social anxiety and my panic attacks come from my severe claustriphopia(sp?) I've also dealt with mild OCD for several years.

Same here. I've been on Celexa for a couple of years, and also have Xanax if needed, but it's been over a year since I used that. Mine was social anxiety / being around crowds, etc. probably stemming from a chronic health condition I have. The Celexa has helped a large amount and those former problems are now minimal.

Martian Jeza
Dec 29th, 2009, 05:22 PM
Permanent anxiety sufferer here and used to get panic attacks and the damages of it I also got chronic bowel problems and time by time I've troubles with my sleep ( Or I sleep way too much or too few ) ...

cindycampbell
Jan 11th, 2013, 05:52 PM
def. do. social anxiety.

cindycampbell
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:58 PM
Is this why you are such a **** on these forums?

Are you talking to me? :confused:

Vartan
Jan 12th, 2013, 02:19 AM
No the OP.

Ilikebigboobies
Jan 12th, 2013, 12:06 PM
You are lovely. How am I a **** on these forums again? :confused:

Barrie_Dude
Jan 12th, 2013, 08:54 PM
Hey guys,

Thanks to everyone who replied. I can't reply to you all because it would take me hours, but I have read everything you guys wrote and it all makes sense.

I think some of you probably have more severe anxiety then me but it is good to hear how you guys got by. I actually have 4 dogs and excercise with them every day. I also have a garden and in summer I swim too. That always keeps me busy. I see alot of you say that you have played a sport competitively. I played basketball for two years on and off, and rugby league for a season when I was younger. BUT, my point is, I would love to play basketball or tennis more often competitively but I feel the need to avoid situations like that 'uneccessary' due to knowing how I will feel beforehand etc. How does everyone deal with that?

I quit my job a couple months ago. I never felt comfortable with it. I was anxious every day before it, and had huge amounts of trouble sleeping etc. Currently I am a going to Uni two days a week (full time student just have my classes on those two days). I have been taking Lexapro for about 10 days now. I had to take 10 mg for the first week, then the full dosage of 20 mg after that. I haven't noticed any side affects currently so far. Just being alot more tired, and actually more nervous then usual for a few things. However one thing I am unsure of is, that if I don't really need the medication for five days (although I still take it) how will it know when to kick in, when I do need it? (if that makes sense) :weirdo:
Good questions about the meds. I suggest that you take as the doctor directs, though I have yet to find a drug that actually works. The physical activity is very good and dealing with the things that stress you are a good idea, though I am not sure about quiting a job. Keep looking around tjhough.

Bismarck.
Jan 12th, 2013, 11:03 PM
Yeah, since I started uni, anxiety (and just generally heightened emotions, actually) is definitely something that has either developed or that I can now identify in myself. It's not too severe, but there have been a couple of instances where my heart rate has gone up to an uncomfortably high level.

Shadowcat
Jan 15th, 2013, 01:29 PM
Social anxiety and anxiety attacks.

Steadyniacki
Apr 12th, 2013, 09:20 AM
Recently have had some panic attacks at work and home about my future and not being happy, even yesterday had a panic attack about having the possibility of having a panic attack/anxiety/depression syndrome given a genetic history. This week has been the most scary of my life. I don't know what has changed but all of a sudden everything is boring and I feel like there life is pointless and when I hit a low I can't deal with it and I want it just to end. I havent cried in 7 years but I've cried 3 times this week. It is just completley strange and I'm praying I don't have a serious mental disease I don't think I could cope with it. (yay for using tf as a blog :sobbing:)

Barrie_Dude
Apr 12th, 2013, 10:52 AM
Relax. Try not to stress yourself too much. I think everyone at some point experiences what you are going through. You can get yourself all worked up about it and you will find yourself unable to do anything, or you can persevere, refuse to give in to it and keep moving forward. Sometimes having some faith in yourself and some stubborn perseverance can be really helpful


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miffedmax
Apr 12th, 2013, 03:53 PM
Yum. Lexapro! That's what I'm on for my anxiety. It actually made me less tired because I sleep better because I don't ruminate about all the things making me anxious and have anxiety attacks at night.

It takes awhile to work, so don't expect miracles.

Also, it is a drug that you need to take every day, not just when you feel anxious. There are some drugs you can take for "onset." You can certainly ask your doctor if you can take one of those instead.

You certainly have a right to take an active role in your care (within reason, I mean we all hope these guys and gals learn something in medical school).

Also, like most pscyh drugs, Lexapro does not affect everyone the same way. If you are having side effect like sleepiness you might act your doctor what he/she thinks. There may be another option that works as well without any side effects.

Lexpro is, as I understand it from a medical friend of mine, kind of the "go-to" drug for anxiety because it works on MOST people.

Good luck with things. At least they got your diagnosis right in the first place. They tried treating me for depression instead of anxiety and that didn't go well at all.

Barrie_Dude
Apr 12th, 2013, 04:17 PM
I am at a point I don't need meds anymore as I can manage my anxiety on my own


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Onslow
Apr 12th, 2013, 11:57 PM
Yeah, since I started uni, anxiety (and just generally heightened emotions, actually) is definitely something that has either developed or that I can now identify in myself. It's not too severe, but there have been a couple of instances where my heart rate has gone up to an uncomfortably high level.

if it's only certain situations (for me public speeches), betablockers are the best option. they don't mess with your brain and are not addictive, but help your nervous system relax. when the body does not stress, the mind will follow.

Barrie_Dude
Apr 13th, 2013, 12:12 AM
I used to be that way about public speaking. I have done it often enough to where I no longer stress.


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lee station
Apr 14th, 2013, 05:19 PM
anti depressants that did nothing for my anxiety but had side effects that included sexual performance

yep, you don't feel your body at all. no need for anatomy class. i go from coffee to coffee, and have no strength at all.
however, even the worst problems have a solution.

lee station
Apr 14th, 2013, 05:32 PM
before i stick my nose out here, i'll warm up with hippy hippy shake. it's the habit.

and yeah, sex and everything relaxing is a great help if you're anxious :)