I have suffered from anxiety all my life.. I stress over the smallest thing.. And over the years I have learnt to deal with it by writing things down. Lately how ever it is really bothering me.. I want to kick this last bit of anxiety I have.. I'm considering going on medication.
I'd love to hear from people who have used it... Side affects.. Pros and cons etc.. Thanks
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16-12-2013 20:08 #1Junior Member
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Have you used anxiety meds?
16-12-2013 20:10 #2
I didn't like how I felt on meds, I feel talking about with a good gp or specialist much better for me
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16-12-2013 20:23 #3-
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I'd be dead without my meds. Without them I had loads of attacks. One that sticks out was when I was driving, I was in the right hand turning lane and I was panicking that the oncoming cars were going to crash head on into me and I wanted to get out and run to the footpath to safety. I had to talk myself out of it.
Other times have been even worse but nothing I want to say in here.
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16-12-2013 20:47 #4
I took lexapro for about a year to help with PND and severe anxiety. it helped a great deal. I also attended a mental health day program for about 6 months where I learnt some really great coping skills and how to challenge distorted thoughts. Anxiety is the pits... I used to really stress about germs, sickness, pretty much everything to the point of making myself so sick with worry I couldnt sleep or function properly.
Im recovered and medication free now and even though im probably still a little highly strung and more of a worrier than most, I function pretty well on a day to day basis and most importantly it doesnt affect my everyday life.
pro's: it helped regulate my emotions and allowed me the chance to be calm and well enough to learn some coping skills and strategies to overcome my anxiety. Im convinced that the chemical balance in my brain was so severely thrown out of whack during my back to back pregnancies that I really needed something to help get me back to normal.
cons: they made me feel a bit fuzzy and blurry for the first few days I took them but after that I felt perfectly normal (like the old me). I actually dont think there were any negatives for me.... I had reached a stage where I felt that medication was my only choice as I was beyond just counselling, CBT or natural therapies that I had been doing. I also believe it saved my life.
I stopped taking them because I felt I had reached a stage where I didnt need them anymore. I felt balanced and like I had recovered but it was a pretty long, hard road and I had a few relapses along the way where I had to re take it for short periods.
Good luck with whatever you choose... anxiety sucks big time.
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16-12-2013 20:57 #5
I take parnate, temazepam and alprazolam for OCD and they make life tolerable and more manageable.
I guess though whether you should take medication or not comes down to the kind of anxiety, severity and other treatments. It's taken 5 months of medication testing to get to a point only describe as tolerable and the first line drugs failed me miserably.
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16-12-2013 20:59 #6
I am on 20mg a day of lexapro. It has changed my life completely, absolutely for the better!!
16-12-2013 21:00 #7
I take zoloft. This is the most "normal" I've felt in a long time.
16-12-2013 21:00 #8Senior Member
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I've taken a variety of ssri's to deal with anxiety & OCD. It works for awhile then stops working. Psychotherapy helped me greatly
16-12-2013 21:05 #9
I was diagnosed with pre menstrual dismorphic disorder ( PMDD) which largely took the form of anxiety. I've been on meds for two years now and I have no doubt my life would be a mess without them. Previous to the PMDD I'd had issues with depression and had always been extremely up and down. All of that improved. I wish I'd gone on them years before I did. I'm on citlopram 10mg. The lowest possible dose. I do think I would benefit from 20mg but I feel I can control it all for the most part on the 10 mg so I'll stay on that as long as it works.
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16-12-2013 21:09 #10
I should add, despite my OCD reaching a breaking point, I wish we had of tried more intensive Cognitive Behaviour Therapies first to deal with the anxiety and responses instead of medication.
I have non depressive OCD exacerbated from extensive trauma and the first medication was an SSRI, which actually made me worse. I wish we have of dealt with the core trauma before medicating.
The pro of medication at the moment is I feel neutral when completely medicated and can deal with some situations better.
The con is if I don't have the Temaze or Alprazolam on hand I am on edge constantly...
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