- 8 years ago
- Wedding: August 2010
Does anyone else struggle with anxiety? I went through a really rough patch a few weeks ago and feel like I am still struggling to recover. I went to the doctor because I had stomach problems and was given Prozac. I took four days worth of it and started having wicked insomnia, loss of appetite, and the jitters. With his guidance, I stopped the Prozac and was instead prescribed Paxil. I discussed with him that I wanted to try to help my anxiety without an SSRI first, and made a few therapy appointments. I have increased my exercise and am working on changing my habit of chronic worrying and “what if” thoughts. Though my stomach symptoms have gone away, I am still struggling with insomnia. It is to the point that I think I am so worried about not sleeping that it makes me NOT sleep. I was given Ambien (Kaiser prescribes with a heavy hand, haha) and took it one night. I had success the first night, but last night took it, slept four hours, and then woke up wide awake. I am finding it challenging making it through an 8 hour work day on 3-4 hours of sleep. At this point I am debating trying the Paxil but am nervous about side effects. I basically struggle with having a running mind and always thinking the worst. It doesn’t help that I am extremely unhappy with my job. I am fortunate to still have a job, but it is a really negative environment. I am currently trying to “stop” my negative thoughts and remind myself that they are irrational. Does anybody have any input on Paxil? I am retiscent to start it as I have heard that it can make insomnia worse, and the withdrawl once you taper off is difficult. I’d like to try and work through this naturally just because I know that while I have a tendency to be an anxious person, in a way I’m just recovering from an IMMENSELY stressful time in my life. I got hit hard with more than a few negative situations and am still trying to cope with going from a normal amount of stress to a HUGE amount. Does anybody have any advice or input? Thank you so much…
PS – It’s an interesting note that my insomnia vanishes on Friday/Saturday night when there is no pressure of “I have to be at work at 8:00!”
PPS – As foolish as this sounds, part of my previous anxiety was waiting to be engaged!! Thankfully I am engaged now and blissfully happy about the fact that I get to spend the rest of my life with my fiance!