Post # 1
I have suffered from anxiety for years, but it has recently escalated this past year. Last year I started taking the pill, and I gained a lot of weight on it (around 15 lbs). As someone who has always been thin, this feels like a lot of weight (I have lost 10 of the 15 lbs). I started having panic attacks over my clothes not fitting. Unfortunately they have continued, despite losing the weight, and I am now having panic attacks over work – fiance lost his job and the pressure is one me. I made a mistake the other day at work…total panic attack.
My dr. prescribed clonazepam (lowest dose) and I have taken half of that once – it took the endge off and I was able to focus a little bit. I’m worried about the stigma related to taking it- has anyone else been on any type of antianxiety medication?
Post # 3
Yes, temporarily, while suffering from Post stress syndrom..it helped and i really, really needed it. What stigma?????? If you need help, take it!
Post # 4
I don’t think there’a a stigma if you don’t advertise to the world that you’re on it… how would anyone know? And yes, I have, and it helps tremendously. I think it’s very common.
Post # 5
Please don’t fear a stigma!!
Look at it like this;
If you had diabetes…would you be ashamed to take your insulin?
Anxiety is nothing to be ashamed of.
Talk to your doctor!
Post # 6
Take the clonazepam! You don’t have to tell anyone you take it if you don’t want to. I bet you would also be surprised at how many people you know also take some sort of med (for depression, anxiety, etc).
Have you considered working with a therapist? They could help you figure out other ways to manage the anxiety, in addition to having the option of the medication.
Post # 7
I used to struggle with anxiety and depression and was medicated. It was absolutely the best choice for me at the time, nobody had to know, and I eventually learned to cope with my anxiety without medication (I only took it when I needed it instead of all the time, then kind of weaned off of it). Wedding planning has definitely thrown me for a loop, though. I’ve literally being getting stomach pangs and insomnia from the stress of planning a wedding in 7 months and coming up with funds, and like you, I’m the breadwinner in our house and working a stressful job. I’m also grappling with my mother’s serious illness.
I considered going back to the doctor, but instead I’ve been drinking tea, logging some extra playtime with my dogs, and promising myself I won’t think about work when I’m not there. Sometimes at work, I just go lie down in the backseat of my car for 5 minutes and breathe deeply. If my anxiety were to last after the wedding is over, I would definitely seek the help of a doctor again, though; there is a difference between situational anxiety and anxiety as a disorder, and it’s the latter that I’m afraid of. Bottom line: do what you need to do to be happy now.
Also, as someone who’s been on the pill for abour 8 years, I can tell you that if you’re not happy with the pill you’re on, you can absolutely try a different formulation. I tried 3 before I found a pill with minimal side effects for me. I also have a copper IUD, so I can stop hormones whenever I want and still be protected. Then there’s also the shot, the ring, hormonal implants…the options are too endless for you to be unhappy with the birth control you’re using.
Post # 8
If you feel like your medication is not a good fit…talk to your doctor. It took several tries for me to find a medication and dosage that worked for me.
But whatever you do, DO NOT go off of it without another doctor-approved plan to treat your anxiety.
Don’t be me. I made the mistake about 5 years ago of thinking that I can stop my meds with no backup plan. Well, lo and behold, I developed GERD, and now I’m taking daily medication for both.
And why should anyone care what meds your on and why you’re taking them? Tell those people to fuck off and mind their own business.
Post # 9
There’s no stigma if nobody knows about it. Why would people need to know? You need to do what YOU need to do to be healthy and stable!!!
Post # 10
You’re really not anywhere near being alone in this, I promise. I’ve had an emergency Xanax prescription for years due to anxiety issues. I don’t need to take it often anymore as I’ve gotten much better at dealing with stress in other ways, but just knowing that I have it if I need it makes me feel immensely better.
Post # 11
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
I take anxiety medication as necessary and I have a professional job. If I didn’t take my medication I wouldn’t be able to function some days. My personal belief is that it’s better to be medicated properly than freak out in front of people. Nobody needs to know what medications you take, it’s none of their business unless you say something. And as long as you don’t walk around like a crazy person or a zombie, nobody is going to care even if they do find out.
Post # 13
Thanks, ladies. I’m not on any medications right now, not even the pill (hated it) (I have an IUD). I have taken the medication once so far, and it made me really tired, but I did feel less stressed.
Post # 14
just remember that you dont have to take it forever. a lot of people learn to cope without it after doing some therapy and learning new skills. i take a similar med as needed, and it allows me to work and do things that might otherwise cause me panic.
Post # 15
I take clonazepam (klonopin) as needed for my anxiety and PTSD. As far as I’m concerned, there is no stigma attached to taking anxiety medication. Nobody has ever batted an eye at my taking it.
I highly recommend some form of therapy — therapy, above medication, has been my saving grace.
Post # 16
@jouissance: Maybe ask your doctor if a beta blocker like propanonol would be a better fit. I suffer from anxiety as well and the propranonol keeps the physical symptoms (heart racing, elevated blood preassure, etc) in check without slowing down your functionality. It’s not going to stop a panic attack, I have a low dose of Valium to take as needed for that (similar to your clonazepam), but the propranonol does help me stay in control of my anxiety and helps to put a ceiling on the physical symptoms which helps stop the anxiety from escalating. As PPs said, there is no need to worry about a stigma, no one needs to know and it is a medical condition that should be treated as such.