Bees who suffer from anxiety — I need your help!

posted 3 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
Member
92 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

@icanhearyousmile:  Haha the drinking part, totally legit. And Im glad to hear that you don’t mix the two. Wedding planning/dealing with stress on top of an already stressful school load is A LOT. Have you talked to your fiance about any of this? Perhaps you can delegate the wedding planning to him for a while until your anxiety eases up a bit. 

My doctor perscribed me to kolonipin for anxiety, which to me is the less of two evils from Xanax. I was put on a slew of medication for a large part of my teenage/young adult life until I made the decision to take myself off of the meds, so I completely understand your reluctancy to getting back on them.

You know your body best, and if the stress is too much for you to handle, then talk to your doctor. Theres always the good ol workout/edorphin high route, but as someone who also suffers from anxiety, I know thats not always near enough.

In the end its your health that matters. I have the same worries about walking down the aisle and everyone staring at me, which is why I want a smaaaaaall wedding. Perhaps you can try to just focus on one or two things at a time like your school and health. Hopefully your fiance can help you work through these times and be the support you need. (Hugs)

Post # 5
Member
1178 posts
Bumble bee

I think you should go easy on yourself and take your meds. I take Klonopin. Your doctor can let you know when it is safe to drink. You just may not have a pill a couple of days before.

Post # 7
Member
3557 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I’m on Zoloft for my anxiety with alprazolam as a back-up I’ve only needed to use a handful of times in the last few months. Zoloft is a SSRI instead of a benzodiazapene like xanex, and while you can’t just go on and off of it (you have to step up and down) it’s not addictive. Benzos are so addictive because they supress the GABA receptors aka your adrenaline response, so when you go off them your adrenaline response is even stronger as a result of your body trying to get around the inhibition. It takes a few weeks for SSRIs to kick in though, so I don’t know if you have enough time to try it. I was super lucky and my doctor go the right dose on the second try in about 2 weeks which basically made a difference overnight. My parents were visiting when my dose was changed and they could see the difference the next day. I get tipsy faster than before on the Zoloft, but I can still drink as long as I do it slowly and with food in my tummy.

Post # 9
Member
6872 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

I know some people that take Buspar, but I’ve heard mixed responses. It can make you very dizzy, so you need to test it out before the wedding if you try that. Some try prescribing Celexa off-label (it’s an antidepressent), but it’s side effects inlcude nausea. I know you really, really want to avoid xanax, but honestly, since you took it regularly for so long, I would recommned trying the lowest dose extended release (0.5 mg). It doesn’t make you feel the xanax “high,” hopefully it just makes you calm and collected throughout the day. I’ve been able to handle drinks on it, if I take it in the morning and not close to the time I have a drink. Once or twice I had taken it in the morning (my usual regimine) and in the evening I’ve had 2 or 3 glasses of wine. I was totally fine.. well I felt like I normally would from 2-3 glasses, lol. Also, there’s actually a mild blood pressure medicine, known as propranalol that is commenly prescribed to stage actors to decrease their heart rate, and it is known to have a very mild calming effect. If you don’t want to go the pharmaceutical route at all, there are relaxation techniques, herbal teas, and IMO the best medicine, having a pair of earbuds and your favorite music to soothe you. 

Post # 10
Member
2687 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Ketchum, ID

@icanhearyousmile:  Try Bach’s Rescue Remedy! It has seriously changed my life. I still have anxiety, but on those days where it’s just too unbearable to leave my house, I take a few drops of it and I feel so much better. It’s truly a miracle “drug”. I say drug, but really it’s an all natural flower essence (and I normally think holistic things are bullshit!)

 

 

 

http://www.directlyfromnature.com/product_p/rr-009.htm

 

 

 

I get mine at whole foods, but you can get it off of amazon, the interwebs, etc. It’s worth the try, and it seriously works so well I can’t even get over it. I just take it when I need it, not every day. I used to take prescription drugs (xanax, lexapro, and celexa) and they never really took away my anxiety, they just made me feel zombie-ish. 

 

Post # 12
Member
6872 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

@icanhearyousmile:  0.25 mg is my regular dosage plus I take 1 mg extended release everyday and as long as I take them early when I wake up, I am fine to drink. 0.25 mg is the lowest dosage, and it is quick acting then tapers off. As long as you don’t plan on getting wasted at your wedding, pace yourself, and stick to a few glasses of champagne/wine or light beer I think you will be perfectly fine. I mean, this is based on my personal experience and hey, I’m not a doctor yet… but just sayin. Why don’t you take 0.25 mg in the morning one day then have the same amount of drinks you would plan to at the wedding around the same time frame to “test the waters.” Lol that is my honest advice and my disclaimer is to try with caution?? haha

Post # 13
Member
3557 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@icanhearyousmile:  I would definitely bring it up with your doctor after the wedding, it’s been life changing for me. Personally, I don’t mind being on the SSRI because of the way it works. What it does is inhibits the re-uptake of serotonin (signaling molecule in the brain). Doctors can’t just give you synthetic serotonin and have it work because it can’t cross the blood brain barrier. So what they give you is a drug that competes with serotonin in binding to the re-uptake system. What that does is makes your brain destroy serotonin more slowly and gradually increases the amount of serotonin in your brain. All of the serotonin that is making me feel like a normal person was produced naturally in my brain. You can think of it as a way of slowing down your metabolism that is localized to your brain. I find it’s method of action to be a lot less invasive than the methods of action of many other drugs (I am a biochemist if you can’t tell :P)

Post # 15
cherrypieBee
1059 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park

I’d just start with a VERY small dose of the Xanax (less than you’d normally take) and see if it helps enough for you to cope. I never had any issues with Xanax and a few drinks, but I took .25mg, .5mg max. That doesn’t mean it will be OK for you. Just remember that Xanax isn’t evil. It’s a tool to help you. And it works well, which is why people take it in the first place. Cut yourself some slack, and that may help your anxiety as well.

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