Being treated for subclinical anxiety?

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@juliana192:  When the symptoms were bad enough to the point that I didn’t want to get out of bed to go to work, I requested a prescription.  After a few months I was able to wean back off of meds (but bear in mind that some people must always be on meds.)

I keep track of my anxiety episodes so I can better identify my triggers so I can avoid them or prepare myself to deal with them.  I also have a safety plan for when I feel my anxiety kicking.  It involves phone call to a few close family members who let me get everything I am anxious about out and then help me calm down.  When my anxiety gets so bad it turns into a panic attack that I am unable to calm myself out of after 5-10 minutes, I used to have xanax pills but since I ran out a few months ago I have been forcing myself to go without with pretty good results.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@juliana192:  I have a diagnosed anxiety disorder, and I have been on medication for many years (6+). I no longer attend therapy, because for me I was basically prescribed a wonder-pill by a psychiatrist that literally changed my life. I am a different person because of it. PM me if you’d like more details. I see many people believe anxiety should be managed by behavior-modification therapy, and I’m glad that works for some people. However, medication is a legitimate solution that should not be discounted, and it probably saved my life. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@juliana192:  i have awful anxiety. it comes out of the blue and then the panic attack comes. worst. feeling. ever. i ended up having to go on zoloft because i was taking like 2-3 xanax a day ( i only take them when i feel a panic attack coming on… ).  i have been on zoloft for over a year and have taken xanax maybe 3 or 4 times. it has been such a huge lifesaver.  if it interferes with your day to day life – i suggest getting on a prescription. not ideal, i know. but anxiety a lot of times is caused not by thoughts/situations but signals in the brain that make you feel that way. (hard to explain…google! hah) at least that is how it is with me. i didn’t have anxiety before a certain traumatic event in my life, and now i do. but like i said – it comes out of the blue. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@juliana192:  maybe it’s not anxiety then? maybe it’s more of a depression or something? zoloft or another medicine like that would help with that, too. it is just to help level you out (whether it be anxiety, mood, depression, etc.).  see what your doctor says.  

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@juliana192:  I have pretty severe anxiety, and I’ve only ever had one panic attack. Mine manifests more as anxiety/obsessive thoughts, and then turns into self-sabotage. Picking fights with my FI, not being satisfied with anything, feeling like I don’t want to leave the house/very overwhelmed, imagining horrible things happening to my dog/FI (like a house fire, him being hit by a car, etc.)/ I can’t make the thoughts go away, and I dwell on them for days. My heart races and I feel like a pit in my stomach.

Not having panic attacks doesn’t mean you don’t have anxiety. Anxiety can manifest in many different forms (like I said above, mine comes with OCD tendencies). Many people experience depression with theirs, so they take Zoloft or Paxil or Wellbutrin. I take Cymbalta which is very pricey but has worked wonders.

Your doctor will decide if you “need” an RX or not, and they will decide if your anxiety warrants further treatment. Please don’t try to talk yourself out of making an appointment because it isn’t severe enough. I didn’t even realize how bad I was feeling until I got better. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My first suggestion is to stop trying to diagnose yourself.

If something like this is affecting your lifestyle, it is worthy of treatment. The absolute worst thing a doctor would say is that they recommend therapy only vs. trying a medication, but I personally don’t think that will be the case.

It’s time to stop trying to name the problem yourself and to go see someone and explain the situation and have someone on the OUTSIDE find you some help. The diagnosis is not nearly as important as treating the symptoms and finding a root cause.

More than likely, any doctor you talk to will suggest therapy and an antidepressant. It’s affecting your life; that’s worth getting help for.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’ve been diagnosed with Anxiety Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (NOS), and therapy has helped a great deal, with the anxiety, making it through/towards milestones in my life, talking of relationships, etc etc. The one thing I always tell people about therapy is that if you’re not feeling a good connection with your therapist, it’s okay to seek out someone you mesh well with.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@juliana192:  Don’t be apprehensive. For what it’s worth though, I felt no connection to my first 2 therapists, then had an amazing 3rd therapist who was wonderful. I still wasn’t a huge fan of talk-therapy, but it was the only way I could get someone to give me an RX. Now that I’ve been on the RX for almost 6 years I can get it refilled easily, but you may have to go through some counseling sessions with a referral to a psychiatrist before they will give you medicine. Please don’t let that scare you away from feeling better. I have been there SO many times.

Like I said, Cymbalta has been a wonder-drug for me, but it clocks in at $85/month even with good health insurance. If they will start you on something else that is less-expensive and has a generic available then I would try th at first. Unless $85/month is financially reasonable to you and then in that case I would say GET THEE SOME CYMBALTA because it is sent from heaven for people with General Anxiety Disorders. Mine also manifested with some obsessive tendencies and agoraphobia (not wanting to leave the house) Please PM me if you have any questions!!!

Post # 13
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1992 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

My best friend has depression, and I posted this on her Facebook wall last week. Hey if you can’t laugh at it– who can?

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@juliana192:  I had a combo of anxiety and depression and my clinic got me in ASAP (the day I called actually) and put me on meds right away because I was having panic attacks and was generally unable to function on a day to day basis. Being on Zoloft has been a huge turn around for me. I feel so much better and have a lot more energy (I’m not wasting it all being anxious). With the feelings you are describing and they way it is impacting your life there is no way they would just write you off and tell you to deal. They will definitely help you. My doctor made me do therapy as well as the meds and my therapist graduated me after 3 sessions because I already had a good understanding of what was going on with me. She taught me a few relaxation techniques and that was about it. What I really needed was the chemical boost from the meds to stabilize my brain chemistry. Hopefully you find the help that works for you.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@Miss Leopard:  I definitely laughed at that. I would also say ‘I can’t sit still I have anxiety’ My parents live a couple hundred of miles away so I don’t see them often. The first time my mom saw me after my anxiety got really bad she was like ‘can you stop bouncing your leg…it’s making the whole table shake’ And I was like ‘Nope, I can sit here and bounce my leg while we talk, or I can sit still and have a meltdown’

 

@juliana192:  BTW my Zoloft (actually the generic sertraline) is ~$6 a month with my insurance, soooo very worth the money.

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