Post # 1
I’m having horrible anxiety lately that comes and goes. Mostly health-related / hypochondria though miraculously, not ABOUT pregnancy (yet). I don’t want to take drugs for this especially while pregnant but I’m so miserable. It used to only bug me when the attacks happened and i got some relief in between, for days even, but now it’s happening more and more and even when I’m feeling ok I’m just waiting for something to trigger me. I get paralyzed with fear and I just can’t do anything other than zero in on whatever is freaking me out and just spiral down. Just wondering if anyone else has experienced this during pregnancy and has any tips. I have an appointment with a counselor in a few weeks through school so hopefully that will set me on a better course. Anxiety sucks!!! I’m normally such a happy positive person, and i have so few actual sources of stress and so many reasons to be happy, I just want to enjoy life :/
Post # 2
It may be beneficial for you to speak to your doctor and get on a med that you both agree is safe. These attacks and major anxiety could put your baby MORE at risk than a medication.
Post # 3
I’d start with the appointment, to see if it helps, significantly. but don’t feel bad if you end up on a med. You being less stressed out may be better for baby than avoiding a med.
Post # 4
I’m 10 weeks pregnant and have panic disorder. I’ve been in therapy on and off for years and have found it to be really helpful. Also, I do take medication for it (Zoloft), and my doctors and I have decided that I should keep taking it during my pregnancy. For me personally, I’m more concerned about what my anxiety issues, unchecked, could do to the baby than about a very slightly increased risk of problems from the medication.
I haven’t read this through yet, but an acquaintance who’s a clinical psychologist recommended it: http://www.cw.bc.ca/library/pdf/bcrmh_anxietyguide_final.pdf
Post # 5
This site is a great resource for the most up-to-date research on psychiatric drugs during pregnancy. It’s run by the reproductive psychiatry group at Massachusetts General Hospital: http://womensmentalhealth.org/
I’m not sure where you live, but if it’s near a big city like Boston or NYC, you might see if you can schedule a consult with a specialist in perinatal psychiatry. I did, and it was extremely helpful in my thinking through the risks and benefits of meds during different phases of pregnancy. Different drugs have varying effects depending on what trimester you take them.