(Closed) Anxiety…panic attacks, etc.

posted 8 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

I don’t know too much about anxiety, but wouldn’t an anxiety medicine help more than an anti-depressant? Perhaps I’m wrong, but I thought they made specific anxiety meds. My mom has taken them in the past. They helped her!

I would definately see your doctor and tell him what happened and that the medicine he gave you isn’t working for you! Good luck!

 

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I don’t have any recommendations, but I can relate. I have anxiety issues and have panic attacks on occasion. They are really scary and unpleasant!! I don’t take medication though, I just manage it myself. Not sure how that will go on my wedding day… Sorry I couldn’t be more of a help, I just wanted you to know you’re not alone!

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Definitely go talk to your doctor again. I ended up talking to a naturopath after the medication my doctor put me on for anxiety didn’t really work for me (or with me, I just didn’t like the way it made me feel). She put me on a natural anti-anxiety remedy and gave me these drops called Rescue Remedy (you can buy at most places that sell naturopathic remedies) which help immensely when I have flare ups. The odd time I feel myself starting to get a bit worked up again, which has been twice in two or three years now, she’ll give me a homeopathic remedy which is a little pill that goes under your tongue that’s prescribed based on your symptoms and feelings. 

First things first though, go to your doctor and let him know what he’s given you isn’t the right solution.

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Why did he put you on Zoloft? Zoloft is for depression. I have anxiety (GAD) and have had panic attacks in the past. I have taken both Clonazepam (Klonopin) and Xanax which are used to take either daily or as needed. I take them on an as needed basis. I would go back to your doctor and tell him the Zoloft is not working for you. If you took an anti-anxiety medication you probably would not feel this way.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Yeah, I’ve had panic attacks since I was in high school (sometimes completely random – looks like I’m having a heart attack – sometimes brought on by real stress) and I’ve never heard of being prescribed anti-depressants for panic attacks.

I’m not on anything any more (I’ve learned to recognize when they’re coming and basically either rationalize them away or at least get somewhere where I can lie down safely until its over) but commonly prescribed medications are Klonopin, Xanax (I wouldn’t recommend it – it is far too strong for most people and just makes you feel like you’re on drugs), Valium, and Ativan.

Definitely talk to your doctor though.  If you are dealing with depression and that’s the main reason you were given zoloft, you can still be put on a anti-anxiety pill with it, if not, I don’t see why you should even continue with the zoloft.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Though anxiety can be treated through prescriptions, in my opinion NO psychiatric challenge–depression, anxiety, etc–can be treated solely with medication.  There’s a reason and a root to the anxiety, and the best way to work through that is talking to a therapist (psychologist, clinical social worker, etc).  They, along with the RIGHT medication, can help you get to the root of your anxiety and help you with techniques to work through it.

Someone once said (a professor maybe) that with ANY mental illness, medication brings you to the point where you can function enough to process what’s happening.  It’s never a cure-all, and I would argue strongly with anyone who believes it is.

If you have trouble finding a therapist/cost troubles, MANY places offer sliding scale therapy.  Let me know (through private message if need be) if you’d like help finding resources for therapists in your area.  I’ve had lots of experience with research in this area–for myself, friends, and clients I’ve worked with (my background is in clinical social work).

Please please please get yourself additional help.  Anxiety sucks.  And there’s no reason AT ALL that you need to be suffering with it. 

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

ask about some xanax….much better than anti depressants for anxiety. i usually pop one when i get on a plane, and i def will before my wedding. The nice thing about this kind of perscription is that unlike an anti depressant it works quickly where the zoloft needs time to build in your system. Im not for promoting drugs or anything, but i think its exactly what you need for times when you feel anxious

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I had a panic attack for the first time 2 years ago. I have heard of being put on anti depressants for anxiety, but if it is not working for you let your doc know. I was origianlly put on a 50mg purple pills (not sure of the name) by the ER when I had my first attack and they kicked my butt. It would make me so tired I couldn’t function. I let my doc know and she laughed at how high  the dossage was, and put me on .25mg xanax. MUCH BETTER I take only as needed. Good Luck you will find somthing that works for you.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Actually, Zoloft is used to treat anxiety associated with social interactions, so I can see why it was tried.  It is a milder drug than the true anti-anxiety meds, as for some people they make them too sedate to function.  

These kind of meds work differently from person to person, so you need to talk to your doctor and let him know if the Zoloft is not doing it for you.

 

@judithsr:  While I think exploring the problem with a therapist is always a good idea, your hard and fast rule that “There’s a reason and a root to the anxiety, and the best way to work through that is talking to a therapist” is not true for everyone.  While you said it nicely and I don’t disagree with exploring any help available, I don’t think people who need medication longterm should be made to feel like they they are wrong.  I know too many people who feel like they have to hide the fact that they take meds and I don’t think that stigma is fair.  

I have a simple chemical imbalance and I do not have enough serotonin naturally.  The zoloft fixes that for me.  I have had therapy several times, in some cases it was useful and it some it was awful (finding a GOOD therapist is so important.)  It helped, but I have nothing left to work through- I am very happy with my job. my life, my family, etc yet without the Zoloft I cry (for honestly no reason at all- it is very frustrating- “what is wrong?” ‘nothing, I just can’t stop leaking’  

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@edgypeanuts:  I think you’re right…I’m sorry to generalize.  And I’m sorry if I gave the impression that medication is not appropriate, or okay.  Because I know that for many people, without medication they’d be in a bad place.  I’m sorry if I gave an impression of otherwise (prior to going to school, I was more steadfast in my “anti-meds” stance, and I’m working really hard to overcome that, knowing how helpful medication can be).

I guess the “problem” I have is that there are too many medical doctors who prescribe medication without a further exploration, and as a result, people tend to be overly medicated when therapy in conjunction with medication can be helpful. 

And I fully agree, that it’s important to find a good therapist.  A bad therapist can be super damaging, and I wish that upon no one.

I guess my point was, I was trying to encourage the use of therapy AND meds if that’s what’s needed.  And, I guess my thought was there being a “root to the anxiety” because they seemingly started suddenly (following the engagement, a major life change, a situation in which the two together may be helpful).

But, you’re right.  Some people may do fine with medication, and I’m glad that it’s an option that’s worked well for you.  I just hate for people to expect medication to be the cure all, as it is for many medical conditions. 

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

@judithsr: Actually she said that she started having the panic attacks right BEFORE they got engaged – so maybe the root isnt the changes.

Also, I have to agree with you on meds + therapsy but definitely not in every instance. I have gone to therapy for anxiety in the past and it has helped. However, I have anxiety when flying and I need to take anti-anxiety medication for that. I dont think there is a deeper root to this anxiety – it is just that I get anxious because I have a fear of being in a plane crash or a 9/11 situation. Its pretty straightforward and the medication immediately helps me!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I agreee that depending on the person medicine is very much needed, but I also agree that some people don’t need it, and sometimes doctors just give it out like candy. My Future Mother-In-Law is on like 5 medications due to depression and anxiety, and well to be totally honest with you I see her a lot, and I don’t think she needs them. I do believe she has anxiety, but her pills don’t seem to be helping her at all, not even a little. She has told people this too. She doesn’t like how many she is on, and that they don’t help her feel any better, and her family doc. told her she needs to take these for the rest of her life. She has never been to a therapist either to be diagnosed for  anything, but their insurance does not cover therapy. Fiance use to go to the same doctor and use to suffer from anxiety as well. He still gets nervous occasionally and feels like he is going to throw up and won’t eat anything if something big is happening, like a job interview, where people are going to be judging him. Well the doctor put him on anti-anxiety pills as well, aslo told him that he needs to take them for the rest of his life, well Fiance stopped taking them, because they didn’t help him, they made him tired, and like a zombie, and well he wasn’t an adult yet either, and I know some medicine says you shouldn’t take it if you are under the age of 18. Well after he stopped taking it, he tried to just deal with it on his own. He use to be way worse, use to be nervous about going to school, and would throw up, didn’t ever want to leave the house or would get nervous, and feel like throwing up, and now he enjoys going out and doing things, and isn’t nervous anymore. But the medicine he was on didn’t help him at all, he was still nervous and didn’t want to do anything. He hasn’t taken any pills since. He tells me that his mom is acting just like he was when he was on his medicine. She is scared to go to work, and has panic attacks because she is afraid her co-workers are judging her, and takes every little thing they say to her as a personal attack. She works in a daycare center, and if someone even just makes a helpful suggestion it hurts her feelings, because she thinks they are thinking she is dumb or something. Well then she does nothing when she gets home. She cooks a quick dinner for Future Father-In-Law and then lays in bed the rest of the day, and this is on her medicine, and she was like this before her medicine. I think she needs therapy, and I feel for her, because I don’t know if she will ever get it, because their insurance doesn’t cover it. 🙂

I think it’s important for you to see a therapist as well. If the zoloft is not doing any damage, making you feel more depressed, etc. then continue taking it, but if you can see a therapist that you are comfrotable with, and think is good for you, I think you should do that and see what they think and recommend. I think going to just a regular fam. doc for depression is not enough. I mean I know they have to study some Psych classes, but I don’t think they have as much experince as a professional therapist who probably majored in Psych. Good luck with everything, and I hope you start feeling better soon.

 

Edit: Also Future Mother-In-Law might not be on the right medication, which is also why I think it’s important to see a therapist, or a very good family doctor. Her family doctor got mad at her when she wanted to stop taking some of her medicine, and told her she needs to take it, which uhm doesnt’ sound right to me. I think he should listen to her concerns, and def. think something is wrong if her medication is not helping her, not badger her and get angry and yell at her to keep taking them, and why if you know your patient has anxiety would you yell at her? I don’t think he knows what he is doing, and this is why it’s very important to see someone you feel comfortable with and you think is good.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I would suggest a therapis too: Only YOU know if there is a root to your anxiety and I think the best way to find out is by going to a professional therapist to find out if there is. Can’t hurt right? I wish you all the best.

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