Any Bees with anxiety/depression? Medication..

posted 5 months ago in Wellness
Post # 2
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Bumble bee

I’ve been on and off medication… 

For about 6 years. 

I had an accident that resulted in nerve damage. I don’t take pain meds and they aren’t effective. 

My son is also a constant source of major worry. So I started  an ssri to aleviate both. 

 

It works great, but takes a long time to be effective.  Life changing. Personally I never felt not myself at all. Just easier to cope. I still had all the emotions. 

But it does affect me sexually. So eventually I always come off. About every year or so, when I’m feeling ok. 

I was switched to an snri after my divorce. Worked ok, less sexual issue (hard to reach orgasm) . But gave me high blood pressure and chest tightness. Was great for nerve pain. 

Now I’m  on  nothing.. more stress but doing ok. 

I think meds can be a great tool, but not the only one. Learning to cope is important. Do whatever it takes to make the waters calmer. Imho 

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

Meds are a totally mixed bag. Make sure you get a psychiatrist who isn’t just a prescription pad and it’s great to combine talk style therapy with meds. That way you have two people keeping an eye on your and tracking how you are taking to the medicine. Most have quite the acclimation period and it’s important to allow for some time for your body to adjust. 

I get that it’s unsettling. Maybe wait to discuss with a standard therapist and decide if it’s right for you to try going the psychiatric route. Do you feel like you have depression? If I were in your shoes, I’d be headed to a therapist first and get the diagnosis sorted before heading to the person who primarily specializes in meds. 

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

The best advice I can give you is to understand it is all trial and error with medication. You can read every review for every medication, positive and negative, and you won’t know how it will work for YOU until you try it. It took me about two years of trialing different pills, doses, and combinations before I found what works for ME. The adjustment period in the beginning can suck and every med comes with side effects, some temporary and some that may hang around. Be patient, with yourself and the meds, and give everything a fair chance of at least two to three months before deciding how you feel about it. Good luck!

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2017

I’ve had both therapy and medication at the same time. Medication has been essential for me, but so has therapy. I was on a high dose of an anti anxiety medication and my anxiety was still completely out of control.

I think medication can be helpful, but I do really think you should do therapy again and stick with it this time

I’ve been with my therapist for two years and I’m starting to see a lot of changes in the way I respond to situations. I was on medication long, long before I started with this therapist and I’m only seeing the best results now, with regular therapy sessions as well as maintenance medications which are not the anti anxiety meds

In my experience, meds and therapy go hand in hand. 

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2017

throughthelookingglass87 :  my prescriber and my therapist work in the same office and they consult each other on my progress. It’s actually incredibly comforting

Post # 7
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Busy bee

 TL/DR: Draw out your thoughts in solitude. Hot to a gradually cold shower. Jog/run (Not when youre having an anxiety attack). Journal everythinig.

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I have had Anxiety all my life, and diagnosed with GAD, and depression. I would ALWAYS be in a state of worry, and honestly, from my personal experience, Medication does not really help. In fact, the thought of taking it and knowing the chemical breakdown that it will be undergoing in my system, makes it worse.

My mind plays with me a lot, and Im constantly aware of people that “try ” to help, but that havent gone through the same mental experiences Ive undergone.So, therapists or psychologists/psychiatrists do not help me. In my head it’s a lot of ‘theyre saying this, or using this psychology on me so that they can trick my mind into thinking a certain way to help me get better. (I want to get better, but by my brain being aware of this dynamic going on, it gets stubborn into thinking the ‘you cant help me’ mentality). 

All I can say is that through trial and error, I have found ways to get past my anxiety and sometimes panic attacks. What I do is this:

 

I go into a room to myself, where I can be at alone with my thoughts, and I think about what is bothering me. I draw the thought out until theres nothing more to think about. Until my mind gets bored and it’s not a big issue in my head. Then I move onto the next topic or subject bothering me and do the same. It helps me so much. My brain ends up correcting itself and thinking ‘yeah its not thattt big of a deal.’ 

I also go take a hot shower, and gradually turn it colder until its a little too cold. reason for this is that it helps slowly shock my mind out of what im thinking. My brain will go into ‘survival mode’. Its also relaxing. 

I dont do well with weights and gym equipment if im stressed, what i do is I jog or run at a solid pace. It helps get my mind cleared, and it helps me appreciate breathing and the very much alive world around me (Disclosure: DO NOT do this when you have an anxiety attack, only do it when you’re simply stressed ort anxious, (this coupled with asthma makes a pretty scary combo) Running helps greatly if you’re going through depression; endorphins flood the brain when you’re stimulated through exercise).

Lastly, I journal. I write about my day every day that I am anxious, and even when im not. I write my thoughts earlier in the day, at the current moment, my accomplishments, my complaints. Everything. It helps sweep a lot of the days stresses or tensions away. 

**Remeber: Try not to ever take this out on your SO or loved ones. They may not know whats going on in your head, to what intensity, or how to help. I tell my SO that I almsot alwasy need to leave the room when I get super anxious, and he understands. After a moment, he goes in to tell me how great I am and gives me a hug or back rub, and we move forward.

Best wishes bee, take care 🙂

Post # 8
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Busy bee

As other have said, the benefit of a psychiatrist is both medication and being able to talk things out/work through issues together. Medication isn’t a magic fix, though it helps a lot when coupled with therapy. 

Ive been on all kinds of SSRIs to find my best fit. Lexapro made me feel emotionally flat. Wellbutrin didn’t help much. Trintellix was the best by far. 

It may take a few tries to get it right, but as a fellow anxiety sufferer, I can tell you one thing— continue in-person therapy. It helps so much. Your Dr. will help with anything they can, so be honest with your feedback about medications and doses. 

If you’re prone to anxiety attacks, Ativan is an excellent “calm me down now” drug. There are others like it. Buspirone is good for mild and persistent anxiety.

So, don’t worry! There are medications that work, and your therapy will help too! 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2019 - USA

ohdarling :  I was diagnosed with depression at 16 and put on SSRIs which is a common drug prescribed for anxiety as well from what I’ve heard (I could be wrong though). After being on them for 5 years I just didn’t feel like myself, and tapered off of it. It was a tough process and I wish I had never gone on them at all. After I had more psychotherapy sessions and started to exercise, my mood improved tenfold what it was when I was on meds. Obviously, there is a place for medication if you need it, but I would try to get yourself into some form of therapy (there are so many great types of therapy) and research alternative methods to manage your stress and anxiety levels. I, personally, would only go on meds as a last resort as they can alter your brain chemistry pretty significantly. 

Post # 10
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Blushing bee

Here’s my 2 cents-   Medication can absolutely help, even if it’s a low dose. I developed(?) anxiety and panic attacks after a specific event and was totally lost and terrified and felt out of my mind. I got therapy and also went to a psychiatrist for medication. My psychiatrist wasn’t keen on doing a lot of talking with me and that’s one thing I’d recommend doing differently, find one that is willing to let you actually talk. Don’t leave it all to a therapist. For me, therapy and low dose Zoloft helped. I’m now newly tapered off the Zoloft but still going through some of the effects of coming off it. Before the Zoloft I took one pill of Lexapro and idk if it was the medication itself or my mind being in such a bad place, but I had a full blown panic attack about an hour after taking it. I was focusing totally on my anxiety, I was all worked up and going round and round talking about it, and I had read all the possible side effects of the Lexapro. So I never took it again. But when it was time to take the Zoloft, for the first few times taking it I quickly took the pill and found something else to do. Don’t sit around and wait and be scared. Be brave enough to take it, start small, and distract yourself. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2019

I have anxiety, and therapy helped me a lot. I do have a prescription for Xanax, but I find myself needing to take it less and less as my coping skills improve. You’re taking a step in the right direction, bee!

Post # 11
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Honey bee

I had anxiety since I was a child. Watching my parents fighting all the time didn’t help. Xanax helps some people, but even the lowest dose puts me to sleep and then when I wake up I’m all fuzzy for hours. So I’ve forced myself to learn coping strategies and when things get really stressful I take a low dose propranolol. It’s a beta blocker; it slows your heart rate and that helps me feel more in control. I don’t feel any side effects at this dosage but I’m only taking it prn, maybe once a month.

Post # 12
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Worker bee

You sound like me! Always waiting for the other shoe to drop….

First of all, if medication is something you’re interested in exploring, I think that it’s important for you to talk to a psychiatrist that is, someone who specializes  in diagnosing these kinds of things. The way the system works now (at least in the US), psychiatrists do the diagnosing and prescribing and psychologists and therapists do the talking. From a clinical perspective, there is a difference between depression and an anxiety disorder. Although sometimes they happen simulatneously and some anxiety symptoms can be relieved by SSRIs etc. (they are perscribed for a lot of nonspecific symptoms), they are not a one-size-fits-all form of treatment. Speaking as someone who has been treated for anxiety with a range of therapies from drugs to hypnosis, I can tell you that the meds do not “make the worries go away”, but rather blunt or alter your response to those worries, which is ultimately the goal. Any therpist who offers you a cure for worrying is pulling your leg :). The cool thing that I have learned about this is that you can often achieve this goal (depending of course on the severity of your condition) through other means besides medication by “re-training” your body and brain to react differently using things like hypnosis and biofeedback. These techniques are a lot more freely available and covered by insurance than they used to be, if you can find a therapist who specializes in them. There are so many things that can treat anxiety besides or in addition to drugs that you can stock your toolbox with.

Be well!

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