(Closed) Do you take anything for anxiety?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

You’re not nuts.  Most people have phobias to one extent or another.  It’s just learning how to deal with them.  I would definitely seek out your family doctor first so you can get some anti-anxiety medication and then a therapist to talk about why driving freaks you out and what you can do to calm yourself down if you feel an episode coming on.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Combo of therapy (with a GOOD therapist who you really click with) and drugs tends to work best.  I have found that lexapro is extremely helpful to me with both depression and anxiety.  Don’t give up on therapy yet – look around for a good cognitive behavioral therapist; according to my understanding they’re really useful for things like managing anxiety/phobias.

Edit – as to how you go about getting meds, go to your primary care physician, explain the driving situation, and say that you want to be screened for anxiety. They’ll either do it themselves or refer you to a psychiatrist/psychiatric nurse practitioner who can work with you to find the right medication.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@mightywombat: I agree about not giving up on therapy.  They are just like shoes…you gotta keep trying until one fits! 

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@stephinPA:

OMG, I love that analogy! I am totally stealing it for future use. 😀

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@mightywombat: it’s so true, isn’t it?  I remember after 9/11 I wanted to speak with someone for anxiety and the first therapist was telling me to stockpile food, etc…ummm, yeah, I never went back to her. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee

@stephinPA: @mightywombat: LOL I always compare it to buying cars. You have to drive it for a little bit to see if it’s working =)

I also agree that therapy would be beneficial and not to give up! I know “therapist hunting” is very stressful, but it will be worth it once you find a good match.

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

@smith2be: the best med that I have taken for anxiety has been clonazepam. I have taken lexapro, xanax and clonazepam and have done therapy for a while. Lexpro was more of a mood stabilizer for me and I did not feel like myself. Clonazepam has made it so that I can function and not have panic attacks when driving or flying.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Red wine and prayer. Totally not doctor recomended though.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would try going to a different therapist, one who specializes in CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy).  There isn’t a great medication for a specific phobia except a benzo like xanax (ie someone like me who takes xanax before flying), but you can’t drive with benzos so you’re back to square one.  Unless you have severe anxieties in other parts of your life, cognitive behavioral therapy is going to be the best treatment for you.  

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I take prozac , I think it works really well. My GYN started me on 10 mg and I didn’t really notice a difference so we bumped it up to 20 mg and it really helps calm me down and not freak out on people all the time because I am so stressed with life itself. The only side affect was headaches the first week I took the pills.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

@lola2011: Your a genius! haha this DOES help!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@smith2be: Huh, I thought I was the only one like this. I take cymbalta for anxiety, but I still can’t drive without panicking, so I just don’t drive anymore. 

Post # 15
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

I was on a low dose of Zoloft for several years, and just within the last 2 years have I come off of it. It’s good for what it’s for – quelling the anxiety. At some point, going off of it felt right for me. (Of course, I did this with doctor’s advice and weened myself off). I didn’t want to rely on it for forever, but I really appreciate what it did for me when I was on it. If you feel you need it, you should look into it.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I have clonazepam, which I only take for very serious emergencies, but I’m not supposed to drive on it.  It seems to me that taking an anti-anxiety medication, which is essentially a tranquilizer, and then driving is a bad idea.

I looked it up:

“The connection between anxiety medication and accidents

Anti-anxiety medication causes drowsiness and poor coordination, which contributes to accidents at home, at work, and on the road. Studies show  that taking anti-anxiety medication increases your risk of having a serious traffic accident.

Source: McGill University

I’m sure there are plenty of studies, I’ll admit I didn’t search very hard – just needed something to prop up what I’ve already been told by doctors and pharmacists about my own meds.

Anyway, yeah.  So… drugs + heavy machinery = bad.  I would suggest CBT (which I think someone else also suggested) and then very ridiculously mild doses (maybe) of medication IF that doesn’t work (or work well enough).  Make sure that the doctors you speak to understand that your issue is driving specifically, and that you will therefore be driving under the influence of whatever they tranq you with.

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