(Closed) Fess Up…are you taking anxiety meds?

posted 8 years ago in Emotional
  • poll: Are you taking Anxiety Medication?
    Yep, and it's helping! : (16 votes)
    14 %
    No, I don't think I need it : (34 votes)
    31 %
    No, but I've thought about it : (35 votes)
    32 %
    Yes, I was already taking it before getting engaged : (23 votes)
    21 %
    Yes, but I don't know if it's working : (3 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
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    324 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    be sure you are distinguishing between stress and anxiety… I have both and yes have been on anxiety meds since I was 13 (now almost 25) and will be the rest of my life. 

    Post # 5
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    1940 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Perhaps you can consider meeting with someone to discuss your anxiety so that you can try to develop skills to overcome this issue.  I’m not opposed to medications (I’m a pharmacy student – I deal with medications all day!), however if you don’t learn how to cope with an issue, often times if you try to stop taking the medication later on, you feel that you have a reliance on it because you never really dealt with the underlying issue(s).  Also, keep in mind that all medications have side effects, and sometimes you have to try several medications before one really starts to work.

    So in summary, yes, medications can be helpful, but I wouldn’t view them as “easily fixing” the issue.  There are pros and cons for all treatment options – and your doctor has to be the one to evaluate what is the best treatment approach for you.  

     

    This is not medical advice and should not replace the advice of your health care provider.

    Post # 6
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    762 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    No, but I should be! I’m only half serious. I have had anxiety in the past (at age 10 I had agoraphobia and panic attacks and comes back once in a while) and have taken medication for short periods to get me through some rough patches. However, having an anxiety disorder for almost 20 years I have learned some really helpful tricks. I am not one to even take asprin if at all possible so I think it works better for me. Especially after seeing my Future Brother-In-Law go through a horrible addiction to pills because of his anxiety.

    Post # 8
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    414 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I agree w EvaBostonTerrier…I say use meds when other things don’t work.  I have been taking Ativan for about 2 years and only take it when I have a full blown panic attack.  I didn’t want to take  medication but then I started having panic attacks, otherwise I could handle it.  There are times where I feel more anxious, and sometimes I can go months without taking it.  I agree, talk to a therapist/counselor.  I take herbal supplements on a daily basis to deal with anxiety and those seem to work.  Good luck, hope you find a good solution!

    Post # 9
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    762 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Everyone is different but these are mine…

    1. I tell myself that this is the anxiety talking and even in a panic attack when I think I’m gonna faint, for example, I remind myself that I’ve fainted before (never from a panic attack) and I’ve always been okay.

    2.Go with the what ifs! (What if my son is autistic or something is my common one nowadays). So, then we would deal with it. It’s never the end of the world.

    3. Lots of activity. Going for walks, and getting fresh air and excercise makes me tired enough at the end of the day that I can sleep.

    4. At night, I totally clear my head of anything stressful and think about something silly.

    5. Getting out all my worries and stress. I use weddingbee a lot for this because FH is the only one who wants to listen to my griping.

    These work for me. I still do not sleep as much as I should since I started wedding planning. Also, there is much more info on anxiety than there used to be.  I wish I had book titles but I don’t remember any now.

     

    Post # 10
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    414 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    There is a book called “The Anxiety Disease”.  It is really old but interesting.  I don’t recall it having a lot of management tips, but it does help you identify what type of anxiety you have.  It also follows the particular case of a female dealing with it.  You’ll read it and say, “omg, that’s me!” 

    I also find that talking about it really helps.  Recognize it as anxiety and realize that you’ll be ok.  I agee staying busy helps too. 

    Post # 11
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    762 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    @futuremrse- great advice! I was prescribed xanax but I only took it when I REALLY needed it. It was nice to have in a very stressful situation but talking things out was key! I have heard of valarian root for anxiety.

    Post # 12
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    414 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I have taken valerian root or melatoninin the past to help me sleep.  I take kava kava for daily “relaxation” (that’s what it says on the bottle).  It doesn’t make me as sleepy as the others.  You can take a few a day and it keeps me kind of leveled out without feeling drugged.  I have prematurely taken my Ativan before I truly need it and THAT made me feel loopy!  It takes a while to figure out what works.

    Post # 13
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    2006 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I was diagnosed with a type of anxiety at 14 (combo of a heart condition causing anxiety causing a heart condition, etc). I would have crazy anxiety attacks a couple of nights a week that would keep me up for hours.

    I was sent by my doctor to a psychiatrist and she refused to prescribe me meds until I had met with her for a couple of weeks and just talked. In the end, I didn’t need meds (I was prescribed something by my cardiologist to control my heart condition which had a side effect of curbing my anxiety a little)! She taught me some calming techniques and I continued to see her for a little longer.

    Eventually I was able to control my anxiety on my own and no longer needed to see her once a week. I am very anti-medication when it isn’t absolutely necessary (which is funny because I’m looking to go to pharmacy school) so I’m happy I didn’t have to take anything.

    My own calming techniques during anxiety attacks: 

    • drinking hot tea
    • listening to soothing music (instrumentals, nature sounds)
    • someone rubbing my back and body
    • petting my animals
    • learning to catch the anxiety at the beginning so I could stop it before it became a fully blown attack.

    You may need medication, but I strongly recommend going to talk to someone for awhile before you try any pills.

    Post # 14
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    598 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I voted that I have been taking them before I got engaged.  Although I am currently not on them, I was taking them before I got engaged.

    I find myself really anxious about alot of things.  Before I ordered my dress, that is all I could think about.  And now that I ordered my dress, I find myself thinking about how the bridesmaids are going to look and I am trying to think about the setup of the tables.  All the details make me really anxious, but I think that is my personality.  These thoughts really don’t stop me from living my normal life, I just have a lot more on my mind lately.

    I don’t think anti-anxiety medicines have very many side effects.  Nothing too bad at least, so if they help you, I don’t they are a big deal.  But it’s up to you.  How do you feel about taking them?

    Post # 16
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    123 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I was ashamed and embarrassed when I first had to start talking Zoloft, I didn;t need meds.  But as a kid, my hair would fall out from stress.  I started having full blown panic attacks and even took myself to the ER to have been mocked by the staff.  I took Zoloft then for 3 months and didn’t have another apnic attack after that for 8 years.

    Until my brother had cancer, my weight dropped down to 85 pounds (normally 120).  Something was wrong and I was not in control.  I took Zoloft again.   Zoloft has been a life saving.  Since then my brother passed away…2 months later I went off it.   But then my birthday was approaching- turning the same age as he was when diagnosised with cancer.  I was terrified all the time of dying.  I’m back on it and even though its been 1 year and a half- its keeping me sane. 

    I still anxiety attacks, but I call a friend and make them talk to me until it passes.  it doesn;t happen often.

    I plan on going off of them 3 months after married.  I’ve been off before when my life calmed down so I know I can manage.  But engagements are stressful, now is not the time to get off of it.

    Do what you need to do, don’t feel ashamed like I was to need help.

    BTW- I did see therapists.  They were useless.

    Another thing to keep in mind- not all natural herbs are good for you. research natural or chemical supplements before taking anything. 

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