(Closed) NWR: Anxiety/Panic Disorders – Need your Suggestions!

posted 10 years ago in Emotional
Post # 62
402 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@kendraj — I think it’s just great that you’ve started on prescription medication, and it sounds like the combination of the two might be spot on.  An anti-depressant might be another way to go (maybe the anti-anxiety is an anti-depressant)? Anyway, these are not necessarily for clinical depression per se but can really help panic attacks and you can move to another one if you get those sexual side effects (meaning, if you lose your ability to climax). 

I would see a psychiatrist for all of this because they are also physicians and can therefore monitor/prescribe the right meds and thus treat you in a pharmacological way while also having you in pyschotherapy.  It sounds like you are on the right track.  You are already feeling the relief.  It’s the year 2011 and there’s no need to suffer like you were; there are excellent medications out there and no need to resist them.  Just my opinion.  But so happy you’re already starting to feel better!

Post # 64
402 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Sounds like really good advice.  Keep us posted on how you’re doing.

Post # 65
5983 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1999

@kendraj – So happy to hear that your appointment went well.  It’s always so nice to have someone listen and not be judgemental.  I bet it was a bit of a relief for you to hear that  phobia’s are easier to treat.  Be cautious with the meds and be sure to see the specialist that your doc recommended.  All the best to you and gettin’ rid of that darned phobia!  Cheers!Smile

Post # 66
302 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Kendra, I haven’t read all of your posts, but I notice that your anxiety tends to fixate on specific diseases. I have the same problems, and I’ll tell you one thing that has helped me immensely: BLOCK WEBMD.COM on your computer. Tell your Fiance not to let you on there if you try. Don’t let yourself look up symptoms for diseases, don’t Google them, don’t watch medical shows … I’ve stopped doing both (after a LONG time of worrying, primarily about the ebola virus, which isn’t even in America!), and I don’t worry as much anymore.

I also recommend counseling. If you’re a student, you can get cheap counseling on college campuses, or some cities have free health clinics where you can get a recommendation.

Post # 68
409 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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@KendraJ: I am happy your appoinment went well also!  

You asked how to help your SO understand.  I had the same problem with my Fiance.  He had never had felt anything like it and didn’t know what I was going through.  It sounds silly, but what helped was actually watching the show ‘Obssessed’ on A&E.  It dealt with people who had obssessive-compulsive disorders based on phobias.  They were treated with cognitive behavioral and exposure therapy.  It showed him clearly what I was going through, and how my therapist was helping me.  

Post # 69
131 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I have a generalized anxiety disorder and some social anxiety as well. I’ve always had a hear of certain people dying and of course over the years they have. It used to be my elderly neighbor who I was so afriad of dying, then my worry turned to my mom (who died 5 yrs ago from cancer), now I worry constantly about Fiance dying and his safety. Unfortunatley, he doesn’t quite understand it. He supports me getting help for it but doesn’t quite understand why I fear and worry over him so much. I feel bad then that it causes problems between us.

I’ve been on lexapro and had a really bad reaction to it where I literally felt like i was going crazy and it made me suicidal. I called my therapist in the middle of the night because I didn’t know what else to do. Needless to say, I’m off of that. Then I tried klonopin. I like the feeling that klonopin gives me….for once I don’t worry! What a great feeling! However, of course there are side effects lack of a sex drive and made me extremely tired. Both really messed up my schedule. I would sleep 8 hrs during the day then still sleep 8-9 hrs at night. I took the klonopin 3 times a day and within a half hour after taking it, I’d be sleep.

I’m still in therapy. My therapist is great. But I know I need to get back on meds because I’m worrying constantly about Fiance. I’ve found ways to work around my social anxiety somewhat, other times it does cause problems in my life.

I also have tried some type of natural anxiety drops that your supposed to put on your tongue to calm you down. I thought that was a waste of money…did nothing!

It may take time for your psychiatrist to find a medication that works for you and you can live with the side effects, but hopefully it’ll be worth it in the end. You don’t have to suffer.

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