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Liam's Mama 1 child; North Carolina 5474 posts
2nd Jan '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting October2011:</b>" did you go to a regular doctor first or just all of a therapist? i have no clue how to go about it."</blockquote>




I went to my regular doctor first. Most don't prescribe narcotics, so she referred me to a therapist. You will have to go back either monthly or every 3 months to get a refill.

Liam's Mama 1 child; North Carolina 5474 posts
2nd Jan '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting HizOtherHalf:</b>" Medication is the ONLY thing that saved my life. My depression and anxiety had gotten soooo bad that I actually turned into an agoraphobic (i couldnt even leave my house)."</blockquote>




That's what I had!!

Nikki-Kaiden's Mom 1 child; Canton, Michigan 737 posts
2nd Jan '13
Quoting HizOtherHalf:" Medication is the ONLY thing that saved my life. My depression and anxiety had gotten soooo bad that I actually turned into an agoraphobic (i couldnt even leave my house)."


See thats the point that I will get to shortly I feel like I don't want to even leave the house!! What medication are you on because my doctor prescribed me lexapro but i never touched it because then I get freaked out about taking those types of medication because of all the side effects and all that it just doesn't seem safe to me but I don't know what to do at this point!!

Liam's Mama 1 child; North Carolina 5474 posts
2nd Jan '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Nikki-Kaiden's Mom:</b>" See thats the point that I will get to shortly I feel like I don't want to even leave the house!! What ... [snip!] ... because of all the side effects and all that it just doesn't seem safe to me but I don't know what to do at this point!!"</blockquote>



Mine prescribed me Zoloft and klonopin(sp). I never took the Zoloft, and I took the klonopin as needed. Like if I knew I was going out I would take one 15 minutes before.

~ Ez's MoM ~ 33 kids; Zimbabwe 3436 posts
2nd Jan '13
Quoting Nikki-Kaiden's Mom:" See thats the point that I will get to shortly I feel like I don't want to even leave the house!! What ... [snip!] ... because of all the side effects and all that it just doesn't seem safe to me but I don't know what to do at this point!!"


dont take this wrong, i still have to remind myself too. but, sometimes you have to realize that you need meds, you cant keep living like you do all messed up with anxiety stuck in the house and freaking out. you have to suck it up and deal with some side effects, possibly have to try different meds and different combos until you find the right one, but once you do, and you stay on them and dont just go on and off of them as you please you will feel better. and honestly it sucks having to take meds, it is almost like you are admitting you are nuts but once you start feeling better it will be all worth it.

HizOtherHalf 20 kids; Carpentersville, Illinois 18 posts
2nd Jan '13

My dr prescribed Prozac for me and the only way to describe how it helped is to say that im a TOTALLY different person now. I never drink caffeine or take anything mood altering cuz it would make me go into full panic mode. Thats the reason why I wanted 3 years to start taking the medicine...the side effects freaked me out even worse! Then I finally couldnt stand how my life was turning out to be. I was 7 months preggo with my 2 1/2 year old and I couldnt even go to my ob appointments anymore!!

HopingforaMiracle 1 child; USA 22490 posts
2nd Jan '13

Late but thought I could maybe help...



I cannot leave the house. I leave once a week. I have 10-15 panic attacks a day even being home and if I leave the house it's so much worse. My anxiety runs my life. I don't ever want anybody going through what I go through. Go to the doctor. Get some medications. Go to therapy (the one time I leave the house a week is to go to therapy). DBT (dialectical behavior therapy) is very helpful for all sort of mental health issues. As is CBT (cognitive behavior therapy). Don't let your anxiety get as bad as mine please. Along with my other mental illnesses I get SSDI because I can't work. I live with my parents and brothers and daughter. I've been in the hospital three times since July 2011. Last being in a state facility for five and a half months. April to September of this year. It is complete and utter hell having anxiety.



Mine is so bad the medications only are like a bandaid for a bullet wound. I'm on quite a bit of medications for anxiety and depression, they don't seem to work very well. I shake constantly.



If you need to talk or anything please PM me. And this goes for anybody in this post :)

HopingforaMiracle 1 child; USA 22490 posts
2nd Jan '13

And avoid caffeine and alcohol at all costs. Caffeine and alcohol exacerbated anxiety.

SniperWolfMandy 1 child; 1 angel baby; Carroll, IA, United States 322 posts
2nd Jan '13
Quoting HopingforaMiracle:" Late but thought I could maybe help... I cannot leave the house. I leave once a week. I have 10-15 panic ... [snip!] ... work very well. I shake constantly. If you need to talk or anything please PM me. And this goes for anybody in this post :)"

My sister has similar anxiety problems, it runs in our family. Half of my family think its just made up in our heads. It's hard to explain to them that it's genetic. I took remeron and buspar pp. Now just buspar. I'm so sorry what you had to go through! *hug*

HopingforaMiracle 1 child; USA 22490 posts
2nd Jan '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting SniperWolfMandy:</b>" My sister has similar anxiety problems, it runs in our family. Half of my family think its just made ... [snip!] ... to them that it's genetic. I took remeron and buspar pp. Now just buspar. I'm so sorry what you had to go through! *hug* "</blockquote>




I'm on Lexapro, Remeron (never have found someone who has heard of Remeron before or been on it), Ativan on a scheduled basis, Buspar and Vistaril PRN for anxiety/depression. Remeron helps with sleep too for me.



Thank you. The people in the hospital were very understanding and knew I wasn't making it up. I did after all check myself in and knew I needed help. People on BG however don't understand that it can get bad. Funny thing is I worked up until April in a highly stressful situation (a hospital, mostly in the ER on weekend nights, busiest time of the week) AND a bank. So I had two jobs. I had so many panic attacks at work and it got to be too much and it caused me, among other things, to admit myself. I want to work. It isn't like I don't want to work. I can't right now

SniperWolfMandy 1 child; 1 angel baby; Carroll, IA, United States 322 posts
2nd Jan '13
Quoting HopingforaMiracle:" <blockquote><b>Quoting SniperWolfMandy:</b>" My sister has similar anxiety problems, ... [snip!] ... and it caused me, among other things, to admit myself. I want to work. It isn't like I don't want to work. I can't right now"

It seems like a lot of people don't understand anxiety. I had "friends" who would purposely try to give me panic attacks because they thought it was funny. Needless to say not friends any more. Remeron was a heavens sent, it was hard to eat because of my anxiety so remeron actually made me hungry as a side affect. I also get panicky at work I have to hide in our big walk in cooler to avoid people.

HopingforaMiracle 1 child; USA 22490 posts
2nd Jan '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting SniperWolfMandy:</b>" It seems like a lot of people don't understand anxiety. I had "friends" who would purposely try to give ... [snip!] ... actually made me hungry as a side affect. I also get panicky at work I have to hide in our big walk in cooler to avoid people."</blockquote>




I wouldn't be friends with them anymore honestly. Which I don't think you are with how you put "friends". Remeron made me gain 40 pounds from June to September. Even when I was eating very little calories I was still gaining. It was annoying but I could handle it since the medication helped me. I'm sorry :(. I sometimes got so bad I would have a panic attack while in a patient's room. Very hard stuff to deal with.

SniperWolfMandy 1 child; 1 angel baby; Carroll, IA, United States 322 posts
3rd Jan '13
Quoting HopingforaMiracle:" <blockquote><b>Quoting SniperWolfMandy:</b>" It seems like a lot of people don't understand ... [snip!] ... me. I'm sorry :(. I sometimes got so bad I would have a panic attack while in a patient's room. Very hard stuff to deal with."

Ya me too.... especially if the door is closed. They put me in the same patients room for every appointment I have at my doctor's office, it sets off my anxiety. My husband also has anxiety, so he understands what its like.

HopingforaMiracle 1 child; USA 22490 posts
3rd Jan '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting SniperWolfMandy:</b>" Ya me too.... especially if the door is closed. They put me in the same patients room for every appointment ... [snip!] ... I have at my doctor's office, it sets off my anxiety. My husband also has anxiety, so he understands what its like. "</blockquote>




Yea it's so hard. I'm glad you found someone who has anxiety. That's my fear is not be able to be understood by my future SO

SniperWolfMandy 1 child; 1 angel baby; Carroll, IA, United States 322 posts
3rd Jan '13
Quoting HopingforaMiracle:" <blockquote><b>Quoting SniperWolfMandy:</b>" Ya me too.... especially if the door is ... [snip!] ... Yea it's so hard. I'm glad you found someone who has anxiety. That's my fear is not be able to be understood by my future SO"

Ya, I've had past SO's that did not understand one bit, and they acted like I was crazy all the time. Also I gained 20 pounds on remeron, it made me want to eat everything sugary.