Except when I first went into the hospital with anxiety (7 days pretty much out of my mind, only remember about one hour of all that time), my doctor has not given me Xanax or Ativan. He says he prefers to treat the cause rather than give me those kind of meds. Believe me, I have wanted them so badly. Despite taking Depakote, Lamictal and Celexa when getting out of the hospital, I still had anxiety so bad I almost went back into the hospital. It was then that he gave me Zyprexa, saying he uses it as a last resort for anxiety. Fortunately, the Z. zapped the anxiety within two hours and now I only have to talke 10 mg of Z every two weeks or so to keep the anxiety at bay. I took myself off Depakote due to hair loss and tremendous appetite and severe liver or gallbladder pain and the doctor was not upset that I did that. So now I take Wellbutrin, Lamictal, Celexa, Deplin and Zyprexa only as needed. I am really doing well with the anxiety.
Well, enough about me, what do you think about me? Ha!
Good luck on finding the right meds for you. It can sure be a hassle.