Hello and I am sorry for what you are going through. I think you did as many do that are on meds, you felt good so you forgot to take meds and went pretty much cold turkey off your med. Your physician put you back on the med and added one, Ativan, to help you until the Zoloft gets back to therapeutic level.
You have the Ativan so IMHO I would use it. You should only need it short term and if you are unable to function then I would suggest using the med.
You said you have been to the ER 10 times or so in the past, you don't want to go there again just to find out what you know. Give yourself permission to use the meds.
Have you ever been to therapy to learn other ways to cope with anxiety?
I am glad you felt comfortable coming back to our forum.
Keep talking to us.Kitt
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Anxiety disorders are the most common form of mental disturbance in the United States population.
DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders ) defines 12 types of anxiety disorders in the adult population. They can be grouped under seven headings:
Panic disorders with or without agoraphobia.Phobias. These include specific phobias and social phobia.Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Stress disorders. These include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and acute stress disorder.
Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).
Anxiety disorders due to known physical causes. These include general medical conditions or substance abuse.
Anxiety disorder not otherwise specified. This last category is not a separate type of disorder, but is included to cover symptoms that do not meet the specific DSM-IV criteria for other anxiety disorders.
All DSM-IV anxiety disorder diagnoses include a criterion of severity. The anxiety must be severe enough to interfere significantly with the patient's occupational or educational functioning, social activities or close relationships, and other customary activities. Reference: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
FYI. I have had anxiety for 24 plus years and I have done both medication and therapy and exercise.
Take care everyone.
Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 10/7/2008 2:55:31 PM (GMT-6)
It's lovely to have you back, but I'm sorry for the reason why. You are strong enough to deal with this. We will be here to support you okay. Coming off meds suddenly can give your body and enormous shock and it can take a while for things to get back into balance after that. Be patient with yourself. I used to have med anxiety and I find that reading the side effects is NOT a good thing to do. Can you just take half the dose, or even a quarter to start?
I take Ativan, valium and sometimes xanax as needed, and the Ativan has been a great help for me.
Lyn is right when she says that meds are not a crutch and she is one wise lady who has been through so very, very much and come out sane and strong
Let us help you through this, you have been given some great advice. Know you can do it one day at a time. I believe you can.
I understand your reluctance to not take the meds. Whatever you decide to do I support your decision.
Glad your getting into CBT.