Prescribed Effexor...should I try CBT first??

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ZLSJ
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   Posted 4/1/2009 8:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Little scared now that I have read up and seen the possible side effects and withdrawal effects that can be associated with Effexor.
 
Psychiatrist is not "pushing" the drugs on me, and has even indicated that I can just try the CBT with a recommended Psychologist if I prefer.
 
I realize everyone handles things differently but would it be wise to exhaust all non-prescriptive means before going on a medication like this? 

Aries8
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   Posted 4/1/2009 10:29 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't know anything about Effexor. I have no experience with it. I am not a doctor, but I would suggest trying the CBT first. It can't hurt! Many people on here swear by it. But I would suggest you also do other things in the meantime to help yourself. You probably need to educate yourself, change your diet and learn a relaxation technique. Let us know what you decide!
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Candlegirl
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   Posted 4/1/2009 11:02 AM (GMT -7)   
I just tried MoodGym the other night as it is a free online CBT program and found it to be REALLY helpful. I will be the first to say that I thought it would be silly and not helpful but it really is. I didn't realize how my thoughts are effecting my panic and causing anxiety reactions. Very helpful. Someone on here probably has the link to it or just google MoodGym...
Best of luck!
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Raniah
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   Posted 4/1/2009 1:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Z,

I agree with the others....CBT can be really helpful. I have nothing against meds, but because of my many drug allergies, I use a natural supplement and other means (meditation, relaxation techniques, hypnosis) to help with my anxiety. The therapist I have been seeing for anxiety and depression uses CBT, and it has helped me a lot as well. Best of luck to you, and please let us know how it's going.

Candlegirl
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   Posted 4/1/2009 1:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Raniah,
Can I ask what you personally naturally supplement with? How soon did you see results??

Raniah
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   Posted 4/1/2009 1:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Sure. It is called Trancor, and it is made by Metagenics. It was prescribed by my naturopathic doc. I've been taking it for quite a while now, but from what I recall, I saw results pretty quickly....within a couple of weeks I would say. I would strongly encourage anyone who considers it to check with their doc to see if there might be any drug interactions with other meds.....and as I am not a doc myself, I can't speak to that personally. I just know it has helped me to relax, especially when I am having a panic attack, and I do use it in conjunction with the other relaxation methods I mentioned above. I hope this info helps! :-)
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