I am sorry you are having high anxiety but I think it is well earned in your case. You have had so much going on.
Atenolol is a good drug if you have performance anxiety for instance if you were going to give a speech or something else that would kick up your adrenalin surge.
It feels to me more like you have developed what is know as GAD. Living with generalized anxiety disorder can be a long-term challenge. In many cases, it occurs along with other anxiety or mood disorders. In most cases, generalized anxiety disorder improves with medications or psychotherapy. Making lifestyle changes, learning coping skills and using relaxation techniques also can help.
This is what your Doctor has to understand that you are now a person with anxiety and in order to do your activities of daily living you need help.
The causes of generalized anxiety disorder are not fully understood. It's likely that the condition has several causes that may include genetics, your environment and stress. A big event or a buildup of smaller stressful life situations may trigger excessive anxiety. You have had more then your share of both of these factors.
To answer your question because there's often a lot of ground to cover during your initial appointment, it's a good idea to be well prepared for you Doctor visit. Here's some information to help you get ready, and what to expect from your doctor or mental health provider.
- A list of your symptoms. Include when they occur and whether anything seems to make them better or worse. Also note how much they affect your day-to-day activities such as work, family or relationships.
- What's caused you stress. Include any major life changes or stressful events you've dealt with recently. Also write down any traumatic experiences you've had in the past or as a child.
- Any other health problems you have. Include both physical conditions and mental health issues.
- A list of all medications you're taking. Be sure to write down the doses, and include any vitamins or supplements you take.
Your time with your doctor is limited, so preparing a list of questions will help you make the most of your time together. List your questions from most important to least important in case time runs out.
Several different types of medications are used to treat generalized anxiety disorder:
- Antidepressants. These medications influence the activity of brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) thought to play a role in anxiety disorders. Examples of antidepressants used to treat generalized anxiety disorder include fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil), escitalopram (Lexapro), sertaline (Zoloft), venlafaxine (Effexor) and imipramine (Tofranil).
- Buspirone (BuSpar). This anti-anxiety medication may be used on an ongoing basis. As with most antidepressants, it typically takes up to several weeks to become fully effective. A common side effect of buspirone is a feeling of lightheadedness shortly after taking it. Less common side effects include headaches, nausea, nervousness and insomnia.
- Benzodiazepines. In limited circumstances your doctor may prescribe one of these sedatives for short-term relief of anxiety symptoms. Examples include clonazepam (Klonopin), lorazepam (Ativan), diazepam (Valium), chlordiazepoxide (Librium) and alprazolam (Xanax). Benzodiazepines are generally only used for relieving acute anxiety on a short-term basis.
I hope this gives you some ideas. As for drug testing, if you are using a medication prescribed for you legally and are not having notable side effects you should be OK. You do not have to tell anyone what meds you are on unless it would show up in your drug test and then you would divulge the medication. If this worries you please do talk to your Occupational nurse or Doctor at your work.
Take care and stick with us. Lots of good members here in this forum.
~~ Kitt ~~
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Post Edited (stkitt) : 10/18/2009 12:46:15 PM (GMT-6)