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Date Joined Oct 2009
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   Posted Yesterday 5:43 PM (GMT -6)   
     After reading a few posts, i HAD to join!  You are my people.  I'm sure i've been dealing with anxiety and depression for most of my life.  I've only been seeing a psychologist for a few months.  He got me into the psychatrist and i'm due to start taking Lexapro 10mg this weekend.  I want to wait to take it so i don't freak out at work if there are any bad side effects.  It seems that most of us have other medical conditions along with mental health issues.  I have had IBS for almost 10 years, TMJ recently diagnosed in April (grinding and popping), head aches that have increased in severity over the past few months, muscle tension/spasms, and to top it all off...ideopathic hypersomnia.  I have ignored my physical symptoms for too long and now i'm seeking medical help for them.  I have to schedule MRI & MRA, sleep study and go to an ENT to rule out anything serious.  Not to say that my mental health isn't serious, but at least i'll know that i'm healthy in my body. 
     Getting back to the title of my you ever feel that you set yourself up for an attack?  You know that certain things trigger you, but you do them anyway.   I know that when i go to these multiple appointments, i'm going to have to pay some portion of the bill and that will have me thinking about finances and which bills i won't be able to pay if the medical insurance doesn't cover everything.  I also like to go out to the bars (not for drinking, but people watching), but i get super anxious before i go out which causes my IBS to flare up.  I feel like my mind is at war with my body and nobody is winning.  Can anyone relate?

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Date Joined Jun 2009
Total Posts : 215
   Posted Yesterday 6:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I can set yourself up for it. But, once you get through it without an don't fear it as much. Just keep talking to yourself with positive words. Sometime I say not so nice words such as F@c$ this Im works for me. As far as starting the medication....I didnt feel good for a good 6 weeks or more. Nausea...lack of appitite...sleeplessness....but everyone is different. Have the doc give u xanax or something to help you through the beginning stages. The side effects do go away. Its not fun and I wouldnt wish this on anyone..Im currently on Zoloft 75mg for 3 months.
Good Luck
Sunshine :)

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Date Joined Oct 2009
Total Posts : 163
   Posted Yesterday 6:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with what Sunshine said, you know you're going to to place where it'll be triggered but ultimately you are healing yourself because you don't fear it as much after you go there over and over again. Your mind starts to understand that you aren't going to a threatening environment. You have to train your mind and break the anxiety cycle to overcome all of your anxieties. Now, I'm not a doctor or a nurse or even in the medical field, and have only been doing this for 2 months, but from my personal experience thats the only way to overcome it without medications. My mom takes Zoloft for OCD and anxiety and it has helped her out tremendously though, so meds can do a world of difference. Also, it's fantastic that you finally decided to see doctors to help you! :]

Good luck and if you ever want to ask me about how I deal with things, I'd be more than glad to talk to you about things I do personally to help overcome my anxiety!

Lots of love
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