Some Clarification on Antidepressants for Anxiety Please!

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rob12
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   Posted 3/20/2010 1:06 PM (GMT -7)   
about 4 months ago i developed horrible anxiety, to the point to where i couldnt even go to work, i didnt want to do anything...ect. I was put on celexa 20mg by my doctor 4 weeks ago then it got upped to 40mg a week and a half ago. I have regained a bit happiness in my life, but i still have anxiety several times during the day about not being able to get my mind off of my breathing. While this medicine gets my mind of it for a little bit, the thought always creeps up on me. Now i have heard that medicine doesnt take away all anxiety and i have heard people that say it takes away all anxiety. Let me clarify, i dont want to not worry about anything, just want to be able to stop checking myself for breaths lol. Do antidepressants take your mind off of uneccesary thoughts like these or do they just help it a little bit. Sorry if my question is confusing i pretty much want to know if i should stay on the celexa if i still get anxious several times a day about tmy breathing.
 
its not like i try and think about my breathing it just pops into my head several times a day and i get a bit anxious from it. I cant get my mind off it for awhile when it comes.

daftone
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   Posted 3/20/2010 1:28 PM (GMT -7)   
It sounds like the meds have stabilized your situation which is great. But if you want more long lasting relief I would join a cbt group to learn anxiety coping skills or read a cbt book like the one by sam obitz that is real simple and start doing the thought countering exercise in it called a TEA form. I'm not against meds but they only helped me so much and the cbt exercises like the TEA form are what have helped me the most and got me off of meds eventually. Take care and you can feel even better with some effortyeah yeah

stkitt
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   Posted 3/20/2010 4:31 PM (GMT -7)   
My understanding is the medications are part of the whole picture of plan of care to deal with your anxiety.


The medication cannot control your every emotion and it is not suppose to. It is like a pain medication, it will take the edge off but you have to deal with the real issues.



CBT is a great idea, give it a try.



Gentle Hugs to you,



Kitt

daftone
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   Posted 3/27/2010 12:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Great advice as usaul Kitt. How are you? I was worried about you because I replied to you on another thread here and had not heard back from youconfused  Glad to see you are still active and hope all is well with youyeah

stkitt
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   Posted 3/27/2010 12:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey]<a target="_blank" href="/community/profile.aspx?f=9&m=1751445&p=82688">daftone</A>

I am fine and I did see the bump on the CBT, thanks for keeping that thread alive.



My hubby had surgery and spent 16 days in the hospital so I was sort of in and out for a bit. Good to see you here. Things are going much better now so I am trying to keep up.



Hope you are doing well and whenever you have time bump the CBT thread as it makes it easier then hunting for it.



Hugs and blessings,



Kitt

Howlyncat
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   Posted 3/27/2010 3:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I have found that doing the CBT ONLINE has helped me out immensely
MoodGyms Training Program
lyn

april417
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   Posted 3/29/2010 5:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I feel stupid to ask but what is cbt???
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stkitt
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   Posted 3/30/2010 7:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Morning April,

CBT = Cognitive-behavioral therapy
Cognitive-behavioral therapy is based on the idea that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviors, not external things, like people, situations, and events. The benefit of this fact is that we can change the way we think to feel / act better even if the situation does not change.

I just moved a great thread about CBT to the top for you to review.

Glad you ask your question. :)

Gentle Hugs,

Kitt

cowebd
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   Posted 4/8/2010 12:51 PM (GMT -7)   
 
Your purpose here seems to be to lecture members re using medications and to promote a website.  We are aware of the weblink and provide it to people in need.
 
Please stop posting to old threads.  If you are here because you have anxiety please start a thread of your own and introduce yourself as noted in the thread re new members.
 
Kitt

Post Edited By Moderator (stkitt) : 4/8/2010 3:28:38 PM (GMT-6)


janetlee
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   Posted 4/8/2010 5:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,
As someone who's dealt with anxiety for many years and have been on ADs continuously since 1993, I hope you'll believe me when I say that it sounds like you're improving well! No one person reacts exactly the same way to medication and treatments as another may. All of our bodies are different as are our personalities and upbringings. I believe that it ALL plays a part in how we do in the short and long term. Please stay with your medication for as long as your doctor feels you need it. It takes a while sometimes for it to work as well as it can. I personally found that the book "Hope and Help For Your Nerves" by Dr. Claire Weekes helped me more than CBT. But that's me. I think that both are great ways to try and get better! I know that I used to get anxy by thinking about getting anxy! Talk about a vicious cycle! I have GAD (generalized anxiety disorder) and I was on Zoloft for 12 years. It helped immensely. Then when it stopped working, I was put on Paxil which also works well for me. I still have days when my anxiety level will get a bit high, but I know that I just have to try and relax and let it go. You can probably find the book by Claire Weekes on ebay, used, for real cheap. It helped me a lot. I have also found that taking the amino acid taurine to be very very very helpful! I personally take 1,000 mg. per day.
No matter what you do, don't give up! There is light at the end of the tunnel! Just remember that it might still get a bit dim at times, but it will get lighter again! Hang in there!
janetlee
 


daftone
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   Posted 4/13/2010 2:34 PM (GMT -7)   
stkitt said...
Hey daftone
I am fine and I did see the bump on the CBT, thanks for keeping that thread alive.
 
My hubby had surgery and spent 16 days in the hospital so I was sort of in and out for a bit.  Good to see you here. Things are going much better now so I am trying to keep up. 
 
Hope you are doing well and whenever you have time bump the CBT thread as it makes it easier then hunting for it.
 
Hugs and blessings,
 
Kitt
 

 

Great to hear from you Kitt and I am glad you are doing well. Sorry to hear about your husband thoughcry  Sixteen days in the hospital sounds really serious! I hope the surgery was successful and he is doing better now. Keep in touchyeah
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