Sigh. Anxiety is really messing me up at the moment.

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Blu's Mama
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   Posted 9/8/2017 3:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,

Just need to vent for a moment. I've chronicled moments of my Zoloft weaning journey on here, and up until about a month ago, it was going really well. My anxiety is back at a high level that I didn't think I'd see again, but alas, here it is. I'm not sure if its the decrease in Zoloft (I've been steadily at 25mg for at least 3 months), but it's making me reconsider my entire decision, and if I even should continue going down to 12.5. My DP/DR is acting up and that's the symptom that really throws me off the most. I feel like a complete stranger to myself and it's so uncomfortable. I feel like my head doesn't stop all day, and it's exhausting. I leave for TX for a month on Sunday to visit my partners family and do research for my business, and I just want to be able to enjoy myself without being so freaked out all the time. I am just on edge all the time, and I feel that I just cannot relax. Is it just delayed withdrawal symptoms from Zoloft? Is it my anxiety coming back full force now that I don't have the Zoloft? I am so sick of feeling this way. While I watch everyone around me celebrate accomplishments like having a new job, having a baby, getting promoted, going to get their masters, my accomplishments are being able to make it through the mall without having a full blown panic attack, or making it thru the grocery store in one piece. I'm just so uncomfortable at the moment, and need a bit of encouragement to get through.

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 9/8/2017 4:16 PM (GMT -6)   
((((❤))))

I am sorry this is rough atm...

...but I want to encourage you that this is likely just a temporary detour along your journey.

Ask your doctor about how you should proceed with your discontinuation plan...whether you should remain where you are until things level out for you...or if proceeding as scheduled is the best move.

Keep positive, dig deep and use those skills...and know that you can get through this challenge...

...and that your accomplishments are great...and will continue to increase and be amazing!

We are Here for you.

S.C.
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"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
Corrie Ten Boom

Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT

Blu's Mama
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   Posted 9/8/2017 6:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, SC. Your words always mean so much.

I'm going to see how these next few weeks go. If it continues this way I may make a call to the psychiatrist to see about possible solutions.

Also have been thinking of starting CBT. I've only ever done regular talk-based therapy, but am thinking I could benefit from learning some new ways of thinking.

Digging deep to find my strength right now. I know it's there somewhere.

XO
GAD, Panic Disorder, OCD
Los Angeles, CA

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 9/8/2017 9:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh...you will do GREAT with CBT! (I didn't realize you hadn't done this yet)

I think you are a perfect person to benefit from this form of therapy! (smart, motivated, hard working)

If it a possibility...I encourage you to go for it! 😊

S.C.
Moderator:Anxiety/Panic

"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
Corrie Ten Boom

Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT

Hibee
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   Posted 9/9/2017 1:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Blu

Sorry you have had a return of your anxiety it could be related to your decrease of Zoloft I always find the last two drops of a decrease the most difficult.

Definitely look into CBT as it works really well

Keep us posted

Hibee
I try not to worry about the future -- so I take each day just one anxiety attack at a time.

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Diagnosed with:- Asperger's Syndrome, Dyslexia, GAD, Social Anxiety Disorder, Health Anxiety, OCD, Depression and Scheuermann's Disease (Adult)

Medications:- 60mg Prozac, Olanzapine 10mg, Dihydrocodeine 180mg per day
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