fear of going crazy

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skyerose
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   Posted 1/7/2007 7:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I''m new to this. I guess I just need reassurance from anyone out there who may feel like me.
I have had anxiety and OCD for years. They usually are under control but it seems when life gets hard, they act up. My gram died 4 days ago and then my 17 year old cat a day later. It was slow and painful for both my gram and cat. I am not even sure if this is what started my panic attacks as the week before I had pneumonia and the attacks started with being afraid of not being able to breathe. Then came gram and so on and they have gotten worse. I take 12.5 paxil and now am on buspar. I am having a hard time with my fear of going crazy and being put away. I feel like I get obsessed with looking up everything I can on the internet and I think that makes it worse. I worry about having a mental or psychotic breakdown. That is a worry that seems to come with my severe panics. Then I get depressed because I feel so helpless and life seems so hard. I have been trying to do more positive thinking, breathing excercises and relaxation plus I start counseling again. So I guess I just want to know if anyone else out there ever feels this way. Just want to know I am not going to have a breakdown and that it is just my ocd.

GFK
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   Posted 1/7/2007 8:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes your symptoms are typical. That was alot of stress (physical and emotional) for you. Anyone would be stressing - we just feel it 50 times more that most!

I take it the Paxil 12.5 is the CR... I take the regular old paxil at 10 mg. My doc told me it is a very low dose; I imagine yours is as well. Its great that your going back to therapy - that will help also.

Hang in there,
Karen

skyerose
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   Posted 1/7/2007 8:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for your reply. It helps so much to be reassured. Yes, the paxil is the new stuff but my doc said it was a starter dose so maybe I'll go up or wait for the buspar to kick in. Your reply made me feel better! :-)

GFK
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   Posted 1/7/2007 8:48 PM (GMT -6)   
When I first started paxil 10 years ago I was on 30-40 mg. about 5 years ago I wanted to see if I could wean off. Got to 10 (VERY slowly!) just fine, but at 5 my anxiety was too much too often, so I stuck with 10 as a maintenance dose.

How long are you on it - it takes 4-6 weeks to fully kick in. Sounds like one more step up in dosage may help alot.

Karen

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   Posted 1/7/2007 9:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Just wanted to welcome you to HW...You are not going crazy...Many of us do feel like that at times...You have already gotten some responses, but I wanted to reassure you that you are not alone...Stick around... am sure others will be by and post soon...
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skyerose
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   Posted 1/7/2007 10:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been on 12.5 paxil for 5 years so maybe it has been too long.
I truly thank all of you for your responses.

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   Posted 1/8/2007 5:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Want to Welcome you as well and tell you Normal is spot on
Most of us feel that way at one time or another
Fear not
You are not going crazy
I am still hurting bad over my mother and thats from 10 mths ago as well as grama 2 yrs ago
I suffer with severe OCD....have since a child will be 53 soon
Take care
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