Restlessness/Inability to sit still or concentrate

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resting
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   Posted 6/10/2007 12:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Today I felt very restless, sort of pacing around my house unable to sit still or concentrate on anything.  I felt I needed to get out.  I did leave to do a little bit of shopping, and I took an Ativan .5 mg while I was out.  I do feel better. 
 
I felt that I was going crazy or manic.  I thought I might just scream.  Anyone ever feel this way.  Is it alright or an actual symptom of mania?
 
I took one lexapro 10 mg. about 4 weeks ago and I hated the way it made me feel so I never took it again.  I got it into my head that my body was completely unable to metabolize it and that it would be in my system forever.  This would cause me to develop seratonin syndrome or something.
 
Help!
 
Resting

harry4
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   Posted 6/10/2007 1:30 PM (GMT -7)   

you were wrong about the lexapro

you need to learn new ways of calming and relaxing yourself, getting out is always good, ativan helps


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janetlee
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   Posted 6/10/2007 5:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Resting,
Please give the lexapro an honest trial! My SSRI, zoloft helped me a lot for 12 years! Now I'm on paxil and it helps as well! Sometimes there are side effects for a couple of weeks or a few days, but you might just find that after they passed, you'll be better!
Your agitation reminds me of how I feel when I'm in a serious grip of anxiety. A benzo definitely helps!
janet
Yesterday's dead
Tomorrow's unknown
Today is here
And soon will be gone.
Use it wisely
Before it's too late
Remember to love
And forget to hate.
janet


resting
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   Posted 6/11/2007 7:01 AM (GMT -7)   

Harry,

I really appreciate your straightforward and logical answers.  You're truly a voice of reason in this crazy world of anxiety/panic.

Janetlee,

I have to admit that I am extremely medicine phobic.  I'm fine with taking a low dose of Ativan as needed, but I would rather suffer with the anxiety/panic than take the Lexapro on a daily basis.  I'm probably shooting myself in the foot with that attitude, but I don't know how to change it.  I really want to be able to face this monster and defeat it without relying on daily meds.  That's not to say that I think meds are bad, I believe they are helpful for a lot of people, I just don't want them for myself.  Thank you for your encouragement!

Resting


janetlee
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   Posted 6/11/2007 9:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Restless,
Please read the following info about Taurine, a totally natural amino acid found abundantly in the body.
http://www.thewayup.com/newsletters/011500.htm
I've tried a LOT of alternative anxiety aids and I take this religiously! The first day I tried it, I felt better in a matter of minutes. I knew it wasn't a placebo effect because NOTHING else I'd tried ever did a thing for me (except Kava Kava). You can google more info on Taurine for anxiety. I even told my last pdoc I was taking it and he thought that I was doing a good thing! Yeah!
As to self help books, the only ones that helped me are the ones by Dr. Claire Weeks. She didn't go into all these self analysis stuff or long exercises per se. She went right to the root of tackling the anxiety. I'm NOT knocking other books, but just stating my personal experience. I know that many have been helped with other books.
Please feel free to email me anytime if you'd like mmore info or to talk!
Janet
Yesterday's dead
Tomorrow's unknown
Today is here
And soon will be gone.
Use it wisely
Before it's too late
Remember to love
And forget to hate.
janet


resting
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   Posted 6/11/2007 10:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I do have one of Claire Weeks' books - Hope and Help For Your Nerves - and have found it to be helpful. It really does explain what is going on when you are anxious/panicky and gives advice on how to react when it's happening. The Taurine sound interesting, I'll look into that.

Thank you for the invitation to e-mail you, I might just take you up on it! I hope you have a great day,

Resting
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