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kevinNY
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   Posted 8/23/2007 11:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone. This is my first time posting. I am 25 and my life has come to a complete halt because of anxiety and depression about 3 years ago. I have tryd just about all the anti depressants and found none of them had any affect. Yesterday i got a job for the first time in 6 months and left after 2 hours of being there. Needless to say i'm starting to become very worried about all this.

I was thinking of trying xanax as i hear its a sure shot or at least i will have some affect from it but i hear your not supposed to take it for very long. I was wondering whats the longest people are on it for? 2 weeks really wont help me hold a job

Also from the anxiety and depression my energy levels are terrible. It goes up and down all day and sometimes i can't even sit at the computer without having to go lay down. Does anyone else get this? I don't eat fast food. i take strong multi vitamins along with weight training and running and a healthy diet but it gives me no relief. Anyones thoughts would be appreciated as i feel like i'm becoming increasingly alone.

ALso i don't get extreme panic attacks its just mild to alittle intense anxiety throughout the day. Enough however to make me have no friends and dread public places and meeting people. =(

Thank you.

stkitt
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   Posted 8/23/2007 11:35 AM (GMT -7)   

Kevin

Hello and Welcome to Healing Well and the A & P forum.

Regarding the meds, many people with anxiety are having great results with Lexapro, have you been on that one yet and are you giving the meds plenty of time to work.  It can take up to 4-6 weeks. Cymbalta is another of the new ones that many are on.

The Benzos, well the thoughts on that are all over the place, some of us have been on one or another for years, 25-30 years and many swear by Klonopin. Klonopin works best if taken on a regular schedule. These are all options to talk with your physician with.

Also if you look through the threads on here you will find many on the meds.

Again Welcome.


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kevinNY
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   Posted 8/23/2007 11:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello. thanks for the speedy reply. I've been searching for an anxiety forum thats not very dead as alot of them seem to be.

Yes i have tried those Anti -d's . My psychiatrist ran out of meds to prescribe me. i tried lithium coupled with some type of tranquilizer (forget the name) as well. to no affect. basically every anti - d out there has had absolutely no affect on me unfortunately.

So i threw myself into eating healthy and lots of excersize which does nothing for me in the long term( in terms of anxiety). I'm 25 and need to be able to hold down a job which is why i've been considering xanax or something along those lines. It would be upsetting if they are short term as i dont see that being much of a help.

I'll search some threads and see what ppl have said. thanks for who ever has any input!

sunshynman
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   Posted 8/23/2007 12:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Is your pdoc treating the underlying problems, or just trying the medicines. If your not already doing so look into using CBT or Emersion Therapies to help the anxiety and in the long run you should be able to go w/ little drug intervension. Ask about Xanax or Kolnopin to stablize for now!

Dan

debaser
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   Posted 8/23/2007 4:38 PM (GMT -7)   
A/P is a progressive disorder and I doubt that at this point he'd be able to get by with therapy alone (yet). Xanax would not be ideal. Klonopin or Valium would be. Anti-depressants sometimes work for A/P if depression co-exists and is actually predominant. If that were the case with you, the SSRI therapy would've worked. Front-line treatment for prevailing A/P would be a benzodiazepine. There are dependency risks so some doctors mistakingly never even consider them, however if used correctly they're simply the only thing that works in most people.

My advice would be to find a different psychiatrist, and let him or her know your complete history of this. My bet is they'll put you on a long-acting benzo. While on it then you can try CBT, etc. Brighter days are ahead.

I think some people stick with the same doctor too long. God only knows I did.
My Brain: My friend, My enemy: A blog to chronicle my attempt to recover from anxiety/panic disorder
anxietypanicdisorder.blogspot.com/


kevinNY
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   Posted 8/23/2007 6:59 PM (GMT -7)   
sunshynman - at first my psychologist would just perscribe drugs and no treatment. then i went to another place where i had a therapist but that was just me talking and her kinda agreeing with everything i said l0l

then i try accu puncture and a chiropractor with no relief ( didnt expect much was just a try tongue )

i also bought this linden method cd where theres a visual excersizes and then some talking therapy about using imagery to relax. i can see how in theory it could reporgram your mind but after about 2 weeks i stopped and found really nothing relaxing after doing the excersizes.

debaser - i think i will have to try a small dose of xanax or something to help me acclimatize for 2 weeks of work and then see if i can continue without the med. but with my history of NO anti depressant working for me i dont want to get my hopes up for this to actually work

thanks guys

stkitt
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   Posted 8/23/2007 7:42 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello Kevin

Here is a link to a free CBT site you can work online.  It is better to have therapy but this may help you.  Others have used it and liked it.

The Moodygym Training Program

http://moodgym.anu.edu.au/

I wish you well.
Respectfully
Kitt
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debaser
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   Posted 8/24/2007 9:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Klonopin/Xanax...these are NOT antidepressants.
My Brain: My friend, My enemy: A blog to chronicle my attempt to recover from anxiety/panic disorder
anxietypanicdisorder.blogspot.com/

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