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   Posted 10/2/2007 6:56 PM (GMT -6)   
if you suffer from anxiety is it a life time on meds, i know i would be scared off of them, are do people get better and are able to get of meds, and are some stuck for life with them? confused

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   Posted 10/2/2007 7:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I think some people can get off of the meds eventually, and some people are better off staying on them indefinetly. It is something you, your MD and your therapist should look at over time! I hope to get off of my meds in about 1 or so..........With God's help---we'll see. But, if I need to take them indefinetly, and they make me feel better than I do---for the long term--then, that's how it's going to be--I suppose!

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   Posted 10/2/2007 7:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Machelle,

I think it really depends on the person, the severity of their anxiety, how the medications work for them, and what they feel comfortable with. In my personal experience (I've suffered with general anxiety, health anxiety, and mild social anxiety and OCD since I was 8) I was able to take medication for about 4 years and then come off of it. I've been dealing with the anxiety for the past 2 years using relaxation techniques and the things I learned in years of cognitive behavioral therapy. I think for me the medication definitely helped to calm the anxiety, also allowed the CBT to be more effective. With the anxiety and irrational thinking slowed down, I was able to really concentrate on the CBT and let the lessons sink in. I developed healthier thought patterns while on the medication and when I decided to go off of it I continued with the healthier thought patterns.

I only went off of the medication (which by the way was Paxil first, Lexapro later) because I felt that although the anxiety was not as strong, all of my other emotions were dulled as well. For me this was not worth it -- but I can see for how other people dealing with severe anxiety it could be worth it. The anticipation of what might happen after going off of medication might also be a trigger for anxiety, which can be a problem.

I guess my point is that I do think it is possible for some people suffering for anxiety to go off of medication if they really want to, and if they've learned good coping techniques while on the meds. But it's really a matter of how severe the anxiety is and how comfortable you feel giving things a go without them. It's definitely something to discuss with your therapist/psychiatrist because coming off of a medication is also hard physically.

If anybody's thinking about coming off of them, I wish you luck!

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   Posted 10/3/2007 12:00 AM (GMT -6)   

I agree with Dan, some people can come off the medication and stay off managing their anxiety without meds.  Others may be on and off depending on what is going on in their life.

Still others do best staying on the med.  There is increasing awareness that the goal of treatment in generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) should not simply be a response, but restoration of normal function.

I hope this helps you Machelle. Gentle Hugs.

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"If you doubt you can accomplish something, then you can’t accomplish it. You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.” 
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