Frustrated & losing hope- any success stories?

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   Posted 8/10/2011 10:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I posted earlier about my negative reaction to Paxil. I had a panic attack this morning; I had one in high school while performing my french horn but never for no apparent reason. I've decided not to take Paxil anymore. I went back to the doctor today after a frustrating struggle to get an appointment (still not used to the military life) and was just told that I was over reacting and should try meditation. I've had a lot of experience with music therapy which involves meditation but it has never been much help to me. I feel like the doctors I've seen just don't care, got me in and out without really understanding anything about me. I've been seeking help for awhile, which is difficult for me because of my severe anxiety... and it seems that I just can't get it. I have a lot of insight & understand a lot of things about why I'm depressed, etc... That I have to rely on myself most of all. I'm just at a point where its out of control & I can't function, I really need help. I can't see any different docs bc of the way our insurance is set up, so I was wondering if anyone here could offer some options that have worked for them- such as natural supplements, activities, books, anything I can do on my own. Thanks for reading.

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   Posted 8/10/2011 11:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Im so sorry about your experience with those doctors. I have had those experiences, too. Sadly I think many doctors went into psychiatry because their grades were too bad to specialize in anything else. I have actually heard a lot of nightmare stories about paxil...going on and off it. Is your dr willing to try another med? I have both depression and anxiety. I dont take meds but am not against them. Some stuff that has helped me: fish oil supplements, vitamin b, 5 htp for sleep, hanging upside down on inversion table, time blocking ( breaking my day into half hour chunks), eft tecnique where you tap self in different places and say affirmations, avoiding foods like sweets...avoiding or tuning out toxic people...crocheting (very meditative and mindless). Spending lots of time with my dog.
You are in my thoughts and prayers. Hang in are going to be okay.

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   Posted 8/11/2011 1:39 AM (GMT -6)   
walking and journalling helps me. jamie.


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   Posted 8/11/2011 7:47 AM (GMT -6)   
HI there,

There is a good book I can refer to you called "Feeling Good" by Dr. Davidf Burns. It has been around a long time. I got a copy of it for 6.00 on Amazon. It was used but in really good condition. It is a good book and I think it would help you. It is about Cognigive Behavioral Therapy. Or CBT. Check it out and give it a try. Also a couple of free sites might help you.

Both are free sites, and I hope that one of them will help you. Most of the members seem to like moodgym the best.

Best wishes to you.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 8/11/2011 1:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all so much for your replies... They've been more helpful than anyone around me has. And no I didn't mean military in jest, my husband is a Marine but I haven't seen him for a month, he'll be back in ten days. I can't wait! I don't really care for the mental health care I've recieved on base, but thats my only option right now due to the way our insurance is set up. I will look into Effexor, but I'm going to try the natural supplements & doing some reading/activities to refresh my insight & give me some energy. I really appreciate your responses, I don't feel so alone.
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