Posted 11/8/2005 5:11 PM (GMT -6)
SS has some very good points. The mind is a very powerful "muscle". I know that as I look for positives in my life, and concentrate on eliminating negative talk, my outlook is much better. Hang in there and let us know how you are doing.
We can respond to irritation with a smile instead of scowl, or by giving warm praise instead of icy indifference. By our being understanding instead of abrupt, others, in turn, may decide to hold on a little longer rather than to give way. Love, patience, and meekness can be just as contagious as rudeness and crudeness.
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Posted 11/8/2005 5:44 PM (GMT -6)

I started to get like this too..I never had a problem being anxious around people or any kind of social anxiety disorder, and then I started to get severe anxiety going to work, or just walking to my desk or even talking to someone. I would feel dizzy and get a "floating" feeling. At the time I was on SAM-e which was doing great for my depression. SAM-e is an over the counter natural and safe dietary supplement that you can buy in a drug store. I am like you, in that I hate being on antidepressants, but I guess it is better than the debilating can't function depression. Right now, I have seasonal Affective Disorder..."SAD" - and that might be something you are going through.

I am taking Remeron (30mg) for anxiety and depression and it is doing wonders for my anxiety - I can talk to people without feeling anxious and social situations. Unfortunately, it is not doing much for Seasonal Affective Order and depression I don't think. Have you tried Klonopin or Xanax for the anxiety and panic? That might help you take the edge off until you find something more permanent. Talk to your doctor and see what they think.
Posted 11/8/2005 5:46 PM (GMT -6)
PS - Kava Kava, St. Johns Wort, GABA and Valerian Root are also natural remedies for anxiety. They can be bought at GNC or any drug store.
Posted 11/9/2005 8:45 AM (GMT -6)

I'm sorry that your going through such a tough time. I know how that can be. I've been there too. Here's some thoughts:

When you're alone, are there any songs you like that also relax you. If so, listen to them often. This might help you, each time, to get to a place in your mind where you can get better perspective.

In terms of being around other people, my mentor taught me that there are only about 9 or 10 miserable, evil people in this world. Now they move around a lot. And you might come across them. But you can handle that small a group by knowing that most people try to be nice, and like you are doing the best they can with what life throws at them.


Posted 11/9/2005 12:17 PM (GMT -6)
You mentioned doing the simpliest things overwhelmed you, and that is what I went through as well. When I went to my Psychiatrist, she said this is a form of anxiety and anxiety and depression often go hand in hand. I was prescribed Remeron which is an anti-anxiety/antidepressant. I had no side effects with it, except for increased appetite. Sometimes I take a Klonopin in times of severe stress...for example, I am getting ready to start a new job. I hope that you can talk to your doctor about some of the meds to help you function and cope better.
Posted 11/16/2005 2:19 PM (GMT -6)
Thank you all for your advice it has helped. While I still struggle with the anxiety I have talked to my doctor (and will again in 2 weeks or maybe sooner if I bump up the appointment) and gotten prescibed to Xanax which helps with the attacks. I have taken SS's suggestion and started a journal in an old composition book. I have found listening to music with a positive message (311 in my case) has helped as per suggestion. I have been taking SAM-E and 5-HTP to ward of depression. I have been taking the SAM-E in the morning and the 5-HTP in the evening. At first I thought this was a good idea but I wonder if I am overwheming my body so I am going to just start taking the SAM-E without the 5-HTP and see how things go. I have meant to do this for a few days, but I have delayed for fear that more depression would follow. Holy Basil seems to work great in conjuction with the SAM-E, but I am starting to be wary of all these herbal remedies I am using, in case there might be interactions I don't know about. Anyone know if I am overdoing it with the SAM-E and the 5-HTP?
My girlfriend has been dealing with panic attacks for some time and so talking to her helps since she can relate, and talking about my feelings in general and in conjunction with the journal helps. If things don't change by the next time I see my doctor, I may have to consider medication, especially Remeron if it allows me to retain my normal emotions, most importantly love. Thanks again friends!!
Posted 11/18/2005 10:20 PM (GMT -6)
Hi - I am glad to hear SAM-e is helping you.  It is a great supplement.  I took it for three years, and found that I did not need to take anything else with it.  I took 400mg once a day about 45 minutes before a meal.  I have heard people who also take Holy Basil and say they don't need anything else.  You can research the dot holybasil site to get more info on it, or do a google search.  I guess it all depends on the individual, but I think you are right in saying not to overwhelm your body with too many supplements.  SAM-e is a dietary supplement and works very well for depression.  It is an amino acid that our bodies produce naturally but  can decline as we age.  It is very safe and is in respected Medical Journals and has been extensively researched and used n Europe (prescibed by Doctors there for depression) since the 1970's.  It is new to the US and was introduced here in the 1990's which is why many Doctors or people have not heard about it.  The Remeron has been working really well for me.  I have heard St. Johns Wort also works well for depression and anxiety, but it sounds like you are doing well with that you are taking and I am glad to hear you are feeling better!  Thanks for writing, and keep us posted!

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