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   Posted 11/20/2008 11:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm a 26 year old female who has been dealing with anxiety for the last year and a half. I've always been a very anxious person, but a year and a half ago, i had my first anxiety attack. After lots of tests and seeing lots of Dr's, i was referred to see a psychiatrist who put me on celexa and klonopin. This helped me tremendously with all of the physical symptoms of my anxiety. I also spoke with a psychologist for a few months but didn't really feel like it was helping. After about 6 months, i stopped taking the celexa and was using the klonopin only as needed. 3 months ago i was laid off from my job. During this time, my anxiety reared its ugly head again but i kept it mostly under control using the Klonopin. I don't have anxiety attacks but i feel constantly on edge, like i'm just about to have one. I'm pretty good at figuring out when my anxiety is causing me to have symptoms, but its hard to tell the difference sometimes. Anyhoo, since i no longer i have health insurance, i no longer can afford to go to the psych and therefore have no more klonopin. i was fine without it for a while, but lately i feel anxious more often than not. I don't know where to turn or what to do. I know this is a little erratic and probably doesn't make much sense, but does anyone have any ideas what i could so to help with my anxiety? It seems to be all i can think about anymore...i need help!

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   Posted 11/21/2008 5:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi lazytiffy

Welcome to HW you have come to the right place there are lots of people here who know what you are going through. Sorry to hear you have been laid off from your job this will contribute to your feelings of anxiety and that feeling of constantly feeling on edge is horrible. I would suggest that you go and see your family doctor and maybe ask to be put back on the Celexa as this is a good med for anxiety. I found that therapy worked for me and find that coming on hear and reading all the posts can also help. With regards to the Klonopin is this something which a normal doctor can prescribe? I live in the UK so things slightly different over here. I hope you can sort something out soon and am sure some other members will be along with more advice soon. Keep posting here to let us know how you are getting on.

Take Care

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   Posted 11/21/2008 6:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome, lazytiffy.

This is a very supportive and helpful place. I'm glad you've found us.

I second unhappy32's advice: if you can afford to see your own doctor (or maybe his/her office visits are more affordable), see about getting your prescription refilled that way. In fact, if you have a good relationship with your doctor, and s/he already knows about your anxiety, it's possible that just a phone call could get the refill process moving along. If you can't afford the meds themselves, it may be possible to get samples that can tide you over, but I don't know whether doctors do that with antianxiety drugs.

I'm sorry to hear that you've lost your job. That must keep your overall anxiety level a lot higher than usual, so it's no wonder you feel constantly on the verge of an attack.

Something that helps a lot of folks here with anxiety is cognitive behavioral therapy. There's a link to a free online program in the resources for this forum. I'm sure one of the moderators will be along soon to explain how that works.

You are not alone in dealing with this.

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   Posted 11/21/2008 6:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome LazyTiff :P


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   Posted 11/21/2008 9:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi LazyTiff,

Welcome to HW. If you're in the US you can probably get a medical assistance through your county health department. However, they may not be able to prescribe Klonopin, basically you have to be dying of cancer before they prescribe anything addictive. Of course, the rules maybe more lax where you are.

Good luck and a big hug,
You must do the things you think you cannot do. -- Eleanor Roosevelt

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   Posted 11/21/2008 10:48 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi and welcome,

I agree that you should try to speak with your doctor to see about getting your meds back, since that worked for you in the past.  Do you use cbt?  That is what has helped me the most.  It also helps me to read books on the topic of panic/anxiety...the more information I have the more at ease I am.  It's worth a try and I'm sure you can find many books at the library or on amazon.  My favorite author is Claire Weekes, but there are many others out there.  Keep posting here too, you will find amazing support!  All my best to you!

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   Posted 11/21/2008 11:09 AM (GMT -6)   


Hello and welcome to HealingWell.  I am very happy you found us and also I am pleased that your have received advice from some of our wonderful members.

I am so sorry you are out of work and now your insurance is gone too. I am going to post the link for Walmarts $4.00 programs.  Some of the mental health drugs are on the list, but none of the Benzos.  You might call your pharmacy to see the price of Klonopin or perhaps a older benzo that works but does not cost so much.

I take Valium, it has a long half time which means it stays in your body longer and it is usually one of the less expensive.


I am glad to hear you are a strong person and that you recognize some of your own triggers.
You just get to that Drs. office and ask him to put some refills on your RX.
Tell him what is happening in your life. Any physician may write the RX for these meds.
Take care new friend and know we are all here for you.
Gentle Hugs and lots of support

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   Posted 11/21/2008 3:42 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Tiff, great to meet you, wish it was under better circumstances! im so very sorry you are fighting this battle at the moment. not that you should ever have to, but you will get used to A/P in time and the struggles and curveballs it presents. i say this because you have posted that you are new to this- in time, with the right professional help, you will be able to read the signs in your body and know that you are ok, its just the A/P rearing its stupid, and somewhat painful head that is making you feel so rotten.

i pray that this gets easier for you and that your job situation improves quickly, as im sure that is exacerbating your anxiety. You can always come here and feel safe- i do. XX

Maz XX

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Date Joined Nov 2008
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   Posted 11/21/2008 10:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I would like to thank everyone that has replied to my post. It is so overwhelming sometimes and its so nice to hear words of encouragement and to know that i am not as alone as i feel. Living in New York City, healthcare is something that is like everything else around here, very expensive. I have called my psychiatrist and left him a message to see if we can start me back on my medication, but of course he is on vacation right now so i'm just trying to wait it out. In the meantime, your kind words have helped me tremendously and i can't thank you all enough.
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