Medicate or not?

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Grizzly pooh
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   Posted 5/15/2009 5:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone. I'm new here. I'm in my 4th week of extreme anxiety and depression symptoms and my gp and husband want me to take Cymbalta, SNRI, but I'm not sure. I'm worried about the side effects and then the withdrawal and the fact that they just postpone dealing with issues. I think this is my future and I need to learn to manage my symptoms for the long term. Anyone got any ideas or suggestions fo rme? This is causing me extra stress as I'm so darned scared about committing to a serious medication, but right now I feel crappy and don't want that to last too long either.

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   Posted 5/15/2009 6:31 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello and welcome to HealingWell.  I am Kitt.  Have you tried any alternative treatments b/4 deciding to take meds? 

Evidence shows that cognitive behavior therapy in particular can help improve symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder. Cognitive behavior therapy helps you identify unhealthy, negative beliefs and behaviors and replace them with healthy, positive ones. It's based on the idea that your own thoughts — not other people or situations — determine how you behave. Even if an unwanted situation doesn't change, you can change the way you think and behave in a positive way. Generally a short-term treatment, cognitive behavior therapy emphasizes learning to develop a sense of mastery and control over your thoughts and feelings.

Treatment for generalized anxiety disorder or any mental illness is tailored to each person. No single treatment regimen works for everyone. Most treatment occurs on an outpatient basis.

Please talk with your  physician re alternative treatment but do keep you mind open to using meds if you need them. 

Again a warm welcome to you and know we all understand where your coming from and what your going through.



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   Posted 5/15/2009 7:51 PM (GMT -6)   
It sounds like you're at your wit's end. In my opinion, take the medication. A lot of us debated whether or not to take our medications. We worried about side effects, having to take them forever, the stigma of being on an antidepressant.

I suggest you start the med and also learn the techniques necessary to float through an anxiety attack. Take some classes or join an anxiety group. In the meantime, the medication will be helping you live your life again.

Also, ask your doc if there's something you can take to help with any potential side effects of the Cymbalta. Maybe you could temporarily take Xanax, Ativan, Valium or Klonopin. Good luck!
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Grizzly pooh
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   Posted 5/15/2009 9:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your comments. I was hoping someone would reply. i took 30mg Cymbalta nearly 4hours ago and already feel nauseous and have diarhoea. Gross. Feeling miserable and am having trouble seeing my way out of this. I've done CBT before, ACT, hypnosis, yoga, taken st johns wort (ages ago) plus more recently other herbal anti-anxiety tabs. Just drowning in the bleakness of it all. Don't want to be like this and don't want to expose my daughters to it for fear they'll get 'it' too. Death seems an attractive solution at times. I have a supportive husband but he's going to run out of patience. And I have my parents coming for a 2 week visit on Tuesday. Keep talking to me. Thanks
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