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   Posted 7/15/2009 12:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi All, this is my first time posting here, my husband has had anxiety for as long as he can remember.  He had a very bad experience about 4 years ago when we moved into our new house.  It was a bunch of small things that just overwhelmed him.  He clearly needed help, but refused to do anything for himself.  I tried to get an appt with my GP from where we used to live (she's very good and will listen and take time with you, but she is a GP and not a Phychologist).  I also researched and ordered 2 books, 1 was a workbook that he has refused to use (no time, it won't work, etc).  The GP put him on Serequel because his main problem was he wasn't sleeping.  He now is also on Xanax which he takes daily, even if he isn't having a problem (he says he is afraid if he waits til he is having a problem it won't work)  the symptoms cause the anxiety if that makes sense.  I guess my question is have any of you had success with therapy and were able to be drug free, I don't like that he is on Seraquel, too many side effects.  He has missed so much of his life, I just want him to try therapy so he can enjoy the simple things in life.  Any suggestions would be appreciated.  Thanks in advance, KO

Post Edited (KO-LD) : 7/15/2009 5:27:32 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 7/15/2009 2:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I am a firm believer in therapy. I just posted on another post about how it taught me to recognize and move thru the anxiety. If your husband has been taking the Xanax for a longtime, be sure to work with his doctor to wean off of it when the time is right. You can become dependant on this medication if taken for a long time. I use Xanax myself, but I only use it when my anxiety is acting up. In therapy I learned how to recognize the anxiety and stop it in its tracks using my Xanax. I only use it 1-3 times a month. Good luck!
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   Posted 7/15/2009 6:01 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello and Welcome,  Therapy and medications are the backbone of a good plan for learning to deal with your anxiety disorder.  Accepting that you are a person with anxiety is half the battle.  It took me a long time to accept the fact that anxiety is part of my life.  :-)

I learn so much in therapy and I am now on a few maintainance medications but off of the big ADs.  I would consider meds again if I needed them.

Seroquel is a good medication and if it helps your husband I sure would continue it.  I use a similiar drug for sleep........Trazodone. 

You have our support so please do keep on talking with us.



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