I am new to the forum but have to admit I've been reading many posts for a few days!
I am 35 and been dealing with my anxiety disorder and panic attacks for many many years. To give a little history....I was on Paxil in my early 20s and was off my meds for 8years! Then when I got engaged started having them again...Lexapro but went off that when we decided to try for a baby. I went off birth control and the Lexapro and had to start Zoloft during fertility treatments, I started at 50mg and it seemed to work up until I went back to work after the baby and I increased to 75mg last summer, in June I incxreased to 100mg because my anxiety was increasing again out of the blue. I started tracking my anxiety and have realized it occurs mostly mid cycyle through my period, the week on my period being the only peaceful relaxing week! I get hot flashes, trembling, panic attacks, headaches, etc all the classic anxiety symptoms but my anxiety heightens because I think something else is wrong! I have been such a mess the last 6 months or so and have an appt. with my OB tomoorow. I guess my question is do many of you think this is hormonal or anxiety?? Its hard to distinguish between the two which causes the viscious cycle!! Are there any success stories on what has helped any of you with similar symptoms I can ask my OB about?? I don't want to keep increasing my Zoloft if it won't help or will heighten my anxiety more! And we want to have another baby soon so I think I am limited in meds I can take during pregnancy. Thank you so much for any input/suggestions. I am glad I found this forum because I thought I might be driving myself crazy!!!