Ups and downs -- help!!!

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   Posted 10/15/2009 12:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi!  Thanks for all the advice.  I acutally thought that I was seeing some progress.  I was feeling okay yesterday afternoon and evening after a breakdown at 1 pm.  I took the xanax to sleep but took 3/4 of the pill -- I am so scared of getting addicted. (Oh I am on .5 mg)  Feel asleep around 10:30 I guess and woke at 3 with my heart pounding out of my chest and freezing cold.  I got up to go to the bathroom and then tried to go back to sleep.  I laid there for 2 plus hours stressing and finally got up at 5:15 and took 1/2 a xanax and feel back asleep until 7:40 am.  I have been a MESS today -- just crying and crying and really feeling no hope whatsoever.  My poor husband is afraid to leave me at home.  I cried to my mom for 45 minutes on the phone.  Cried to my husband as soon as all the kids left for school for about 30 minutes.  Cried and screamed in the car on the way to and from Target.  I tried to lay down and sleep twice today with no luck.  I feel a little better now in the pm but am just tired to the bone.  I called my GP again b/c my mom said she needs to know about the racing heart and crying.  I am going to talk to her about Ambien for a bit even though that scares the crap out of me as well. I am also going to talk to her about seeing a psychiatrist.  I have never been this bad before. One of my friends suffers with GAD and takes Ambien every single night to sleep without fail.    I am just so angry that this has happened to me and the scary part is the times before I have struggled I always had some trigger to point to it.  Now, I have nothing but me to point at the that is the scariest part of all.  I really just do not know how much more of this I can take.  I am exhausted, sad and overanxious all at the same time! 

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   Posted 10/15/2009 2:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello and hey there, please don't beat yourself up so bad.  You are a person with anxiety and that is OK.  If you can accept that you will have won half the battle. 
How about the Prozac, have you restarted your Prozac?
Many anxiety sufferers  can't sleep, don't get enough sleep or have disrupted sleep. Your in good company. 

What may help is  sticking to a consistent, regimented sleep schedule. Wake up at the same time each day. Go to sleep at the same time each day. If you are tired during the day, stay awake and engage yourself in some exercise, anything to avoid sleeping during the day. Stay on this schedule every day even on weekends.

Stay with this routine and you will see results in better sleep over time.

If you need your Xanax, take it but take the whole dose.  Decided what feels worse the fear of not sleeping and being up with anxiety all night or taking the medication and going to sleep.  If your Doctor prescribed the dose then he/she must feel it is safe for you.

Don't let yourself get into the what ifs right now.  You will do better if you just work on getting the anxiety under control and not worrying about becoming addicted to a medication.  Work with your Doctor and know that you have overcome anxiety in the past and you will this time too.

Believe in you !  Lots of gentle hugs.



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   Posted 10/15/2009 4:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for votes of confidence. MY GP called back and we talked. She thinks I had a panic attack last night and still feel the effects/am anticipating the effects today. That's why I am so shakey, weepy all the above. She doubled my xanax to 1 mg at bedtime tonight (I am trying not to focus on that) and wants me to come by tomorrow and get a prescription for a longer lasting xanax since she said it leaves your system quickly. She said not to worry about the xanax b/c I should be able to dump it once the prozac gets in my system more. She wants to give it three weeks. Gosh, I hope I start to feel better. I cannot stand all the pressure in my chest and constant worry about the future!!!

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   Posted 10/15/2009 4:27 PM (GMT -7)   

You sound like you are experiencing 'anticapatory anxiety' where you panic about the 'what ifs?'. I suffer from that and have to just try and stay in the moment and try and remind myself that anxiety is a wasted emotion and that tomorrow will look after itself.

All the best, hope you find some relief

Maz XX

p.s you mentioned that you have had your Xanax doubled to 1mg but you dont want to think about it- why is that? Im on 4mgs a day and I couldnt cope without it. XX

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   Posted 10/16/2009 1:49 PM (GMT -7)   

You have received some great advice from the other members. I have terrible sleep problems and have done for ages so can relate to what you are going through. Give to Prozac time it can take upto 6 weeks + to see any positive effects but every one is different and I do know a lot of people who have had great success with this medication. I wish you all the best.

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