Thanks for the replies! To clarify, I used to take Prozac years ago, as a teen, and it did wonders for me. It helped get rid of my severe agoraphobia. Then I took it off and on for years and it helped. Last year I took it and I ended up in the ER. Then I took Celexa and it made me really lethargic. I was going to stay on it, but my doctor put me on Lexapro instead, which made my heart race and race to where she didn't want my to take it. Now I'm at Zoloft and don't want to take it because of all of the horrible side effects that have happened the last year. I didn't have a fear of meds until I ended up in the ER with severe side effects.
I used to take St. John's Wort - years ago. I think maybe psychologically it helped.
And yes, I was referring to vitamins. I take Klonopin, which was why I was asking my doctor about
a vitamin regime. "They" always warn you to talk to your doctor before starting several vitamins at once, which was why I was asking him. But he shot that idea down - a vitamin regime. The guy is new and didn't even look at my chart (he was new to me, too). The appointment was $150, so I was hoping he'd be a bit more understanding.
Melodee, I cut out all caffeine last year. I never drink it. And I also stopped drinking to self medicate. I wasn't a lush, but before I started meds, I'd self medicate for the anxiety. And that makes it worse!!!! I also get low blood sugar and eat a well balanced diet. I'm 110 pounds and 5'4" and don't even eat aspartame, if I can help it. That seems to make my heart race. I'm also walking on the treadmill to strengthen my heart (since I have a fast heart beat).
I feel like I am doing all of the right things, except my anxiety will not go away.
My previous doctor thinks that I psychologically create anxiety when I take SSRI's, since I have had so many bad experiences, which is why she gave me Klonopin. But the Klonopin does NOT curve the side effects of the SSRI's, which is why she removed me from the Lexapro.
I'm just at the end of my rope and I have to start a new job next week (and I can NOT afford to quit this job due to anxiety), so I feel like I'm under a lot of pressure, as we all are. I really don't want to take any SSRI's and I told my doctor that, but he told me that I will not get better. That's encouraging.
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