Dizziness and weakness comes and goes

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   Posted 9/28/2017 7:27 PM (GMT -7)   

On the 16th of September I took 10mg of Celexa (an antidepressant) due to my IBS; it was my father's prescription (Stupid of me to take someone else's medication, I know) and he was prescribed it due to this IBS. After 2 hours I had a severe panic attack and went to the ER (I thought I was dying since I've never experienced a full blown panic attack). This was suspected to be a side effect of the medication. 3 days go by and the anxiety, constant panic and tightness in my throat is starting to subside; so I think (?). After the tightness in the throat and panic go away I start to feel dizziness and weakness in my legs.

I went to my doctor yesterday and he said the dizziness and weakness may be due to my anxiety. Now I do have anxiety, which is mostly social, however I have never felt something like this. The dizziness is almost constant and the weakness is less constant, but still bothersome when it happens. Both come and go, from where I feel very little dizziness to feeling completely disoriented. When I just lay in my bed it seems to go away for the most part, but when I go out for a walk or go to university it worsens. I'm assuming I'm stressed and anxious from what happened to me with the medication. These side effects of anxiety aren't helping me with the stress and anxiety either...

At this point I feel like crying and I don't know what to do; I just want to go back to normal anxious me sad. I don't want to go on medication. Any words of advice? Is this normal for anxiety?

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   Posted 9/28/2017 9:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Alex and welcome!

I am sorry to hear of your recent increase of anxiety and symptoms. I know how difficult this is.

If you are trying to avoid medication, then therapy and/or self help are the treatment options you'll want to explore. Do you have any experience with either?

You can talk to your doctor about the possibility of therapy.

...and get started with self help anytime by checking out our Resources at the top of the main forum page here for great material. Practicing the suggested exercises daily will make a big difference in how you feel!

Keep posting with us as well if you find it helpful. We care, understand and support is key.😊

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