Unhealthy Anxiety Over Everything

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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 2/12/2007 7:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I just posted in the depression community, but this is probably the more appropriate community for me to post in. I think my anxiety is the primary source of my depression.
I am constantly anxious over the most seemingly insignificant things. For example, I have birds. I am constantly anxious/paranoid/obsessed if they make noise. Or if the apartment is a mess. Or if there is ANY noise in my apartment at ALL. Or if I hear any constant noise. Or if there is a bill due. Or if I have not enough of a cushion in my bank account. Of if I feel like someone said/is thinking something about me that is negative. Etc. Etc. Etc. I'm in constant anxiety. Over everything.
I cannot stand it. For a while I was on ativan, but I used it all the time. So they took it away. I seriously need something like it for the panic attacks again, or I will go further and further insane.
I don't even know where to go from here.

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   Posted 2/12/2007 7:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome. What do you mean by "used it all the time?" I take one once a day and I have known some people to take it up to three times a day. Unless you were addicted to it you might want to get a second opinion on the meds issue. A lot of ppl with anxiety get startled at the littlest noises. I have done that one my anxiety is very high. I also stress a lot about a lot. Learning some techniques for the panic attacks will help such as deep breathing. Read some of the post on here, they have some really great methods of helping you get through an attack. Cheers~

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   Posted 2/12/2007 7:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I am sorry you are going through such a hard time...i hope it gets better for you soon..i currently take xanax .25 three times a day...if i don't then i am a total disaster...maybe you shoud try meds again...
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   Posted 2/12/2007 8:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Monika.

Many docs treat benzos as short-term, as needed only. I had xanax my first go-round with panic and he made it very clear that I should only take it as a last resort. I found a really good therapist who taught me CBT and relaxation with great results.

Couple years later my anxiety came back with postpartum issues. My gyn highly recommended an SSRI and I relented. Paxil worked wonders for me. Couple years ago weaned down to a low dose and rely on the tools I learned in therapy to get me thru the occasional bumpy patch.

Consider an SSRI, but therapy to change the thought patterns is necessary too.

Hang in there and try to short-circuit those anxious thoughts.

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   Posted 2/12/2007 9:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Obsessing and worrying go hand-in-hand with depression as well. Almsot everyone who suffers from depression has a significant anxiety problem and vice versa.

Ativan is not a great benzo for chronic anxiety and is weak compared to Xanax. Talk to you doctor about an SSRI, which often takes care of the anxiety, obsessing and depression.

Let us know how you do.

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   Posted 2/12/2007 9:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Monika
Welcome to HW were happy you have found out little family here. You will find great support and friendships here. I can see you have already started reciving some great advice.
I suffer with depression and anxiety and other illnesses but my dr has me on Fluoxetine(Prozac) 20 mg two times a day and Oxazepam 15 mg 3 times a day. They have helped me a lot but there is no medican that will take this away compleatly. You have to also learn to face your fears head on to over come them. You stay with us here and we will all learn this together. Bless you hun.
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   Posted 2/12/2007 10:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey again,

For a while I was on 200 Topamax, I can't remember how much Risperdal, I can't remember how much buspar, 150 Zoloft, and I had Ativan "as needed" and was supposed to take either .5-1mg sublinguially. I ended up taking like...3mg a day pretty much EVERYDAY. Then I would not have it when I did need it, and would get really upset. They said I had become dependent and weaned me off of it. I was off meds for about 4 months due to frustration and thinking I could "handle it," and I just got back on them on Friday and they started me on Topamax and Zoloft again. I wish they would give me more Ativan, but after that whole drama with the Ativan before, I doubt they will give me anything like that ever again.


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   Posted 2/13/2007 5:23 AM (GMT -6)   
You might want to try other roues too such as CBT relaxation tech ect
I am severe OCD when it is cleaning my birds noise anything moved in home you mane it and it will set me off mostly routine and cleaning
I have and am doing CBT and it helps I can leave a utensil in sink for a night once in awhile
You might get a different med but then you need to make sure you are taking thm according to directions .........if you feel you wont then dont put yourself in that position ya know
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   Posted 2/15/2007 6:52 AM (GMT -6)   

hi Monika,

Having read your post. I suffer from similar symptons. I get very anxious about certain sounds coming from out of my house. Doors banging etc: I am keeping some psysical exercises like walking to help and i listen to a lot of relaxation music. I try to find time on my own. Try not to get much stressed from work. Another thing that helps is that i try not to pity myself over my situation.

Take care!

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Date Joined Oct 2006
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   Posted 2/15/2007 7:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Talk to your doctor again.  Like others say a med like Zoloft or Paxil might help wonders.  These meds are not additive and correct an inbalance in certain brain chemicals.  Xanax is good for calming effects but I don't think they do anything to address the unbalance in brain chemicals.  I'm on Zoloft and its suppose to help depression, OCD, and anxiety.  Most of the time this is all I need but when I have a serve anxiety attack that doesn't respond to deep breathing techniques and positive thinking I will take 0.5mg of Xanax.  I'm very careful with the Xanax because its easy to reach for it for any little stress I'm feeling but after awhile it gets hard to distinguish from true anxiety and my body's craving for the Xanax.  I hope you'll go to your doctor and talk to him of your problems.  If your willing some counsling could help and maybe you could avoid meds at all.  Good luck.
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