Medicine - Is it a Band-Aid?

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   Posted 3/29/2007 6:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone,
I'm confused about medicine,  a lot of people have been saying (including my doctor)
to just take the medicine for a bit and maybe that will be what I need to get by and then I can live a normal life.

 My doctor said the good news is, that my anxiety isn't a life long thing for me (i'm not sure how she can determine that in an hour conversation....but...),
she says that until I can learn how to deal with anxiey on my own. I should take the meds....  (i'm meeting with a cognitive therapist in a month).  Why are they so easy to give you meds before trying to do it a natural way???? Couldnt she have just said, your appoinment with the cognitive therapist  is not for a month, try to deal with it naturally for a month if you need meds take then...but if not, dont  and soon enough you'll learn the skills to deal!... NO, she told me that anytime i feel anxious that i should be taking them..... now i'm an anxioius person , i feel anxious all the time! ha... i can't deal with the nonsense anxeity, its when i have an attack that causes me trouble!....

But I don't understand it, because people like us are very intune with everything that has to do with us, our body, our mind....everything around us!
Since this is mental, how on earth can I take meds fora 2 months... have no panic attacks....., and then convince my mind that when i'm off the meds, that my panic attacks will be gone forever & that i don't need meds, when it was the meds that got me better in the 1st place?????

Has anyone struggled with this?

I just don't understand how anyone goes off the medication and doesnt have panic attacks......
because you never truly learned how to deal with them...(unless you were doing things throughout that time)
but if not - it was the medicine was what was dealing with the anxiety not you.....(??????)

I dont mean to offend anyone taking medicine, but I just don't understand it!
You guys have been so helpful to me! please help me with this!

I'm 28 years old, I plan to have a baby in a year or so... the doctor prescrived me Ativan (causes birth defects)
So, obvoulsy, i can't be on meds when i'm pregnant... I don't want to start taking the medication, rely on it...
get pregnant, unexpectiely or planned and have to go off it .. and be thrown into the world of anxiety attacks & pregnant to boot! (like thats not stressful...ha)

Thanks for any thoughts you can give!!

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   Posted 3/29/2007 7:57 AM (GMT -6)   

The way I understand it the meds will put you in a mental state to be more stable and receptive to the therapy. In other words sort of if you were to be counciling someone about abuse if they are still in the abusive situation they will see less hope for recovery etc than if they were out of the situation. I am not sure I make sense here but someone correct me if they know I am wrong here.
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   Posted 3/29/2007 8:06 AM (GMT -6)   
That does make sense!
I guess i didnt question the doctor about it, or maybe she would have explained it to me.
it wasnt until i got home that i started to think about things! Thanks!

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   Posted 3/29/2007 8:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Normal is spot on.......... as far as having a baby in a yr or so I was on ativan for the entire pregnacy with my Cait and she has had no problems at all but do check with your doc for sure and gyne ( this was 14 plus yrs ago)
I was on a low dose during preggars but still on it nonetheless

I do CBT online and I also do any other self help techniques now and am only taking A/P meds IF needed
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   Posted 3/29/2007 8:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your replies!!
howleycat - thats good to know that the meds had no effect on the baby... it calms my nerves just in case i get preganant earlier then expected...

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   Posted 3/29/2007 3:44 PM (GMT -6)   

many people are too nervous or stressed to do the CBT without help from valium etc

IMO the way anxiety sufferers get better is thru using band aids, quick fixes, crutches  and treating the symptoms and not the cause

the less elegant the treatment, the more helpful it is yeah
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   Posted 3/29/2007 8:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jessr,
You hae some good advice here. The only thing I can add is ask and I do mean ask questions. No question is a bad one. Also, I am having some problems but because of meds their is a lot of stuff I can't take. The councilor I am seeing does not prescribe meds and he has other ways for me to try to help cope. You are so yong. I pray you will be able to get things sorted out.
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