Stopping medication

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   Posted 4/20/2007 7:06 AM (GMT -6)   
 This is my first time posting here, but I've been reading other alot of the posts and have found it helpful just to know how many others ther are with anxieties.,  
       Anyhow, I recently stopped taking Paxil which I've been on for about 12 years. Its' been very helpful in taking the edge off of anxiety and letting me enjoy myself more.  I've tried stopping taking it several times,  but after a few months  restart it again because I get more anxious and that makes me depressed and insecure.  I stopped taking it again several months ago and feel anxiety building again.  I recently heard about cbt and ordered a book by David Burns.  Also want to try nutritional therapy, like b vitamins and am going to see a Naturopath.
      I had an experience several days ago that upset me alot.  I was in yoga class   and everybody was chatting comfortably with each other before class=I was new. - someone asked a question and I thought I'd risk responding out across the room.  Everybody listened, I didn't feel anxious when I spoke, but afterwards everybody stopped talking and just sat there. I felt all these horrible things, that it must have sounded strange, I looked strange etc etc etc, the usual negative self-talk... I lay down on my matt, and started to feel "buzzy" in my body and head and my stomach lurching. Even the instructor remarked how unusual it was for that particular class to be quiet.I fought the impulse to get up and run out in tears and made myself stay.  I stayed on through the next 1 1/2 hr and did the yoga, it felt very painful. Everything the instructor said sounded like she was saying I'm a baby.  She was talking about facing ones' fears, and I felt she was talking about how I dont' face my fears, I need to push through, everybody else does.  I felt so weak. I must have manufactured these thoughts myself, but they feel so real. 
      Does anybody have any comments or similar experiences?

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   Posted 4/20/2007 9:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HW
I believe most that have a/p do or will go thu this at least once and it is our own thoughts that are doing this to us IMO
I believe that once you start the CBT and stick around get to know ppl here you will gain some needed confidence .......

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   Posted 4/20/2007 12:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there and welcome to Healingwell!
I dont think im best qualified to comment on yoga classes since I am acutely allergic to exercise tongue . However, I can relate to the feeling of anxiety you get in a class-room. When I was at school, I used to answer across the classroom occasionally and I got exactly the same things that you are describing. Stomach churning & Self doubting as well as feeling my heart was going to burst out of my chest. The good news is that you are not alone. You are a member of an exclusive club of which there are many members. There are many different forms of therapy out there which dont involve meds directly. Cognitive Behavoural Therapy (CBT) is just one of them. There is also Systematic Desensitisation (SD), flooding and relaxation training to name a few off the top of my head. A psychologist is probably best placed to tell you which is best suited to you although a normal doctor should also be able to tell you. Each have pro's and con's like everything in life. They are easily found on the internet.
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   Posted 4/20/2007 4:31 PM (GMT -6)   

welcome jane

you are probably familiar with 'paxil discontinuation syndrome' and may have to stay on it for the rest of your life

yoga is always risky for anxiety sufferers, panic attacks on the yoga mat are common

obviously most of your old anxiety problems return when you quit the paxil

the usual thing is to get back on paxil and then thoroughly learn CBT and new relaxation methods, then try quitting again

 systametic desensitisation or graded exposure is also helpful

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   Posted 4/20/2007 5:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Really? I never would've though Yoga would be risky. I guess if one's unable to clear his or her head those thoughts will be off to the races. Is that the problem?

I wish I had more to say here, but your Yoga instructor sounds more like a drill sergeant than a Yoga instructor. Not pushing enough, not challenging yourself? That has an odd ring to it. Yoga around here is more of a hippy thing. I tried it once when I first got to town but was too fat to take advantage of it. Now that I'm a little slimmer I'm thinking of going again. It doesn't really fit my personality, but I could see where I might really enjoy it.

Was this your first time taking Yoga or had you done it before?

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   Posted 4/23/2007 12:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jane,

I have never done too well with hatha yoga. One time I took it, I feel asleep because it was too early in the morning. I didn't feel too bad though, because somebody else fell asleep too. And another time, I don't know, I just got bored and gave up on it after a couple of classes. But both times, I just remember comparing myself to all the other people, feeling bad that I am not as limber as they were. I guess yoga is not for everybody.

And one time when I was taking Paxil, I just stopped taking it all of a sudden, and that was really a bad move. I got in a disagreement with somebody at work after I forgot to do something, and i ended up going into a major crying fit... I hid in the bathroom sobbing like a baby for an hour. That was about four years ago and I am still embarrassed!

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   Posted 4/23/2007 6:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for responding!  It was my first post, but reading the responses really made me feel more "normal" .  Stopping medication suddenly is not advisable because of the side effects, but even doing it gradually can cause tearful episodes.  I'm going to wait and see how it goes and try to stay off it for now. 
With much appreciation-

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   Posted 4/23/2007 8:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I wonder what it would be like if you filled an entire stadium with folks like us...somehow I think there would be a lot of laughing. : )
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