when did you get medicine for anxiety?

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   Posted 6/8/2007 8:11 AM (GMT -6)   
i have been suffering from anxiety for just over a year now. It came on during exam time and i would feel really heavily sick really suddenly, sweat when around people and stopped eating porperly but i never really thought it was due to anxiety. Exams came and went but the problems still stayed, and I got quite depressed, resulting in me cutting myself off from my friends. At the end of the summer i had a bad reaction to some acne medicine which made me sick for a few days and then i never seemed to get better. I tried to start my new college but felt heavily sick and sweated heavily pretty much all day every day so had to leave college. That was 9 months ago now, and in my current state i hardly leave the house coz i start getting sick and sweating loads. When i don't feel sick, my stomach conbstantly feels weird, i also get migrains and get dizzy.
so my GP organised lots of tests and they all came back saying my body was fine so they suggested i saw a therapist to treat me for anxiety. I went to my first session yesterday and it was ok, but i must admit i expected a little more. We chatted for 30 mins about how i had been suffering and then at the end he gave me a book of self help to read through and said "would you like to see me again?". Do you think he didn't really understand how bad i was feeling, or are most first meetings like this? I was kind of hoping he would give me some medicine to help me out - did anyone else get medicine? if so, what were your symptoms and after how much therapy did they suggest it?
thanks a lot for reading :-)

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   Posted 6/8/2007 9:26 AM (GMT -6)   

HI Boxcastle

Welcome to Healing Well.

You said you went to a therapist, if you are in USA, a medical doctor must order drugs as a therapist cannot.

Most first sessions are more like getting to know you.  A lot of intake type questions.  My first two sessions were about that but it made me feel good that I was connected to someone and I knew I needed help.

Give it more time and don't expect this to disappear quickly.  You will make it, Just take one step at a time.

Try journaling your feelings for just your own sake.

I hope you stay with us and keep posting.

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   Posted 6/8/2007 1:34 PM (GMT -6)   
It sounds like you have agoraphobia.  That is when you can't leave your safe place - which in the case is your house without feeling anxious and sweating and dizzy...
It stinks big time, trust me, I have been there and done that.  Medications will definitely help with that so you can get back to feeling like yourself again.  You have missed out the past 9 months feeling this way, it is time to get back on the horse and find a Dr. that can help you.  When I was agoraphobic, I was put on Paxil and I got my life back!  I am now on Effexor XR now, though.  There are many medications out there that can help, you just have to find one that works for you!  If you have any more questions, I would be more than happy to answer them for you if I can.  I hope you are feeling better today!

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   Posted 6/8/2007 2:08 PM (GMT -6)   
yes i wondered about agraphobia, my grandma had that before she died, but i do go on walks on my own sometimes, it's just in situations i can't controll or can't escape from easily, so I don't know if that comes under agraphobia?
How did you get on the medicine if you don't mind me asking? Did you have to get a reconmendation from your therapist to your GP first?
I am just so tired of this all and its getting me so down. I'm only 19, i want so much to be going off to uni this year but i can just tell i'm gonna have to take another gap year.
thanks for your help, i really appriciate it so much.

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   Posted 6/8/2007 8:26 PM (GMT -6)   
It's best to see a psych if you're after meds. A general doc can prescribe them but a psych is the one with the real experience. a good one will also work on therapy with you not just hand over a script.

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   Posted 6/9/2007 1:32 PM (GMT -6)   
My Family Dr. recommended a good Psychiatrist for me to go see.  I worked with him and a Psychotherapist to help get me through the worst times.  Now I just get my meds through my PCP...the therapists can work with you to find which medication will best suit you.  If you have a good family Dr. though, they may be willing to work with you on it as well.  You have to do what feels right to you - do it for yourself and no one else.  Good luck!!

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   Posted 6/9/2007 7:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I am glad to see all the input here for you Box

I have been on meds ( short quick acting ones) for over 30 plus yrs or more .......

Seeing a Pdoc is your best bet but along with meds self help techniques are needed as well IN my honest opion

Look in HW resources and check out CBT

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