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   Posted 11/4/2007 1:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi people.
I've been on Mirtazapine (for the depression) for like 3+ years now, which seems to be helping. But nothing my Doctor gives me is helping with the Anxiety, which is causing the depression. I've been on 3 different types of beta blockers, and the ones im on now just put me to sleep than make the anxiety any more bareable, Hydroxyzine. My Doctor refuses to prescribe me any drugs like Xanax etc as he said they are too addictive. I've had counselling for the depression, and group therapy for the anxiety, and it's no better. My main problem is the sweating that the anxiety induces, I sweat all over til its literally dripping off me, so bad that at times i've had to change my clothes or dry them under a hand dryer at work. Nothing is helping, and now I've lost my job, the whole interview crap is like one major roadblock for me, no one will give me that chance.
I don't know how much more of this I can take. Over 3 years of daily anxiety attacks is really getting to me, I have no one to talk to about this (not that i'm a great talker at the best of times, anyone who has met me can vouch for that lol). So sorry for the rant, I know everyone here is in the same boat. I just cant see it getting any better.

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   Posted 11/4/2007 8:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome Eliot

IT can get better ........Read the " Successs Thread " or " other threads that are positive

I dont know why your doc will not rx any benzo's for you but there are some that just wont due to the belief they are addictive .......YES we become ( some) dependant on them but I for one have been on the 30 plus yrs.......... valium and ativan.........and this yr I have almost taken nil I only take when absolutely needed and NO I didnt go thru w/d's but I did do alot of self help techniques such as Relaxation, Breathing, and Cognitive behaviour Therapy ( which you can do online....... free )
YOu have found a fantastic group of ppl here that are so supportive caring and giving .......I know that you will not be " fixed" just like that but by having these ppl to talk to will help you I am sure

Also you may need to change docs or have a PDOC intervene for you and be put on a short term RX for a med that will HELP you ........Just a thought .........

I suppose your doc will not RX ativan or diazapam either?? even a low dosage ..........
You need to maybe do a journal of what you go thru on a day to day basis and make him read this are the patient and docs are not God they are human just like us .........

I am lad you found us here and hoping to see you
STAY with us ....getting the much needed support and understanding from the "family" you are now part of

IF you need to talk my email is under name at side

Remember we are here for you ..........
Please do stick around and let us try to help you as best we can


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   Posted 11/4/2007 3:27 PM (GMT -6)   
great advice lyn!

Hey Eliot, it will get better. It might be hard to see right now, and i don't blame you for not seeing it. The tunnel can be so dark at times, there is no sign of light. But, it can get better.

I think you would benefit from speaking to another doctor. While benzodiazepines are addictive, so are all the other drugs (IMO). Some doctors believe in them and there benefits other don't, and like lyn said, people take them for a number of years and taper off when the time is ready. I've been taking Klonopin for a few years, and adivan when acute panic strikes, and i've been able to reduce the dosages with my doctor to a point where they help me and i dont feel sedated at all.

You're going through a really really rough and stressful time, so be easy on yourself. Try not to fight whats going on, and today, if possible do something that makes you happy. Try and remember what feels good or felt good in the past and try and do it. Something simple that wont cause more stress. EAt really good food, or go for a run or something. Just try and be good to yourself today and live in the moment. It's easy for me to say it, and i know how hard it is to apply, but if you can take you mind off all that is going on, even for five minutes you might see that light again.

What i've done in the past is something that draws my attention in. I like to take photos, so i started talking photos of birds. Not cause i like birds so much, but to get a good shot you really have to follow the bird and focus. Before i knew it, i was laying on the ground, climbing up trees to get a good shot. I kept doing this and along with therapy and some other relaxation technics I came to the end of the tunnel before i even realized it...

take it easy and slow. be good to yourself man, this is all really difficult stuff to go through. we are all here! so keep writing.

Anxiety, Panic Disorder, and Depression.

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Date Joined Jan 2005
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   Posted 11/4/2007 6:00 PM (GMT -6)   
That is a fantastic idea Dan ........( I love birds /have parrots and cockatiels n budgies n a cat ).....

It is a good thing to take up your time with a hobby ....lately I have been collecting plants of all kinds and going out just a driving with the oldies cranked and this ole lady bopping to the tunes ,.........Plus I do love playing board games ans doing alot of reading..........Time ( almost ) to pout Harley to bedddy byes so I will have to wait for next yr .........

As Dan said keep coming here and getting support it is difficult but there is always hope and a light

I have done amazing on the benzo's going from 3 10 mg valium daily to just when needed and thats really rare lately ........

Be wll

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