Sorry you're having a rough night. I'm a bit anxious right now myself, so far I've been able to hold off a full blown panic attack but I'm still anxious.
How are you holding up?? Just remember the feelings will pass and they can't hurt you.
I hate this cuz ive been dealing with the constant feelings of anxiety...jittery....nervous...heart hurting...and usually i can "control" it...but my hearts freaking and thats always the worst part to deal with....i stopped taking my zoloft cuz i couldnt deal with side effects even after 5 wks...so its just intensified everything now....have my xanax but i hate being dependent on that
Don't be. Anxiety is a medical condition that sometimes needs medication just like any other condition. Don't be upset to take it. I used to feel that way too then thought, why should I suffer through these horrible symptoms when I have a medication that gets rid of them? I don't take it all the time but if I'm having an attack I absolutely take it. If it helps you, don't feel bad, feel happy that something actually takes away the panic.
I just took it....i do if I absolutely need it...but I hate having to depend on it....I feel as tho I should be able to get through this on my own, especially when I know that my mind plays the biggest part in this.And yet here I am waitin for the pill to kick in and havin to get up and pace.
FYI long story short...I'm new to the anxiety thing...July 17 I was driving down a road at 35mph and my boyfriend (of 5 yrs) opened his door and jumped out.....his head struck the pavement....blood was everywhere.....he suffered severe brain injuries and died on Aug 14...my 1st attack came 1 week after the "accident"....ended up in the e.r....went into Afib...I barely had a pulse and the could'nt get a blood pressure reading.So, Ive been dealing with almost constant attacks since then...
I get these too, the last 3 weeks, daily, it is the worst thing in the world. I have been on here posting numerous times, trying to find support. Your not alone, and I have every single symptom you just described. I haven't thrown in the towel yet on the Lexapro, is Zoloft the only thing you've tried? I tried Zoloft and it made me seriously want to commit suicide. I am struggling on the Lexapro, really struggling, but I so desperately want to feel better. It is my second time on it,and I was told the second or third time you take that medication, the side effects are always a little more harsh. I also have Xanax, but it is hard to take for me too, it zones me out, then when I come off of it, the anxiety is right back for me. I now have to decide whether to take my stupid Lexapro tonight or in the morning. I have morning anxiety super bad, around 5am every day, so I don't look forward to going to sleep.
Oh my gosh! Honey, you need some counseling, I'm serious! Anybody would have severe anxiety episodes after that. I am so very very sorry that you had to witness that. I will say a prayer for you.
Also, if you just stopped that Zoloft after 5 weeks, cold turkey, you are probably having withdrawal symptoms too....which is making the anxiety even worse.
That's a very traumatic experience for you. I'm so sorry that happened. Anxiety can definitley occur after experiencing something traumatic like that. Have you started counseling at all? Its very helpful and can help you come to terms with what happened and help ease the anxiety attacks. Do not feel bad about taking the xanax. Anxiety may be in the mind but the symptoms of it are very real and very bothersome. Sometimes people with anxiety just need the extra help. Its nothing to feel bad about.
My anxiety started after losing my high school sweetheart to a drug overdose and my grandma who was like a mother and my best friend to cancer within a year of each other. I took her to her radiation appointments and watched her health decline and it was so hard. I'm still dealing with the effects of the deaths almost 2 years later.
We're all here to offer support and advice though, so definitley utilize this forum as much as you need to. I'm sure you're still dealing with a lot of emotions over everything.
How are you feeling now that you took the xanax? Better I hope.
Zoloft was the only thing I've tried so far...I actually felt so much worse on that...Started having really bad suicidal thoughts and that IS NOT ME.....Don't know what else I would want to try...I've heard a lot of negatives about lexapro.I've no insurance right now so all the dr visits are coming right out of my pocket...thankfully I've a got a decent pharmacy that is very good to people without insurance.I can't even imagine how I would be able to afford therapy.Any suggestions as far as alternatives to the Zoloft cuz I will not take that stuff again...I've also suffered extreme weight loss....37lbs in one month and my appetite has seemed to improve a bit since I stopped the Zoloft as well.I took .25 the first time but have ended up taking another .25 (Dr. said to do that when necessary)....nightttimes always seem to be the worst for me
Meant to say a total of.5 xanax
I don't know what would be good for you, unfortunately, were all different and we all have to go through the meds ourselves. You definetely need to call your Dr. though and see if they will give you something different.
My doctor told me that prozac is one of the best tolerated meds. I didn't have very many side effects from it like I did with other ones. Lexapro was a nightmare for me. I took one pill and refused to take anymore. I don't take anything other than xanax now. My panic is very episodic and I thought it was silly for me to be taking something daily. But it sounds like an ssri would be really helpful for you. I can't say that prozac will be any better for you but like I said, my doc did say it was one of the best tolerated of the ssri's and I didn't have insurance and I think it was like $11 each month.
Depending on where you are there could be free therapy available to you. Before my insurance I was able to get into the university's mental health program for free. You should do some research. If you live in or near a major city I'm sure that there is some sort of free therapy or therapy that is on a sliding scale fee for people without insurance.