Diagnosed by a psychiatrist with Social Anxiety Disorder, as well as General Anxiety Disorder. My first psychiatrist (he moved elsewhere) seemed to be very conservative with medication. Even though I was having a lot of trouble at the time, he seemed reluctant to do much. After trying Lexapro for probably 8 months, I was switched to Effexor 75mg. Just prior to leaving, he upped the dosage to 150 mg.
My first appointment with the new psychiatrist, only 15 minutes, he upped the Effexor to 225mg and gave me a script for Klonopin (.25 mg to take twice daily as needed). I was a bit shocked he would prescribe Klonopin after just meeting me. Over the last 6 weeks I only took it 3 or 4 times and didn't really notice much of a difference. After an hour long appointment today with him, he wants me to take .5 mg every night before bed and to take an additional .5 mg during the day.
I don't know whether I actually need it! In day-to-day activities, where I'm in my comfort zone, I am fine. If my level of anxiety is gauged by how I act during appointments, I'm always going to be nervous. But I do have a lot of things coming up that are going to, undoubtedly, stress me out. I'm actually finishing up my associate's degree, one class this summer, and transferring to a university this fall. But I have been taking classes online and it has been several years since I had one in person. I have orientation in 2 weeks and I'm so incredibly nervous. There will be so many people there; people I don't know. And I don't want to have to go to it!
Anyway, I don't know whether to take the Klonopin or not! I'm terrified of becoming dependent on in. What do you think? Also, can Effexor XR cause you to bruise easily? And what about having headaches after being a few hours late taking the medication?..Is that normal?