• 3 months ago

    Anxiety has struck one again.

    Hi guys. Been years since ive been on this post I was off all meds and doing great last ten years. Now 39 and 40 right around corner I blame it on menopause :) . But seriously I've had a rough few months which I thought I was strong and could handle it. Well guess I was wrong. Little anxiety attacks started happening here and there. Then the old panic attacks returned and now at times I feel like I'm one big panic attack all day and night. I have not slept hardly anything for the past week. And my body is so tired but my brain wont let it cause I'm constantly thinking "please let me get sleep tonight " does anyone else get like this? Was just put on celexa 10mg three days ago. And Dr switched my Xanax .5 to ativan twice a day. Was diaganoed with "doesnt like change depression/anxiety. I cant think of the real name Dr said lol. Anyone else have this?

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  • 3 months ago

    RE: Anxiety has struck one again.

    LOL I like the diagnosis, "doesnt like change depression/anxiety" lol I think I might have the same thing! lol

    Personally, I don't think it's a matter of "am I strong enough" when it comes to not taking meds. To me it would be similar to saying, "I thought I was strong enough to manage my diabetes without my insulin or managing my diet." That's not being strong - that's trying to defy medical facts and expect everything to be Ok forever. Sure, some people with diabetes could do that for a brief time and be fine; but there will come a time when reality kicks in and one end up in the hospital for diabetic related reasons.

    Same with you (just not as obvious as the above example) - You're not the only one that I've known or heard of that stopped or never started taking meds for their mental illness (when they should have) and they did fine for several years. Then something happened and suddenly the person could no longer function very well, and needed to get on meds. Not because that person was weak, but because of how certain people are hard-wired.

    I hope the celexa helps you once it kicks in. Dontcha wish meds would start working much faster than they do? When I was first starting meds, my doc would say they don't usually start working unil 4-6 weeks, sometimes 8 weeks, and I was like, WHAT? Unless, of course, I had a bad reaction right away.

    Is your doc just planning on having you take the Xanax short term? It's just very addicting and really shouldn't be prescribed as a long-term solution to anxiety.

    One of the best (proven) treatments for anxiety is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) - it's a short-term therapy (usually 10-12 weeks), and very successful for anxiety. It's something you might want to look into as a non-medication treatment for anxiety that actually works.

    Best wishes to you

    Debbie
      • 3 months ago
        Thanks so much Debbie for making me see it that way regarding needing meds. I tried for a while without them and now look lol. So on day five of celexa and find I get tremors here and there and little nauseous. The ativan twice a day is as needed. So as you can see with the tremors I feel their needed for now. Especially when I try to fall sleep may sleep now a few hours. Then always wake up around 3am shaking and disoriented.
  • 3 months ago

    RE: Anxiety has struck one again.

    You're welcome :)

    Re the tremors and nausea - likely that is just a "normal" side effect from the celexa that one can get upon starting a new med (or various other side effects) that will fade away the longer you are on it. (not talking years lol) If I ever got 1 or more side effects that were such that I was not willing to put up with long term, and they didn't go away within at most 4-6 weeks, then that lil ole discussion with my doctor was on my list! We don't have to put up with side effects that are too much to deal with for whatever reason. If a med is working, but some side effects linger, then I have to weigh out whether or not it's worth it. If not, I ask for a change.

    I hope that Celexa will end up working for you without those or any other intrusive side effect.

    Take care :)

    Debbie
  • 3 months ago

    RE: Anxiety has struck one again.

    See a good psychiatrist who can do a good blood work up to make sure that you thyroid is working properly. Then they will try you one 1 dose at a time of xanax, col0nozapam, valium, lorazapam. That will quietly let you level out. A good sleeping medicine like temazapam is good too of do Go to be at 9-10 pm Wake a 9 a.m., eat a light break fast and walk, eat a light lunch and fruig and repeat. o alcohol; it is a depressant, Journal. open up go to meetings Give to you what was given to you We all need help. You're not broken. You're just human and you can make it!!!! Good doctors, family confidants, meeting compadres, sunshine, a pet or two, and lots of smiles will help brightened you day.
      • 3 months ago
        Thank you for your reply. I've had continuous blood work thyroid etc all always comes back fine. You'd think this would make me feel better. Anxiety depression runs in the family. Think every woman is on some type of med I tried to avoid being on meds as I was years ago but my counselor thought it was a Good idea to go on them given everything I've been through in the last few months. Dr just upped my celexa to 20mg and so far just taking it day by day and trying to keep busy and focused. Also doing some mindful meditation. Crazy how one day your fine get a panic attack the next and boom all the anxiety comes back. I do have great family and friends and they all understand as they are also going through the same.
  • 3 months ago

    RE: Anxiety has struck one again.

    Have you tried a weighted blanket to help with sleep?
  • 2 months ago

    RE: Anxiety has struck one again.

    I am having the exact same problem. About a month ago I took a sleep apnea test and did not sleep. My doctor did not know what type of sleeping medication to give me until after the test. I have not been able to sleep more than 2 or 3 hours a night for approximately the last three years.FUB
      • 2 months ago
        So sorry to hear you are going through this. Since this post and being on celexa almost a month I have been actually getting maybe five hours of sleep which is great considering I was getting hardly any. Anxiety would keep me awake and obsessing about sleep now I don't think about it. Do you take anything at all?
  • 2 months ago

    RE: Anxiety has struck one again.

    I strongly suggest you try biofeedback for breathing. A simple 3-4 sessions changed my life. I take no meds. I sleep. It doesn't seem possible, but something as simple as learning to breath to relieve stress works.
  • 2 months ago

    RE: Anxiety has struck one again.

    Sorry that you are going through all this, and I can understand and empathize with your anxiety and worries. I have PTSD and I always assumed it was because I was a weak, anxious and pity-seeking person. I finally got tested for Sleep Apnea (and I was found to have a pretty severe sleep disorder) which kept me from sleeping undisturbed through a whole night, and I had mold allergies that tended to also block my breathing while trying to sleep. I was prescribed a mouth guard, and was told that I needed to see a therapist for my anxiety and fears. I went to a counselor that treated me with ACT. That's called "ACCEPTANCE AND COMMITMENT THERAPY" program---mindfulness and active participation to achieve goals and values. It's working for me.
    I'm sleeping better then before and has given me goals to go for instead of dwelling on my fears and anxieties and my lousy family life. I hope you can attain your goals of not needing medications and comparisons to others who have their own troubles---please accept my best of luck in your striving to attain a better life.
      • 2 months ago
        Thank you so much. Since this post I have been feeling better and sleeping now if I could only get rid of the muscle tension around neck and shoulders I would be great. Praying you also feel better soon. Are you now on a cpap machine.