I have been taking pills for Generalized anxiety disorder for the past 5 years. I am taking Escitalopram Oxalate and Clonozepam on Doctors advice. My question is whether I will be able to stop these medicines one day ? or I will have to take these type of medicines for the rest of my life?
1 Oct 2009
Junior, I also live in Australia and I agree that we have one of the best health systems in the developed world.
This is not to say that we don't have doctors who are very quick at writing prescriptions for anti-deps when patients present with anxiety/depression. Many GPs do not fully understand mental illness. They have a job to do and sometimes they see up to 60 people in a day so they do not have the time to psychoanalyze patients.
IMHO we need to take a holistic approach to GAD. Medication is a significant but complimentary part of the equation.
Is there a permanent cure for GAD? That may depend on how much you want to work on your disorder and how much mental stamina you have left.
For me, the hardest part of dealing with anxiety is the "exposure therapy". I have to force myself to get out of the house and mingle with society. The alternative is to let the anxiety win and ruin the rest of my life.
Taking Xanax (and I did for 15 years) is like a "false economy" in the sense that you end up not being able to function without it and the addiction side is pure misery.
Get the best help you can afford. If you cannot see a great psychiatrist join a support group and you get alot of value out of it. And like some people have posted here, DO exercise and eat healthy as these activities will work BETTER than the best tranquiliser on the market.
Best wishes to anyone who suffers from debilitating anxiety disorders and keep fighting the good fight!
4 Jun 2010
Iam looking for same thing iam on 1mg klodopin right now unforunatly No there is not best anti deppresent my doctors have told me is celexa iam on it i dont see much diff tho its for anxiety and deppressioni got off my meds xanax 3yrs on it awful still suffering no med will cure u just yourself and therapy unforunatly iam sorry best wishes.
18 Aug 2009
I can only say that my hcp has told me that I could be on meds forever. I don't mind though - they help my day to day life and I feel better. I also exercise, see a counselor and eat well. I have tried to go off the Klonopin because I've been doing all these other things and feeling well, but I end up a mess again. For me, having anxiety is not a short-term disorder, I am comfortable with the thought that I may need meds for a long, long time.
21 Feb 2010
I definitely recommend a good cognitive behavioral therapist to identify your triggers and automatic thoughts and teach you ways to cope and counter any negative thinking. Therapy and the use of meds is definitely a better approach than one OR the other. Eat right, exercise and get regular sleep to help reduce symptoms. Meditation and yoga are also helpful.
31 Aug 2009
Hi lyla, that sounds like a question for a real pro(dr. ) mental health is so complicated. I too have been on the clonazepam just to keep away from the more dangerous xanax while I detox from suboxone. I don't know your history but I would hope you could get off all chemicals one day. I guess I would ask myself why do I have anxiety??Is that a question you can answer? Dr's are business men first then dr's. If they get you well they don't make $$$. The oxalate I'm not familiar with but I wouldn't want to take it if I didn't have to have it. I hope and pray for your release of the anxiety you are going through. I think half the country is on some anti-depressant. Some good love might help. I hope you have a husband or boyfriend to help you through this. 5 years is a long time to be on benzos but it can be done by tapering down.
Just don't take it until you need it and see how that goes. I know this isn't much of an answer for you but i'll help anyway I can,take care.
17 Jan 2010
I think that more research should be done for this. I too have panick attacks that don't stop with gad doesn't stop while the paxil I took for 18 yrs stopped working and upped it made it worse now off paxil going through friggin withdrawls from it and hopiong to god the lexapro will work I just thing that if someone important had this they probably would have this whole thing down to a science so we wouldn't have to suffer from it anymore. I wish u the best suzy
28 Sep 2009
Lylal23: I too have had generalized anxiety w/panic attacks for quite the length of time. It's been approx. 2 months now that I have been taking Celexa-(citaprolam-I believe that's the correct spelling for the generic). This is the only anti-depressant that has truly helped not only w/my overall anxiety, but social anxiety and depression as well. I hadn't taken anything other than Xanax-(as needed) for my anxiety for several years as other meds. either didn't work, or made my anxiety worse therefore, for approx. 5-6 yrs., I didn't take any meds. other than the X's. Like I said, until recently, I had asked my Dr. if I could try Celexa as I read good reviews on this med for anxiety/depression and thus far, I am impressed w/the results. Best of luck to you-
19 Aug 2009
I just tried to post a fairly long reply and lost it. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
I suffer from both GAD and Major Depressive Disorder. I've also recently completed 4 yrs of study in psychology, my prime interest area being mental health.
My understanding of GAD is that some people suffer one episode while others have 'lifetime GAD'. I fall into the latter category *sigh*
In terms of meds: The only way to know for sure is to try coming off them. Clonazepam is a benziodiazepine and these are highly addictive. Think Valium. It is in the same class of drugs. Also, SSRI's such as the one you are on CAN bring about withdrawal problems and need to tapered to try to reduce or eliminate these.
I recently switched from long term use of Aropax (11 yrs) (the so-called poop out effect where it doesn't seem to work properly any more) to Lexapro, then to Cymbalta. The last two didn't agree with me at all and for the past week and a half I haven't been on anything. A psychiatrist has told me that if I don't take medication, I will relapse (the anxiety) within 4-5 months. However, this is the longest I've been off a/d's for 11 yrs and I want to give my body time to settle first. I'm considering going back on Aropax as I know it and trust it.
Hope this helps :)
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