I am anxious all the time. I'm scared of interacting with people, going out, oh God I could go on and on. Is there any relief from anxiety? It's a part of my thoughts but also my body. I have rushes of adrenaline for no reason, heart races spontaneously, my body is rigid, breathing shallow. When I catch myself like this, I try to "relax" like people are always trying to say to me. I DON'T KNOW HOW. I'm asking this because I have an appt coming up with my doctor. The celexa and klonopin aren't working. So I'm asking for help, what has worked for anyone like me? Is it just not possible to get rid of this much anxiety? I hope I don't sound pathetic. I thought maybe someone has experienced something new that's come out that i haven't heard of or something, ok i'll stop rambling, any ideas welcome
21 Apr 2011
I too suffer with anxiety as you do but when you tell me that you are scared of interacting with people it reminds me a lot of myself. I have major issues with my confidence from a past eating disorder which attributes to my social anxiety causing it to be almost unbearable. What my therapist and i have been working on is some motto's i can say to myself when i begin to feel anxious and im out. You need to pick something that has meaning to you specifically. As lame as this sounds, i chose to pick a quote by Lady Gaga because, to me, she is someone with a lot of confidence. The quote i chose by her was "I used to walk down the street like I was a f**king star... I want people to walk around delusional about how great they can be - and then to fight so hard for it every day that the lie becomes the truth." So before i go out i tell myself " walk like you are a f**king Rockstar". This isnt a complete fix to the problem but it helps me hold my head high and try not to care as much which is the first step to pushing these anxious thoughts to the back of your mind. I know its not much but I hope this helps! good luck : )
5 Apr 2011
talk to ur doc tell them u have been on web md and u think u would raelly like to try klonipin 1mg 2xs a day that u cant keep going on this way u dont want zanx or lexapro u would like to try this that uve done tons of research on it and u think this may be just the answer u need make the doc listen dont hold back its done wonders for me
19 Mar 2012
I always have a hard time explaining what I am going through and you nailed it
I recently started zoloft and klonopin and seem to be helping me but i stil. Don't entire.y have my life back. I go out everyday if I don't I get worst
I have done therapy , cbt and even hypnotist nothing seemed to work
At least I feel some relief with the meds I am glad you shared
It hard for me cause no one really understand what I go through
Since you have written this post a. While ago how are you doing now
Wondering if maybe you can advise me on what worked
17 Feb 2011
I have suffered from panic attacks all my life to the point where I have butterflies in my stomach 24/7 and fear everything and anything! I hate it I also have tried xanax and klonopin but having a addictive personality these were no good for me so I now take effexor 150 mg a day and it works great. Mayby you can try this I have tried lexapro and a miriad of others but effexor is the only one that works for me. Good luck :)
4 Apr 2011
I am so sorry you are having to go through all of this and feel so bad Cathleen - my heart goes out to you as I used to be just like you. It was a combination of things that helped me. Therapy helped a lot - I knew I had PTSD but thought I knew all the reasons for it. I was in therapy for 13 years with a good trauma counselor and after about 8 years the memories bubbled up to the surface where I could process them. Amazing! Also I was using a blood pressure med called a beta blocker - to prevent migraines - and it helped a lot
To reduce anxiety In situations. Third it helped to learn, and practice, practice, practice deep breathing and progressive relaxation exercises until they were as natural as breathing - then I could use them when I was starting to feel stressed. I don't know if this helps you but I just want to encourage you not to give up. God loves you and wants you to have a good life. Talk with me anytime you want - it's been a long road for me and I have lots of tales to tell that might just help. Take care sweetie!
11 Nov 2011
Hi, after reading most of the responses I do not see that anyone has tried lamictal (Lamotrigine) for anxiety. I had extreme anxiety, so bad that I couldn't eat, I would wake up at 5am every morning, my nose would start to run, my stomach would start running, I would have to urinate, I would have to vomit and I would start crying (pure fear reactions). It was not easy and I was terrified that this would never end. I was prescribed one medicine after another (most of them mentioned in the other responses) but nothing would help. I started taking lamictal (Lamotrigine) and I have not had a panic attack again. I only take 100mg in the morning and sometimes when I am PMS'ing another 50 or 100mg in the evening. Seeing most people in this discussion have tried so many different medications it is perhaps worth it to try lamectil as it changed my life, perhaps it could change yours.
When I first started I had stiff muscles for about a week and since then no side effects what so ever. If just one person gets helped by Lamectil then I will be happy because it is hell to live with anxiety. PS I also diagnosed Bi-polar and had depression, ADD, ADHD and ADHI and they are all under control. Still cant believe my luck sometimes.
24 Apr 2012
Hi,i2 have bad anxiety,valium helps me2 relax and sleep.do gym,pilates,best relaxation4 mind pilates,and les mills pumps,try2 keep busy got2 beat the mind from overtaking the body,its hard but do ur best,all in time,also reading anxiety books r helpful,and i c anxiety physclgst i open up2ova my fears,very helpful2. take care marie x
21 Apr 2011
I know you said you've been in counseling for 10 years, but it actually took me 13 years with a very devoted therapist who worked hard to have me be able to trust him. Eventually be passed all the walls and traps I put up for him and I was able to get to all the really deep stuff that I had no idea was inside of me). After 13 years in therapy with him, and an undefined amount of wasted time spent lost in anxiety and depression I finally remembered what I had repressed at 18 years old. I was 45 then and was having constant flashbacks but I learned how to handle them and got past the whole thing. Just saying - you never know and what your brain may do to protect you may not be what is best for you in the long run. We humans are strange, complicated creatures. I hope you can live free of the anxiety sweetie - life is just so much better!
18 Jan 2011
I do not suffer with anxiety quite like you do, so sorry this is happening to you !! Perhaps a switch from Klonopin to Valium might help you.
I've heard that Valium affects the body as well as the brain with anxiety. It can help with being tense. Talk to your doc about this situation.
Best wishes to you, hope you feel better,
18 Jan 2011
have you ever dealt with extended release Xanax 2 or 3mg one tablet four times daily, my pain doctor will prescribe this the 3mg was too strog for me so she reduced it to 2mg Extended release four times daily Valium I think the strongest dose is 10mg and its given four times a day I am not for sure about Klonapin have never taken this have heard people who have had good results, just me but I get to thinking sometimes the SSRI's cause more problems than they help with Lexapro, Celexa I don't mean to offend anyone if it works for you I am so pleased but I haven't had the best experiences with them, of course its like pain meds what works for one won't work for another I wish you the very best and please keep me posted
21 Jan 2012
I am a 32 year old woman who has been diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. I had many of the symptoms that you are describing complete with severe panic attacks. My psychiatrist put me on Cymbalta. He started me on 30mg and then upped it to 60mg one time daily. I will say that this drug has eliminated ALL of my symptoms. I have not had a panic attack since starting the drug and my extreme anxiety and constant worrying is nonexistant. HOWEVER, even though Cymbalta is non-narcotic it is HIGHLY addictive. You will not "crave" it psychologically as you do when dependant on a drug, but the physical withdrawals from not taking Cymbalta are very dangerous. You cannot choose to just "quit" Cymbalta, stopping has to be very closely monitored by a healthcare professional. I would suggest talking to you your primary physician about Cymbalta and weigh the benefits versus the side effects.
I will also say that during my first couple of weeks of taking Cymbalta I had insomnia, severe dry mouth, very vivid dreams, and minor headaches. Also, if you take it on an empty stomach, it causes upset stomach. All of the side effects faded away after my body adjusted EXCEPT the vivid dreams (which I actually enjoy). It is a GREAT drug as far as treating the anxiety, but I don't know that I would have agreed to take it if I had been made aware of the side effects from withdrawal when not taking it (usually the withdrawal is severe by day 3 without it resulting in headaches, body aches, tremors, extreme dizziness, extreme confusion, and can even result is seizures and stroke). I would recommend trying therapy first. Sometimes, you can be taught "grounding techniques" for the panic attacks and can work out what is actually causing the anxiety to begin with (mine happens to be in conjunction with PTSD from a sexual assault when I was 20 and severe childhood trauma). Good luck to you! I hope that you find something that helps. I know all to well how awful anxiety can be!!
18 Jan 2011
Yes! There is relief from anxiety. Finding the answer is the tricky part. Some folks need medication AND therapy. Others find therapy alone works. Some may disagree on this but I think there's usually an underlying, unresolved issue(s) causing this. I used to have really bad panic attacks. I knew what was causing them but didn't know how to stop them. I did end up going to my doctor for help. He put me on xanax for a while and it did help. But that darn underlying issue was still unresolved. I was just covering up the symptoms with the xanax. I ended up where the prescription wouldn't last half the month! I knew I had to get this resolved. I did get in to some counseling and talked about my issues and asked what I should do about it. Standard response, "What do you think YOU should do about it?" Gee, thanks Doc! And you're getting paid HOW much? Long story short, I worked up the nerve to deal with something that was really bothering me.
I blurted out my story and was shocked by the response I got back. It was very positive! Do you know how relieved I felt getting this off my mind?? It was like a burden had been lifted.
I'm not saying this may be your situation, Cathleen, but I know talking about things that bother you can help. Exercising, walking a lot, reading, even doing some volunteer work. Keeping active and busy. I know it's not easy when you feel anxious around people. Maybe start with something you can do alone or with your family. You might want to look in to meditation and yaga too! Deep breathing exercises, tightening up and releasing all your muscles; starting from your feet, working all the way up to your shoulders, neck, even the hand and fingers. Tighten, hold, and sloooowly release. Concentrate on each and every muscle. It really will relax you. Physically at least.
THEN there's medications. But as a last resort. Really try to talk with your doctor. I mean really talk! Not only can it help your doctor understand you better, it's good practice for when you get out and do things with other people. You CAN do this. Have some confidence in yourself. Hold your head up high and don't think you're the only one who feels this way. I really can relate. As do so many others. If the doc Rx's a different BDP, discuss the longer lasting ones like Sweet suggested, Valium is pretty good. Some of them really gave me bad headaches. I take the valium now for spasms and pain. Yes, they can help with pain too. For me they do. I don't know if I helped at all but really do try and talk with your doctor. Cognitive therapy, relaxation techniques, meds, and posting here! All good therapies!
Keep up the fight and best wishes,
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