Hello all, Earlier this year i was diagnosed with anxiety, and up until I had never realized it existed. All of a sudden I started having trouble making decisions when it came to literally everything. Everything made me completely overwhelmed to the point that I just would get frustrated and not do it. I couldn't go pick up items from the grocery store without the confusion of which kind, brand, count etc to get. Everything in life I'm indecisive about. I always feel like I'm going to be late to work, or appointments , meetings with friends..so I arrive about an hour or more earlier to everything. I hate being alone, to the point that I circle my apartment checking behind doors, re checking my locks, jumping at every noise and sleeping with lights on. I've never been robbed, no recent deaths in the family or anything that I can think of that could've brought this on. I feel like I'm constantly worrying my mother, friends and my girlfriend to babysit me..because I need someone around all of the time. My Dr. put me on Citolapram and trazodone which made me have severe suicidal thoughts..so he prescribed me cymbalta. I started on 30mg, then 60mg..but still there's days that I'm just terrible. I spend my entire day re checking locks, listening for any sounds, thinking something bad is going to happen all day every day. It's very tiring , and it really sucks not knowing what brought this on. Any recommendations? Please keep rude comments to yourself, I deal with enough frustration as it is.
Hi, Peace! Ask your doctor about adding a medication specifically for anxiety, like Buspar.
More than two thirds of people taking medications for anxiety/depression have to try a number of drugs and drug combinations before finding what works best for the individual. This is not like aspirin ~ one size fits all. The only medication that will work for you is the medication that works for YOU.
Please be forewarned and cautious if the subject comes up of using benzodiazepines (Valium, Klonopin, etc.). While very effective, they are highly addictive if used without discretion.
Let your doctor know exactly what's going on with you, especially since you're pretty much maxed out on Cymbalta. There are plenty of other depression/anxiolytic medications available.
I send best wishes and good luck! Wildcat
I am sorry you are having to go through this :( Maybe going to a therapist to find out where all this is coming from may help you. A complete physical by a doctor to check thyroid/glucose levels or anything else that may be triggering it would be a good idea. If you do not go to a psychiatrist that maybe something to check into.
Unfounded fears can stem from many things and left untreated may compound your symptoms. I am not going to tell you to use or not use benzodiazepines. There is pros and cons with the benzos.I had many of the same symptoms you are having. I have PTSD and a short term dose of a benzo helped me a lot. Just know that they are prescribed to not take more than what your doctor ordered and hopefully short term use. They have helped many to get past the side effects of their antidepressant meds and or helped them clear their head long enough to seek other modalities that may help.
Try to be an informed patient, read up on your meds that are prescribed.
Be kind to your self during this trying time. There are many other meds that may help. I know it sucks to keep having to try different meds, but hopefully you will find one that works. Be patient and know that others have walked the path you are walking.
May you find what works for you soon :)
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