I have anxiety-heart races as soon as I wake up and my thoughts are going crazy. My dr. prescribed me Zoloft, but I'm not depressed and its not doing much for me-only been on it for 2.5 weeks though. I am taking Klonopin as needed which helps-I also take Ambien at night to help with sleep. I don't like having to take pills- Has anyone tried beating their anxiety without pills (or maybe just with a Xanax or Klonopin)? If so, how did you do it?
For a start I would NEVER take Ambien.. that stuff is evil with horrible side effects. The Klonopin youre on should help you sleep. I take that every other night to sleep - 3mg. Xanax is faster acting but it is possible to calm your heart down, just difficult. Its preferable if you have someone there who can reassure you that everything/you is ok, but I would seriously advise you to get off the Ambien! What you are experiencing is one of the serious side effects:
Serious or life threatening Ambien side effects may occur:
* difficulty breathing
* difficulty swallowing
* swelling of the eyes, lips, tongue, throat or face
* itching hives
* throat closing up
* shortness of breath
* pounding or racing heartbeat
* chest pain
* blurred vision
* vision problems
My best friend had an antidepressant and worked with a therapist for a year. She understood her triggers and learned self calming. Hasn't had a panic attack in fifteen years.
The Zoloft is essential. Under all depression is anxiety. Anxiety masks depression. Zoloft handles both. A good choice. Too soon for you to have a difference. Please give it time.
Yes, it can be done with a good therapist who specializes in anxiety. And one has to be willing to work and trust the therapist. If you are willing, you can do it!
When I started zoloft it took the full 6 weeks for it to full work for me. Klonopin was my miracle pill for my anixety.
I can relate to not wanting to take any medicines, for so many years I didn't I just dealt with it however I was just simple miserable. So after givening up the fight of being medication free, I am at a much better place in my life. I still struggle with it sometime but after a year of being on them and seeing the difference in my life I have accepted that its ok.
I would also suggest cbt therapy, this will give you the tools to handle and recongize your anxiety.
It has helped me a great deal.
So hang in there, try to give the medicine time. My doctor said to me when I first went to him is give it one year then see how it goes.
yes!!! There is hope!! I suffered from agoraphobia,depression, ptsd and sever insomnia. Meds are not an option for me. Other than ambien.
For 2 years i was terrifed to leave my house, some days I could not get out of my closet! I went disability. Couldn't keep a job.
Then i a found a new doc who suggested and prescribed an emotional service animal for me. Changed my life completely. Chuy rescued me, and I'm his forever mom. Took some dog training and obeidence work on both our parts, but within a few weeks, he was registered as a support Service dog.
He helps me to get up, dressed and out of the house. I can confidently do most daily chores, with him at my side. Most importantly, I dont have to take those horrible meds. Most any breed is acceptable, just be sure its the right dog for your lifestyle.
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