I saw a doctor a year ago that prescribed me the lowest dose xanax(30 to take as needed or 3x a day) and lowest dose Zoloft (30 take 1X at bedtime). I woke up 3 days in a row feeling like complete horse manure!! The doctor insisted that Zoloft is the best medicine for this and must be the xanax causing my horrible side effects and refused to change my medications. I quit seeing her and then 2 weeks ago I couldn't handle the anxiety and lack of sleep and went to prompt care. The doctor there prescribed me xanax 1mg 3X daily. I haven't had such good sleep in I don't know how long!!! But she insisted I see mental health, but I'm absolutely terrified at the thought
You really would do best if you see a psychiatrist and get on appropriate meds. You can't stay on xanax forever. The first dr didn't have a clue how to treat you, You needed more zoloft and you don't take zoloft at night. You also need more xanax during the time the zoloft is kicking in. He didn't seem to grasp that there are side effects of zoloft and that they go away in short order. At least he didn't grasp the knowledge to tell you that. There is nothing to be afraid of when seeing a psychiatrist. These are the specialists is handling your problems and you'll get the best treatment there.
What is terrifying is the prescribing of Meds that didn't work, and the refusal to change them. Get yourself some reliable referrals, there are free referral services online and putting the word out to folks you know and trust may also yield a good referral. Many folks have dealt with similar issues, or know someone who is or has.
Doctors who deal with issues of the mind are qualified to help with such matters, many of which can be dealt with either without meds or a minimal amount. See, the meds are designed to "help" us as we seek the more effective remedies that include, diet nutrition), habits, how we handle stress and manage our thoughts (and yes, our thoughts are manageable), etc.
Beware when speaking to folks you just want the referral, and a brief explanation as to how they know the referral is a good one. Be careful not to go into your own"why," as you are vulnerable to "curbside psychology" that often comes from unqualified (but well meaning) sources.
So, I would offer you to see taking this step to find a competent Dr trained in this specialty as a hope filled positive, and discontinuing using the not so helpful a positive. Shift your outlook, you may find this shifting is actually a major key to success as you work through this.
Go after this as a step in the right direction, no dread allowed! :)
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