PTSD I have been struggling for a year trying to find something to help nothing so far started pAxil 6 days ago hoping for help please some feedback on experiene
Did anyone ever feel like they would never find a medicine to help them with anxiety depressioN and?
- 18 Aug 2013 by theresa06
- 12 July 2014
- paxil, depression, post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, anxiety and stress, medicine
I've struggled with anxiety attacks and severe depression since I was ten... mostly from medical problems (now I suffer with daily migraines and doctors only wanna do botox :'() but I've been on almost every different anti-anxiety and anti-depressant... so far nothing had worked... but from experience, it'll take at least a month before you notice if it's helping... only advice I have is b honest with your doctor and you'll eventually find something.. I've had paxil when I was younger, along with seroquel, and numerous other meds I can't recall at this point, now I'm on Zoloft, have been for 9 months, I haven't noticed much of a benefit but apparently my doctor has cuz all they've done is increase my dosage.. I'm also on vistaril for anxiety but I jus recently started it and it's not Wat I expected for anxiety attacks...
Didn't work so far... hope you find Wat works for you cuz there r way too many meds to try before you find one tht works for you.. good luck
Dear theresa06 - My anxiety started at age 20, bad marriage, sick, but didn't know yet that I had Crohns. That wa 28+ yrs ago. A lot has happened during this time, anxiety turned to Manic Depressive Depression along the way. Medically I have literally gone down hill since. No cures, just stabilizing. I have tried so many meds along with all the meds I need to take for medical problems. Have yet to find the "right one or right combo". I think some of my daily meds prevent or somehow alter things for depression. I have been on Remeron (30mg at bedtime) for 10+ yrs along with Xanax up to 5 1mg's a day. While I know these are doing something, I still feel very sad, anxious, alone, scared, no energy, etc. Things are constantly being changed with GI dr and heart doc is concerned so I am pretty much stuck where I have been for a long time. But, I will not give up. and neither should you.
One thing that has really made me rethink my situation is on quite a few posts indicate "a pill may help us change, but, we have to do the work." Makes sense. What doesn't make since is why have i been waiting all this time for some doc or some med to make "life" better for me. A pill can only do so much, but we need that to get by. I really do understand where you are coming from. Feel like I have wasted the biggest part of my life for something to happen that will change things. PTSD at this point just makes the others worse. It comes and goes, in cycles. I think there is so much dealing with medical problems constantly, the PTSD gets pushed to the back because I am already so depressed. If nothing has been found in 28 yrs, I have to wonder how much of this is me?? Am I really that weak?? Am i really a mental case, or am I a very medically sick female that just can't take it anymore ?? There are a lot of success stories out there, and I sincerely hope you become one of them thru your search for relief... Keep trying... there is so much to gain when you find the right things. LIFE Be Well, hon, well as can be...
I feel exactly how you are feeling! I have tried several anti-ds the past 13 years. I am currently on Viibryd - it's been 7 months and it does little to nothing for my depression and anxiety. I know these pills do not promise to be magic bullets but i am a point where I do not know why I bother to take it every morning. I am at the common max dosage of 40 mg and it's no different then 10 or 20 or 30 mg!
I can tell you from previous experience when I started Celexa July 2009 it was at a very stressful time filled with fear & anxiety that just about paralyzed me & within a week to 10 days I felt a world of difference and was extremely grateful. Unfortunately after 3 years the efficacy was about gone.
I think if an anti-d is going to be a good one for us, we will know this in less than a month.
Hi Theresa. There are a lot of meds for anxiety and depression that could be a great benefit. Lamictal and Klonopin are my magic combo. I still have these problems occasionally. As far as PTSD goes, I haven't found a med that helps with flash-backs. Everywhere I go reminds me of the heartache of events that happened to cause PTSD. It's been 7 yrs. and I've tried everything(well, that's an exaggeration. There may be more meds that would help.) I don't really think that flashes-backs go away. I may be wrong. But, not in my case. I hope our other friends can give you more info on their experience with flash-backs. Flash-backs are painful reminders. Unless it happens to you, I'm not sure others understand it. I guess PTSD is like all illnesses in that way. We just don't know what it's like to be inside someones head and heart and body.
I wish you the very best, Theresa. Anna aka:pickles503
6 days is too soon to see the effect. For me normally it works after 2 weeks, then it keeps getting better in the next 2. It's important to listen to your physician, to trust her/ him, and have faith in the med. I know it's hard ( I live through it right now... ), but when you find the right one for you you will see the effects in about 1 month usually. Differs from one individual to another. For me it worked for 10 y, then I switched to another for 1,5 y which was not that good (for me, individually!), and now I'm back to paxil/ paroxetine.
Sports, nice walks w/ close friends/ family, someone to listen to you, ideally a therapist, distractions (might sound funny, but playing nice games, cross-words, anything that takes your attention from your issues) can help during these times.
Good luck to you!
seems like we both go down the same road! I have Come to the conclusion that the answer is not what one antidepressant can do, but what the combination of several can do together. My doc has been playing around with my dosages of 3 different ones Plus antianxiety med as needed. and it does far more than what one can do alone. Hope this helps!
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