Going to type this and probably cry my eyes out at the same time while my baby sleeps, and my 2 year old and 5 year old are at preschool... So here it goes, had a baby 9 weeks ago, now getting severe panic attacks, SEVERE!Almost to the point of blacking out, I cant speak, think or even see, oh~! and get this, now I have a long slurred southern accent when this is happening??? ya, wtf? Anyway was prescribed Hydroxyzine 50mg 1-2 every 6 hours (a antihistamine, ya, again, wtf?) took 1 and was a zombie for 18 hours, still irritable, but a zombie, and that was just 1, imagine if I took the 8 prescribed?) Which brings me to today, went to ob/gyn office, and got a script for 25mg Zoloft... but here is the kicker, im in extreme anxiety, where is the immediate relief? where?
Are you breastfeeding? If yes, they may be limited as to what they can give you but if it is that severe, you are needing something! I think the Zoloft will eventually help but it can take a while to work as you know. Ask him if he can give you an antianxiety agent just until the Zoloft has time to work. Believe it or not, hydroxyzine is excellent in some cases for anxiety even though it is an antihistamine type of drug it IS indicated for anxiety but not when you have little children to care for because it is too sedating. Perhaps a small dose of Ativan. Are you seeing a psychiatrist? Has he mentioned psychotherapy with a therapist? This is every bit as important as medication especially with the Southern accent coming through (I take it you are not from the South?) That almost sounds like a personality disorder.
You have a lot going on. The Hydroxyzine did the same to me... drowsy. They should give you something for the anxiety. I do not like saying this but there is a place for benzo's (ativan, xanax) short term. You have a family that needs you. You may have to get agressive in asking for something for quick relief. If things get really bad you may have to go to the ER or a walk in clinic. If you are breastfeeding not sure what meds you can take.
It is weird what stress to the extreme can do. You may want to get your anxiety under control before addressing other issues like your southern accent.
Get all the support you can, where ever you can.
Try to remember your a good mom and to take care of you.
My thoughts are with you.
Have they tested your thyroid levels for post pardon depression? They tested mine and said if they are high that's how they know you have it. They gave you super Benadryl I'm surprised it worked for 18 hours people complain it doesn't work at all. Be careful on the Zoloft and know you have to be tapered off by your doctor. I went threw a custody situation when my son was 7 weeks old. I didn't breast feed so I was put on Xanax which worked great, I started at the lowest does.
I'm so sorry that you are experiencing this anxiety and post partum depression!
I too had it and it was hellish indeed. But, my doc offered to write an rx for Xanax, but at first I turned him down. When I finally tried Xanax and nortriptyline, it was magic. Both worked like a charm.
Your Zoloft is probably a good medication, but you DO need something like Xanax, or better yet, Ativan, for it has a longer half life in your system and will help greatly with this anxiety or Panic Disorder you are suffering from! Doctors are so afraid of addiction that they just won't prescribe any benzodiazapines, which is a big mistake, just my opinion. My heart goes out to you.
If things become untenable, go to the ER, you'll probably get a dose of Ativan IF you don't ask for it, just say your heart is beating madly and you feel odd, see what happens. What I've written sounds terrible, yet may be the only way to get the medication you so desperately need. YET, you may be accused of "doctor shopping" and flagged for drug seeking behavior even though benzo's are not narcotic (they ARE addictive, though) as in not made from the Poppy like opiate pain meds, they are still abused like opiate pain medications.
Also, as has been suggested, talk therapy will help a bit, but you need to be a calm mum not zonked out on an antihistamine!
I wish you all the best and I do hope you can find someone to help you!
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