I’ve had severe GAD and depression for years. My depression is decently controlled, but my GAD is getting worse and out of control. My heart rate is now staying elevated. I’m super sensitive to meds and their side effects and over the years have tried several. So far the only medicine I have ever been able to tolerate long term is Wellbutrin and Lorazepam. I recently had to stop Buspar due to adverse side effects after being I. It a year. I could never get above 15 mg a day without issues. My psych doctor says I have a nervous heart and recently prescribed propranolol but so far I can’t tell it’s helping. I’m extremely discouraged and not sure what to do. I feel like meds just aren’t an option for me and I’m beginning to feel hopeless. Anyone else deal with this or can offer any advice?
I too have once been diagnosed w/ GAD. I had to go a new psych Dr. , my old DR. just wasn’t getting it. Comes to find that my vagal nerve was flipping sh*t. I’m now on Klonopin and as strange as it sounds, I’m on a low dose of blood pressure med. Plus my Wellbutrin. * I AM NOT A DR.* it’s only my opinion. The new Dr. diagnosed me with actual Panic Disorder. It’s different from GAD. I personally take Klonopin because it’s an even wave of med. Xanax was a spike, and a drop. Bad idea. IMO. Ya gotta tweak meds every now and then. I can’t take lorazepam, unless you want to me see pink elephants run around my room.
Just an off the wall thought... are you in therapy? I have a slightly different problem in that I'm Bipolar and am limited as to what medications I can take. Although I've been in therapy for a while now my psychiatrist referred me to a therapist who specializes in treating PTSD. Yup, I was tested and I ranked very high on the diagnostic scale. My depression has also improved but the therapy is working extremely well for my anxiety disorders.
Maybe something to consider if you're not already being treated? Even Cognitive Behavioural Therapy might help you learn effective ways to help control your symptoms.
Best regards and I hope you're feeling better soon.
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