What are the remedies for curing GAD? I've suffered all my life, now i''m 43 and tired, so very tired of being afraid of everything. someone please help me find the right meds, therapy, whatever to lead a normal life. any ideas welcome.
Cathleen my question may not seem right but what medication or medication combination have you not used have you used Wellbutrin, tried all the SSRI's, what about the tricyclic medications they were used prior to the SSRI's coming out and they still have their place in treating stubborn cases like yours, yes some of them have side effects but I have been told with time they go away, they are called tricylic antidepressants, have you used abilify or prozac, and then at one time they used Valium before that they used Librium and a lot of folks that had resistant problems did obtain good results those are the benzodiazepines I use Xanax and have experienced good luck with it, I use to use Xanax 0.25 increased all the way to 1mg.
my doctor said she thought it needed stronger than that and prescribed an extended release tablet that can be used four times a day I know a lot of doctors shy away from these drugs I am sorry I haven't been of more help just thinking out loud and thinking maybe if we could rule out what you had used then maybe we might be able to look at other things that might work I am so very sorry I care and wish you the very best let me know if I can be of further help caringsonbj (Billly)
Treated yes, cured no. Medications only suppress the symptoms, which really isn't a bad thing when you've been suffering for so long. Therapy can easily cure GAD with or without medication taken. I personally go to therapy, and at first thought that it was going to be a bunch of B.S., but was totally disproved. I now no longer have any major anxiety issues no matter what, vs. before when I would even with the medication. There are also some therapist who are very good, and some who are very bad, and same goes true with the doctors.
Antidepressants are great for GAD, and Benzo's work quicker (minutes after taken vs. one to two weeks for the antidepressant) and generally even better for GAD. I personally take Klonopin, a very long acting benzo that maintains a constant supply of the drug in my system so that I have constant medication coverage. For GAD, something that is an all the time sort of thing, Klonopin might be a good choice, although Xanax XR (extended release) is also pretty good. The only real downside to benzo's in general is dependence and often being a bit tiered, although I do take 3mg per day, a kinda high dosage (and yes, there are those who take much much higher dosages). Often for GAD, you would be put on a combo of a benzo intended for short term usage until the antidepressant kicks in. If you have troubles or issues with the antidepressant, you'd probably would continue taking the benzo, and would be put of a different antidepressant, until you find one that works. If the period of time is too long that it takes to find an antidepressant, then the benzo may be left alone as not not deal with the dependency issues.
This is my experience with the whole process, and your doctor very well may go about it in a different fashion. Your best bet is to just trust the doc., entertain his suggestions, even if you disagree. If you're looking for a benzo, asking for one right out before trying the antidepressants is often met with the assumption that your looking to abuse drugs, so generally not a great idea. Hope that this helps, and best of luck to you!! Please do remember that I am only referencing my own personal experiences, and am not a doctor... at all.
I am not sure that you can cure this problem I have hopes that there will be a wat=y in which you can get a sense of control in a manner to wjere things are not so severe that they are overwhelming I am going to be praying for you I have thrown out some suggestions such as what haven't you taken and what dise form has been used in some cases higher doses are a must because of the fact and nature of the illness this happened to a friend of mine who gave up on the regular MD's and he went to a psychiatrist once his meds were increased *the MD wouldn't have had the experience in jnowing that this is sometimes the case so by him going to this psychiatrust he got help from a person not afraid oc changing his medications and to this date its been 3-4 years sometimes someone who deals with this type of problem can have much greater insight into what needs to be done sorry I wish I could have been more help
Good morning Cathleen. You got some great feedback on your question. I agree with jk13 in that therapy can do a lot of good. I can only imagine that your upcoming appt is only feeding in to the GAD. Maybe your new doc can lead you to the right place to help with this. I know chronic pain can cause all kinds of symptoms, including anxiety. Maybe when your physical pain gets under control you may be able to seek out help with the GAD. I know when my pain is really bad, I just don't feel I could face people, join in conversations, get very anxious for no good reason. But there's other issues going on in my life that may be causing some of this too. It's such an individualized condition. Ask your new doctor what he thinks about GAD and its' relationship with chronic pain. There may be a link there.
When physical pain is under control, it seems other conditions are easier to deal with. Just my opinion. Hope you get some good answers. Take care and let us know how it works out.
best wishes and have a great weekend,
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