I'm 19 and I don't know what else to turn to. I can't tell my mom and I don't think I can see a doctor by myself without her finding out. I smoke a couple times a day to get me through and I do take frequent breaks. I have also have had an addiction to xanax but I'm getting that under control. What can I do to help with the depression.
Did you know that xanax can cause depression? You most certainly can see a dr without your Mom finding out. You are an adult and the dr cannot tell her that you were there. I think I'd try to taper off the xanax and see how I feel, if you can't get in to the dr right away. It is often the case that those of us who take meds we shouldn't are self medicating because of depression and or anxiety. Let your dr help you out.
Kaismama is correct about both of her suggestions. Xanax makes me cry.
It might be good to take in an emergency but there are better medications that can help you. It would be against the law for a doctor to talk to your mother regarding your treatment. When you say smoke, I hope you are not talking about anything illegal. See a doctor and perhaps a therapist. Exercise
Source: Drugs.com, professional side. My comments are in brackets ''
Alprazolam [Xanax] concentrations may be reduced by up to 50% in smokers compared to non-smokers. [If you smoke, it is not as effective]
Suicide [directly related to depression, of course]
As with other psychotropic medications, the usual precautions with respect to administration of the drug and size of the prescription are indicated for severely depressed patients or those in whom there is reason to expect concealed suicidal ideation or plans. Panic disorder has been associated with primary and secondary major depressive disorders and increased reports of suicide among untreated patients.[Depression is an issue for those who may already be depressed or may be easily become depressed. Suicide is a concern]
Oral Contraceptives [included because of your age]
Coadministration of oral contraceptives increased the maximum plasma concentration of alprazolam [Xanax] by 18%, decreased clearance by 22%, and increased half-life by 29%. [It stays in your system longer if you are on the pill]
In a larger database comprised of both controlled and uncontrolled studies in which 641 patients received Xanax, discontinuation-emergent symptoms which occurred at a rate of over 5% in patients treated with Xanax and at a greater rate than the placebo treated group were as follows:
[showing only the depression line from the table]
[quitting can cause depression symptoms in some people]
Physical and Psychological Dependence [cutting this short]
Withdrawal symptoms similar in character to those noted with sedative/hypnotics and alcohol have occurred following discontinuance of benzodiazepines, including Xanax. The symptoms can range from mild dysphoria and insomnia to a major syndrome that may include abdominal and muscle cramps, vomiting, sweating, tremors and convulsions. Distinguishing between withdrawal emergent signs and symptoms and the recurrence of illness is often difficult in patients undergoing dose reduction. The long term strategy for treatment of these phenomena will vary with their cause and the therapeutic goal. When necessary, immediate management of withdrawal symptoms requires re-institution of treatment at doses of Xanax sufficient to suppress symptoms. There have been reports of failure of other benzodiazepines to fully suppress these withdrawal symptoms. These failures have been attributed to incomplete cross-tolerance but may also reflect the use of an inadequate dosing regimen of the substituted benzodiazepine or the effects of concomitant medications. [Don't just quit Xanax, the results can be devastating. See a doctor and get it done correctly]
I hope this is not too much and that it helps.
Everyone has given you some really sound advice. As an adult, you can seek medical help without a parent's consent. If your doctor informs your mother or anyone else for that matter without your consent, he/she is breaking the doctor/patient confidentiality and the rules of HIPPA. Get help for yourself so that your depression doesn't worsen. Also, let your doctor know that you have been taking Xanax unprescribed, he/she should also be able to help you with that as well. There are a lot of options as far as medication for treating depression and a good therapist can even help you explore options for dealing with depression that do not involve medications should you decide to go that route. Please get help; depression is debilitating and ongoing if not put in check. Hope this helps and please feel free to come back and talk with the members here. There is even a depression support group on this forum that might be beneficial to you. Good luck!
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