... OCD? I am trying to find a medicine after 2 years to help the depression and anxiety and ruminating . So far I have not found any. Any thoughts on Paxil and Klonopin for all three?
Paxil is a popular SSRI that is also approved to treat anxiety and has worked well for many people. I see it is now available in a controlled release form in various dosages (12.5 mg, 25 mg, and 37.5 mg)
Klonopin is really only designed for short term treatment as patients develop tolerance to it and it is also habit forming and difficult to withdraw from.
You may also want to consider buspirone as an adjunct medication for whatever SSRI/SNRI you end up going with -assuming the former isn't adequate in addressing all of your symptoms.
Take care for now and all the best.
Hello! I agree with all Rathmullan has said as Paxil has been shown to be very effective in treating both depression and anxiety disorders including OCD:
"Most people diagnosed with OCD find taking a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) can help curb their OCD symptoms. Currently, there are four SSRIs used to treat OCD, including:
To treat OCD, SSRI doses are usually higher than those used for depression. It also takes longer for these medications to alleviate symptoms of OCD. While patients with major depression might take two to six weeks to respond to an SSRI, patients with OCD typically take 10 to 12 weeks to respond."
Perhaps you weren't giving previous medications a fair trial at higher doses for longer periods of time?
I would also advise avoiding Klonopin or any of the benzodiazepines for the reasons stated and also because with long term use they can actually cause increased depression and anxiety, sleep disturbances, memory loss, etc.
Best regards and I hope you're feeling better soon. Wild Cat
OCD involves action (compulsion). Ruminating is only obsession (and only if taken to excess).
Consider this - when I had my first bout with general anxiety disorder, I would consider what I ate/drank the night before, blame one random food, and avoid it. It was nonsense to me to think that grape soda made me anxious... but I was fearful of drinking it.
This is not normal behavior for me, but when my anxiety is REALLY bad, I get some OCD tendencies.
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