My anxiety so bad ... I hyperventilate, I have panic attacks. I want to try and take the medicine but I'm scared because I don't want to overthink the medicine and end up panicking , and hyperventilating. Did anyone have this problem? If so what did you do ?
Obviously if you're prescribed the meds, you've told your doctor about your issues and they seemed to believe it was a suitable solution to try, in their *professional* opinion. So don't over-think it... just take it. If you feel yourself over-thinking, try to focus on something else, ANYTHING else... cook an amazing dinner, work on a project, call a friend to come sit with you. Good luck, I have known many people who responded well to Lexapro.
Well on the bright side Lexapro isn't going to hurt you and you already have horrid anxiety so what else can happen? Its a great medication but if you're that bad ask your Dr about using something like Ativan to help the anxiety now. I think its wrong and so does my psychiatrist to just let people suffer while waiting for a medication to work
I'm sorry for this difficult time for you.
You receive some great info on the meds.
I wanted to add my two cents in hopes that you can relate to it.
Look up the word RUMINATION.
Rumination is basically dwelling over your health to where it consumes your mind. Generally, it's nothing you have control over anyway.
Rumination creeps up on you. You find yourself driving and parking but not remembering how you got there.
If you could imagine every time you had that scenario in your brain, it grooves a pattern in your brain deeper and deeper. It gets harder to stop and mentally climb out and get a hold on the negative thinking.
The important part is that after years of thinking symptoms or diagnosing yourself, you get no positive feedback for all that thinking!
It leads to ANXIETY and DEPRESSION!
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an exercise and techniques to control
One simple example is to wear a rubber band around your wrist to zap yourself as soon as thought enters your mind.
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