I am 27 year old female. I have been suffering from anxiety since I was very little. I’ve been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder, Panic attacks, PTSD, and in the past depression. I have had my ups and downs with my battle with anxiety. It is the only one that I can’t seem to get a handle on. I’ve done tones of research on anxiety and have tried almost everything (that I was comfortable with trying) and I still have a very hard time with day to day life. My anxiety and panic attacks are at an all time high and I have reached out for meds due to this. I have been unmedicated since I was 16 and took myself off of everything because after two years of trial and error with no positive result I had given up completely. Now that I am older I know I need the meds to help since being unmedicated for so long has caused me to... not leave my house at times, avoid places, and fear being far away from home. Work can be hard and being home is also an issue especially if I’m home alone at night. My doctor prescribed me 10mg of Prozac for three days (till I’m comfortable) then take 20mg every day till I see her again in a month. It took me 2 1/2 hours with emotional support from friends and my boyfriend to get myself to take one pill. I have been completely anxious ever since. I am also nervous to take the next pill since taking one mad me feel so awful. I know the meds can help but I just can’t seem to calm down enough I’m at my wits end and don’t know what to do any advice would be great.
I can relate to every aspect of your story, other than I am 50 years old. I took 20 mg of Prozac for 20 years and found it to be very helpful.
This past year I began having daily anxiety and my fear of meds kicked in with a vengeance! I cried for hours while staring at a pill that was supposed to help me feel better. Anxiety makes our rational brains not believe our emotional brains.
Fast forward 9 months... I now take 15mg of Lexapro each night, just before bed. I also have a prescription of Klonopin to take as needed. I rarely take the Klonopin but now have confidence knowing that there are meds to help me when I can no longer hang on.
Remember that a Dr. wrote you the prescription to help you, not hurt you.
Hugs to you!
Hi, Bug! Do you think it's your anxiety talking to you instead of rational thought? Yes, antidepressant/anxiolytics can have some mild and transient side effects for the first few days or week or so when starting them, but can it really be as bad as the way you've been living... not leaving your house at times, avoiding places, and fearing being far away from home?
If you can stick it out for a few days knowing that you can ultimately live a "normal" life why not give it a try? You've got nothing to lose.
Be aware that these medications CAN cause increased anxiety in a very few individuals but again, it only lasts a few days and then you are home free.
I lived with your fears and anxiety for too many years... and got sick of wasting my life away. Now, I'm happy, healthy, and completely functional. I hope the same for you!
Do not fear your meds and remember that you are stronger that any effect that they may have with you. Curious thing about Prozac and other SSRIs I've taken is they really do not make you feel different. They will take you to a point where you will have to find alternatives to feeling anxious. The coping mechanisms for me are exercise, music and reading. It is OK go into another world of your choosing that may seem like avoidance. However it does work, when I find a coping mechanism that even works a little I make it my business to remember it and add it to my mental health tool box.
Given what you said about not revealing your problems at work, I understand. I hid my problems for 30 years and am glad I did. The stigma of mental illness is difficult to understand and shows something in people that I wish did not exist. Relax and believe the med will help you.
My diagnosis and symptoms are very similar to yours. I too have struggled to find medications that help with my anxiety. I too have been afraid to leave the house. If I were the wizard of oz, I would tell you to take a pill cutter and cut the 10mg capsules into half capsules. Take 5mg until you start to feel less anxious, then go up to a whole 10mg capsule for a month. Continue increasing until you get to a level that really works well. Remember, every one's body is different, and we react to different medications in different ways. Your body right now is telling you that 10mg is not the right dose for your starting Prozac.
This is a healthy fear! You are an intelligent young woman.
Find a Dr. Who you can trust.
Try seeing a naturalist, they focus more on whole body wellness. Where as western medicine attacks one problem.
I see a lady for something called body talk. Spiritual balancing.
It's good to be concerned about these drugs that change the way your brain works. Find what's right for you. Follow your gut, only you can decide what's best for you.
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