I was put on Effexxor in 2005 at a mild amount and now up to 300 mg a day. I recently found out that my Heart has a vascular ring and that has been my problem for breathing issues all these years. At first I was diagnosed with Asthma that I do not have about 15 years ago. The doctors assumed that I was having Anxiety attacks. Now I KNOW that I do not have Anxiety but I am on 300 mg of Exffexxor. I am going to wean myself off slowly. Can someone please describe to me their experience with anxiety... I never thought I had GAD in the first place!
How do you know if you really have GAD?
Added 28 Jan 2010:
I would have these "attacks" inwhich I could not breath. My primary doctor put me on Effexxor for these attacks because I went to a pulmonary doctor who did testing and I do not have asthma so the primary care doc said that I MUST have anxiety....and gave me Xanax at first, then put me on Effexxor because he did not want me "addicted" to Xanax so now I am addicted to Effexxor!!! Great! My cardiac surgeon now says that I had this vascular ring from birth so I probably do not have anxiety. I really never thought I did. I have been having anxiety now because I never have felt good.
My muscles have always ached and I have felt fatigued. Well of course I have, I can not breath properly.....
who diagnosed it as a painic attack (which is a different disorder than GAD)? GAD requires you to be worried for most of every day without being able to pinpoint why it is... usualy its about multiple little things throughout the day... desided to get the info from the web
Diagnostic criteria for 300.02 Generalized Anxiety Disorder
A. Excessive anxiety and worry (apprehensive expectation), occurring more days than not for at least 6 months, about a number of events or activities (such as work or school performance).
B. The person finds it difficult to control the worry.
C. The anxiety and worry are associated with three (or more) of the following six symptoms (with at least some symptoms present for more days than not for the past 6 months). Note: Only one item is required in children.
(1) restlessness or feeling keyed up or on edge
(2) being easily fatigued
(3) difficulty concentrating or mind going blank
(5) muscle tension
(6) sleep disturbance (difficulty falling or staying asleep, or restless unsatisfying sleep)
D. The focus of the anxiety and worry is not confined to features of an Axis I disorder, e.g., the anxiety or worry is not about having a Panic Attack (as in Panic Disorder), being embarrassed in public (as in Social Phobia), being contaminated (as in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder), being away from home or close relatives (as in Separation Anxiety Disorder), gaining weight (as in Anorexia Nervosa), having multiple physical complaints (as in Somatization Disorder), or having a serious illness (as in Hypochondriasis), and the anxiety and worry do not occur exclusively during Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.
E. The anxiety, worry, or physical symptoms cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.
F. The disturbance is not due to the direct physiological effects of a substance (e.g., a drug of abuse, a medication) or a general medical condition (e.g., hyperthyroidism) and does not occur exclusively during a Mood Disorder, a Psychotic Disorder, or a Pervasive Developmental Disorder.
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