I'm 26 yrs old and suffer from insomnia, stress and anxiety, panic attacks and depression. My doctor started me on 20mg of Paxil daily on 3/7/2011, I have taken two thus far without any improvement but I understand that it may take a couple of weeks for the full effects to kick in. I've undergone a complete lack of interest in life the past five years and refused to go see a doctor until my family and friends wouldn't let me be. I get feelings of being unable to breathe, highly irritable, feelings of a rise in blood pressure usually for no reasons at all... I feel anxious over the most non-sensical situations. I've suffered from insomnia since I was 13 and if I get fve hrs a sleep in one night then I'm fortunate as I'm accustomed to an average of 3 1/2 to 4 and some nights no sleep at all as my mind races all night long and it's extremely difficult to block these thoughts out. Is Paxil really expected to cover all these conditions, as that was all she prescribed? Any help would be greatly appreciated...
I know when you suffer from Panic, Depression and things that are so bad that it takes everything you have just to get up and go on you indeed wonder how in this world is there any hope for me? Well let me tell you it started when I was 13, I would feel like taking off and just running with no absolute reason, Drugs like Paxil have to be given a chance, there are many other drugs and combinations, the important thing is that you don't give up!!
I can't tell you how it helped me, I used a school notebook and made a diary out of it I wrote in it everyday, I hated to go to the doctor, I was afraid of his medicine, but it came to the point until I had no choice, I would write down how I felt what I thought, later when I got better I couldn't believe what I had put down on paper, but you know it helped me see that I wasn't the only person, I am just trying to give you advice from a lot of years experience, if you ever need to talk always feel free to ask for Billy, my site name is I suffer from Chronic pain so if you do decide to do this please do not be offended just give me a little reminder of our talk, I caught a fall on Ice and have to take pain medication but be sure that I do care and am willing to help in anyway that I can
I've never taken Paxil, yet I have a brother that has had depression and panic attacks off and on for years, he is now on Paxil and is doing very well !!
It does take awhile to build up in ones system, as Laurie said, so keep taking it.
Never lose hope, there is always a solution to this problem.
Hope you are feeling better soon,
I would hazard to say you may be bipolar, and if that is the case -- taking the Paxil alone could be detrimental, intennsifying your irritability and racing thoughts. Did you get the Paxil from a GP, or a psychiatrist? ((sorry about the skipping letters.
At any rate, anti-depressants take 4 to 6 weeks to get to full efficacy. It will help with the anahedonia - the lack of enjoyment in life - that is what it means - "ana" = without, "hedonia" = pleasure. I have that even though I take two anti-depressants. And I know manic-depression, of "Bipolar", I have had it for decades. But, I am not a professional.
I cannot stress enough... if you are going to try psychiatric medicine, you should get them from an appropriate source - a psychiatrist. Doing so will cut down on the time you must sit with tormenting feelings. And, from what you have said, I really think you do need the help of a specialist. Beleive me, the right doctor can turn your life around.
And I just want to say - there is no shame in it. If your chemical brain soup is off, it is just a neurological imbalance.
I wish you luck, and must say you will not belevie how the right meds can take you back to the place when you felt like the true you. The guy you used to know.
Most of these type of medications take a while to get the relief you are looking for. I'm not convinced with what you wrote that this drug alone will cover all these conditions! Are you seeing a physciatrist or your GP? I would suggest you print out your question & take it to your doctor & show it to him (or her). Sometimes we forget to tell them everything. Sounds like you could use a combination of different things. I'm not a doctor, just personal experience. I take Xanax to help me sleep as I am as you describe. That's is just the "A" type personality in you. Can't stop the ol' brain from thinking so have to help numb it up! Try a fan or radio or something that makes white noise. By radio I don't necessarrily mean music, maybe a low off the station static ( that doesn't drive you nuts) would help. Turns the thoughts away.
Worth a try, but still think you need to give the Paxil some time at least 2 weeks & then call the doc back. They says it may take up to 6 weeks for full effect! Good luck to you & hope this has helped a little.
Hello jeffholman1985. Scrolling through some of the older questions and would disagree (respectfully so) with my fellow members in saying that Paxil will not help you in regards to your insommnia. Hopefully for you it will but I seriously doubt it. It will most certainly help toward your anxiety levels as well as your depression. If you happen to beable to read this, all be it some time ago, hopefully you might respond, let us know how it worked, is working for you. Best of wishes,pledge
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