I am an extremely wound up individual and as of late relapsed in my 8 month success. I had a panic attack last July and within 2 weeks managed to spiral it into a full blown disorder. I was a disaster. I finally caved took the zoloft with ativan and was taken off as my fear for medication made me MUCH worse. I managed to musker up courage and beat the agoraphobia part of it and eventually some of my avoidances (food bus places shows) Well Ive done CBT aall along and it works wonder but last week my therapist says you'll need meds to fully get better look at how anxious you still are. My family Dr also agreed BUT said she knows how terrified I am. So I start panicking about the damn pills and wind up in ER see the psych he says no one is telling you to but does sound like you need it. So now here I am with my prescription 5mg of paxil and .5mg ativan... Scared witless. Between past experiences and fricken google I can barely believe Im not going insane now yet alone with pills... Oh yes my anxiety all stemmed from being drugged 8 years ago and thus why Im terrified of taking any pills. ONLY good advice back please.
You probably won't get well unless you step up overtake your fear and take the meds. Yes, you'll feel a but worse the first few days, but this is normal as th meds do their thing, stick it out knowing you're on the road to wellness as you say they say the meds are what you need. You can stay ill and insist you won't even be well, or, your can make a decision to be well, and take the steps to get there. No one can do this for you, but you can, and, you can.
The getting drug situation is far different from taking needed meds. With this you are in control. The medication was prescribed by a dr, filled by a pharmacist, neither of whom would it benefit if they drugged you. The worst thing someone with anxiety can do is look up reviews on these meds. No one tells you that people who have positive reviews don't write them, only the ones who have a bad experience do. But they fuel anyones anxiety. Many many people have been helped with these meds. Remember that you are in control. If they make you feel really sick you can stop taking them.
Would it help if you just got ativan in you for a day or two, Then tried the other one?
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