They believe I have a Sensitivity to SSRI meds. The last visit to the psychiatrist made my condition even worse, she told me that nothing is probably going to work for me and I should consider checking into a hospital which I really don't want to do. I have a family that depends on me and I am now at a loss. I also now can't eat and also have insomnia to boot. I would appreciate any and all positive suggestions.
Morning Trying, Stay positive work on your breathing technics this has helped me lots.But time for a second oppinun I just find it hard to believe a doctor would say such crap.We all have to survive this nasty disease..There are lots of meds that are not SSRI'S IF that is all you have been trying.A good doctor would not just tell you to go to the hospital.
There are many other things you can do to help but best to get it from a Doctor.You can get this under control.Make sure you work at keeping up beat and positive thinking makes a world of difference Please keep us posted your not alone my friend.Chuck1957
Hi, welcome to the site! So sorry to hear what you are going through. Are you actually taking an SSRI at the moment? Or have you recently discontinued use, if so how long ago? Does the psychiatrist believe that you will get better if you are free from SSRI's? And use an alternative antidepressant medication?
I would admit yourself to the hospital. I had s major depression that ended me in the hospital for 6 months before they found meds that worked for me. I'm on litium along with Manerix. Maoi meds. They worked so well for me I have not had any recurrent depressions since 2007. I had anxiety too. I have a normal happy life now.
First of all I am so sorry this has hit you. It absolutely sucks. Plain and simple. I too am unable to find an ssri that will work. I have also tried snris anti epileptic drugs as well as nerve drugs. Nothing gives me relief and everything gives me side effects. I hear you when you say you can't just go to the hospital. Not that you'd want to either. I have four small children and am needed at home. I'm so afraid of panic attacks at this point that my agoraphobia is just off the charts. I've come to realize that I'm just a jumbled mix of being predisposed to this as well as having hormones that are screwy and what I've been told is pretty much ptsd as well as just being stuck in this struggle for five years making it hard to see the bright side. That being said, you should see if you can start to meditate. Even just five or ten minutes to teach your brain to calm down and get quiet.
Also like someone else said, deep breathing as hard as it may seem when you're panicky, will chill you out. Exercise and healthy eating are important too. Then if you're not on other prescriptions you could try natural or herbal things. I've found a bit of relief from lemon balm, kava, essential oils, just to name a few...
Most importantly is that your psychiatrist sounds like an idiot. You need to find someone with an ounce of compassion. Hard to do but worth it. I know location, availability, insurance and other stuff can make it more difficult to do. When I was really trying to get advice I found my APRN to be the best at listening. Basically a psychiatric nurse. More patient.
Again sorry for your struggles. One thing is for sure, you are not alone. This is so hard. I hope you'll get relief soon.
Would be helpful to know what meds you have tried and what your responses to them were. You are on a very low dose of Zoloft and it is not within therapeutic range. Understanding that you have a sensitivity to SSRI's, has the doctor tried other meds in other categories? Why does the doctor think the hospital is the place to be? If you can't change doctors, I would be asking these questions.
Hello Trying :)
This is my first post, and I appreciate the opportunity to share my advice. What a great site.
As hard as may be, don't ever give up hope. In the last 15 years I have been on at least 25 different antidepressants. MAOI, SSRI..you name it. Honestly it can be a frustrating game of guess-and-check for any psychiatrist. I am bi-polar..depressive with anxiety. Antidepressants may cause anxiety. In my case, I also take benzodiazapines. (Clonazepam and oxazepam). What I've learned from 9 different hospitalizations, is that sometimes they are necessary, sometimes they can make it worse. I've been life-flighted, in comes..due to hopelessness. It was impossible for me to believe that things could get better. Frankly, friends and family who told me that made me quietly annoyed and withdrawn, as (although their intent was good, and genuine, they were naive to the severity..not by their choice though. Though this a reply, it sadly isn't an answer, as even my doctor with her textbooks rarely finds one. I would recommend discussing the possibility of a benzodiazapine. A dismissive doctor can be switched. Some are conservative, for financial liability reasons, and that is a shame. What I want to tell you for sure is that it absolutely CAN get better, and don't EVER give up hope. I'm new here, but I can tell it's a great, great site, full of sincerity and knowledge. My best to you.
Sometimes there is no choice but to sign yourself in and be in a controlled environment to easy our brains as I've done twice so far.. I'm still having issues but pray that 225mg effector and 15mg of remron will override my panic attacks and PTSD so I can live a normal life again.. Remron I've been on 16yrs and it the best sleep aid I've tryed works awesome and Effexor rx was working at 150mg but sometimes it's just finding the right dosage and it sucks waiting and feeling like your going insane I REALLY FEEL FOR YOU... God bless! I hope you find the help you need and the right meds as I've been dealing with severe anxiety and panic attacks PTSD for 18yrs.. Not fun.. If you need to talk don't hesitate to hit me up..
So sorry to hear what's going on with you! Just wanted to share that Xanax (alprazolam) has been my miracle drug for my anxiety and panic attacks. I take it three or four times a day. I pray your doctor would consider a trial of it at the least. It's been life-changing for me. I wish you the best!
I encountered the same situation in 2008. My body just would not handle any ssri's. As a last resort my dr put me on Xanax. I've never gotten "high" off of them which my dr says is because they just "balance me" and I've never had any anxiety or panic attacks since they were prescribed. Ativan works well too. Many Drs won't prescribe these though but when it comes to situations when all else has failed I really think they should. Best of luck to you<3
I HAVE BEEN WHERE YOU ARE NOW.
What I see is a glaring lack of treatment of your anxiety. You probably need Tranzene/clorazepate, Klonopin/clonazepam, xanax or another benzodiazepine for now. Not an SSRI antidepressant alone. Your depression can be treated with a non-SSRI drug, but your anxiety is causing your inability to eat, sleep and is giving you panic attacks. Because your psych Dr. won't treat your anxiety, the next time you have obvious symptoms of anxiety, go to the ER. They usually are allowed/willing to give you the meds you need for a short period... say, 2 days. This is your chance to know what it feels like to be treated with the right meds. You can return to the ER if necessary before you can get into your new psychiatrist. You'll be covered for another 2 days or similar. This keeps you at home with your kids. It's a crude, nuisance way to get treated, but it works. Another option: some GPs will prescribe xanax or possibly one of the other drugs I mentioned for their established patients. Do you have a GP who knows you well?
I recommend this only if you can't get in to see a new and better psychiatrist right away, which isn't likely. Please make an appointment asap. Usually you have to make an app't. with a counselor at the psychiatrist's office 1st before the psychiatrist will see you. Sometimes not. Most psych Drs. are intelligent enough to know to treat you with antianxiety medicine. You can check the internet for patient reviews on the Dr. you're considering going to. Keep in mind there probably won't be a lot of reviews, but make the best of what you can find. Stress the urgency and your need to get an app't. right away. Your anxiety symptoms indicate you may be close to having a nervous breakdown and you need treatment very soon.
Your options are 1) to admit yourself to a hospital, 2) keep going to the ER for treatment, 3) get your GP to treat you, 4) or get into a new psych Dr. fast by being willing to take any app't at any time that there's an opening due to a cancellation. Or any combination of these. If you allow yourself to get worse and have a nervous breakdown, you won't be able to care for your kids. Please don't hesitate to go where you'll get treated. The key points that tell me you're in trouble are: you can't eat and can't sleep (due to anxiety). How severe these are only you know, but these happen right before a nervous breakdown. Don't let it happen to you. God bless and best wishes!!
Any questions or updates? Write to me right here, please. I care about what happens to you and your family. I've been where you are. If I was your neighbor, I'd come over and help. Hang in there. It gets better with the right treatment.
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