I've been on Seroxat for social anxiety for 8 years but I feel it has run its course. Does anyone have experience of this or propose recommendations?
I didn't even know there was such a thing as social anxiety disorder til my shrink (at the time) told me he though I had that, which was about 10-12 years ago. He gave me Paxil and I took it once, in the evening shortly before bed. I went to bed but didn't sleep all night, had what I was later told are called tremors - my whole body was shaking like I was made of jello (it was so freaky and scary) and I was nauseous, having hot and cold flashes, I couldn't really see straight (blurred vision I guess would probably be the technical term), running a fever, and I just remember being, idk how to explain it, I guess scared out of my mind. It was a long time ago - heck, I was a sophomore in college! - but I think I might have been having some kind of hallucinations or something - not like I was on LSD or anything but, in hindsight it reminds me of what I've learned about schizophrenia between psychology classes and texts as well as from plenty of TV show episodes (which I know is TV and has to be taken with a grain of salt but I still think there's some degree of accuracy to the things I've seen on shows like Law & Order, for example). Anyways, needless to say I didn't sleep at all that night, actually spent the night curled up on the floor of the bathroom in my tiny little apartment. I wanted to go to the hospital but the only way I could've gotten there would've been to call 911 & go by ambulance, which I didn't want to do and scared me too. By the next morning I was starting to feel a little better and went to the clinic on campus first thing, where the dr told me I had had an allergic reaction to the medication. Since then I've spoken to other dr's and have a different shrink now, and they say that I might not be allergic but have just had really bad side effects from it, but regardless, I refuse to take it or anything like it.
I now see the signs in myself of the social anxiety disorder, and it sucks, I don't know how to talk to anyone or really want to talk to anyone, feel like I'm a freak and have nothing in common with anyone, don't trust anyone, don't want to try to get to know people or have friends, and I never want to go anywhere or meet new people or even hang out with people I've already met - I just don't like people and want to be alone.
Sorry for the novel about my bad experience and one of my many, many dysfunctions, but the shrink I see now is giving me atenolol (a beta blocker - he explained to me that beta blockers are normally for people with HBP, and the way the lower the BP can also help with anxiety). I also get panic attacks occasionally and suffer from anxiety in general, so he's also got me on klonopin. I'm not sure which of the two, or if it's a combination of them, but I think they help me. Everyone's different, but it may be something you could at least ask your dr about. And it's a whole different class of drug, so if you feel like the one you're on isn't really doing anything anymore and you switch to another drug that's similar, it may not make any difference. In my personal experience that's usually been the case. And of course studies have been done on things like that, and plenty agree with that concept, although there's always those that disagree as well. Again, everyone's different. That's my two cents worth and novel of a response/answer. Hope it helps or at least gives you something to think about and talk to your dr about that will eventually help with your social anxiety. For me, it never goes away, but it can get better. I (nor anyone) can prescribe alcohol, but I've found that when forced to be in social settings, it helps to have a few drinks in me. Of course, that won't help while you're at work or a recovering alcholic or non-drinker, but that's what allows me to survive when my boyfriend drags me out or to a party - otherwise I just find someplace to hide and be alone. Best of luck to you hun, just hang in there - that's all we can do most of the time. Take care and let me know how things turn out.
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