what would be the best medicine to talk to my DR. about? I've tried xanax and ativan and they just don't seem to help that mch also i have tried several different forms of therapy
Hi, can you list the miligrams of the medications you've tried? That may be part of the problem, not enough miligrams of xanax or ativan.
Or it could be you may need an antidepressant. Most doctors do the guinea pig thing, keep trying meds until one works.
Best wishes to you, hope you feel better
Dear wikkedrocker, Welcome to the site. Glad you are here. Many here suffer from severe anxiety and PTSD. It's funny to me... I have been diagnosed with PTSD and I have questioned it, so I looked up all kinds of info. about it, and yep, I definitely was diagnosed correctly. There are many things you can suggest to your doctor. I, for one, take Klonopin for my anxiety/panic attacks. I don't think it kicks in as fast as Xanax, but lasts longer, and has a higher time spam in your system. I noticed you said you did try several forms of therapy? Did they work at all for you. I was in an abusive marriage yrs ago, and was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. I haven't been diagnosed with that since then, but I went to a class that was twice a week for six weeks. It helped me so much, I didn't want it to end. lol. It really did. Before that...
I laughed when someone brought up any kind of therapy. Boy, was I wrong. Maybe you just didn't find one that worked for you, or helped you that much. I'm going to suggest a couple of antidepressant's that may help. Pristiq, Wellbutrin, and Lamictal. Lamictal is more of a mood stabilizer, but has helped me tremendously. I hope you find one that works for you soon. I know it's awful dealing with the issues you have and feeling like there's nothing that is going to work. Dont give up. There is. You cant lose hope. And maybe you need to find a different dr. This may totally not be the case, but if you continue to get nowhere, than there may be a problem in that area too. Just something to think about. i wish you nothing but peace and happiness hon, and I hope somehow you find a little joy during the Christmas season. Stay with us, and I promise you will get the support you need. Hang in there, and keep your chin up. Your Friend, Ruthie
Hi wikkedrocker, and welcome. There is a specialized therapy called EMDR. It is a therapy using rapid eye movement, which helps get over the stress and anxiety of the PTSD. (you can google rapid eye movement therapy). It really works! I have a good friend who had SEVERE anxiety, and couldn't even eat in a place that wasn't one story, hence she couldn't swallow if she were in a two story apartment or house, couldn't go over bridges, even talking about heights put her in a panic. She went through just a few sessions of the EMDR, and now can drive alone over a bridge, and can eat at her desk on the 17th floor of a high rise. This therapy is amazing, and yet costs no more than a visit to a psychologist, which are who utilize this therapy. It is worth checking out, to get your life back, I would think.
Best wishes to you!!
You can try 2 different kinds. The first one is called Celexa and the 2nd one is called Tegretol XR and either one should last you up to 24 hours but the drawback is that it takes up to a month for either one to start working. But once you have taken either one every day for a month then you should start seeing results! Celexa is better to take it at bedtime since it can cause a lot of drowsiness and Tegretol XR you can choose to take in the morning or at night! Good Luck!!!
Javier Fortunato Cardenas, MD.
BARROW'S NEUROLOGICAL CENTER
ST. JOSEPH'S HOSPITAL
Mr Wikked, I have chronic panic disorder, along with ptsd. Although, they have changed the name to severe anxiety disorder. Even on the literature, and dispensing chart it is listed for anxiety disorder, not panic disorder. Dr's that still use chronic panic disorder have probably had a panic attack. If you can find one that treats chronic panic disorder by name, that is the one you want. The main thing that sets them apart is the fact that there is no warning, and since the new classifications of all the pain med's Dr's are running scared. It is insane. It took them 15 years to diagnose my disorder, literally 100's of trips to the ER. a couple dozen hospitalizations, over $100,000 in med bills in the first ten years. A friend of mine's father Dr. T. P. diagnosed it after my third or fourth sentence, he said "you are having panic attacks, not anxiety.). He prescribed xanax, and almost completely ended my suffering.
I take Zoloft 100mg once a day and xanax 1 mg three times a day, (this dose started at 1/2 mg 15 years ago) and I am panic free. The couple of times I have been taken off xanax ended in a rush trip to the ER in the back of an ambulance, and continued until they put me back on xanax, where I am panic free. Panic free mind you, not ptsd free. And if they are giving it to you PRN you should find another Dr, you can't treat something as needed if you have no warning that it is coming.. It needs to be administered on a routine basis so the 1/2 life of the drug remains stable, this will also lessen the ptsd. With xanax being a highly misused drug it is very hard to find a Dr. to prescribe it, and Psychiatrists are the worst. Even after 15 years, my Dr. is retiring, I am finding it very difficult to find anyone to take my case over. That brought me to this page. If any Dr's are reading in my area you can find me here. Hey Wikked, best of luck, and the only medicine that keeps me out of the mental hospital is xanax, taken responsibly.
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