Hi, i'm 22, a full time college student and completely self-reliant. lately my life has become really stressful due to some extenuating circumstances. I've had a level of anxiety, albeit mostly tolerable, since I was about 7. But lately life has just been crazy, and I've been having quite some difficulty copeing. I don't have full blown panic attacks, but the anxiety has been turning into insomnia and constant fatigue. I'm really worried about meds, as a kid I was miss diagnosed add and spent 3 years between paxil and welbutrin, once almost committing suicide. I don't want to take something that is regimented either, I would just like a relief for the times when my anxiety is unbearable. I don't want to go the 'green' route either. Can someone tell me what I might be looking for? Also, I have no doctor, so how would I go about doing so? Thanks! -Joshua
first id like to say im here for you and know how it feels, what i take for my anxiety is xanax .5 mg, and when i first got it prescribed it was from the emergency room, i went for anxiety and it was given then, it was after that my dr started to make sure i had a back up prescription since my anxiety turns into full blown panic attacks, keep comming here and asking questions, try journaling, it helps me, hope this helps
Hi there Josh...
First of all, let me commend you for being a full time student, and all on your own! That is a major accomplishment in and of itself, for which you need to pat yourself somewhere for!! The stress & anxiety you describe, sounds almost as if it was rehearsed from a script that follows the many stories from a lot of folks on this site, including myself. I am 59, and have been fighting the rotton genes passed on to me as well, and have guinea pigged every med ever invented, both for, and surmised for, these diseases. Also fought off the "suicide panic attack" numerous times. What works for me though, is a wee bit different than my friends, also on this site. However, I have found that for me, ATIVAN, and CLONAZEPAM, or its cousin VALIUM, works for "calming you down"... so that you can re-orient yourself with reality, and not let the "demons" in your head take over.
They are not fix-alls, but these meds, or their equivalents, work for me... in addition to a miriad of other "life support" meds I use. Wtih no doc... hmmmm been there... wadda pain...
coincidentially... I was just going to post on the info part of this site some new info I just found, that actually helps you find clinics in your area... that cater to people that do not have any medical coverage (like me)
So here ya go... plug in this one: www.nimh.nih.gov then click on the Health Topics tab... and scroll down to: Locate Clinics ... stick in your town and
it will give you the participating low cost or even Free (as it was in my case)
clinic that can prescribe some helpful meds for you.
Hay Dude... you sound like a cool guy... please try not to let the "speed bumps" through you outta control... man you have a lotta stuff still coming up ahead of ya, and you have already come so far... I know you can do it!!!
Try out those "free clinics" for some relief, and if you need more info, or to just feel better by having us to talk to and understand, the group on this hang out, is here for you, including me, and talking with us will help you (and me, cause my son is your age, and I worry for u guys... it's a hell of a lot harder to hang now, than 40 years ago, we just got wasted!)
Hey Buddy... I hope this could help ya with some ideas, so good luck, and try to keep thinking good stuff... eh. And when ya get grey & cloudy, we are here for ya! All the very Best for you Josh!! Don
Welcome to the site,you've come to a good place,i too suffer from anxiety and panic attacks,have had them most of my life,but was just diagnosed 3years ago with anxiety/panic disorder. I have tried and tested many meds out there and the only one that helps ease my anxiety and panic is xanax. Although i would recomend if and when you find a doctor to ask about CBT therapy,it gives you the help you need and the"know how"of how to deal with panic before it arises into full blown panic attack,it's very useful and seen as you stated you dont want to go down the "med field",i would suggest you try locate a doc(through the way Don suggested)and enquire about this therapy.
When someone mentioned that to me 3years ago,i was thinking"yea-yea,bla,bla,that wont help"but i went and it did help! I had to try meds along with it as my anxiety was very bad so i had to combine the two,but i learned breathing techniques and self help methods to use along side the meds,so in your situation you may find this helpful!
Also what Leanne suggested as to writing in a journal,that is a great help,keep track of your thoughts and your feelings and when you read it back you may see a pattern as to what makes your anxiety worse or your panic rise!
Hope you locate a doc soon,but in the meantime,keep coming on here,you will meet lots of people suffering like you are and who can help you out from their own experiences! You are not alone!
Welcome again and hand in there,it will get better!
Jhash89, I know since you are a college student you know about research. Please research yoga, & learn to do yoga for your stress. I thought , right, like that's going to help, but was really fooled when I started doing it all the time when stress was at it;'s worse. I know you don't want to take pills if you do not have too , & this is the best way to reduce the stress. Working out or running can also help if you are physically able. Swimming, running laps, etc... Many people find this normally used as an exercise, can be very helpful to them for anxiety. No drugs, just total physical exercise. Hope I was of some help to you. Welcome to the site & good luck with your studies. Take a break once in a while also, & breathe deeply...
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