I struggle with gad I worry about every little thing. I display symptoms of social anxiety. I was not diagnose with social anxiety since general anxiety is general I experience anxiety when it comes to socializing but not just that. I take lexapro for 2 months and it didn't work. I'm now taking effexor xr but it hasn't work but I will still give it time. If it doesn't work I will try other antidepressants and not give up. My question is, if antidepressants doesn't work will I be able to take benzos for my gad? I know its addicting but if there is no other option will I be able to do so? I hope my effexor xr will work so its not like I want to take benzos in the future.
I have taken both anti-depressants along with benzos for years. Right now I take 3 meds to control GAD, PANIC and DEPRESSION and am doing good. I'm on Lexapro, Ativan and Atenolol - all fairly small doses everyday. No bad side effects either. Its been my years of experience that make me believe anti-depressants alone dont help GAD very much. You most always need an added benzo - at least for awhile. Xanax is great but short acting. Klonopin is great and long acting but hard to get off of. I like the Ativan. I take small doses twice a day and a bigger dose at nite that helps with insomnia. So far so good.
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