Just have to get this off my chest.
I have been being treated by a family practioner for my condition for 2 1/2 years. Before that, I saw several psychiatrists, all to no avail. Most were against prescribing a benzo (I would only be given a week dose and only for one month, but all were quick to write a script for an anti-depressant. Not to knock the psychiatry field. Just didn't work for me.
Then the skies opened and I found my general doctor. He is always sooooo understanding, sympathetic, never rushes me, and even if its been 3-4 months between visits, he can tell you everything I've talked about in the 2 1/2 years without reading my chart before I see him. It's like he's a member of my family.
Well, he's never increased my Xanax which is okay with me. Don't won't to replace one problem with another if I should ever be lucky enough to rid myself of this condition. Yesterday I called him because I had a thought plus I wanted to let him know that I had taken my daily alotment, and it wasn't even noon yet. I have always been honest with him and I always keep him informed of any changes. Sometimes I have times where I run out a couple of days before my refill, because I'll have a day of persistent anxiety. So instead of taking my 3x a day, as soon as one would wear off and the anxiety was there, I'd take another. So I called and asked about Xanax XR or a different benzo that would stay in my system longer. He wanted to switch me to Ativan. That didn't work for me as well as Xanax in the past which I told him. So he agrees to prescribe the Xanax XR but tells me he wants me to start seeing a psychiatrist. Maybe I got the wrong impression, but it seemed like he was giving up and sounded kinda mad. He knows my feelings about psychiatrists. I told him I get more help from him for a fraction of the cost, and plus he doesn't set a timer on me.
Anyway, I went to pick up my prescription for the Xanax XR, and it is less than 1/2 the dosage of the Xanax I've been taking for the past 2 1/2 years. If he refuses to treat me for this anymore, I don't know what I'll do. Oh wait...yes I do......I'LL HAVE A 24/7 PANIC ATTACK AND TOTALLY FREAK OUT!