It's great to hear the Zoloft has started out well for you.
I've learnt the hard way not to read up on horror stories of anxiety medications. I used to research all my medication thoroughly before I took it. It took me a year to even get desperate enough to go on meds. That's not to say my anxiety wasn't awfully severe. I just let my life go down the drain until I had a 3 day panic attack that felt like a constant heart attack before admitting "ok I need extra help". Then of course I freaked myself the hell out by googling the meds. XP
I stopped though. Because my doctor has prescribed me what seems like some of the most notorious medications I could find on the internet... and guess what? THEY'RE FREAKING MIRACLE DRUGS! For ME anyway!
I did have ONE "horror" incident... but my doctor can't have been pulling my leg when he told me that the worse the side effects the better the meds will work once the side effects wear off. Because the meds I had the bad reaction to really has been the best medication I've been on for anxiety (after I got over the first 2 weeks of side effects).
So yeah don't googling meds :P
and if you do have any side effects on zoloft, see your doctor and if he tells you to stick with it for a while longer, do your best to tough it out, it may be the best decision you make for yourself in terms of anxiety.
Really happy for you that what you have seems to be going good though! That's great!
Oh, about the xanax, if that's like valium (which is what I take), I normally only take it after
I start having a panic attack. I think my doctor would be more liberal than me about it though. When I first started taking medication for my anxiety I was really anti-medication. I hated taking the stuff unless I absolutely HAD to and so I really avoided taking the valium. So waiting for a panic attack to set in may or may not be the right thing for you (or the logical thing regardless...). My doctor would have told me to only take the valium if I was feeling really wound up and I couldn't calm down but he would've told me to take it even before I was having a panic attack and he is like me, he doesn't hate medication but he's still all for natural remedies before moving on to meds.
Really, without doing anything silly, I think you're just going to have to learn what works best for you. You know what works best for you and as long as you have a healthy fear of becoming dependent on the xanax you should be fine. You don't want to be taking the stuff every day unless you need to. Infact you don't want to be taking xanax at all unless you really need to. So I would advise to only take it when you really feel like you can't handle how you're feeling or calm yourself down without it.
Also, you may find that it might be a good thing for you to try to manage your panic attacks without the xanax once your zoloft has started working better. Because you'll have the safety net of the xanax while you learn how to cope with your panic without taking it.
But yeah, take things slowly, if you need the xanax don't hesitate to take it. I'm not going to lie... learning to overcome/live with anxiety is a long journey, it's a marathon not a sprint so one step at a time.
It's good that you're doing therapy and yoga and stuff like that, don't give up on any of that stuff yet. For me it took quite a long time for anything, including the therapy to start working, but it did all eventually start adding up and making small differences to how I cope with things. I still think natural is the best even if I love my meds now.
Apologies for the giant wall of text. I forgot to take my meds and so I'm way chattier and in a woo I can't stop thinking/talking kinda mood thanks to that. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it
wow it's 1:22am... XP Do I have anxiety or ADD? :P *hits the send button and tries to close the health boards down before she posts the great wall of china in text form*