Alcohol and Anxiety
Hello, I am new here!!! I have never been to a doctor for this, but I feel I have anxiety. I have all the symptoms: Dry mouth, heart palpitations, chest tightness, shaking, sweating, loss of thoughts, and the list goes on. I feel like the real me who is outgoing wants to just bust out, but I am trapped in a shell. The only time I have ever felt great and like the king of the world is when I have had alcohol. I am not an alcoholic, in fact, the only time I drink is at a party to loosen me up and once I am loosened up, I love the feeling, its like I don't have anxiety. I don't want to be an alcholic, if I had it my way, I would never drink, but the feeling it brings is great!! I tried some of the alternative medicines for anxiety/depression, like St. Johns Wort and Kava Kava, but they did not work and kava kava gave me a rash. I wanted to know why alcohol had this effect on me and alcohol supposedly boosts your serotonin levels, so I am assuming that I have a lack of serotonin which causes my anxiety. I am reading on paxil and prozac right now. Do any anti-anxiety drugs have the same effects as alcohol or has anyone experienced any of this?