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Old 01-09-2001, 12:02 PM   #1
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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?

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Old 01-09-2001, 12:16 PM   #2
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Re: Alcohol and Anxiety

I have had anxiety for three years now. I am taking Paxil which does wounders for me. But I do understand how you feel after you have had alcohol because it makes me feel better too. But, there is a little trick to that one, if you keep drinking it and you drink more and more it is going to make you anxiety worse. Not saying that I don't drink once in awhile myself. But, the alcohol tends to make my anxiety worse the next day. I gets real bad the day after I have had alcohol. I started halucinating and I thought I was not going to make it. I am not trying to scare you, because it affects diffrent people in different ways, it may not make you feel like it made me feel. But, I thought you might like to know what I went through. Good Luck.

 
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Old 01-09-2001, 12:20 PM   #3
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Re: Alcohol and Anxiety

thanks for replying. Actually you are right, the day after I drink, my anxiety seems to be much worse like you said.

 
Old 01-10-2001, 08:43 AM   #4
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Was glad to give you a little advise. I thought it might would help. God BLess You. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">

 
Old 01-10-2001, 10:07 AM   #5
 
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Re: Alcohol and Anxiety

Hello: I self medicated with alcohol for years and yes it helps anxiety and depression....only in the short term..longer term it makes it worse. So at the risk of sounding like a hypocrite you should give up the booze. Sounds like you may be shy. Maybe try group therapy to help you relax and enjoy people unmedicated. Regards.

 
Old 01-10-2001, 03:40 PM   #6
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I agree with Moose, drinking is a losing proposition. For one you'll feel so much better without that poison zapping your brain cells. Alcohol merely numbs your feelings. Please get some therapy and with hard work you can lick this thing. My best.

 
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