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Old 11-18-2005, 08:52 AM   #1
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Whats First / Next for ME???

Hey guys.....

My name is Brandon and I am a 21 year old male Senior in college....l

I was diagnosed as having Anxiety / Panic Disorder close to 6 weeks ago....

Whats first / next for me.....Im kinda confused....

I have been taking :

ZOLOFT 50mg......Once Daily (Morning) for almost 6 weeks.....CURRENT

LORAZEPAM (ATIVAN) 1mg...Twice Daily...3 weeks dropped dose to 1mg (Morning) .5mg (Evening)...for close to 3 weeks....CURRENT

I guess I am confused about what to do NEXT?

It have been close to 6 weeks on MEDS....Whats Next???

I see a School Counselor.....have been Twice, and will continue to see once a week...

I am also looking into a Phycologist....CBT Therapy, someone who knows what the hell is going on with me.....

I keep a Journal daily....How I Feel, What I Did, MEDS....etc.....

I take a CENTRUM Multi-Vitamin in the Morning with my MEDS.....

I guess I just don't know whats next??? Is this like some waiting game?

Any Advice / Input???


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Old 11-18-2005, 09:01 AM   #2
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Re: Whats First / Next for ME???

hi brendan
the zoloft will be a big help when and if it starts working properly, if you are tollerating it OK i would ask doc about upping the dose as this may be needed for you, discuss with a pharmacist perhaps, a typical dose range is 50 to 200
ativan is also helpful and less will be needed with the zoloft working

self help books on overcoming panic disorder and agoraphobia have useful advice

most people get better with a combination of CBT, relaxation and meds
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Old 11-18-2005, 09:36 AM   #3
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Re: Whats First / Next for ME???

So the Phycologist and CBT then???

It seems like I am doing everything I can...I just want to make sure of that!

Sure.....I Feel Better.....Better than I DID.....

The first few weeks sucked....didn't do much.....But, the past few weeks I have been feeling somewhat to go things.....

I still feel like crap somedays....Anxious...Shaky...Bad Thoughts.....

I guess I am looking for any advice one might have for me....where do I go from here?

It feels like im just taking it day by day......


Old 11-18-2005, 12:42 PM   #4
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Re: Whats First / Next for ME???

You sound just like me, a person wants to fast forward far enough to the point you don't have to deal with this crap, but it doesn't work that way. I've thought alot (to much, probably part of the problem) about if I'll feel like this in a year or two or three.
I've been dealing with this for two years and have had many good days. I believe a big part of the cure is to move on and make yourself do the things you like. I've gotten into activities for an evening or weekend and forgot my anxiety when my mind is busy with other things. It's the idle time that kills me. My two cent advice(probably what it's worth) is stay as busy as possible, force yourself to get up and do things, be it studying for college, excercising, hanging out with friends or whatever. These are what do me the most good. You know the saying "busy hands are happy hands" well I think it works the same for minds.

Hang in there, this too shall pass.

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