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Old 05-25-2011, 06:47 PM   #1
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Unhappy Extreme GAD

New to this website and just need some help with my GAD. After losing my job i started suffering extreme anxiety 24/7 i started on xanax 2 weeks ago. Initially taking up to 1mg a day in 4 doses of .25mg. which helped but left me in a zombie like state. Recently i found out that my Girlfriend is pregnant and i need to start working within the month to help further financially

I became worried that i might become addicted to the xanax so i asked a G.P who specialises in GAD for alternative measures. He has prescribed me Lexapro 5mg for the first week and 10 mg after that. He has advised me to keep taking the xanax sparinglingly untill the lexapro takes effect. I have taken it for 5 days suffering a number of side effects from increased anxiety to hypersensitivty. I am slowly reducing my xanax and now take .125mg at 11 am and .125mg at 4pm and then 2.5 to help me sleep. so i have effectively halved my dosage. However i still feel anxious and i feel like if i dont take the xanax before i go out i will suffer another attack and be rendered useless in day to day tasks, shopping, new job etc. I know it is this fear that is cripling me but the physical symptoms wont let that fear subside.

My girlfriend is suffering extreme morning sickness and when ever i try to communicate how i feel she says to just snap out of it. If she can work with morning sickness i should be able to with anxiety.

I have started seeing a psychologist with helps somewhat but i still have a crippling fear of suffering an attack in public. I know exercise seeing friends etc is part of my recovery but the physical side of my anxiety is stopping me doing these things.

My question is....will there be a time where i will stop needing the xanax to function...when the lexapro starts working?

am i going to find it hard to withdrawl from the xanax. ( i dont abuse it just feel like i need it)

I just need help guys because i need to start working in the next month or so to financially support my child.

Please Help.

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Old 05-25-2011, 08:18 PM   #2
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Re: Extreme GAD

It depends, only you can know for sure how long you need your meds.

I was off meds for a little over a year, but now I just can't stand it and just got a new ant-anxiety med. I plan to take if only when I am at my extreme which now has been a few times a week. So since I am not taking it everyday....if life gets better, the stressful situations go down, and over all nothing to be anxious about then it would be easy to just quit the meds because I did not take it habitually everyday.

Hope things in your life will get better, they will, you just have to wait and let the worse pass by, there is always light at the end of the tunnel if you make the right choices to get there. Hang in there!

Old 05-26-2011, 09:15 AM   #3
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Re: Extreme GAD

I've had GAD for awhile now. When it first started they put me on Prozac when I didn't really know what anxiety was. Took it for some time till I quit my job and lost insurance. I was doing ok with out it till last few months it started getting worse (like every day all day) Now on wife's insurance so went to a new doctor and she gave me lexapro.

I'm going on my third week now. The first week was he'll cause the anxiety jumped, had absolutely no appetite and was tired all the time. Was taking lorazepam during the second week just so I can get some work done and see clients (self employed). This week seems better, I don't really have the anxiety I was having but if I'm active (not laying in bed) I get tension in my shoulders and chest and back of legs. I can work through that but wider if it's another anxiety symptom or a side effect.

Meds effect people differently. And what I have read is that lex can take 2-4 weeks in most people to start to work. So give it time.

What has helped me as well is education. Reading sites like this and self help sites and books. Deep breathing techniques have helped me through some of the worst of it and I'm starting meditation and changing my diet.

I wish you luck and success, just know you are not alone.

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Old 05-26-2011, 06:13 PM   #4
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Re: Extreme GAD

Cosfrog , thanks man. It is good to know im not alone in this. Luckily in Australia we have a public health care system so i dont have to worry about insuarance. It must be hard for you in America, You are lucky to have a supportive wife. I too have suffered tense neck and shoulders but i think that might be down to grinding at my teeth at night. Im day 6 now of 5mg and feel somewhat better but the mornings are still really bad.

Im still a bit of a zombie but im hoping these symptoms will pass.

Another thing that is helping me is knowing that the lexapro is not the cure but just one of the tools to help me.

Keep in touch and let me know how your going

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