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I agree with what you are saying Sickman. I've had anxiety since I was very young, around 11 years old............and until I was in my late 20s I never sought help or took meds for the problem............my anxiety seemed to come and go.........and my solution was to just deal with it, I fought it a lot, missed out on some fun times because although I appeared to be okay on the outside, on the inside I was a mess..........

In my late 20s I reached a point where I was feeling anxious all of the time............and I kind of lost it with my anxiety.......granted I still functioned..........but much of the time I felt awful inside...........I finally went to see a counselor..........and to be honest with you..........when I went there (for outpatient counseling at a Psych hospital) and heard the door lock behind me, I just knew that once the counselor saw me, they would be keeping me there, locking me in. I thought I was going crazy...........thus.........I saw the counselor and she told me I had anxiety.........and that I wasn't going crazy and wasn't going to lose it..........I ended up going on meds to get my anxiety in check but as soon as I felt better I slowly stopped going to counseling..............some time passed and my mother passed away while I was pregnant with my daughter..........so I was taken off the meds cold turkey......I was very sick for week or so...........it was a mess...........but I muttled through..........then when my daugther was around 1 1/2 years old I started experiencing health issues and looked up my symptoms on the internet and lost it with anxiety again............I think this was a delayed reaction to my mothers death.......since I had to keep it together when she died because I was pregnant and didn't want to harm the baby.........that is when I went through several months of trying meds.......while in counseling.........I tried imipramine again.........couldn't stand the start up effects..........so I went to Buspar for 2 months.........and it dropped me very low........ I felt like crying a lot...........then came Paxil...........and after a few weeks I felt better...........and guess what? Stopped counseling again..........I switched to Celexa because someone told me it didn't cause weight gain.........the switch was even a breeze...........
I have seen the counselor a lot in the past few years because I placed my son in counseling, he has anxiety and I wanted to nip it now before he gets older, maybe give him some good coping skills ( he was put on Luvox several months ago and is doing quite well). This counselor is great and she is always willing to listen and she hears me.........she hears my symptoms and hears my concerns..............anyhow............I have been feeling breakthrough anxiety for the past 6 months or so and had been thinking of the switch back to Paxil..............so about 29 days ago my doctor switched me directly over.........and I thinkt that is where I got in to trouble.......my brain couldn't handle the sudden switch and I have experienced some really yucky side effects.........I am still functioning..........but feel terrible inside...........and yesterday for the first time in a long time I felt the panic again........the bad panic.........where I want to go to the hospital or check myself in the clinic or just run........you know.......the going crazy panic............and after all of these years of avoiding Xanax and the such..........that is what helped me............who would have thought.........and you know no doctor has ever really offered me that type of med except the one who gave me Klonopin...........they always talked about getting addicted.........so I stayed clear of them and looked more toward SSRIs to help me with my anxiety...........

Here is my conclusions in all this:

I should have stuck with therapy and am going to start back up after the holidays, swapping every other week with my son. I told the counselor that I want to learn better coping skills so maybe I can use benzos instead of SSRIs to deal with this. (meds tend to hit me hard).

I am going to very very slowly wean down the Paxil..........that is what I was told to do but in 5mg increments........but I am going to go even lower then that........maybe shave a bit off the pill every two or three days...........because this drop from 20-15 has hit me hard yesterday and today it seemed to drop me down low again...........I am thinking no less then 30 days to stop it if in deed the drop doesn't help with the side effects.........If it reaches a point where the side effects are bearable and I level out a bit...........I will probably stick with that while going to counseling for a while..........I will use the Xanax (and may ask for Ativan instead, didn't you say it lasts longer?) to help me get through this. I am so scared of Klonopin............do you think short term it would be a problem? It worked so well for me before. Also, does it ever drop you down low? I wondered today if it was the Xanax that may be dropping me low??

I have been on SSRIs for almost five years now and would like to eventually see how I feel without them...........since my anxiety has come and gone in gaps over years..........always been there but more tolerable for me at times then others..........I can't say how I will feel..........and I'm guessing it will take a good 2 months to even have an idea of how I would do.

So yes, I agree that counseling is the best route...........but also know that meds were what finally put my anxiety in check........my mistake was not continuing with CBT to try and eventually be med free.........it may never happen that I can do it without meds........but I would like to try and at least see if Benzo alone can help me............since SSRIs seem to mess with my head so bad..........

My questions are:

I've been told that the Celexa is now gone and the withdrawal should be over...............and that it is now the Paxil that is making me feel so strange in the head.

Since I have only been on the Paxil 29 days..........do you think I will have bad withdrawal?

Man did I ramble............I have really thought about this today..........and just know that I am ready to feel better.......ready to have my head clear again so I can think straight..........

Thanks,

Kaytee:-)
Quote from KayT:
I agree with what you are saying Sickman. I've had anxiety since I was very young, around 11 years old............and until I was in my late 20s I never sought help or took meds for the problem............my anxiety seemed to come and go.........and my solution was to just deal with it, I fought it a lot, missed out on some fun times because although I appeared to be okay on the outside, on the inside I was a mess..........

In my late 20s I reached a point where I was feeling anxious all of the time............and I kind of lost it with my anxiety.......granted I still functioned..........but much of the time I felt awful inside...........I finally went to see a counselor..........and to be honest with you..........when I went there (for outpatient counseling at a Psych hospital) and heard the door lock behind me, I just knew that once the counselor saw me, they would be keeping me there, locking me in. I thought I was going crazy...........thus.........I saw the counselor and she told me I had anxiety.........and that I wasn't going crazy and wasn't going to lose it..........I ended up going on meds to get my anxiety in check but as soon as I felt better I slowly stopped going to counseling..............some time passed and my mother passed away while I was pregnant with my daughter..........so I was taken off the meds cold turkey......I was very sick for week or so...........it was a mess...........but I muttled through..........then when my daugther was around 1 1/2 years old I started experiencing health issues and looked up my symptoms on the internet and lost it with anxiety again............I think this was a delayed reaction to my mothers death.......since I had to keep it together when she died because I was pregnant and didn't want to harm the baby.........that is when I went through several months of trying meds.......while in counseling.........I tried imipramine again.........couldn't stand the start up effects..........so I went to Buspar for 2 months.........and it dropped me very low........ I felt like crying a lot...........then came Paxil...........and after a few weeks I felt better...........and guess what? Stopped counseling again..........I switched to Celexa because someone told me it didn't cause weight gain.........the switch was even a breeze...........
I have seen the counselor a lot in the past few years because I placed my son in counseling, he has anxiety and I wanted to nip it now before he gets older, maybe give him some good coping skills ( he was put on Luvox several months ago and is doing quite well). This counselor is great and she is always willing to listen and she hears me.........she hears my symptoms and hears my concerns..............anyhow............I have been feeling breakthrough anxiety for the past 6 months or so and had been thinking of the switch back to Paxil..............so about 29 days ago my doctor switched me directly over.........and I thinkt that is where I got in to trouble.......my brain couldn't handle the sudden switch and I have experienced some really yucky side effects.........I am still functioning..........but feel terrible inside...........and yesterday for the first time in a long time I felt the panic again........the bad panic.........where I want to go to the hospital or check myself in the clinic or just run........you know.......the going crazy panic............and after all of these years of avoiding Xanax and the such..........that is what helped me............who would have thought.........and you know no doctor has ever really offered me that type of med except the one who gave me Klonopin...........they always talked about getting addicted.........so I stayed clear of them and looked more toward SSRIs to help me with my anxiety...........

Here is my conclusions in all this:

I should have stuck with therapy and am going to start back up after the holidays, swapping every other week with my son. I told the counselor that I want to learn better coping skills so maybe I can use benzos instead of SSRIs to deal with this. (meds tend to hit me hard).

I am going to very very slowly wean down the Paxil..........that is what I was told to do but in 5mg increments........but I am going to go even lower then that........maybe shave a bit off the pill every two or three days...........because this drop from 20-15 has hit me hard yesterday and today it seemed to drop me down low again...........I am thinking no less then 30 days to stop it if in deed the drop doesn't help with the side effects.........If it reaches a point where the side effects are bearable and I level out a bit...........I will probably stick with that while going to counseling for a while..........I will use the Xanax (and may ask for Ativan instead, didn't you say it lasts longer?) to help me get through this. I am so scared of Klonopin............do you think short term it would be a problem? It worked so well for me before. Also, does it ever drop you down low? I wondered today if it was the Xanax that may be dropping me low??

I have been on SSRIs for almost five years now and would like to eventually see how I feel without them...........since my anxiety has come and gone in gaps over years..........always been there but more tolerable for me at times then others..........I can't say how I will feel..........and I'm guessing it will take a good 2 months to even have an idea of how I would do.

So yes, I agree that counseling is the best route...........but also know that meds were what finally put my anxiety in check........my mistake was not continuing with CBT to try and eventually be med free.........it may never happen that I can do it without meds........but I would like to try and at least see if Benzo alone can help me............since SSRIs seem to mess with my head so bad..........

My questions are:

I've been told that the Celexa is now gone and the withdrawal should be over...............and that it is now the Paxil that is making me feel so strange in the head.

Since I have only been on the Paxil 29 days..........do you think I will have bad withdrawal?

Man did I ramble............I have really thought about this today..........and just know that I am ready to feel better.......ready to have my head clear again so I can think straight..........

Thanks,

Kaytee:-)




Dear KayT,
I would stay where you are if I was you and move on to the benzo and stablilize before reducing the paxil. It maybe that the combination is where you should be. A little anti-depression medication does not hurt. I would not switch to ativan personally, it only lasts 10-12 hours and that timing appears to be very questioned. For long duration and if it worked for you, I don't know why you would not want the Klonopin. It is so much more managable then xanax. If quick relief is what you need then constant lowest dosage possible of xanax is best if that is where your disorder is at. I don't think that Klonopin or xanax quits working at the dosage that you stable at. Over a period of time, if you do not keep your mental attitude positive you bring the symptoms back on yourself and thus think it has stopped working. You have to manage your way through these down times and reassure yourself that the medication is still working and not think it needs changing. I am having one of those times right now. I have not thought of raising my medication or that it is not working at the strength that it has alway been. I am having to convience myself again to move ahead with a postive attitude and until I do, I will stay down. It doesn't matter how long or how severe your attacks are, even when you learn to manage them you just can't help sometimes having lows in your life. I will get through this and so will you if you fight the belief that you won't return to the norm. You have certainly put enough thought into your situiation and I think you should now choose a course of action and stick with it. Don't keep running with the what ifs. You are already there, make your choice and get the positive attitude you need. Good luck my good Friend of Healthboards.com. You have a Happy Holiday with your Family.

Sincerely,

Sickman :)