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Well, today is the day I stopped taking Paxil and added in Zoloft two weeks ago..............wow, those first three days were bad...........I felt horrible...........but I made it.............with a lot of help from this board and my friends and family that talked to me each day reassuring me that I would be okay...........

I worked my first full week back at work. Today around 2pm I had a big spike of panic hit me...........also felt ill..........dizzy.......sick.........and it did scare me.........but I got up went and got a drink of water.........took my Xanax.........and got busy........I got on the phone to someone who could pre occupy me as well as kept busy on the computer and it did subside.

I feel okay now..........I can say since all of this switching I don't feel great........but am better then I was..........It seems like agitation is my biggest thing these last few days........and of course that scary thought that hits me saying "I'm might lose it since I feel so agitated" Or "What if I go off the deep end" Am I going to do this?? NO. But does it scare me when these thoughts hit me, yes..........that must be my panic feed........that thought...........anyone else get that fear??

I saw the counselor yesterday and she said that all it is just a thought........and that I am not going to act on my thoughts........that they are there to scare me in to the panic............she's known me many years and says that It has been a while since this anxiety has been so bad and that I have forgotten that I had these thoughts before and nothing ever happened.........I didn't go bezerk and I never lost it........never hurt anyone......never did anything that I have ever feared........just feared it and then it fed my anxiety............

The Zoloft has calmed me, I can tell and she says she can tell it is beginning to work........but that it will be a week or two more before the withdrawal stuff eases up all the way and the Zoloft fully begins to kick in..........so basically I have to just hang in there..........feeling like a crazy person at times.........knowing that I'm not crazy........just have anxiety.........with a bit of ocd in there...........

Well, needed to rant a bit, this afternoon was tough but I made it through it without leaving work..........which is good...........

Talk to ya all soon,

Kaytee:-)
Quote from KayT:
Well, today is the day I stopped taking Paxil and added in Zoloft two weeks ago..............wow, those first three days were bad...........I felt horrible...........but I made it.............with a lot of help from this board and my friends and family that talked to me each day reassuring me that I would be okay...........

I worked my first full week back at work. Today around 2pm I had a big spike of panic hit me...........also felt ill..........dizzy.......sick.........and it did scare me.........but I got up went and got a drink of water.........took my Xanax.........and got busy........I got on the phone to someone who could pre occupy me as well as kept busy on the computer and it did subside.

I feel okay now..........I can say since all of this switching I don't feel great........but am better then I was..........It seems like agitation is my biggest thing these last few days........and of course that scary thought that hits me saying "I'm might lose it since I feel so agitated" Or "What if I go off the deep end" Am I going to do this?? NO. But does it scare me when these thoughts hit me, yes..........that must be my panic feed........that thought...........anyone else get that fear??

I saw the counselor yesterday and she said that all it is just a thought........and that I am not going to act on my thoughts........that they are there to scare me in to the panic............she's known me many years and says that It has been a while since this anxiety has been so bad and that I have forgotten that I had these thoughts before and nothing ever happened.........I didn't go bezerk and I never lost it........never hurt anyone......never did anything that I have ever feared........just feared it and then it fed my anxiety............

The Zoloft has calmed me, I can tell and she says she can tell it is beginning to work........but that it will be a week or two more before the withdrawal stuff eases up all the way and the Zoloft fully begins to kick in..........so basically I have to just hang in there..........feeling like a crazy person at times.........knowing that I'm not crazy........just have anxiety.........with a bit of ocd in there...........

Well, needed to rant a bit, this afternoon was tough but I made it through it without leaving work..........which is good...........

Talk to ya all soon,

Kaytee:-)


Dear KayT,
Making it though the week was a big step and I have posted before "how no matter how bad of a painc attack or attacks you have had in the past, you tend to forget what it was like". I think this is another form of brain trick to try to get to you. Keep a handle on it and do just as you did this week and you will have it under control. Good work

Sincerely,

Sickman :)
Hi Lori,

No, you are not alone. I was surprised by they way I felt going off a med I had taken for almost three years (Celexa) and switching over to the Paxil...........I felt horrible.......brain fog.........lack of concentration........I think it definitely increased my obsessive thinking process........that has been the pits for me..........which in turn hit me with a ton of anxiety and panic...........

Then the Paxil sent me in to a huge fog and after about five weeks I realized it was not going to work this time (I took it before the Celexa and it worked). I know our bodies change and I also was not switching from one SSRI to another when I first took Paxil..........I think that makes a big difference...........

Anyhow, the Celexa quit working for me..........and I had some anxiety with the obessesive thoughts creeping back in.........so I asked the doc about a change back to Paxil in order to nip this before it got out of hand.........little did I know that this was going to get a bit out of hand.......

Anyhow, I did have Paxil withdrawal and am sure there was Celexa withdrawal in there as well............so double whammied.........and am on Zoloft now........been on it for about 2 weeks...........and I know it is way to early to feel better..........but am better then I was..........but I was a mess and now I'm just a smaller mess :-) haha You know what I mean, now I still feel bad, but not as bad as I did..........today I feel kind of low..........mellow maybe.........which is good........I just don't know what to think of it because I have been wound up for so long.........this morning I wondered.........hmmmm.........am I getting depressed?? I don't think that's it, I think I just haven't felt this calm in a while.......I know Sickman would tell me to enjoy it while it's there:-)

Hang in there with the med changes........things will work out.......the one thing I've found out is it takes time..........and of course.......I want to feel better now........because at times this stuff can seem unbearable........but I've made it this far and will surely feel the unbearable thoughts at times........but know that if I take it one day at at time eventually the withdrawal will ease up and the Zoloft will kick in..........I'm two weeks closer to feeling better.........that is how I am trying to look at it.........

Kaytee:-)
[QUOTE=lori j]KayT, Yes I've noticed the agitation too. I have little to no patience with anything right now and get agitated at things I know should not bother me.
Today is a really bad day. I feel very, very down in the dark pits. I feel so hopeless & alone right now. I do not think this new med is doing a thing for me. That means come thursday, I'll likely start a new med or be given a new script to start after weaning off this one. I know I can feel better than this so it seems so unfair to be so down as I am tonite. This has not been a good day for me, I want to sleep & wake up & find that it CAN be better. It takes so long to know if a med IS going to work & also if it isn't & then it's the hell of starting all over again. Also, the pretending to my family that I am OK. They haven't got a clue how horrible I feel inside. Sometimes I just want to scream!!


I'm sorry to hear you had such a horrible day yesterday. Hang in there, you and I both can get through this. You're right, the trial and error thing with meds is so difficult, that's been my biggest frustration. I think the Zolof is helping but also know since I'm only a little over 2 weeks in to taking it that it will probably be at least a week or two more before I feel much better............plus the withdrawal off the Paxil/Celexa, whicever did it to me has not helped things..........today I feel here.........a bit numb........I think I'm worn out........and like you said.........I don't really have to pretend to my family that I feel okay...........but at work I am much more guarded............

It's tough when inside you feel like falling apart, but on the outside you look and seem fine.............I can say I am better then I was a couple of weeks ago......defininitely.........but not better better........you know what I mean.........I just want to feel like my old self again..........let's hope that happens fast for both of us..........

Kaytee:-)