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Re: Help! Should I try Zoloft for Anxiety? Daveman

Posted by Mitch on October 17, 2001, at 23:39:12

In reply to Re: Help! Should I try Zoloft for Anxiety? dannyboy, posted by Daveman on October 17, 2001, at 19:14:00

> Daniel:
> There is a school of thought, gaining some currency, that SSRI's are contraindicated in patients with pure panic disorders (as opposed to other forms of anxiety or depression). This school of thought contends that a high-potency benzo such as Xanax is far more effective, particularly when taken together with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

> Dave

Daveman, thanks a lot for sharing that information. I have found SSri's to be very effective for my social phobia. BUT, I still suffered situational panic attacks despite being on Prozac or Zoloft, for example. Since I have been on Klonopin (low-dose)for 2-3 years now I have not suffered any full-blown panic episodes. It is weird, but the SSRI's make me more comfortable approaching panicky situations, but the benzos are what actually *prevent* the attacks NOT the SSRI! What the SSRi seems to do is make me less *worried* about *future* panic episodes-but I can still get into the middle of something that triggers one and it will still happen without the benzo.





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