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Re: 'anticipatory anxiety' treatment-please help Budgie

Posted by Peter on August 27, 2003, at 5:41:09

In reply to Re: 'anticipatory anxiety' treatment-please help, posted by Budgie on August 27, 2003, at 2:18:59

> Hi Peter,
> I can commisterate with a lot that you're going through. SA's caused me to ruin an awful lot of friendships over the years, and the depression that goes with it is agonizing. SSRIs never helped me one bit, in fact they only made everything worse, I think. Then my doc added Zyprexa (first to Zoloft, then to Effexor), and the tension and worrying vanished overnight; I enjoyed my first holiday get-together in years. Just something to think about for the future, although many people here might advise against Z. for anxiety. It helped me, although I eventually had to move on and try something else.
>>I'll inquire to my pdoc again about Z. Last time I asked he said I wouldn't tolerate the side-effects.
> Why not just take the SSRI? At least you'll have made a decision, and you'll also prob. get at least a placebo effect!
> Well, unfortunately, my difficulty sticking with decisions is all part of my disorder. I explain a lot of it in my other post responding to Jasmine.
>Prozac is the only SSRI I have with me, and it's got such a long half-life that I'm pretty much stuck with it once I begin. Then there's the fact that I wish my regular pdoc (who knows my brain a lot better than the doc covering for him) were available, so he could put me on a perhaps more effective med for me, since there's a chance the prozac might not be a good choice NOW.
>The terribly annoying thing about my current adderall+klonopin combo is that it does seem to help my anxiety while keeping me alert - BUT ONLY DURING A FEW HOURS EACH DAY. When my second adderall dose wears off around 6p.m, I become a zombie and my GAD/SAD returns - that's the state I was in last night when I posted about my desperation to get myself back on an SSRI - ANY SSRI.
> But maybe it would be better to stay on these 2 meds, or even add a 3rd dose of adderall early evening, just to hold me over until my regular pdoc returns from vacation on Sept. 2. Then I can ask for an emergency 5 minute phone session and get a solid answer from him.
> Best of luck, keep us posted if you still need help. :)
> Thanks a lot Budgie.




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