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Re: Thoughts on Social Phobia, and possible remedies

Posted by ann72 on January 14, 2004, at 8:01:34

In reply to Thoughts on Social Phobia, and possible remedies, posted by billym on January 13, 2004, at 23:09:14

Billy, I have had social phobia since I can remember. It has gotten worse over the years. Before social situations, I will actually get sick or throw up during the event. So naturally I avoid them all and therefore, have no friends. Until about 6 years ago, I thought I was just "crazy" and that would cause severe depression and even thoughts of suicide. I didnt want to live "alone" for the rest of my life. I did try paxil when it first came widely shown on commercials, and I thought, "oh my God, Thats me". So I went to the pdoc and tried it. It worked well, but almost too good. I completely changed. My co-workers prob. thought I was on illegal drugs..I would go up to strangers and talk and just wasnt afraid of anything. But it was too much. I even said the f- word in front of my boss. Plus, there were many side effects and I was given drug after drug to counter the problems. Finally after about a year, I realized I was taking about 5 diff. meds and I didnt know who I was anymore. So, I just stopped. My fear returned. I was back to slipping in the corner and not talking to anyone. Over the last 2 years, I have been on xanax. It helps with the panic attacks, but gives me no confidence, so I still dont have or want a social life. As a last resort I am thinking of getting on a MAOI like Nardil. But I will have change pdocs, because mine doesnt prescribe it. But I heard that works wonders for people like us.

Good Luck-----




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