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Re: Fetzima SE's, should I be concerned? Overlydetailedanswer

Posted by Chris O on September 13, 2015, at 12:22:16

In reply to Re: Fetzima SE's, should I be concerned?, posted by Overlydetailedanswer on September 13, 2015, at 11:20:57

I have not found relief. I am gravely disabled by my anxiety. I am grateful that my general health is okay, but I believe I have many cognitive distortions about people and the world. Simultaneously, I can never tell when I am engaging in them. Moreover, since many of my possible distortions focus on apocalyptic economic and environmental situations, and the "outside" world seems to be moving in that direction with ever greater speed anyway, it is doubly difficult for me to separate "what's my anxiety disorder" and "what's actually happening in 'the world.'"

I tried Paxil for about a year several years ago. I know I was taking a lot, like two 37.5mg pills (75mg) a day, I think. It just did nothing for me (except possibly raise my cholesterol, even though that's not supposed to be a side effect). Frustrating.

I would try anything a second, third, fourth, whatever time, though, at this point. Frankly, I don't care. If it works the fifth time I try it, but not the second and third and fourth, then so be it. Who even knows what's going on with these medications? And the whole generic thing is another issues that brings me down possibly anxiety-disordered paths: Do they even have the same ingredients? Are they safe?

It is incredibly frustrating, though, how primitive psychiatry is. I know, I'm grateful there is something out there, but clearly, the lack of understanding about what's really going on in those of us struggling with chronic depression and anxiety greatly outpaces the understanding. I don't have the sense that many of the psychiatrists, psychologists, and therapists I've seen truly understand the level of humiliation I am experiencing and how much I could accomplish if I were not disabled by my anxiety. It makes me very angry.

I hope you find relief, whether partial, more than partial, or, this annoyingly random universe willing, TOTAL! (Yeah! Wouldn't that be awesome?)

Anyway, hang in there. I've been coming here on and off since 2000, and it sadly, it doesn't look like it's ending anytime soon. Thinking good thoughts for you.





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