Anxiety disorders

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doesnt seem to matter which anti depressant they give me, i get heightened anxiety, it wont go away and I have to take anxiety med to just exist. Eventually it gets too bad and i end up changing to another, same thing again.  My life is impacted so much with this and i dont know how to change it.

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    Hi, anxiety is awful - maybe you could ask the gp to be referred for cognitive behavioural therapy (cbt)? Hopefully it could Help?...good luck xx
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    Ann

    Anxiety is an awful thing to have to live with.  I used to have anxiety/panic attacks so badly that at first I would have to leave work and drink several glasses of wine to calm down because it helped and I felt I had to hide from the world because of my symptoms that I could not control.

    Antidepressants alone do not help anxiety (from experience).  Sometimes they help a little, but not enough.  I used to take Xanax for a little while  a long time ago, but it was very addictive and I had a hard time getting off of them.  At the time, I had a psychiatrist who prescribed klonopin to me (an anti-anxiolytics) that is also addicting but stays in your body longer.  

    A lot of people are against Klonopin because it's addictive, but I've been taking a very small dose at night for years w/o increasing the dose, and since that time, I haven't had a panic/anxiety since.  There are people who want me to get off them, but why should I?  They have helped me deal with the world around me and I'm on an even keel.  As long as you don't get carried away and increase the dose and under the care of a Dr. I encourage it if it helps one deal with their lives.  I know how hard anxiety is to live with.  

    Talk to a Dr about it.  Talk therapy does little to alleviate the physically symptoms of anxiety.

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      Your information is very helpful.  Dr gave me valium some time ago, i use it daily in small amounts, dont like taking it and would like to ditch it as i think its not helping the depression. I am so frustrated thaat every time i see sych he just says, ty another anti dep and were running out of ideas now.  I feel i am addicted to the valium 5at night and 2 to 3 daily. I am not better, i dont know whats worse, the anxiety or the depression. I have ha

      d loads of cbt without help. I cannot concentrate to read the books, i am in such a mess, social isolating etc. Friend told me the other day i need to broaden my hobbies and interact but just cannot.  Is this the anxiety, depression or the valium?

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    Ann,

    Anxiety & Depression go hand-in-hand.  If your depressed, it increases the anxiety and if your anxious, it lead to depression primarily because you can't interact with the world around you causing withdrawal.

    This was a very long time ago, but I was depressed/anxious and the Dr prescribed Prozac to me (a then new SSRI antidepressant) which helps not only depression but also anxiety.  It helped, but not so much the anxiety.  In fact, it agitated me more.  

    To reduce the agitation, he prescribed me 'klonopin' a long-term acting benzo which is addictive (like Valium or xanax) but less so because it stays in your body about 24 hours so you don't feel the need to follow up with another dose in 6 hours!

    It seemed like the perfect combination and so I stuck with it.  I couldn't live the other way.  Valium is a good substitute fo Klonopin sometimes, but ask your Dr. About Klonopin.  And, I've always been very careful with it, taking 0.5ml only at night and not increasing that dose.  I intend to stay on it for the rest of my life despite others telling me it's bad for me.  Who are they to say?

    When something isn't broken, why try and fix it.  I'm also taking Prozac and hesitate to be a Guinea pig for all sorts of antidepressants.  It doesn't work as well as it used to, but I still take it on & off.  

    I intend to take this for the rest of my life.  I never want to go back to feeling the way I did.  And, my Dr. Agrees.  

    Ask your Dr about Klonopin..

    Good luck

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      Hi, is this med in UK. ?  My dr has not mentioned it. Ut it sounds like it could benefit me.  I want to ask for it but am scared they will tell me just to take extra diazepam which is just not working.  They are now trying to get me to take augmentation dosage of risperidone or olanzapine which i know are heavy duty and hard to get off.  I am scared they mess up my life these doctors.
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      Ann, I don't know if Klonopin (Clonazopam) is in the UK, but it never hurts to ask.  Many Drs. Are hesitant to get their patients started on an 'addictive' drug, but if you don't abuse it and it helps, why should you have to suffer?

      All the benzos that end with 'pam' (like diazepam) are all anti-anxiolytic meds.  The difference is that some stay in your body a longer time so you're not chasing it 4 hours after it has worn off or start going through withdrawal symptoms (like xanax).   It works!  But only for a short period of time.  Taking more isn't necessarily better.  

      If I were you, before I agree to take any drug, I would research it as much as possible.  I've heard of the drugs you mentioned, but if they're hard to get off, probably means they are addictive as well.

       

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