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Just thought I would share my story: I have had social anxiety for many years now but I was able to deal with it quite well and it didn't take over my life. About a year ago I noticed my anxiety towards certain situations get a lot worse - I would get an overwhelming feeling like I was trapped/in danger and I just wanted to escape the situation as fast as possible. Then about 8 months ago I had a big of a frightening experience which brought on my first ever panic attack. After this the doctor gave me beta blockers which I didnt find helped really.
Since then I have had much worse anxiety to the point where its almost unbareable some months. It got to the point where I would start panicking and get that overwhelming sense of the feeling that I was in danger just sitting in a waiting room, or standing in a que in a super market, or just sitting with friends - even though I knew I was perfectly safe it was just like my brain was convinced I wasnt.
Anyways dont want to go on and on but I eventually spoke to my doctor about this and I was put on citalopram. I have just taken my 7th day pill so ive offically been on them a week. The first few days I could not sleep at all, the first night I felt like I was on a different planet just completly wide awake even though I felt exhausted. When I did eventually fall asleep I would wake up about an hour later having a sort of panic attack in my sleep - it was all really weird. My sleep pattern is just getting back to normal now, I still wake up a few times but its not as bad. I still feel a bit sick and dizzy at times but its definitely improved. I also do feel spaced out sometimes but that too has worn off quite a bit. So its been 1 week and I do still feel anxious and panicky when I feel as though im in a situation I cant get out of fast. I know it said it takes a few weeks to start noticing a difference and I know its common for the anxiety to get worse before it gets better but I was hoping other people could share there experience.
How long it took to notice a difference? And does it actually stop you from having panic attacks? There are certain situations that I find almost unbareable at the minute because they bring on my anxiety and usually make me have a panic attack. At the moment I just cant imagine this medication helping me to the point where I can go into these situations/places and not feel panicky. Do they work like that?
Also I am planning on starting CBT to deal with my anxiety towards certain situations. Has anyone got any opinions on this? I am open to anything but a huge part of me doesn't believe that its going to help me.
Side note: I was put on a 10mg dose. I see a lot of people say they are on 20mg. Should I ask my doctor to put my dose up? I am not depressed at all apart from feeling down about being anxious.
Sorry about the super long thread, any replies would be appreciated.
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