what is the best course of action now really need help !!

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basically iv been suffering with anxiety for years but only had two episodes which have greatly affected my life causing me constant derelization and paranoia the first time this was drug induced and i recovered to near normal in a year by exercise and vitamins i was fine for a few years until recently everything has got on top of me and iv suddenly developed the whole bag of symptoms from running out of places to feeling constantly derealised and feeling faint my head feels like a bag of mashed potato that is been whipped about everyday i went to see a psychiatrist who gave me sertraline and lorzepam for the anxiety i haven't taken the sertraline yet as i am scared of anti depressants and i took the lorazepam the other day and now i feel like i will die at any moment i thought it was supposed to chill me out anyways so basically now i am without any medication and extremely anxious as to what to do i need to be in university doing my work but i feel like everytime i get in there the place feels unreal and i begin to freak out i cant live like this its begginng to make me feel alone and like my life will never be better again sad i have also developed a sexual problem ie no erection which is causing me great problems too and stress just need some support or guidance as to what meds are best for derelisation and getting myself normal again 

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    Hi Richard. Can I ask how old you are first? I am a 38 year old guy. I've been on sertraline for 2 years now and it's been a kite saver. Had my ups and downs with getting to the right dosage and waiting for it to start working efficiently but over all it was not to bad. ID recommend sertraline over other anti depressants. Also ask your doctor for clonezepam as an anti anxiety while adjusting to the sertraline. Really long lasting and does not make you a zombie. I also never encountered any erectile problems on either drug. What's causing your problems down below?

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      im 26 years old and currently training to be a teacher its becoming increasingly difficult to function in society sad with the constant drealisation that i feel and the flight and fight feelings of dizzyness im not sure whats causing my erection problems but could be the fact im constantly anxious ?? i will ask for the clonzepam if that will help my head just feels mashed like i will either go fully insane or just die at any minute !! its a brutal feeling to endure so that could be why im not able to have sex and stuff like that 

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      Hi Richard. Be assured you are not alone, not crazy, and will not die. Best thing right now is to come on here and express how your feeling to others. There is a great network of people on this site. It makes you feel alot better to know other people are experiencing the same feeling. It's hard for anyone that has never gone through this to understand because we barley know how to explain the feelings we feel. Try not to worry about your problems downstairs though. Your a young guy and doubt if anything is wrong except for the anxiety and thinking about that will just make it worse. Once you get on the right medication and balance it out I assure you it will come back. Do you still get a morning visitor though?

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      yeah i always wake up with a morning member unless iv had a bad spacy night of brain zaps then it dosent happen actually had sex last night twice which was good so at least i know its in my head that is affecting it and not my diabetes but my head is still completely out of wack my doc today said i should take sertraline but i am really worried about taking a anti depressant but he said i could have a imbalance in my brain which wont really be cured natuallrly this time ie vitamins and exerceise hence the derelisation is becoming worse and worse last night i literally felt like i would lose total control of my life and thanks to one remaining Valium i managed to warn off the feelings somewhat but still in a right mess !! 
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      The reason I was asking about your morning woody was because if it was physical you would not achieve that in the morning. This means it's just physiological. A good thing to do and I'm not being disgusting but every morning toss one off and that will help you realise this and make you feel much better about that. One problem solved.

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    You have to give the meds time to work. It will not work within one day. Also, meds usually make you feel worse before feeling better.. Be prepared to be on them for AT LEAST a week and feel worse before you start seeing effects of them. Sexual problems are also common with anxiety so you'll get over that one.

    Keep in mind we all usually have to try different meds before finding the right one. I'm on my third anxiety med before finding the right one, and I'm still not even sure about this one.

    If you don't feel as depressed as you are anxious, speak up and tell them you want something more specifically for anxiety, not depression. But buspar, Zoloft and lorazepam are all great, along with Xanax but that isn't really recommended for daily use.

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      Benzos are typically good for anxiety but tend to make you feel spacey, sometimes a bit unreal and can worsen feelings of depression too, they can also cause impotence for some men.

      Not everyone suits benzos but the reason your doctor gave you that is because in the early weeks of treatment Setraline can cause increased anxiety, it gets better but a lot of people find that difficult to cope with so come off Sertraline before it has a chance to work, the Lorazepam is intended to offset the anxiety symptoms caused by Setraline.

      You say you took the Lorazepam the other day, Lorazeapam has a half life of about 12 hours, after 12 hours about half is out of your system, after bout 24 it is gone, no more effects caused by the drug itself but perhaps by the experience of taking it and feeling worse and honestly I do understand how traumatic it is.

      But here is where you need to take a little step foward, the drug is gone, the experience hasn't but you will need to go back to your doctor and explain what has happened, be honest, it's the best way, you need to expain your fear of meds and explain the bad experience you had with Lorazepam.

      There are many,many medications available but it is trial and error really, also explore the therapy route, it is very beneficial.

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    You need to take the medication that has been given to you, your GP and hospital has decided you need some treatment and are introducing a treatment plan.

    We are not Doctors or Specialists, we need to bow to their decisions, please take your mediations

    BOB

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    Hi Richard. If you don't mind me asking, was the first episode recreationally drug induced? I myself am suffering due to taking a recreational drug once and I would love to talk to someone about it.

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      the first derelisation / paranoia episode was caused by weed smoking once i stopped and went on vitamins and daily exercise it all went away but took a year to get better but this time its becoming really difficult as this time it isn't drug induced its from stress and anxiety most likely 

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