Anxiety medication vs therapy

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Avatar m tn What kind of medication have you been prescribed? I am a proponent of medication combined with talk therapy when dealing with anxiety. Depending on what kind of medication you are on, in my experience, some side effects can stay with you for a little while (i.e, when starting, stopping, or adjusting the dosage of an SSRI). For me, medication is a useful tool when confronting anxiety, but it is not a 'cure all.' We all react differently to medications, and must weigh the pros vs.
Avatar n tn I have been seeing a good theropist off and on for a few years for depression and anxiety. My preference has always been to not take medication. Recently I've started having panic attacks here and there (elevators, escalators, driving over bridges). In addition, my irritability has gotten much worse. My therapist suggested that it may be time to try some medication, and sent me to a prescribing Dr. He prescribed Paxil.
Avatar f tn My therapist recently suggested the idea of going on some medication for my anxiety. Thats something I have thought of for a while but am nervous to go forward with. I am nervous about the side effects that come along with the medications. I am looking to hear some other people's experiences with medication and what the pros and cons are.
Avatar f tn With me it was a mixture of medication and theraphy. Medication is only about 1/3 the answer. The rest is up the sufferer. To want to take those steps out the front door. Nothing major to begin with. I stayed in my front garden to begin with. Until I felt comfortable there. Whole idea was to not run away from the feelings that I hated the most. To let them kick in. And see that they do pass. Just as they came on. It can be a slow process.
Avatar n tn And, whether antidepressants can make people with anxiety experience more symptoms of anxiety. Or, whether this can be considered mania. Perhaps I should send my question to the doctor's forum. Although, every time I try to submit a question, I get a "the doctor is not accepting any more questions" notice.
Avatar f tn The steps I would take to avert syncope are different than for anxiety. I can't constantly be laying down and elevating legs etc when often I find it must be anxiety as my bp will elevate. I am so confused as how to handle this. My drs nor therapy can really give me any ideas on how to cope. Therefore I really am limited as to what I can do. I hope this makes even a little sense. My question is does anyone have this problem and if so how do you handle it?
186166 tn?1385262982 When we suggest that their symptoms are nothing more than anxiety produced, they still have trouble believing that anxiety can produce very real physical symptoms. Below is a excellent list of what anxiety can to someone, both physically and psychologically.
Avatar f tn For 18 years, I've had heart junk. Started with flip flops and they thought SVT but could never catch it. Now I've been diagnosed with PVC's and PAC's and tachycardia. Through all of this, I started having anxiety. Everytime I would have a heart "episode", I would be diagnosed with anxiety. A few years ago I started having panic attacks, with the first one coming on after a heart episode.
4046749 tn?1357107596 I am having the same problem. I suffer from depression and anxiety and was on medication until I found out that I was pregnant. It was almost non-existent during the first trimester so I thought that everything would be fine but in the second trimester the anxiety came back full force. I am currently seeing a therapist regularly and have an appointment with a psychiatrist for meds now that I'm in my 3rd trimester and my OB recommended it.
Avatar f tn Lexapro, Zoloft, Celexa and Prozac are typically the easier tolerated ADs (again, everyone is different). I personally would recommend sticking with the SSRIs vs the SNRIs for anxiety, because due to the fact that their primary mechanism of action affects norepinephrine (aka adrenaline), they are quite activating, and can cause more anxiety.
225237 tn?1333142599 Ie there something I can do at home to determine if its just anxiety??? I brought it to my doctor an she seems to always say anxiety, but I feel like she sometimes just puts it off on my anxiety. I would really like some advice!!
780665 tn?1239030149 Medication and talk therapy usually work best together though but as to whether you need treatment and what medication that would be up to the psychiatrist.
Avatar n tn In my experience, Wellbutrin exacberated my anxiety and I had to take klonopin to counteract the anxiety. Once I took double the dose of wellbutrin by accident and became highly manic. I did have to stop taking Luvox (an SSRI) after several years because it was no longer effective. I don't know about "persistent adverse neurological effects." I have read in passing that long term use of SSRIs can lead to the inability of your brain to produce serotonin on its own.
Avatar n tn If your son's ADHD is managed by his pediatrician, arrange an appointment with a psychiatris to discuss the anxiety. Anxiety disorders can be treated, sometimes by therapy alone and sometimes by a combination of therapy (usually cognitive-behavioral therapy) and medication.
Avatar m tn i dont want to go on medication i just need to talk to someone and tell them how the anxiety started and what natural ways i can cure my anxiety. This doctor works in the hospital and my family doctor said hes one of the best. i dont know....
Avatar f tn I sense you have hesitations about anti anxiety medication. Understand. But, your goal is to start tamping down the anxiety, and you will need medication to help. Please don't google your symptoms and the meds.........we have all done it. No real payoff to that activity. You know it. I believe much of what I googled in early days just made it harder for me to finally get help. I got a great deal of support from people in this forum, and hope you will return here to tell us more.
Avatar f tn If that's not the case (and even if it is, you can still struggle), consider therapy and/or medication. I'm not saying pop pills, especially while pregnant, but there are some safe ones you can take that can make a difference. Look at it this way: Depression and Anxiety Disorder are illnesses. Your body doesn't make enough "happy" chemicals or makes too many "anxious" ones.
1684282 tn?1505701570 and causes problems with loved ones. When it comes to addiction vs. dependence, addiction is truly a disease, whereas dependence is a state. Addicts are dependent on the drugs they take, but the inability to control themselves is what turns dependence into addiction. When an individual becomes addicted to a drug, whatever the reason they began taking that drug in the first place, a point is reached where nothing matters to the addict but obtaining the drug and getting high.
915775 tn?1243253530 If i have an empty stomach it starts working within like 5 minutes, if I have recently eaten, it takes a little longer... another key to anxiety medication is to take it when you start to feel even a little anxious, don't wait until you are having a full blown attack, taking it sooner could prevent the attack from even happening... Maybe this helps, maybe it doesn't...
1551327 tn?1514049467 When I started having anxiety problems I went with therapy alone for several years while my phobias got worse to the point where I went on medication. The two drugs that helped just stopped me from getting new phobias but didn't help get rid of the old ones much. Still, that was better than nothing. But I also got the usual side effects. The tricyclic gave me dry mouth and constipation, and took a while to get over the sedation.
Avatar f tn But you might be going through a withdrawal from wellbutrin. Wellbutrin is for depression, it can cause anxiety, although since yours didn't come for six months it's hard to say. But if you're going to be on a drug, with your symptoms, better lexapro than wellbutrin, though you could try therapy and natural medicine first. Just feeling stress and sadness is no reason to go on medication.
Avatar f tn I WILL tell you that both Zoloft and Lexapro are very good choices for a medication to start with, to try for anxiety treatment. Zoloft remains the most commonly prescribed antidepressant for anxiety, and Lexapro is probably a close second. I personally have been on both meds, at different times, and both were very successful for me. Both are also typically fairly easily tolerated by most, which is why they're also good choices to start with.
Avatar n tn paxil is about the worst thing I have ever experinced. If I could do it all over it would be in bed crying instead of on the floor crying because the paxil.
20003388 tn?1515169640 Provigil is the only stimulant type medication that keeps me awake and doesn't cause anxiety and or panic attacks. I do also take Prozac and Cymbalta but the Prozac and Cymbalta are blunting the effect of each other due to liver enzyme competition. I am tapering off the Cymbalta and will be asking for a dose increase of my Prozac tomorrow since I'm only on 20 mg.
Avatar n tn Additionally she is prescribed her medication by her GP, and she sees a therapist weekly for her therapy (which she loves). Is this the right combination or should she be seing a Psychiatrist for the Medication and her psychotherapist for the therapy? Was their some recall on Paxil that could explain the sudden change in medication? How do you feel about Paxil Vs. Effexor XR, and about changing medications without a dire need to do so?