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Re: Anxiety - what else is left?

Posted by Jenna S. on December 13, 2001, at 17:06:08

In reply to Re: Anxiety - what else is left?, posted by JohnX2 on December 11, 2001, at 21:26:26

Thanks to everyone for replying, you have given us some useful new ideas. He took Dr Bob's sub-syndromal epilepsy quiz and came out at 73, so we think the mood stabilisers would be the next best thing to try. He saw his pdoc this morning, who has agreed to screen him for epilepsy and is OK about trying a mood stabiliser, I think lamotrigine was the one he had in mind. Pdoc wants to consult his boss before going ahead so we haven't got the prescription yet.

Xanax would be worth a shot but I don't think we'd be able to get it, because of all this political correctness regarding benzos. It's very annoying. They seem to have it in for Xanax in particular, I don't know why. I think it isn't even offered on the NHS. He's already tried beta blockers (I knew we'd forget something off the list).

Coffee, cigarettes and other environmental things are also going on the 'what else to try' list. He has one cup of coffee per day, but it's fairly strong. He won't want to give it up though, he loves his coffee!

I think he also asked about therapy today as well. It was suggested to him a while ago and he wasn't too keen, but after talking to me about some of his worries I think he has changed his mind and says he might find it helpful. He's had quite a bit of therapy before but I get the impression he found it hard to open up to the therapist at that time. I hope it will be different this time.





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