Posted by Janice1191 on May 6, 2002, at 21:38:50
In reply to Effexor and treatment of Phobias?, posted by wonderfoo on May 6, 2002, at 10:40:36
I have GAD and Panic Attacks. I took a class in California called 'Phobease - Curing Phobias and OCD'. It was the best thing I could have done for my panic attacks.
Do a search for "Dr. Fear" or "Phobease" you can buy the book online. Once you get the book, do the lessons with your therapist.
Meds won't cure your phobias, but CBT will.
Hope this helps.
> Just found this board this morning. I have generalized anxiety in conjunction with a pretty severe phobia of thunderstoms/tornadoes. Here's a little bit of my history: I was on Prozac a few years ago, which worked great for the depression and general anxiety but did nothing for the phobia. Then tried Zoloft, which I had no luck with. I have been "drug-free" for probably a year now, and have tried cognitive behavioral therapy, which helps a little. A few months ago I was given a three month sample of Effexor by my prmiary care physician, which I was resisting taking because I wanted to see if the therapy would do the trick. But now I truly believe that I need the one-two punch of meds and therapy. I was wondering if anyone knew or had experienced how effectively effexor treats phobias? Anyone in a similar situation?
> Looking forward to future posts. Any advice or thought would be greatly appreciated!