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Re: anxiety........ what works??????

Posted by jtc on February 18, 2003, at 22:05:28

In reply to anxiety........ what works??????, posted by tammy on February 17, 2003, at 23:37:31

> hi all,
> i use to get anxiety attacks that i was able to talk myself out of but it seems every yr it gets harder and harder. i just tried celexa for a week, and i couldnt get past the side effects i have to call my dr. tomorrow and tell him i went off it. i had a headache for three days, i felt i could count my heartbeats just by sitting still, felt at times it was even skipping a beat (thats y i stopped it). Now its getting harder in my mind to distinguish anxiety or heart attack, i feel anxiety everyday, pain (tightness) in chest, arm, pores opening bigger then the grand canyon coming and going depending on my mind set or time of day. if i dont think about it im fine for a couple of hours, soon as something enters my mind i could feel my heart wanting to take off.......... i have ativan, but i dont want to take it everyday, but im feeling i should already. anyone else feel this way? what are some of the anxiety symptoms u have? it seems my anxiety level starts in november on low, then by end of jan., feb, its on high and i cant shake it till end of march for the last 3 yrs....... (weird) i hate to call my doc and say i think im having a heart attack again this year :) i just had an ekg in nov., it was negative any input? experiences? would be appreciated thanks much
> tammy

Hi Tammy,
I have anxiety and panic disorder with some depression. I take Klonopin .5 mg at night. It has helped me. I have taken for a few years now. I also used to take Luvox because my psychiatrist said he thought I have OCD traits because I worry and ruminate about a lot of things so that is why he gave me Luvox. I went off the Luvox about a year ago and am now on Effexor XR, 75 mg and the Klonopin also. I am getting a little scared of the Effexor because of the posts to this board and what everyone is saying about withdrawal when you discontinue it. I might try to go off the Effexor and try something else. But the Klonopin has helped me. Good luck to you. JC




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