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Re: Effexor withdrawal - very bad news

Posted by jeenobeano on December 10, 2003, at 16:08:36

In reply to Re: Effexor withdrawal - very bad news, posted by jenneh on December 10, 2003, at 15:51:42

> Yep, and the greatest thing about GAD is that no one (except medical professionals and people who have experienced it) understand how real it is. "Get over it", 'You'll be fine" HA!!
> I tried to go off the effexor - I actually went cold turkey and had almost no side effects - which was super strange 'cause I had missed pills etc in the past and felt TERRIBLE...but anyways, I just started back on yesterday after over a month free because I was worrying about anything and everything again, the most irrational fact, I would find myself lying in bed thinking up things to worry about. It was stupid and I knew it but I couldnt stop it. I decided that I could not live like that anymore and I went back on. I don't care how long I am on it at this point, because I can't - won't - go back to feeling the other way again.
> I hate GAD!! Does it ever 'go away'?


I feel like I could have authored your post. Seriously! No one understands!

I find that my life is actually worse when I have nothing rational to focus my anxiety on, because then my brain comes up with the most ridiculous things to fixate on. The past year of my life would have been stressful even for people w/out GAD -- I moved to a new state, I had to take the California Bar exam, I had to find a new job, I became the sole breadwinner in my family b/c hubby started a PhD program -- and so my anxiety seemed "rational" to others (hubby, my mom, etc.). But now that things have settled down in my life (got a job and passed the bar, yay!) the worries are getting ridiculous again. It's like my brain is simply hard-wired to worry about SOMETHING, and so if there's nothing real to worry about it will find somethign anyway.

Sorry to get off topic, but thanks for letting me vent.

-- jeenobeano




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