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Re: Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) Karalyn

Posted by rainyday on April 14, 2004, at 6:53:33

In reply to Re: Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), posted by Karalyn on April 14, 2004, at 1:05:23

I had been getting treated for depression off and on by a GP for over 5 years. I kept tapering off when I would feel better, then crash, every time worse than before. The GAD manifested itself 10 years ago on an intermittent basis. When I saw a GP at that time, he told me I was stressed out by my job and advised that I change fields. I did, but eventually the panic attacks and anxiety followed me to every job I have had since then. I last tapered off celexa last September under the care of my GP. Within a week of no medication, I hit bottom and depression and GAD struck harder than ever before. I felt like such a loser - hardly any life stresses on me, and I couldn't even get through a work day without bawling and gasping.

My husband looked up a p-doc for me on the internet (I was too frazzled to even look in a phone book), and at my first appointment she dx'd me as bipolar2 and having GAD and panic attacks. That was last October. I have since been on the familiar roller coaster of medications until arriving at my present mix (effexor, wellbutrin, xanax, and ambien). For now, this is working for me. I am seeing a therapist too.

I am probably repeating myself here - sorry. My memory is shot lately and sometimes I do the broken record thing.

Let me know how you are getting on.




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