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Please help- I am stuck - Thank you

Posted by Jeffrey on May 21, 2004, at 16:02:08

Hi everyone,

I have posted here before and received thoughtful responses. I continue to be having problems so here I am again...

I have had obsessive thoughts and chronic uneaseiness and anxiety since my wife had an x-ray during the pregnancy of our new baby girl. I worry that the baby may get cancer from the x-rays. I can not seem to get it out of my head. For your information, although the literature is volumous and often inconsistent and generally has some methodological flaws, there is good evidence that there is some increased risk of cancers. Even knowing that the risk is very small, I cannot seem to get on with my life. I have a great wife, beautiful new baby and a good job. But I cant enjoy them. I am continually anxious and have a low-level depression.

I have been on Effexor (up to 250mg) and I am now on 80mg! Celexa while moving off the Effexor. I also take clozepam as needed (about 1 mg a day.) I have tried Remeron but did not like the spaced out feeling and neurontin which was not effective enough. I have tried CBT and may try it again. It has not been that succesful but has helped a little.

What can I do? I want to start to enjoy my life again. Any med augmenttaion you can suggest.

Please keep in mind that I am a practicing lawyer with many resposibilites so I have to be "on the ball". I am just going through the motions of life with fear and no pleasure.

Thanks very much and good wishes and health to you all,





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