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Re: I feel detached

Posted by Racer on September 3, 2004, at 17:13:55

In reply to I feel detached, posted by crazychickuk on September 3, 2004, at 16:55:43

Could it be that the physical side of your anxiety and panic are just overwhelming you right now? That can happen, sometimes.

Two ways to approach anxiety: the psychological, if you work yourself up into a frenzy; or physical. If you attack the physical side of it, the over production of adrenaline, etc, it may make it easier to address the psychological. Can you ask your doctor about that?

Also, having just had a frenzy of drugs that didn't work myself, I know that I get too gunshy after a while to give new drugs a chance. Is it possible that you can find some source of support to get you through the adjustment period? Maybe a therapist? Maybe a friend? Maybe a check in call from the doctor's office to see how you're doing? Just something that encourages you to stick with it a little longer, so that you don't miss out on a winner?

By the way, I say that as someone who owes a heck of a lot to two people from this very board who have acted as both reality checks and cheerleaders in encouraging me to give my new drug a fair shot -- despite the fact that I hate the way it makes me feel so much I *want* to stop it most days. I'm glad I didn't just stop, even though I may feel lousy, because I also know that I am responding to it -- just not as well as I would like. And as someone who is going to talk to the doctor at next visit about options for turning down the tap on adrenaline.

It sounds to me as if most of what you're going through has nothing to do with the drugs -- it's the anxiety messing with you. Write down what you need the doctor to know -- that you're dropping meds in days because you're freaked out beyond belief by this point, amongst other things -- ask about ways to hold your hand a bit during adjustment, ask about ways to reduce the physical symptoms of anxiety -- at least temporarily -- and get into that doctor's office. Plan to give the recommended treatment a fair shot at working. Find someone to hold your hand while you start out.

Best luck to you.




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