Posted by Molybdenum on March 19, 2008, at 22:18:48
In reply to Crushing Anxiety!, posted by Bud on March 17, 2008, at 21:54:05
I tried to post a reply to this earlier so if it turns up twice - please ignore my repetitiousness.!
OK - I take 1/4mg Xanax too sometimes. But I find that just keeping one 2mg tab in my pocket is a good security blanket. I know if I get REALLY anxious, I can just take it. And more often than not, I don't need it. Maybe this would work for you too?
Secondly, I read recently that clonazepam is better for generalized anxiety. It takes longer to work & takes days to get out of your bloodstream. The idea was that if you simply pop a fast acting Xanax when you feel anxious, you're more likely to think "thank god I had a pill with me".
Whereas if you take the longer acting & "less instantly noticeable" clonazepam for a period of a few weeks or whatever, the idea is that you are less likely to attribute your "handling of a stressful situation" to the drug & more likely to think "hey, I coped with that situation well".
The more positive experiences you accumulate without directly attributing them to a pill taken immediately beforehand, the more your confidence goes up & generalized anxiety goes down.
Nice idea. Maybe discuss it with your doc..?
Good Luck :)