Psycho-Babble Medication Thread 270072

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doc treats me like a junkie!

Posted by lovenarcissus on October 16, 2003, at 13:57:39

HELP! having terrible anxiety and panic attacks and my pdoc won't give me anti-anxiety meds because she says they can be addictive...has anyone else run into this problem...they treat you like a junkie when you just want to get properly medicated...i go to the county mental health because i have mediCal, and they're pretty touchy there about writing scripts for things like valium, xanax...etc...i guess alot of HMO or private pratice doctors are different....they are alot more free with what they will write. i don't think i want valium or xanax anyways...i want something to take everyday that will stabalize my mood, not something that i self-administer when i start freaking out, that's a bit too close to self-medicating with a beer to me. is there anything like that? isn't that how paxil works? how about seroquel? i talked to a friend who takes paxil and she gained alot of weight, do all the anti-anxiety drugs that you take daily cause weight gain? how about sexual side effects (i'm a woman)?

i really need relief from this anxiety, i reallly need my pdoc to take me seriously and not treat me like a junkie when i'm trying to seek sane treatment...she prescribed me buspar but she said seroquel is probably more effective for more people but can be takes 2-4 weeks to find out if buspar works, i am having trouble sleeping and can't deal with the prospect of having to try this med before she will try the stronger one, tired of being a guinea pig when i am suffering acute symptoms.

i wish i understood more about bi-polars and anxiety disorder...i feel like i'm overly sensitive to stimulation, or i over-amp for things and get left with this overflow of adreniline which then translates into panic, fear, anxiety, i am a very complicated piece of speaker equipment which is capable of a tremendously sensitive and full range of sound, but which breaks easily and often, and costs alot to fix.

any feedback on how to deal with pdocs, and anxiety meds would be helpful.

also, i am taking topomax...can't take depakote because it got rid of all my anxiety to the point that i was listless and totally unmotivated with no energy and went into debt being was like a blanket that smothered all my emotions, my friends said i was like a shell of myself...i wasn't able to do any activities with my son and as a single mom i have to have energy to be with him...tegretol gave me a rash, nuerontin weight gain...topomax so far no bad side effects, but no good ones either, so i'll keep taking it awhile longer to see (no bad side effects is so exciting!) and try to add an anti-anxiety...i seem to notice that it's the anxiety that knaws away at me and affects the quality of my life most, at least that's what i think now that i'm in the throes of it.



Re: doc treats me like a junkie!

Posted by ProzacPuppet on October 17, 2003, at 3:08:03

In reply to doc treats me like a junkie!, posted by lovenarcissus on October 16, 2003, at 13:57:39

I know how you feel, it confuses me when doctors tell me no they don't, and won't prescribe me valium, even though it was the only med that ever worked for me..and they think I'm a junkie when I ask! but I did and sometimes do still get serious anxiety that really leaves me in a bad state of confusion...and I know valium worked because about a year ago my anxiety was so bad the only way I could get relief was to stay awake for a few days to sedate myself so I could sleep, I had constant worrying thoughts and with all the things going on in the world I was taking it all in many ways. And anyway they told me I was crazy basically for thinking so much and put me in an in patient ward where they handed me valium like it was candy, and it worked, I felt really good again, but then when I got out of there the problem was no doctor would prescribe me valium but they placed me on a whole bunch of ssri's and seroquel, and I just can't stand the side effects of them. Anyway I will tell what works for me now days. I've always been a shy kid that thinks a lot about the world and is careful about the things I do in the world, and I can't see myself being much of a good adult but I now am an adult at 23 and my body needs to do adulty things to keep my brain calm, so I work out a lot now, I'm male and I do a lot of out door exercises every day, and I'm getting to start look pretty good too now and I did some research about what can cause severe anxiety and found it has a lot to do with gabba levels in the brain, so I found a lot of natural supplements that can help support the gabba levels and they do work. I take Gabba, glutamate and this whey protien stuff that has a lot of amino acids in it, I take that in a shake form with banana and milk, and it works pretty good. And also girls work good too, but being at one outside with nature and keeping fit is probably the best thing to do for anixety.



Re: doc treats me like a junkie!

Posted by Elle2021 on October 17, 2003, at 4:47:05

In reply to doc treats me like a junkie!, posted by lovenarcissus on October 16, 2003, at 13:57:39

If you are seriously having bad anxiety and your doctor won't prescribe you an anti-anxiety, find a new doctor-seriously. I know how awful living with anxiety is and I have benefitted wonderfully from Ativan (Lorazepam).


Re: doc treats me like a junkie!

Posted by MamaB on October 20, 2003, at 10:11:55

In reply to Re: doc treats me like a junkie!, posted by Elle2021 on October 17, 2003, at 4:47:05

I have been on Seroquel 100mgm at bedtime for three years. At first I was on a much larger dose, but had side effects, mainly fatigue and listlessnness. However the current dose at bedtime seems to keep anxiety at bay.
Also I second the new doctor approach, however I will tell you that with a large number of physicians,if you walk in the office asking for a SPECIFIC medication by name, you will most likely send the doc's "addiction antennae" up. If they ask YOU what has worked in the past (which he/she should) hopefully you can name more than one. Many mental health professionals find anxiety disorders one of the toughest things to treat properly. Oh yes, one more thing, when a patient has a history of having seen more than two docs for the same problem, and then asks for an opioid (ie Vicodin) or a benzodiazapine (ie Valium, Xanax, etc.) it can look to the new physician like "doctor Shopping", and send up red flags. I hope every thing works out for you!

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