I have never really dealt with anxiety before. About 4 days ago I saw a very disturbing video, why I watched it I dont know, but since then I have been having like a non stop anxiety attack, I went to the doctor and told them what was wrong, they asked me alot of questions, and I told them I just feel constantly nervous or anxious, my stomach has been in knots it seems ever since. They gave me a prescription for xanax (.25), and it seems to only help around the evening time, for the rest of the day I feel like all I want to do is sleep, just so that I dont feel those feelings of anxiety, I have never felt this before, so confusion and worry are making this very hard for me. I haven't been able to eat at all, I basically forced down a bowl of soup a day, I just cant eat. The mornings for me are really difficult, well the doctors made an appointment for me to see a psychiatrist but its not for another week, is this anxiety? Or maybe something else. Any info would help, I have been studying any and all info on the net just so I have a good understanding when I got to the doc.
Went to see the army physician today, it lasted about 5 mins, he asked what was wrong, and he asked me if I cryed throughout the day, which I told him I did occasionally. I got my xanax refilled, but he also said that he thought that it was depression, so he just put me on lexapro, he really didn't seem to care to much about the fact that I hadn't ate a full meal in about 4 days. He said that to just take the lexapro and come back in a week. Well in 4 days I have a visit with a phsychiatrist for the first time, I was just wondering if I should take the lexapro with the xanax? Or should I wait to see the psych? The army doctor didn't seem to really care, he rushed me to the pharmacy line as fast as possible. My wife got very upset at him for not addressing maybe the fact that it could be something physical, or anything else. Oh I called the psych office just to ask then what I should do, they said that I should do what I feel comfortable with, the only thing is, I have never been in this situation before, so comfortability isn't common lately, and it scary with all the side affects that the lexapro list. Any help would be great. Thanks
I would so like to eradicate some drs!! take just one for now (stick with what you started with) since you'll be seeing the psych soon. Hopefully he'll be abit better (not likely to be worse - I hope!!)
i would also think whether this film you saw may have bought up something(s) that happened in the past (maybe when you were very young that you have bureied (rather than rememebering & dealing with them?? This could explain why it happened when it did & the severity - it may also help you to help yourself. If you open up your mind to the possibility that there's something your mind has chosen to bury but which is now causing all these problems then it may help you (or help the psych help you) to remember.
Appreciate the response and am looking forward to go to the doc tommorow. I have been feeling a little better the past few days, but am looking for a solution, dont really want the meds to be my happiness. Thanks again.
Hi jamesc, I hope your doctor appt went well. If you really want to try and solve your probvlems without meds, you may want to try cbt. I have been an anxious person most of my life and was on meds for this until I got involved in a cbt group at the start of this year and it taught me how to quit stressing and got rid of my depression and panic disorder. I highly recommend getting invoilved in a cbt group if you can. The two books we used in my group are really good and I would recommend them both highly: been there, done that? Do this! By sam obitz for anxiety and depression and mastery of your anxiety and panic-third edition by michelle craske and david barlow for panic disorder. Also I think purple is an expert on different non drug supplements that work well so you may want to try some of those to.