I am 40 and have had a few bouts of severe anxiety in my life, since my 20's...The last one was after I had my baby 2yrs ago...I went on paxil...All was great...I went off...And bam..8mos later im struck w/the fear again.
Its so wierd how it just comes on out of the blue..Or so it seems...I did experience a miscarraige 3 mos ago, and my husband and I were going to try for another...But right when we shoudl have started trying, I got phobic about trying for another baby( I did tell him this and he was very supportive about holding off)...And about life in general.
I feel so distant from him and my son...I mean I still go thru all the motions but I feel like a 3rd person..Anyway..Im back on paxil for 1 week now..12.5mg..And im still so so so anxious. I did take a walk today and felt a little better...But..Like the topic states...Alcohol at night...Not alot..A few drinks..Is the only thing that has given me relief in the past week.
Im on 3 beers right now...(im not having more...Going to bed).
I know I shoudlnt do this...But my gosh to get a break from the fear, for any amount of time...Is all I want.
You really shouldn't do that.. You are taking a depressant with an antidepressant and it will only nullify the effects of the paxil.. I know you think it helps now.. It probably does but in the long run it's no good.. If you want to relax when you have an anxiety attack.. Ask yourself why you are so afraid and nervous.. You're afraid of being hurt again after the miscarriage.. That's understandable.. But you don't want to drink.. That can make another miscarriage more possible I think.. You said taking a walk helped.. What you need to do is get lost.. Yes get lost.. You need to take a walk.. Listen to some soothing music..Whatever you like..And just go.. Wherever your heart desires and think about anything but having a miscarriage or if your a type of person that likes to sort out their problems in your head and see what you can do about it.. Think about what you will do to get over this fear and think about reassuring things.. Maybe even see a therapist. I hope I helped.
Thx for the kind words and good ideas...I really do know its not the best thing...I guess thats why I posted and why I dont overdo it. I also am trying to avoid taking something like zanax or adavan on a reg basis...They make me tired, and I dont like alot of meds.
But there are better alternatives...Im just so dang sick of the anxiety.
I will call my doc.
That is great that you are going to talk to your Dr., I hope that you will be totally honest w/him. I am sure that you realize that it does take about 2 months for some for the paxil to do what it is supposed to do and you also know that mixing most meds w/alchohol does not help, their are other meds that might work better for you. If this Dr. Does not seem to help you, then get a second or third opinion as you do have this right. Have you tried to sit down with your husband and discuss this w/him. Walking is great w/anxiety, relaxing tapes are good, yoga, I have lived with anxiety for quite a while and I am also hyper and old(lol), it is heck sometimes, I am on effexor and that sort of helps e.M.D.R. Helps a lot of people with phobias and past situations. Try to take some deep breaths every now and then slowly releasing the air out, this helps me. It is great that you have a supportive husband.
Let us know what you find out.
The best to you!
Just want to wish you all the best love.Clearly you have been through alot but hold on to what youve got at the moment in time things will get better.I pretty much been were you are anxiety isnt a nice thing i lived in fear for over 2yrs and began to drink heavy.thanks to the help and support of my doctor im over the worst im wishing you well hun you can do it xxx