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I have been alarmed at how easy it has been for me, in the past, to get a prescription for anti anxiety meds! I did need them, as some people do. But now I know there are alternatives.
Three doctors, at 3 different times, I went in and said "I'm really anxious and feeling depressed", they asked a few questions then wrote me a script. At the urging of a friend who is a nurse, I requested xx mg of xanax for immediate relief, which he did without batting an eye. I really did need help, but he had no idea I wasn't Dr shopping (it was my first visit to him EVER).
I still struggle sometimes, but have used natural means to help, and I believe that diet has a huge impact on mental health.
A very good quality B vitamin supplement is helpful with anxiety. Taken while having an attack you will notice almost immediate help.
Drugs are the easy way out than dealing with the problems in everyday life . However people can be lazy and just want a quick fix that requires no effort on their part while the root problem is never dealt with .
Halt any caffeine use for a month and see how you feel.
Not a good idea to flush meds. Crush them and put them in the garbage.
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Man, I have those exact symptoms. I feel like I cannot get a good breath, and sometimes that becomes worse to where I go into a full panic. I have been struggling with anxiety off and on for 18 years. Sometimes I will go for a long time before the anxiety comes back. I have been prescribed Prozac in the past. I took it for a little over 3 years. I weaned myself off slowly. I did have some zaps and some other hard to describe symptoms, but it wasn't too bad. I have been prescribed klonopin off and on for years as well. I have to say that it works great for me. I try not to take it unless I absolutely have to because I don't want to become addicted. I am prescribed 1 mg, but I can take .5 mg and that seems to help a whole lot.If I take more it still works but I will become pretty tired. So far I have been able to do it this way and not become addicted. Just knowing that I can reach for the klonopin when I feel the anxiety coming on strong helps keep me from going into full panic. I know this method will not work for everyone, and I have probably been lucky not to become addicted to it yet. My new doctor just prescribed me Lexapro 10mg, and it is sitting at the pharmacy. I just don't want to get started on another med. Sorry about rambling on, but What I am really interested in is how I can change my diet and other natural things I can start doing to see how it might help. I don't want to be dependent on any meds and if changing my diet and doing other activities can fix my anxiety patterns , I would be so happy. If anybody can share some of the specific things that have helped them that would be great! Whatever I learn, and whatever works for me I will most definitely share with others.
Having these anxiety disorders and panic attacks are no way to live. Thanks so much for sharing. It means so much. I am going to start with cutting sugars back.
Has anyone had an experience of panic after exercising hard? I have had some times when I felt I couldn't catch my breath and that was frightening, and it keeps me a little worried about exercising too vigorously. I know it sounds like an excuse not to exercise, but I am going to try to build up my stamina slowly this time and see how it goes.
Any other tips?
seroxat. zopiclone. without them things can get... difficult.
Strawberries- eating and smelling Strawberries increases Serotonin in the brain. So instead of reaching for my zepams, I'd lovingly eat a handful of strawberries. Also, bananas contain Tryptophan-a protein that increases serotonin production.
Try to get a good sleep, or atleast a good rest
Eliminate coffee and sugars.
I hope this helps someone, anyone.