posted on Sep, 23 2009 @ 05:31 PM
So I was diagnosed with severe generalized anxiety disorder around 6 months ago. I was first prescribed effexor, but being the person that I am, never
filled it and found ways to cope with my panic attacks on my own. I just hate pills.
Anyway, two months ago my world crashed around me. I lost my awesome house, my job, and my girlfriend. On top of all that I had to move back to my
home town to deal with my parents again. Boo hoo, I know, but it caused a total shift in my anxiety. It was now a different animal altogether.
The panic attacks got worse, but again, I thought I could deal. I messed up a few job interviews then because I had some of the worst panic ever,
which caused me to practically pass out. I began using Xanax in EXTREMELY small doses, which worked for single outbursts of panic. I would be good for
the day and so I could function.
But again, I never took the Xanax unless I needed it. Absolutely needed it for something. I've tried my best to continue to battle the anxiety by
myself, but I caved today, and without insurance, went to my doctor. I only did this because I was feeling like I was losing touch with reality and
could no longer live my life to the fullest anymore.
So he prescribed me fluxotine. I have read up on the stuff pretty substantially, but nothing will ever convince me that a drug is going to be good for
me. He explained that I needed to treat underlying depression to deal with the panic. Makes sense I guess, but this guy is a general practitioner.
He's not a head Dr., so why is he prescribing me head meds?
Anyway, has anyone here had to try fluxotine? Has it worked? Did it cause any problems? What "feeling" am I going to experience when it actually
starts working? I heard it takes many weeks to begin taking affect, is this true?
I hate pharmaceuticals, but I'm at a loss right now without insurance, so I need to try something. I don't want to become a robot, but honestly,
robot is better than what I am now.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks BTSers.