posted on Sep, 3 2012 @ 07:52 PM
I've been through what you're going through. For anxiety I do prefer Xanax. The antidepressants caused me to gain way too much weight, and gave me
a sort of flattened affect (no highs nor lows). As a rule, in the beginning, people are given an antidepressant and a benzodiazepam (such as Xanax).
Then the benzos are used as needed, and the antidepressants are taken daily.
I am no fan of Big Pharma, but when it comes to anxiety and the suffering it causes, along with the way it narrows your life down to nothing, I
definitely go the Pharma route. In the old days, people like us became alcoholics or were hopsitalized for a "nervous breakdown".
I would use the pills as prescribed, and like the other posters said, give it several months. Make sure you don't run out, or you will go through
something unpleasant...not necessarily like a true withdrawal, but more like you feel weird and start getting "brain shocks"...it feels like you're
suddenly falling and then your brain gets these weird shocks to it.
Understand the risks, and weigh the pros and cons. For me, they're a Godsend. As for Big Pharma, still not a huge fan, but some of the older,
tried-and-true drugs can help quite a bit.