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How to cope with this type of anxiety?

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I’m eighteen year old guy currently on Fluoxtine (prozac) 20mg and Nodiril (Risperdone).
I have spoke to my psychiatrist about my feelings and he told me that in this situation
medications are not helpful.

So basically what I feel is social anxiety for example when I talk to someone I have to continuously think about what do I have to stay because conversations are not fluent.As a consequence conversations become boring and I feel uncomfortable. I also feel anxiety about how I look and out of place.Like I’m the odd one out.I started to feel like this when my psychiatric told me that I can stop having Clonazepam 0.5mg. How can I feel relax when I’m talking to someone and comfatable? what helps me? PLease help icon sad How to cope with this type of anxiety?

Go to: http://ecouch.anu.edu.au/welcome Select "social anxiety" for free Cognitive Behavio(u)ral Therapy. An exercise which may help you is called "Act as If." When you are in a social situation, act as if you are outgoing. Talk more; smile at people, ask questions, speak in a normal or excited tone, not a meek tone. Watch some of your more outgoing peers, and imitate the style of their social behavior. (PRETEND that you are an ACTOR, PLAYING a PART). Research shows that when you "act as if" continually, your image of yourself begins to conform to your new behavior. In this case, you will gain self-esteem and self-confidence, and begin to see yourself as socially normal, not shy. You will become more socially successful, and this will motivate you to continue your new social behavior until it becomes a habit. A form of therapy is to go somewhere that nobody knows you, and deliberately make an utter fool of yourself: put on a paper hat, and yell out: "I’m queen/king of America!", or something else ridiculous, (make up your own – have some fun, safely) then get back in the taxi, (warn the driver of your intentions, first) or car, and leave. People will point, and say: "Look at that idiot". Or, possibly in the company of a friend, or family member, on a different train, or bus route to your regular one, call out the names, or numbers of all the stops. It will teach you that, although it isn’t actually pleasant, (EXPECT MODERATE DISCOMFORT/EMBARRASSMENT) you will survive; be stronger for the experience, and the next time (should you need to repeat this type of therapy) will be considerably easier. Remember: "A fear avoided is a fear strengthened; a fear faced is a fear reduced." Regard it as your final test: once you have accomplished it, the barrier will be broken; just don’t go too far, the other way! Learn to laugh at yourself, and give a big, cheesy grin when others see you do something foolish, as we all do, occasionally. It is endearing, if you don’t do it too often. Use positive affirmations: for example: "I am very likable and other people feel comfortable around me".

Write down all of your self limiting beliefs; then write down, or print, in large type/capitalisation, the positive counter of them, (exact opposite) and repeat them and imprint them into your mind. Put it in a prominent position, where you will see it regularly. Most importantly: Force yourself to approach somebody and initiate some sort of communication. Start out small by asking the time, or directions and gradually go bigger. Although there are anti-anxiety medications (anxiolytics) available, these come with risks, and the possibility of side effects, habituation, even addiction, and withdrawal problems, and are unsuitable for young people. Try having a cup of "Tension Tamer", (from supermarket tea, or health food aisles) or make some at home, and cool, then bottle, and drink as needed. C(h)amomile tea tastes better. As with all herbal/green teas, use lemon/lime, and/or a little sweetener (NOT ARTIFICIAL!!!) but no cream, or milk. Xylitol, or Stevia is preferable, from health food stores. Valerian has also been recommended, but some people experience "valerian hangovers". Ensure you know how you react to it, before doing something potentially dangerous, like going out on the roads. The idea is to use the above products like water wings, to provide initial, short term support, while you become proficient in those techniques. Use a relaxation method daily, like http://www.drcoxconsulting.com/managing-stress.html or http://altmedicine.about.com/cs/mindbody/a/Meditation.htm or http://www.wikihow.com Meditate or Tai Chi, Qi Gong, or yoga. Give the EFT a good tryout, to see if it helps you. It is free via the searchbar at http://www.mercola.com "EFT" & "EFT therapists" or www.tapping.com (13 free videos). Professional is best. – There is a version for use in public places, (if you want to, you can claim to have a headache, as you massage/lightly tap your temples, but you would then be restricted to subvocalising: saying it to yourself in your mind: "Even though I suffer from social anxiety, I deeply and completely accept myself."

What is the best meds for anxiety/panic?

I was put on Remeron after checking myself into a mental center for anxiety and panic attacks. I have been through this for over 11 years off and on. Child birth is what sparked it. I have had 4 children and it always came after each child. Scary thoughts and extreme anxiety. I got it when I was pregnant with my last 2 children which is strange. I have been on Prozac,Zoloft,Paxil, and Celexa. Celexa is the one I was on after having my last two kids and it seemed to help after a few months. I was also in therapy for almost 1 year. My anxiety and fear came back about a week ago out of no where. I got so scared I checked myself into a mental place because I knew that would be the quickest way to get meds and see a doctor. She put me on Remeron. I really don’t know why she didn’t just put me on Celexa because that seemed to help in the past. I was told that Remeron works faster. Now I have developed this fear of driving and this depersonalization feeling while driving and it freaks me out. I don’t feel safe while driving because I keep getting this dreamy,foggy feeling when I drive. I don’t know why Im having it. I was wondering what works good for anxiety and panic attacks. The psychiatrist doesn’t seem to want to give me valium or Xanax because they are addicting. She is not the first doctor to tell me that . I feel what’s the point of having those drugs if no doctor wants to give them out. I need some relief.

If pregnancy is triggering these episodes, you may have a chemical/hormonal imbalance causing depression rather than psychological depression.

There are many physical causes of anxiety and depression including: anemia, hypothyroid, hypoglycemia, pregnancy induced diabetes, undiagnosed diabetes, vitamin B-6, B-12 or D deficiencies –

Get a doctor (M.D.) to do bloodwork to check on any of these conditions before taking psychiatric medications which will not solve your depression.

Valium and Xanax (and the other benzodiazepines) were once thought to be relatively safe, today we know they aren’t. Short term affects are tolerance, addiction; Long term affects are psychosis, paradoxical symptoms (anxiety and fear worse than before you began the drug), withdrawal side affects between doses (which makes the condition appear to be getting worse), benzodiazepine-induced dementia, loss of libido and sexual function (often permanently). Many side effects are irreversible, the withdrawal syndrome lasts two full years from the last dose..

The SSRIs only job is to boost serotonin – which may not be your problem at all and can make symptoms worse.

How do you know when an antidepressant is working, how do you feel?

When they start working, what does it feel like?

Well, if you feel relaxed and chilled out. The thing is, even with people with "no mental illness" who try it can get this effect. Its a mood stabilizer, is it helping you with your mood?

You actually have to look out for when its not working:
- Are you crying more?
- is it making you feel weird?
- Are you getting weird thoughts?
- Are you more violent then usual?
- Are you hurting yourself or having suicidal thoughts?
- Do you not feel like yourself, or you don’t feel connected to you body?
- Just things are different, wrong
- Is there anything physically going on that’s weird
(this is when you need to tell your doctor and get off the drug, if you’ve been on it for a while you have to ween off. Its the most dangerous to go cold turkey after being on the drug for a while.)

Typically, its the most dangerous when you start, stop or change dosages to the drug. So you need to look out for these things. The effects of the drug, when they aren’t good effects need to be taken seriously. Doctors generally don’t have the time to educate their patients on their informed consent.

Things you need to know:
-ONLY 1 in 10 people find that its a miracle drug. The rest are placebos, neutrals and adverses
-1 in 4 people are effected negatively by the drug
-The drug isn’t physiologically fixing anything. Chemical Imbalance is a THEORY. Some publications even say the theory has been disproven and that this type of medication is an out-dated method.
-Be aware YOU are Medicating your emotions. Like when some people smoke cigarettes, have a beer, smoke some weed. Just because it relaxes you it doesn’t mean you had a serotonin deficiency. Its nothing like insulin or diabetes. Otherwise people who calm down after a beer could say they had an alcohol deficiency.
-Once you take to the drug you CAN’T GET OFF WHENEVER YOU WANT. Going cold turkey is the most dangerous thing a person could do. Because of the withdrawals. The withdrawals could get really bad, people think its the return of the illness but its the effects of the brain not getting its fix. The withdrawals indicate physical addiction. And for your safety you’ll have to be dependent on it until you’re weened off

This is why this drug is a big choice. There are risks that need to be taken seriously and there is toxicity in these drugs so you don’t want to be on multiple medications.

Just because the FDA cleared it doesn’t mean its a safe drug. The documenting of these drugs for it to pass just isn’t reliable. For clinical drug studies 40% of users drop out and then aren’t counted in the study. There’s something wrong with the system and no one is fixing it. Ex. for the drug Cymbalta reserach study. During the study Tracy Johnson, college student, she didn’t have mental illness history but succeeded in committing suicide. That was induced by the drug and they didn’t report her case as an incident. This type of thing is actually common.

Not only is there risk in suicide but also homocide.
This is a story about Donald Schell, 60 yr old normal, non-violent funny man. Suffered from occasional depression took some Prozac 2 days later shot is wife, daughter and baby before shooting himself. The company making the drug was sued for inducing homicide and the company lost.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2001/aug/09/medicalscience.healthandwellbeing

There’s other cases like this.
Fox new’s report on antidepressants inducing suicide:

Its not that the drugs don’t work for everyone. It works for a very small percentage of people. So if it works stick to it. But if it doesn’t get off it right away because there is a price to pay. Not everyone is going to be suicidal or homicidal but it has been reported the drug has induced these types of tragedies.

Fox new’s reportings were actually what prompted government hearings about the deaths this pills caused. Some doctors only use it as a last resort.

What do you think God would have to say about American drug policy?

Would it be something like, "Why are you popping all this Xanax, Prozac, and Zoloft when I gave you marijuana?"

Aside from the premise of attribution to a man-made authority object and the fact that a plethora of individual human opinions on any corporate or drug cartel sponsored drugs tend to bend or remain stubbornly rigid depending on the hypocrisy addiction of the individual opinionated "don’t do that or else my proxy authority object which lives and breathes vicariously through my control freak human political actions" will do a predictable amount of infinitely uncomfortable bodily abuses not unlike a spousal abuse criminal.

The only difference is this proxy authority figure will only perform this bodily violation once you’ve become maggot fodder and can do nothing of your own volition to prevent this supposed abuse to your dead corpse.

Final thoughts: Society needs to ditch the double standard on drug use, albeit some corporate profitable "drugs" are allowed for consumption under certain age and medical condition qualifications.

Other "free sourced" drugs which are not profitable at the corporate level due to the fact that corporations made sure eons ago that these "illegals" would not be able to legally compete with corporate sponsored drugs then and essentially forever in perpetuity.

A lot of benign drugs like marijuana were framed in blatantly racist terms to emotionally gin up irrational opposition to commodities such as industrial Hemp and it’s THC distant cousin to essentially guarantee Dupont’s most profitable cornered market monopoly for the sole benefit of their Nylon rope patent.

Society needs to stop the selective drug tolerance and subjective punitive drug use/possession statutes and deal with societal drug addiction like a reasonable critical thinking adult would if such
enlightenment were allowed within the current dichotomy of a subjective Corporate drug competition dominated American society.

What are the different types of depression and anxiety meds?

The types I know of are:

depression:
SSRI
SNRI
DRI
MAOI

anxiety:
benzodiazepines
beta-blockers

SSRIs are the initial antidepressants of choice for uncomplicated depression because of their minimal anticholinergic effects. Many SSRIs are also approved to treat various anxiety disorders including generalized anxiety disorder, OCD, panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder.They have the advantage of ease of dosing and low toxicity in overdose. SSRIs are greatly preferred over the other classes of antidepressants for the treatment of children and adolescents, and these agents are also the first-line medications for late-onset depression, due to their superior tolerability and comparatively more benign safety profile. Because the adverse-effect profile of SSRIs is less prominent than other agents, improved compliance is promoted. Common adverse effects of SSRIs include gastrointestinal upset, sexual dysfunction, bleeding, emotional blunting, cognitive dysfunction, and changes in energy level (ie, fatigue, restlessness). Examples include Celexa (citalopram), Lexapro, Cipralex (escitalopram), Luvox (fluvoxamine), Paxil (paroxetine hydrochloride), Prozac (fluoxetine), and Zoloft (sertraline). SSRIs act on serotonin alone by inhibiting its reuptake therefore increasing serotonin levels resulting in increased binding at receptor sites.

SNRIs can be used as first-line agents, particularly in patients with significant fatigue or pain syndromes associated with the episode of depression. The SNRIs also have an important role as second-line agents in patients who have not responded to SSRIs. SNRIs are also approved to treat various anxiety disorders. SNRIs act on serotonin and norepinephrine and increase their levels in much the same way SSRIs work. Examples include Cymbalta (duloxetine), Effexor (venlafaxine), Effexor XR (venlafaxine extended-release), and Pristiq (desvenlafaxine).

A DRI is a type of drug that acts as a reuptake inhibitor for the neurotransmitter dopamine by blocking the action of the dopamine transporter (DAT). The only antidepressant in this class is Wellbutrin (bupropion hydrochloride). Wellbutrin is typically not typically used for anxiety, it is limited to treated depression and smoking cessation. Wellbutrin has fairly stimulating properties and does not cause many of the side effects of SSRIs and SNRIs.

Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) were the first antidepressants discovered, in the early 1950s. They are widely effective in a broad range of affective and anxiety disorders. They are also used in the treatment of Parkinsons Disease. MAOIs irreversibly block monoamine oxidase (MAO). MAO breaks down serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine. By inhibiting the break down of MAO, neurotransmitter levels are increased. MOAIs are not considered first-line treatment for depression because of the side effects, drug-drug interactions, and dietary restrictions. Patients on these medications must follow a low-tyramine diet. Examples include Nardil (phenelzine), Parnate (tranylcypromine), Eldepryl (selegiline), Azilect (rasagiline), Emsam (selegiline transdermal system), and Marplan (isocarboxazid).

Benzodiazepines often are used with antidepressants as adjunct treatment. They are especially useful in the management of acute situational anxiety disorder and adjustment disorder where the duration of pharmacotherapy is anticipated to be 6 weeks or less and for the rapid control of panic attacks. Long-term use of benzodiazepine use is ideally avoided but when it is indicated it can be associated with tolerance, addiction, and withdrawal. However, addiction is actually very uncommon although up to 25-30% of patients on long-term benzodiazepines do become physically dependent (which alone is not addiction). Benzodiazepines are also used to treat insomnia, convulsive disorders, for sedation, in anesthesia, for alcohol withdrawal, and many other conditions. Examples include Xanax (alprazolam), Ativan (lorazepam), Klonopin, Rivotril (clonazepam), Valium (diazepam), Serax (oxazepam), Librium (chlordiazepoxide), Restoril (temazepam), Halcion (triazolam), and Versed (midazolam).

Beta-blockers are primarily used for hypertension and none are approved to treat anxiety in either Canada or The United States, they may be useful for the circumscribed treatment of situational/performance anxiety on an as-needed basis. They may also be effective for certain forms of treatment resistant anxiety. However overall they are not very effective for treating anxiety disorders. Examples used to treat anxiety include Inderal (propranolol), Tenormin (atenolol), Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate), Corgard (nadolol), and Visken (pindolol).

What kind of anxiety or depression medicine do I need? Please help me out?

I have trouble with anxiety. I become anxious and over stimulated very easily. Mostly though I just get anxiety worry about stuff a lot and it is really easy for me to get upset and cry. I have seen a psychiatrist before and she had me on prozac for a while and that didn’t help much. I have atarax to take as needed but I’m wondering if there’s a differnt kind of anxiety and depression medicine that still has few side effects but is less of a tranquilizer effect. I do feel sad sometimes but i guess you could say I just have more problems with being nervous and worrying a lot more than being sad. But the anxiety makes me sad. I just feel kind of helpless because silly things can set off an episode of crying. I want to research some meds with FEW side effects and no possible addiction problems. Oh I also took pristiq for a while but the side effects were bad.

Your best option would be to go back to a psychiatrist. It sometimes takes numerous different tries to find the right medication. I went through probably 12 medications before I found one I felt ok on.

Remember that you are the one in charge of what treatment you get. If you don’t like the way the medication is making you feel, than tell your doctor and ask to try another medication. There were quite a few medications that I took that either didn’t work, or I didn’t like the side effects. One medication I was on for quite awhile, but it made be very irritable and prone to snapping at anyone that annoyed me in the slightest. I told the doctor I wanted a new medication, and was imminently taken off one and put on another.

Unfortunately, there is no one medication that is 100% perfect for everyone. What one person has great success with, another person does not. Everyone reacts differently. It can sometimes take months to find the right medication, it is almost all trial and error.

Talk with your doctor about what side effects you do not want. I once told my doctor I did not want any medication that caused weight gain, and if I found myself gaining weight I was not going to take it anymore. The doctor prescribed a medication with a low chance of weight gain. The doctor is there to help you, and will include you in medication choices. They are more interested in what makes you feel better, and they know that if you don’t like a medication, you are going to stop taking it. They will work with you to find the medication that fits you needs and helps your situation.

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Can you take prozac while detoxing from hydrocodone to ease depression?

A friend gave me a 20mg prozac cause he saw me really depressed after battling hydrocodone addiction after a bad accident where i nearly lost a limb…

Yes. But, it should be a doctor, not your friend, prescribing prozac. I’m in the process of getting clean from opiates and am prescribed 40 mg prozac. There are a number of theories about why antidepressant can help people with addiction problems. First, many doctors believe that people become addicted because they are self-medicating. This was my issue. I was depressed and I found that Vicodin was a great antidepressant. However, Vicodin isn’t really a great antidepressant because you become tolerant and need more and more and stronger and stronger opiates to get the same effect. This is called tolerance. Most doctors now agree that dual-diagnosis patients (patients with a mental disorder such as depression and a substance abuse problem) should be treated for both concurrently. Another reason why a doctor might put an opiate addict who is trying tol get clean on an antidepressant has to do with the way opiates work. Opiates make you feel good because they click into the brain’s reward system – i.e., they cause the release of neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin that make youi feel good. If you use too many opiates you can use up your natural supply of these neurotransmitters. Antidepressants such as Prozac can rebuild the natural balance so you can feel good without opiates.