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.

2 Responses to “What is the best meds for anxiety/panic?”

  • Jody says:

    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.
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  • Keri says:

    hmm…..not sure what to say other than keep taking the lowest dose of remeron as possible until you see the doctor again. anxiety is one of those things, you take the good with the bad. if you kill the anxiety you also kill the good part and feel stoned/sedated/out of it most of the time and have general lack of feeling. however if you feel the bad all the time thats not good either. the key is balance and taking a low dose of something non addicting.
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