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Nervous about trying medication

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Swampkandy

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Hello all,

Long term diagnosed GAD/social anxiety with possible conversion disorder sufferer here seeking advice.

I have grown up in a very anti-pharma family so have always sought alternative/talking therapies before conventional medicine but have pretty much exhausted this now.

Mindfulness helped the most but only to an extent - now my doctors are persuading me to try anti depressants but I am so nervous about trying them after all the stories I have been told (whether they are true or not I do not know...).

Next issue is I am a bit of a hypochondriac when it comes to pills and possible side effects... useful huh?

Anyway ... long story short - does anyone have any advice/experience on how to make the jump and try medication? It would have to be something that does not impact driving.

Thanks in advance and hope you are all well.
 
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blacksmoke

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meds are only a small part of the picture. it helps if we start to change our habitual thinking and responses that are unhelpful. that is where i would start
 
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Lazz

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Hey, I have GAD and have recently been prescribed antidepressants. In my experience they've been really good, they've reduced my anxiety a fair bit. The only side effects I've had are minor such as tiredness and a dry mouth. Different people react differently to different meds but my experience has been fairly positive. They did take a few weeks to start working but they've defo taken the edge off. My family were really not happy with me taking them at first but I think they've come around a bit now. Hopefully yours would too. I don't drive so idk if they would effect driving but I don't see why they would :)
 
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SPCH97124

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I will advise you that you have a healthy, stress-free and calm lifestyle. Which can help you to recover depression and anxiety related problems. for example, you should eat only good healthy food and you should do exercise. You can take massage therapy and do some yoga positions. as well as you should avoid stressfully lifestyle.
 
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RueBea85

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Different medications work differently for different people. I know a couple people who have anxiety, and they take a medication that I have tried and it works for them, but it didn't work for me at all.

I think it would be best to try a medication if you think that will work for you. It sounds like you have tried all your options, so medication may be the next best step for you. The only thing with taking medication is it can take about 6 weeks or so to start feeling the effects, so it can take a little while to find the right medication for you if the first one you try doesn't work.

I would say that the most important thing to remember is not to become discouraged and that these feelings (the way the medication works on you) is only temporary. If a medication doesn't work, you can always taper off of it and try another one. Just be as honest and open to your doctor as possible, and make sure to have follow up appointments, so you can let your doctor know how you're doing and if you're experiencing any side effects.

Some medications may only give you minor side effects. Another thing is your doctor will probably try to start you on a medication that has the most minimal side effects to start off with. So, hopefully you won't have to worry about the side effects that much. I hope some fo this has helped! I know taking medication may be a little daunting at first, but you'll soon get into the habit of taking it, and it won't seem like such a big deal down the road. I hope you are able to find something that helps you :)
 
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