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Worriedgirl88

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My previous thread shared my anxiety story lately. I have a fear of tablets but i was so desperate i went to my doctors as i wasnt eating sleeping shaking having horrible panic surges in morning crying all the time felt so overwhelmed. I told him my fear and he suggested a lose dose of propanalol to get rid of the adrenaline and help. We scheduled a 2 week review. I was told to throw away the leaflet dont read side effects and just take them. So i did and they have been helping. Im eating again started going out i still felt funny and weird but it was improvement.
So i went back for my review and was so proud of myself for taking them then the doctor just spent whole of my appointment trying to get me to go on antidepressants. Its like he isnt listening its really the one tablet i dont want and im trying to help myself and even started counselling.

Now ive come away and back to how i felt 2 weeks ago i think its because im scared that the doctor said it maybe i do need them but i really really dont want to be on them.

Can anyone provide me of some hope where they manage without antidepressants? Thanks
 
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Hello Worriedgirl

It's encouraging that you responded so well to taking Propanolol - you say you're eating again and going out - those are great strides towards getting your life back and well done for getting over your phobia and taking them. Propanolol is a beta-blocker that slows your heart down so you feel far less distress - but it doesn't address the cause of your pulse racing in the first place.

When people suffer the crippling anxiety that you have described, the Serotonin levels in the brain aren't stable - this is why you get these overwhelming feelings and emotional outbursts. Taking a tablet to regulate this will reduce those feelings of anxiety and take away many of the horrible symptoms you described...and the blanket term for any medicaton that does this is 'anti-depressant'.

I know that you are afraid of medicine having side effects - but what could be worse than the shaking, crying, loss of sleep, appetite and independence that anxiety has brought you?

Your anxiety is not a 'natural' state - your body is under extreme duress because you're living in a state of permanent panic. Managing your serotonin levels will give your body a break and allow you to sleep normally again and take a break from being pumped with adrenaline.

You might not like the idea - but if your pancreas was failing you, then you would have to accept you are a diabetic and take insulin. This is no different.

In answer to your original question - I personally don't know anybody who has recovered from an anxiety disorder without medication. I do know people that have taken anti-depressants and come off them after a period of time and recovery.

It sounds as if your doctor is giving you the best, possible care and my advice would be to trust him.

Sending lots of love and well done for taking the beta-blockers. xxx
 
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Hello Worriedgirl

It's encouraging that you responded so well to taking Propanolol - you say you're eating again and going out - those are great strides towards getting your life back and well done for getting over your phobia and taking them. Propanolol is a beta-blocker that slows your heart down so you feel far less distress - but it doesn't address the cause of your pulse racing in the first place.

When people suffer the crippling anxiety that you have described, the Serotonin levels in the brain aren't stable - this is why you get these overwhelming feelings and emotional outbursts. Taking a tablet to regulate this will reduce those feelings of anxiety and take away many of the horrible symptoms you described...and the blanket term for any medicaton that does this is 'anti-depressant'.

I know that you are afraid of medicine having side effects - but what could be worse than the shaking, crying, loss of sleep, appetite and independence that anxiety has brought you?

Your anxiety is not a 'natural' state - your body is under extreme duress because you're living in a state of permanent panic. Managing your serotonin levels will give your body a break and allow you to sleep normally again and take a break from being pumped with adrenaline.

You might not like the idea - but if your pancreas was failing you, then you would have to accept you are a diabetic and take insulin. This is no different.

In answer to your original question - I personally don't know anybody who has recovered from an anxiety disorder without medication. I do know people that have taken anti-depressants and come off them after a period of time and recovery.

It sounds as if your doctor is giving you the best, possible care and my advice would be to trust him.

Sending lots of love and well done for taking the beta-blockers. xxx
This is good advice. I have dealt with this anxiety for over a decade and taken a few different antidepressants. They tend to make my depression worse so I am not taking them anymore. I take a small dose of a benzo when I have a panic attack or anxiety that becomes overwhelming.
I was told I have a resistance to SSRI's. I am not willing to try anything more. It's frustrating.
 
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My previous thread shared my anxiety story lately. I have a fear of tablets but i was so desperate i went to my doctors as i wasnt eating sleeping shaking having horrible panic surges in morning crying all the time felt so overwhelmed. I told him my fear and he suggested a lose dose of propanalol to get rid of the adrenaline and help. We scheduled a 2 week review. I was told to throw away the leaflet dont read side effects and just take them. So i did and they have been helping. Im eating again started going out i still felt funny and weird but it was improvement.
So i went back for my review and was so proud of myself for taking them then the doctor just spent whole of my appointment trying to get me to go on antidepressants. Its like he isnt listening its really the one tablet i dont want and im trying to help myself and even started counselling.

Now ive come away and back to how i felt 2 weeks ago i think its because im scared that the doctor said it maybe i do need them but i really really dont want to be on them.

Can anyone provide me of some hope where they manage without antidepressants? Thanks
Hello. I have taken different antidepressants over the years that worked for a while but then made me worse. I don't want to go through it again. I find it helps to walk and be active. I tend to isolate because of my anxiety. You are not alone.
I think it has helped me to find a therapist to talk to a few times a month. Talk therapy is very helpful.
I still need to visit the psychiatrist for meds. I have changed doctors if I don't feel at ease. Hang in there and keep trying to find what you need. I wish you the best.
 
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Thanks everyone. I understand antidepressants help a lot of people but im just saying personally i dont want them. I did try sertraline a few years ago and they were awful (and yes i gave them time) i am doing a bit better than i was and ive started counselling but i still have panicky days esp going places. Im due to fly for my sisters wedding soon and it feels overwhelming and horrible and makes me want to cancel coming but im maid of honour. I guess i just wanted some hope that it can be done without antidepressants . X
 
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Thanks everyone. I understand antidepressants help a lot of people but im just saying personally i dont want them. I did try sertraline a few years ago and they were awful (and yes i gave them time) i am doing a bit better than i was and ive started counselling but i still have panicky days esp going places. Im due to fly for my sisters wedding soon and it feels overwhelming and horrible and makes me want to cancel coming but im maid of honour. I guess i just wanted some hope that it can be done without antidepressants . X
I feel the same way about antidepressants and after going through different ones, I decided they didn't help. Some are resistant to them, I was told.
Wishing you the best and I understand how you feel about taking the trip. May you find all goes well and you enjoy your sister's special day.
 
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