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I'm sorry for all my threads

For 18. Months my anxiety has been getting slowly worse. For the last few weeks its been galloping despite the increase in pregabalin.

I'm scared. I think I need to see a psychiatrists as i take a few different meds and I think a gp would struggle plus my usual gp retired.

I wonder how long I can hobble on. It's very hard to see a psychiatrists now. I have to keep going but every day is worse.

I see my gp Friday. Will talk to her.

I am so scared
 
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With mental health gps can only go so far and won’t be able to give you the time that you need to discuss the problems. I would ask for a referral to a psychiatrist if you don’t think the medication is helping you get any better. You may need some therapy to overcome your anxiety. CBT does help to give you coping strategies.
 
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First, a big hug. :hug:

Are you anxious/scared about something in particular or is it like background anxiety?
 
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Can you identify when it started and what triggered it?
 
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I referred myself online to one of the NHS IAPT providers last week. One of them called me yesterday, another today and I'm going to start seeing one locally for 6 sessions in 2 weeks.

Might be worth trying?
 
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Thank you all for answering. Today is starting a bit better. Fingers crossed.

I know the problem. 17 years ago I had a breakdown. I can't begin to describe it without breaking down in tears. It involved me trying to kill myself. It was horrendous on every level. I was traumatised.

With the right meds I began recovery and went through depressions for many years. They became more and more mild.

Soon after the last one i began to get bits of anxiety. That was about 5 years ago. I had good spells. About 18 months ago it began to get worse. Last October I asked my gp for pregabalin. That worked but suddenly stopped in April.

Since then things have been worsening. A month ago I was given the highest dose of preg.. I know I have to give it more time but the way this is going is scary.

I find this forum so helpful. I can't thank you enough for caring.

Btw. The basic fear is that I will go back to that place of 17 years ago.
 
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Laudanum

I've never heard of that. I will look into it. Thank you
 
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Girl interrupted

I keep trying to like your post but it won't let me.

A big hug back x
 
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I referred myself online to one of the NHS IAPT providers last week. One of them called me yesterday, another today and I'm going to start seeing one locally for 6 sessions in 2 weeks.

Might be worth trying?
I just looked up nhs Iapt. Unfortunately it's not available in Scotland, where I live and there is no equivalent when it comes to self referral. And it sounds good.
 
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I was on pregabalin it apparently (so I was told by my GP) can become ineffective at the higher dosage when you’ve been on it a while book to see your GP see if they can switch your meds. Thats what I had to do when I was on the high dose.

Big hugs and hope you find some relief from the anxiety x
 
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From what I believe a tolerance can be built up with Pregabalin making it less effective. I am on it also. I would ask your GP to refer you to a psychiatrist so that a review can be made of all your medications
 
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I just looked up nhs Iapt. Unfortunately it's not available in Scotland, where I live and there is no equivalent when it comes to self referral. And it sounds good.
That's a shame, sorry I assumed it would be available throughout the UK.
 
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No worries Laudanum. The NHS in Scotland is managed by the Scottish govt. Usually things work the same, but not in this case.
 
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I've had to cut out 2 of my shifts from the charity shop. I get so tired. I do 2 shifts in 3 different shops. But this one doesn't know the extent of my illness and so that makes it harder. The other 2 do and make allowances.

I don't know why my anxiety has got so bad. I was really happy there a few months ago.

I get scared. I intend to see a psychiatrist. I must put that into place.

I do not understand how my anxiety can get worse and worse for no reason.
 
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I find in general my level of anxiety for no reason can be higher in the summer, I don't know whether that could be a factor for you.?. I hope you manage to sort out about seeing a psychiatrist x