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What helped me with my anxiety (gad) and depression.

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Scribble1531

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So this is my first time posting on a forum like this. I have browser various ones for years looking for advice on anything from supplements and foods to medications and self help techniques.

I tried what seemed like everything. So many other seemed to have success with certain breathing techniques. I was just too high strung 90% of my day to do that. I tried exercise more and the increased heart rate just seemed to exacerbate things. It became clear to me that I needed a way to be calm before any of this would work.

I tried the various supplements, b vitamins, St. John’s wort, some other various serotonin enhancers, fish oil, multivitamins, you name it. If they sold it otc I pretty much tried it. No help came, I’m not against trying these things for others, they do help many people. But my story is more for those others who couldn’t get relief from those routes.

Now next step was to suck it up and talk to my doctor. Too my shock, my first trip in they prescribed me klonopin. I knew very little about it at the time, started with half of the .5 mg pill and what seemed far to quick I felt some relief. I was very happy..... for a while.

6 months goes by of taking half a mg of it 2 times a day and I realize my anxiety is back, so back to google, where I learn what I should of learned a long time ago about the meds, they aren’t working anymore. After only 6 months or so it took a solid 3 months coming off them before I was positive the withdrawal was completely done.

Next I try cannabis, now I had tried it a few times in high school and was honestly not that big a fan of it. But I had access to it, and the internet says it’s a fire for everything lol so why not. First time I try, horrible. Anxiety attack, in fact I would say it was my first actual panic attack I had ever had. It took days for me to calm back down from it. I couldn’t believe how it happened.

So I talk to my grower friend who explains I need to try another strain or possibly other forms to see what helps. Some actually did help, problem was finding the same ones consistently became a real problem and ultimately the random ones causing panic just wasn’t worth it so I gave that one up.

A few months go by and after a couple weeks of a bad funk, it hit me..... am I depressed? I’d been asked by doctors before, but didn’t think I was so naturally said no. I didn’t have suicidal thoughts of any kind. If anything I was overly worried that everything would kill me lol. But I realized I had everything I should want to make me happy, nice things, nice car, a wife that’s far too attractive for me lol. Still just didn’t enjoy things.

So to the internet I go, Learning about antidepressants. Now I was given Wellbutrin years back when I quit smoking. It caused really and anger outbursts so I stopped talking pretty quickly. So because of that I’ve always been against taking those types of meds.

Well looking back I realized, this has been getting progressively worse for years now, maybe more then 10 years. I couldn’t do it anymore. Back to the dr. I explained what’s going on and I need something to get this under control. He tries to go back to klonopin, I refuse. So he decides to try an SSRI,

Enter Prozac, now I’d like to add he wanted me to start at 40mg, I was uncomfortable with that and very nervous about potential side effects (part of my anxiety) so I start at 20mg. About 5 days in I swear I started to feel better, possibly even sleeping better. I’m told that’s not possible and it’s a placebo effect. Ok fine, I’ll see how it goes.

At around day 21, my mom calls me. She lives 1500 miles away so we don’t talk super often, but she without knowing I’ve started any meds. Tells me I sound happier. That my voice just sounds more chipper. I thought that was interesting. But as they days went by I noticed more and more how much happier I was.

It was almost everything, tv shows were funnier, music sounded better, I enjoyed talking day drives through the canyons to the beach again like I used to. It absolutely helped me get my life back.

Now I promise I in no way work for this company lol, I’m also aware not everyone gets so lucky with the first Med they try. But I truly feel like this stuff gave me my life back. I was terrified of potential side effects. I have had none. In fact the sexual side was more opposite. Actually got an increased sex drive from it lol. But results may vary lol.

I just wanted to get my story out there for others who have been afraid to try meds for help. No they don’t all work, no they don’t all work for everyone. But if you’ve had a similar story to mine, it may be worth a try. Honestly I’d cry about an SSRI has done to help my depression and anxiety. But I’ve been too busy enjoying life lately to do that :)

There is absolutely a light at the end of the tunnel. For me it was ultimately a combo of an SSRI and becoming more active and eating better. For others it may be therapy, or other combinations but I went from nearly constant feelings of anxiety in my stomach, feeling tense, getting easily angered, not enjoying things I used to, lost interest in sex and hanging out with friends. It was no way to live and I’m just glad to be able to post a positive story for others. Meds can work, don’t be afraid to try them if other options don’t work. But creating a healthier lifestyle will make huge differences as well!

Let me know if you have any questions!

—- i would also like to note that as of the date I’m posting this, I have been on Prozac at 20mg a day for 10 months. No increase in dosage has seemed to be needed for me so Im not sure if the 40mg would have benefited me more or not.
 
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Scribble1531

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Just want to apologize for all the typos as I wrote this from my phone! 😂
 
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Overthinker420

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Well done you!

Hey there,

I think your story is great! Very similar to mine, as a follow on from what you have said;
I am currently using cannabis and an SSRI in order to manage my depression and anxiety and find this is helping me move forward in my life. I cannot say for sure if the cannabis helps or whether i am using it in an unhealthy way in order to block out certain aspects of my life. But i am getting through day to day problems in a lot more of an efficient way than i have for 10 years.
After 3 months on my SSRI i'm sure the affects have wore off slightly and i am not feeling as good as i was for the first 2 months of taking the medication.
I am so pleased for you that the medication has been a help for you to feel better in your life & hope that some day i will get to a comfortable happy place.
But for now i just take it day by day.
Stay Safe,
Peace out,
Overthinker420:flower2:
 
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emilycooper

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how often to you smoke cannabis to help with your recovery? I find it very relaxing but worry it will affect my intelligence
 
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