Anxiety

I've been diagnosed with anxiety and depression and take medication. My anxiety is described as 'severe' and I've never had a not anxious moment that I can remember. My anxiety makes me extremely paranoid and I often worry something else is wrong. I've recently been having suicidal thoughts and that makes my anxiety worse. Sorry about the tangent. Sometimes it just feels better to put it out there.

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  • I think you are wise to say everything about your situation right up front. It saves a lot of time while we try to pry out of you the facts about your situation! ;o) Can you tell me about your meds? What are their names and doses? That helps, too. Do you have a suicide hotline number handy to call should your thoughts get really intrusive?

  • I take 100mg of Zoloft (recently taken down from 150 after the thoughts came up) every morning and carry Vagisil with me for emergencies (panic/anxiety attacks, suicidal thoughts, etc)

    I do have a hotline (it's saved in my contacts) I also have a text line to a Crisis Counselor center that I really like.

  • Wow! That text line is great! You have what you need and more in the counseling department! How long have you been at 100 mg or more of the Zoloft? Have you passed 6 weeks? I'm not sure why you mentioned the Vagisil. How does that relate to your mental health? Are you on anything else for your severe anxiety? Like a mild tranquilizer?

  • I've been on the 100mg for jut over 7 weeks now. I'm sorry that was my mistake I called it the wrong thing, it's actually Vistaril. The Vistaril is my tranquilizer. It's an antihistamine (much like benidril) and is often used for severe allergic reactions but the psychiatrist recommended it for me because is inhibits the chemicals that cause anxiety (I forget what they're called). The doctor explained is a lot better than I just did but that's the basic idea. So I take it when my anxiety is so bad I can not function and it makes me take a nap and then I wake up feeling a little bit giddy and loopy, but not anxious. Sorry about the confusion, it was totally my fault.

  • Okay, thank you for clearing that up. The Vistaril is news to me. It's being used for it's sedative properties. And the Zoloft may still work better for you as you stay at your current dose and the weeks go by.

    You said in your opening message that you still have suicidal thoughts and you worry about whether you have something worse that's wrong with you. So far I don't see it but what are you basing your fear on? Do you have any symptoms you haven't mentioned?

  • I don't sleep. If I do I only sleep for about 2-3 hours a night. It can be really hard sometimes, especially with school, to get through the day. Everything and everyone, in my eyes, is a threat to me. When I try to think about it from a logical point of view it makes sense that this is all my anxiety but when my anxiety talks it thinks there are worse things going on. I wasn't in a good place when I wrote that first post, my anxiety was extremely high. I'm not sure if that makes sense?

  • Yes, you make sense. Your paranoia is alerting you that this is something more than just anxiety IMHO. Paranoia is not simple anxiety. It's a new dimension. Have you told your prescribing doctor about this? You could be on inadequate medicine that doesn't treat the paranoia so please be sure that your doctor knows about it.

    Your doctor needs to be a psychiatrist so hopefully he/she is that. S/he also needs to know that your sleep is inadequate. Something like Seroquel/quetiapine will treat your problem and give you better sleep so help IS available to you. But you need a qualified doctor, not me, to prescribe the best drug for you. Please call your doctor asap (Monday) and report whatever you haven't reported that I've just mentioned to you. I don't mean to suggest a drug to your doctor so leave that part out please. ;o)

    I think you'll feel better after your doctor makes the necessary changes to your meds and you get some time on the new one(s).

  • Okay I will tell her that asap. Thank you so much for the help.

  • Sure. And will you get back to me and let me know what she decides to do for both problems? If there's something new for me to learn I don't want to miss it.

  • Of course!

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