shooraijin wrote:Just a few things to keep in mind (although I am an MD, this doesn't replace discussion with your own physician):
Four days would be a very short trial of SSRIs (this medication class includes Lexapro, Prozac, Paxil and Celexa), and initially some people certainly can have substantially more side effects than others. Those effects usually calm down about 1-2 weeks into taking it. If you and your doctor agree it's worth it to you, I'd recommend one more try for a little longer. If after two weeks you still had unacceptable side effects, it's certainly worth trying another. One of the weird things about SSRIs is that people can be completely fine with one and driven up the wall by others, even though they are closely related medications, so don't assume the whole group of them isn't going to work for you.
There are other antianxiety agents but some of them have more drawbacks than the SSRIs and a few can be habit-forming. The SSRIs are the best ones to start with if the anxiety seems to be really interfering with your life.
You've certainly had a lot of medical hits recently. Having that throat infection and a reaction to those antibiotics and then getting walloped with mono is no fun. But I think it's better to chalk those things up more to bad luck than some medical diagnosis you're missing or something awful that's brewing. You've got classes and you've got a lot going on and all of that is stressful, even when it's good.
Let things calm down a little and then see where you are. I'll pray for you regardless.
IPv4 wrote:If I had a psychiatrist and that person gave me drugs I would switch psychiatrist (unfortunately probably most of them will give you drugs).
my main issue with anxiety medication is it kinda makes me...out of it?
I've just suddenly realized mortality exists....and I guess it's a scary concept for me to grasp?
shooraijin wrote:my main issue with anxiety medication is it kinda makes me...out of it?
I suspect this is something you're noticing mostly with the benzodiazepine class (that includes Klonopin, as well as Xanax, Ativan and Valium). These can be somewhat sedating, and they have a similar depressant effect on brain chemistry as alcohol would (and can be similarly habit-forming).
Buspar is a little different and I think it's safer than the BZDs, but its effects are variable and it can be nearly as sedating in some people.I've just suddenly realized mortality exists....and I guess it's a scary concept for me to grasp?
I know exactly what you mean.
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