Originally posted by I_bRAD
I tried the meds route and it was a really bad idea.
My advice: Stay away from the benzos (ie. Atavan, valium, xanax... basically any drug whose non-brand name ends in "am")
Those are addictive and they'll cause more trouble in the long term.
Originally posted by HouseHeadSacha
I disagree. They are "habit-forming" ( its an opiate!) as it says on the pamphlet but they DO help. It is a short term solution but do they ever make you feel RELAXED! Recommended to get "out" of an attack, or if you feel one coming on, or even if you're just feeling too anxious/nervous! (I took clonazepam for a few months, and it worked well.) I remember when I was taking them, I would think to myself, "Why can't I feel like this all the time"? Just so damn chill/laid back/relaxed!---but NOT a headfuck!
Originally posted by phunkymunky
ugh anxiety/panic. i have generalized anxiety disorder. been dealing with it since fall of 2002. it's been the worst thing i've ever gone through. i can't really elaborate on it right now as i need to go to bed. maybe tomorrow. but ya it's been hell and i'm still in hell. about to start a new med. and yes the meds can make things worse but they can also make things better.
ativan was amazing and worked so well when i took it. i had to take it while on vacation last year or i would not have enjoyed my vacation. i've been off work on disability since sept and just returned back and my anxiety is really bad this week.
Originally posted by ~NurSe JibZ~
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Originally posted by Jeffsus
Get closer to baseline. Do not drink caffeine or use drugs, including alcohol and nicotine! Alcohol, nicotine, weed, all these things affect your sober times in unpredictable ways. Withdrawal from them is well known to affect things like anxiety. You need to "get over the hump" which can take quite a while; though for many people an order of a week should be good.
Try to get some intense exercise at least a couple times a week, which will help you to sleep regularly, which helps with anxiety a lot, in my experience.
Eat healthy foods, avoid blood sugar spikes and depressions.
This simple advice is a necessary starting spot for someone in your condition. You also obviously need to see a doctor.