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Then go for the better place
You're assuming it will be better. If it's any worse then it will be the end of me and there's every chance that it could be.
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I know some people are like immune to ever experiencing the worst effects. But how many people are really that lucky?
I’m not...there are three psychiatric medications that immediately presented as toxic to me:
  • Effexor (venlafaxine) - debilitating nausea, feeling of about to vomit, constantly watering mouth, lasted 5 days until I bailed
  • Lexapro (escitalopram) - constant gagging and retching, inability to eat any solid food, lasted 72 hours until I bailed
  • Zoloft (sertraline) - made me so spacey it was unsafe to drive, zero short-term memory, depersonalization, derealization, stopped after 2nd dose
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It seems that most people seem to hit a brickwall at some point and find themselves in a worse place than they were to begin with.
Could you be more specific or give me an example of what you mean?

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I couldn't imagine being in a worse place than I am right now.
I thought that same thing the other day, so I decided to do something about it. I realized that untreated, it would eventually lead to my undoing, with grave consequences, including the potential of my own death.


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Re: Life crushing anxiety

I don't like medications, either. I don't even like taking them for headaches or illnesses. It wasn't easy putting my kids on meds and I do worry a little about them being on them longterm, and starting them myself, but I've realized it's worth the risks. What other choice is there, go through the rest of your life being miserable? When there are options to make things better for you? You don't know what will happen if you take meds, but you know you will continue to be miserable without them, right? I hope you at least try them and see how much it helps you! Where do you get the idea most people end up worse off?
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Re: Life crushing anxiety

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I know some people are like immune to ever experiencing the worst effects. But how many people are really that lucky?
Seems like most people who have tried the anti-anxiety pills here did get good results without serious long term side effects. I've read some complaints on depression meds but I haven't really seen as many on anti-anxiety meds.

My mom has been taking a benzo for a couple years now. Man alive has it made a difference. She did get a side effect. Can't remember what it was but it wasn't that big a deal and the dr. just lowered her med a bit and shes fine again.

I was afraid of the side effects for her too. But then my sisters pointed out the side effect for her not taking the meds is that she might end up having a stroke. It was when she had a mini-stroke we were able to convince her to start taking the meds. Her mini-stroke was timed at a very high stress point in her life so we are pretty sure anxiety had a lot to do with her stroke.

My sisters have had a friend die in his 30s from a heart attack. They think his extreme work stress contributed to it - he never took anxiety meds. I myself have gotten stomach erosion, high blood pressure, all from stress (well, bp is genetic too) which isn't even as severe as I'm sure your anxiety is.

The side effects of not taking meds can sometimes be much, much greater than the meds you do take. You're still young so maybe high bp, ulcers, heart attacks, strokes haven't come into play yet but if you don't treat your anxiety, the odds are they will someday affect you too - before you know it. Listening to how severe your side effect of not taking meds is, I suspect you will have a more painful and short life without meds than with - even if the meds do end up causing some pain and shortening your life somewhat.
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if you look at my signature you find something that fights anxiety effective without any side effects.
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if you look at my signature you find something that fights anxiety effective without any side effects.
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Re: Life crushing anxiety

Absent an Ativan or Xanax, a single cocktail works wonders.

Can't really recommend it, is a crap long-term strategy, and it's harder on the body than a benzo, but any port in a storm, as they say.


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Re: Life crushing anxiety

I know how you feel dude, you have a legit condition and yet are treated as if you're just being lazy or unmotivated. It also sounds like you're depressed, most likely from having to deal with this.

Call your doc and get something, it may not work now but you'll feel better for just even being proactive about it. You can't help that you have this condition, but you can do something to find the relief that you need AND deserve. If you need to talk or just blow off some steam, you can always message me
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