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[QUOTE=Shy One]I've had social anxiety disorder all my life and have never been on any medication for it. I'm 19 years old and just went to my doctors because I really can't live like this anymore. Anyways, She prescribed me xanax but my mom doesn't like the idea of xanax for some reason. She says there are side effects. I'd rather be on xanax because i've taken it before recreationally (I don't want to tell her that) She would rather me be on Zoloft. People with social anxiety disorder, which would you prefer and why? Thanks. :)[/QUOTE]

Dear Shy One,
I just happened across this post today so I thought I would give you an opinion of course. First of all I will ask a question that I already know the answer to. Did you tell your Doctor that you had used xanax as a recreational drug in the past? Your Doctor can not successfully help you if you are not honest with him or her. You may think that xanax is the answer right now because it works so well for just about anything and also for recreation. I could go into about 3000 words describing xanax, and other benzos but with you this would be a waste of time already. A person that takes xanax needs to be one that wishes they did not have to take anything, not one that may desire it. Your condition needs to be more then social anxiety and you have to be willing to manage at a safe dosage, even suffer though bad times without the thought that you need to increase your dosage. I guess what I am saying is that the prime candidate for xanax is one that fears upping the medication as much as not taking the dosage that they first level out on. You are playing with fire and xanax is way to powerful a drug for just social anxiety disorder. My opinion on a medication for you would be something on the order of prozac other then zoloft but that is just my opinion. I am not trying to be mean to you, I am trying to give you a chance not to be on medication for the rest of your life. You need to be honest with you Doctor so he can do his job and you don't end up with the biggest regret you could have. You have no idea where you are heading with this. Think about this very carefully, you can decieve yourself and everyone else and it can become a living hell, or you can be honest with yourself and everyone else and live again. Your choice, be smart or be doomed. Sorry to be so negative but I'm not going to cut you any slack on something that I live with and you don't even want to go there. This is not a question of medictaion at all here to me, this is a question of doing right or doing wrong. Most people your age don't want to listen until they get into something so deep they can't get out, it is your choice. I hope you are mature enough to make the right one.


Sickman :)

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