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Alcohol/Anxiety
Feb 8, 2004
:bouncing: I have some questions............

I have had anxiety and panic since I was probalby 15 years old; having an attack, "flipping out", two or three times a year. Never felt the need to pursue help.

It got bad when I was 27, after a break up of a long term relationship, I lost it (which I beleive is normal). I went to a Dr. and received Paxil. It helped, I got over [email protected]?-head, I stopped taking Paxil.

Now, three years later, I'm flipping out every day for no reason (which is NOT normal). My dog barks, I want to strangle the poor thing. My boyfriend puts his arm around me without my realizing it and I have the instant reflex of a curled fist. Bright lights and loud noises make me want to destroy their sources in a hail of shattered glass and fire!!!!!!!!!!!

Sorry. Anyway, can untreated anxiety get so intense like this? I mean, has it actually gotten worse, this bad? Or does it sound like something else, like mad cow or some other brain wasting disease? I just feel totally out of control all of a sudden with really no reason. It's scaring me!

The Dr. said my blood work and heart were fine. I told him it must be anxiety then , he agreed. My Dr. gave me buspar and lorza something (ativan). After 2 weeks the buspar did nothing but make me a walking zombie (even more irritable), but the ativan (to be taken at time of anxiety) is wonderful, no side effects at all, it just makes me feel "normal" again.

I saw in a recent post "Sickman" said some people can't take these drugs as needed, I'm starting to think I'm one of them. This drug makes me feel wonderful, but when it wears off, I'm a nutcase again. Regarding addiction, I'm well aware that someone who needs a drug to treat an illness is medically dependant, not addicted. But what effects does long term use have on your body (i.e. your liver)? I can't seem to find this info anywhere.

I also know that there is a physical dependence with long term use of benzo whatever they are, but are the withdrawls potentially dangerous? Life threatening? Or just extremely uncomfortable and physchologically excruciating?

My other question is, does anyone else feel extra especially stressed out after a night of drinking? (And I mean a normal night of social drinking, not "I can't find my car" or "oh no, where am I?").

I realize that the long term effects of drinking can be psychologically (and physically) detrimental to your health, but I mean just going out and having a few drinks with friends, having a good time, and waking up in a panic with my heart racing feeling dizzy and an impending sense of doom (my neurotic comulsive thing is "pulmonary thrombosis! I can't breathe, I can't breathe! Honey, you can have all of my cd's").

Everything is fine, why am I freaking?! It's a beautiful day, I don't have to work today. But I had to take two pills to convince myself that I wasn't dying and that the plane flying low over the house wasn't actually going to crash into it.

Sorry for the long winded post, anyone?
[QUOTE=pattycake]:bouncing: I have some questions............

I have had anxiety and panic since I was probalby 15 years old; having an attack, "flipping out", two or three times a year. Never felt the need to pursue help.

It got bad when I was 27, after a break up of a long term relationship, I lost it (which I beleive is normal). I went to a Dr. and received Paxil. It helped, I got over [email protected]?-head, I stopped taking Paxil.

Now, three years later, I'm flipping out every day for no reason (which is NOT normal). My dog barks, I want to strangle the poor thing. My boyfriend puts his arm around me without my realizing it and I have the instant reflex of a curled fist. Bright lights and loud noises make me want to destroy their sources in a hail of shattered glass and fire!!!!!!!!!!!

Sorry. Anyway, can untreated anxiety get so intense like this? I mean, has it actually gotten worse, this bad? Or does it sound like something else, like mad cow or some other brain wasting disease? I just feel totally out of control all of a sudden with really no reason. It's scaring me!

The Dr. said my blood work and heart were fine. I told him it must be anxiety then , he agreed. My Dr. gave me buspar and lorza something (ativan). After 2 weeks the buspar did nothing but make me a walking zombie (even more irritable), but the ativan (to be taken at time of anxiety) is wonderful, no side effects at all, it just makes me feel "normal" again.

I saw in a recent post "Sickman" said some people can't take these drugs as needed, I'm starting to think I'm one of them. This drug makes me feel wonderful, but when it wears off, I'm a nutcase again. Regarding addiction, I'm well aware that someone who needs a drug to treat an illness is medically dependant, not addicted. But what effects does long term use have on your body (i.e. your liver)? I can't seem to find this info anywhere.

I also know that there is a physical dependence with long term use of benzo whatever they are, but are the withdrawls potentially dangerous? Life threatening? Or just extremely uncomfortable and physchologically excruciating?

My other question is, does anyone else feel extra especially stressed out after a night of drinking? (And I mean a normal night of social drinking, not "I can't find my car" or "oh no, where am I?").

I realize that the long term effects of drinking can be psychologically (and physically) detrimental to your health, but I mean just going out and having a few drinks with friends, having a good time, and waking up in a panic with my heart racing feeling dizzy and an impending sense of doom (my neurotic comulsive thing is "pulmonary thrombosis! I can't breathe, I can't breathe! Honey, you can have all of my cd's").

Everything is fine, why am I freaking?! It's a beautiful day, I don't have to work today. But I had to take two pills to convince myself that I wasn't dying and that the plane flying low over the house wasn't actually going to crash into it.

Sorry for the long winded post, anyone?[/QUOTE]
Meds are defenitly not for everyone. I was diagnosed with anxiety disorder when I was younger. The doctor prescribed Paxil for me. I HATED it. I refuse to take any anti-anxiety medecine. It made me feel horrible. I would suggest therapy of some sort. I haven't tried it yet. I am not sure what effects of meds are in the long term. As for a night of drinking, I think any alcohol has an effect on eveyone, just some people experience effects especially when people have anxiety disorders. Hang in there pal, I deal with anxiety everyday too.





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