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Hey everyone...I just want to share with you my story and things that I've tried which may be of some benefit for you all. I suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and generalized anxiety disorder, panic attacks, and bouts of depression, rage, and irritability are BIG factors in this disease. Along with these, I have very little to no energy throughout the day and I have to sleep until noon or later. If I try to exert myself, I get very ill and feel flu like for days on end so its nearly impossible to do anything really productive throughout all of this. Along with this, I am also completely intolerant to antidepressant medications (Zoloft, Prozac, Lexapro, etc) now for some unknown reason.

I've been generally anxious most of my life. I've never been completely at ease in front of others and I always had a sense of extreme self conciousness. Growing up a heavy kid, I was always afraid to look stupid in front of others and people making fun of me. To say the least, its a feeling that never quite leaves you. As a 27 year old adult and being sick as I am, I often wonder if all this anxiety has led me to my illness although most professionals agree that it can't be the sole cause.

Well, I wasn't always this sick and at one point I had a very firm grasp on my problems. I decided to get help at around the age of 23 and started taking Zoloft. The effects were pretty astounding. After a couple of weeks I suddenly starting feeling a sense of peace and serenity come over me like I've rarely ever felt but it seemed to stay with me. I just stopped caring about all the stupid negative things I've wasted some much time and energy on before and my mind just cleared up! The negative racing thoughts gave way to a sense of being OK with who I am and what I wanted to do with my life. It wasn't long before I realized that suddenly I didn't get nervous and irritable in certain situations anymore and I learned to trust myself to accomplish greater things like approaching the prettiest girls and going after the jobs I wanted without fear of rejection, failure, or weeks of hurting if things went wrong.

To say the least, Zoloft in a way allowed me to change my life without fear! It was an incredible feeling and to this day I wish I could still use it. Unfortunately I cannot and all the alternative therapies I've tried gave me the same ill effects so I've abandoned that idea. People tell me to try Cognitive Behavioral Therapy but I don't think it will work for me as it seems my condition is just to physical to over come with my mind. I wish I could reason my way out but I don't think it can be done. I do use self-hypnosis and relaxtion/meditation with some benefit and this does help to temporarily shut off my minds activity however the effects are short lived. Who knows though, with the continued use maybe the effects will begin to add up...time will tell as I continue to try them.

But the take home message is this...if you have no reasonable way to get a grasp on your situation, why not give a medication like Zoloft a try. When I could use it, it worked wonders for me. You can always quit whenever you want to by slowly weening yourself off. If you are now taking Xanax or something like it, a medication like Zoloft will help you get off of that as well. Xanax works well for some but it teaches a bad habit...pop a pill whenever I feel lowsy...that kind of behavior will feed your reliance on outside things when the focus should be on yourself. With Zoloft, yes your taking a pill, but you take 1 pill in the morning when you wake up whether you feel good or not and your set for the day...no bad habits to be made. In fact, many people, including myself, start feeling so good on the medication that they start feeling like they don't even need it anymore. Its kind of funny really and a damn good feeling. If you have questions about these meds, ask me...I want to help.





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