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Yes, I was in a fog 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for almost 2 years. It never eased up; I never had "good" days. It was hell for 2 years.

You cannot give up on the tablets. You cannot have taken very many different meds if this has been going on for 14 months. In order to truly judge whether a medication will work or not, you must give it at least 2 months and preferably 3 months before you can see if it's helping or not.

Have you tried Cipralex (the UK name for Lexapro)? You might also try Cipramil (UK version of Celexa) or Oxactin (UK's Prozac). Give it 3 months...I mean, if you are feeling anything like I was feeling, nothing can make you feel much worse, right? So it can't hurt to give the medication plenty of time to take effect. You probably also want to request something like alprazolam (Xanax) or lorazepam (Ativan) to take occasionally when you're feeling especially scared or tense.

If the SSRI type of medication doesn't work for you after a few months, then perhaps try a tricyclic like imipramine (Tofranil), which is an older med but it worked very well for me for years.

Finally, you have to get it out of your head that you're going crazy because you're not. It may feel like it, but there's a huge difference between going crazy and suffering from anxiety. We've all been there, trust me. Try to turn the tables on the illness and start attacking it instead of it attacking you. Arm yourself with information (everything you can find to read about anxiety disorders) and the belief that you can beat this, and you will. Don't tell yourself that you can't take much more. Instead tell yourself that you tomorrow will be better, and start taking baby steps to get there. You CAN do this!





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