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hi everyone my name is kelly, i have been trying to decide which board to post on because my symptoms and situation actually fall under multiple boards. anxiety right now seems to be the biggest problem, so i chose this one to start (lucky you guys)...and thanks in advance because i'm not sure where this is going....

here are the basics...
1) i started drinking when i was 13 and am a recovering alcoholic (10 yrs sober by the grace of God) drank for 17 yrs heavily (addiction and recovery board)
2)since 15 or so have battled depression and started antidepressents about that age (depression board)
3) i suffer chronic pain due to gynecological issues and will for the rest of my life which is controlled at this time with the narcotic Norco (pain management)

anyway i figured the more background the better chance you guys can help me get through what is happening now....
i went to school 3 yrs ago and graduated last summer...it stressed me out so badly i ended up on blood pressure meds. toward the end..and had multiple times where i just broke down crying due to the pressure of exams and check-offs etc. i just don't handle pressure well...i was wanted to quit so many times by made it through.... anyway...my first job was a terrible experience and i ended up walking out...after 3 mos. they have since dissolved their company it was so bad...in april i began a job ...and it is a nightmare.....mass chaos...no mangagment communication...they recently changed to 12 hr shifts from 8 so i'm there 15 hrs. by the time everything is done...i'm a brand new graduated so i'm still trying to do everything "the right way" and am having a hard time dealing with "the short cuts" the other staff takes...so i'm always behind...anyway enough of the sob story information....

heres my question...i have been going to my Dr every 2 weeks since i had a breakdown at work about 1 month ago...crying hysterically to the point of sobbing and hyperventilation....first visit he added buspar for anxiety,(because i've been having spells where i swear i'm having a heartattack due to the pressure in my chest and its almost like i have to think to breath)...
i haven't been able to fall asleep (skipping aroung here) for the last 2 years because my brain WILL NOT shut off and everything just keeps spinning through my mind so i'm on ambien...Dr. added amitriptyline to current ambien...now i sleep a few hours at least

and put my on "Pristiq" for depression


i was scheduled to work wed and called off...because when i get ready to go...its as if i physically cannot...i get sick to my stomach and can't breath...

back to the Dr. yesterday...now started me on AMBILIFY ...and took me off work for 1 week then i see him again...I AM SO SCARED...he says he feels i either had or am having a nervous breakdown...but that i also my be bipolar??? i'm so confused???and scared and nervous...oh also i was wondering i anyone has ever felt "disassociation" its almost like at times when i talk its really loud and sometimes i feel like i'm sort of watching my life like i'm there but not really??? ok i'll shut up, if you have ques please ask...if anyone can even relate it would help me soooo much....thanks for listening...kel
Kelly,
It sounds like anxiety not bipolar. You may want to see another Dr. for a second opinion. Are you seeing a psychiatrist or GP? Some of the meds you're taking could be upping your anxiety and with your history of addiction I would think a Dr. would be very careful what they prescribed to you. You might also think about looking for another less stressful work environment. That place sounds like a "zoo" and would stress out most people. There are many people on this board that know alot more about this and I'm sure they will chime in with other advice. God bless and take care.
Abilify (technical name of "aripiprazole") is a form of atypical anti-psychotic that is primarily prescribed for bipolar mania and schizophrenia. However, the atypical anti-psychotics can be used for other conditions, usually when other "more common" medications for those conditions haven't worked. For example, my doctor recently started me on Abilify, even though I don't have either bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. I have OCD (as well as Asperger's Syndrome and panic attacks), and I have what is known as "treatment-resistant OCD." I've tried three different SSRIs (two different Zoloft trials, Lexapro, and Prozac), and I've also been through three rounds of CBT, and I have yet to find relief from my OCD. The atypical anti-psychotics are now beginning to be used for OCD and other non-psychotic conditions, because they help with abnormally high levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine.

Benzodiazepines are anti-anxiety medications, such as Klonopin, Xanax, Ativan, and Valium. Some people take a benzo each day, to keep anxiety at bay. Others, myself included, only take them when their anxiety is unmanageable; I take Klonopin as needed for extremely severe panic attacks. It is the decision of you and your doctor as to which method works best for you. :angel:
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