I tried antidepressant (sertraline and fluoxetine) last year and both turned be into a jittery sobbing mess.
I have left 2 jobs due to the anxiety, I have been out of work for about 4 months and feel fine, but I need to get back to work. I have been offered an interview and can feel the anxiety coming back already.
I find them invaluable for keeping me physically calm. I usually get anxious to where I shake and my throat closes up and my heart races, which sends me into a panic. I've been taking propranolol for about 6 months now and feel much better. It doesn't help with the emotional side of things but I find I can cope with my emotions much more easily when I don't have a physical anxiety reaction to deal with too. Good luck.
I haven't taken beta blockers but have never had patients report in manageable side effects either. Do you think the gastric effects might be your anxiety rather than what I assume is propranolol? It's worth noting that propranolol is exceptionally safe and can be taken for years without any problems so don't let worries about potential side effects stop you from getting some relief from your anxiety. If you feel you're getting nowhere then please be sure to go back to your GP.
the stomach problems are definitely caused by the anxiety, I haven't tried propanolol yet just anti d's which made me sick as a dog and a nervous wreck.
is propanolol just to help ease a racing heart or is it helpful for all anxiety symptoms? the loss of appetite is a massive problem because if I dont eat enough I feel faint which then sets off a whole new bout of anxiety, its like a vicious circle.
Sorry, I misread and thought you were already on propranolol. It will help with the physical symptoms of the anxiety - racing heart, heaving stomach, sweaty palms, etc. What it won't do, as someone else has already pointed out, is help with the cause of your anxiety. For this you really should try a talking therapy. Have you given mindfulness a go?
I found it helpful when I was at the point of panicking about going out because I thought I would have a panic attack. If I didn't need to worry about hyperventilating and my heart exploding out of my chest I found it easier to deal with what was actually worrying me. It's a weird artificial feeling of calm but it helped me get places just thinking I was going to die rather than actually feeling like I would because the panic was so bad.
It did make life difficult with my pre-existing Raynauds though.
The mindfulness book I recommend (and use myself) is A Practical Guide to Peace in a Frantic World by Mark Williams. The paperback comes with a CD, I think an MP3 version is available on Audible, which guides you through a number of meditations and exercises.
Sorry, I didn't get back on-line yesterday. I initially had a dry mouth from propranolol but that passed fairly quickly. I was finding as well as heart rate, shakes etc that my throat would become really tight, to the point of not being able to swallow food, with anxiety. The propranolol has helped all of the physical symptoms and I'm seeing a counsellor to support my emotional well being and work through the issues causing me anxiety in the first place. I'm a long way from being better but it's much more manageable.
I've found them a godsend for situational panic attacks.Been having these in eg work meetings. I would also be fine if only I didn't have to work! They give me reassurance that the panic won't spiral out of control and I'll aopear calm. They do make me a bit tired and dry mouthed so I don't take them often but definitely turning off the physical anxiety calms me mentally too.
Been on Propranalol for 7yrs now and they help me live a normal life. I take them every day as driving sets my attacks off. On 10mg strength tabs & survive quite happily on half a tab per time now. Only side effect is tiredness but I work long hours so would be tired anyway. They stopped me becoming a total recluse as I was close to agoraphobic when I started on them.