I am an anxiety sufferer. Social anxiety in particular but generally just feel fearful all the time and get stressed so easily. It's impacting work, family, everything and honestly has defined my adult life to be honest.
I started a new job about 18 months ago, nothing particularly high flying but a good job for me and one I should be able to cope with but the cracks are starting to appear and I'm terrified of being a disappointment or getting fired. Or people thinking I'm awful. I feel such a failure.
I'm on a low dose of sertraline which has helped somewhat in the past but I find now if I have a higher dosage it gives me a permanent headache. I know it's prescribed for both anxiety and depression and although I do get both, anxiety is really the driving force for me.
I'm utterly sick of it and I feel desperate to find something that works, that really helps me enough so that I can cope and not feel miserable all the time and not keep fucking everything up because all I want to do is run away. What medication is available? Will I just be given SSRIs or is there something more effective out there?
I'm on a waiting list for some counselling and have been for six months now. I've asked about support groups but they are all during work hours so I can't do that.
Can anyone give me some advice? I'm at such a low ebb, this has been an issue for years and years and I'm in despair that I'll never be able to overcome it and start actually enjoying life.
You need to discuss it with your GP, I found that Flouxitine (ssri) didn't help with anxiety at all but Mirtazapine (snri) really helped. The most amazing thing for me was seeing an nlp ( neurolinguistic programming ) therapist privately.
Thanks! Yes, I've contacted IAPT. I live in Bucks so I think that's Mind? That's who I'm waiting for counselling with. They only have one evening slot a week, the rest are during the daytime and I can't take time off work regularly like that.
I took Citalopram years ago and hated it so maybe not that one. Will ask about beta blockers.
What's an SNRI?
I get slightly confused about why antidepressants are usually what's prescribed for anxiety. Are there not medications more specific to anxiety?
I asked a CPN why antidepressants for anxiety, he said its because anxiety and depression are very similar with similar processes involved. Snri is seratonin-norepinephrine/noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors. CPN said very similar to ssris but not the same.
Ah ok, thanks. I could probably do with less adrenaline! I guess I'm just a bit dubious as I've taken the meds before and I am now, and I'm still an anxious mess. Going to discuss options with my GP...which I'm really nervous about!
Are there any evening mindfulness courses? I'm starting one this week. Fingers crossed it's useful. I contacted IAPT and they'll see me in about two weeks; I feel so lucky and relieved. Gp this week said no meds for me. They don't recommend it for anxiety/panic.
I used venlafaxine years ago for anxiety with mild depression and it was excellent. That's an SNRI. I self referred to IAPT for CBT and pay privately for counselling - stress related which is easing as the stress goes . I also use headspace for meditation and distraction. Getting to the root of it is the key.
Thank you. Maybe an SNRI would be better for me too. Absolutely agree about getting to the root of it. It's time I did. I really hope with time I can get over it and feel more comfortable with myself and life.
Different meds work better for different people. Sometimes it takes a few goes to get the right one. Mindfullness is reallt helpful and for me something called eye movement integration with an nlp therapist was amazingly helpful.