BETosca Posted September 4, 2008 Report Share Posted September 4, 2008 Hi all-I am new here, but unfortunately not new to anxiety. From the time I was a young teenager, I have suffered with it on and off. I don't have panic attacks, but I do suffer from persistent ruminating and often catastrophic thoughts (maybe an element of OCD there?). Usually it involves worrying about the future, specifically of my kids.speaking of my kids, they are dd (8) and ds (6). Dd was diagnosed a few months ago as ADHD (combined) and Gifted- all that together makes her an incredibly smart but demanding kid. She is not the *reason* for my anxiety, I was bent that way long before her after all, but going through the assessment last spring set me off on a months long episode of anxiety that is still ongoing. What makes it all so crazy is that she is happy, she is doing very well in school (so far the giftedness far outshines the challenges of adhd), and is all round doing well. but, I play so many 'what if" tapes in my head it makes me nuts.The phrase "give me an inch and I'll take a mile" describes me perfectly, unfortunately.My anxiety manifests itself mostly in ruminating worrying, insomnia, irritability, forgetfulness. When it's really bad I don't eat because I simply don't have the appetite.I don't have a psychiatrist, I've always been treated by my family doc. In the past I have been on SSRI's (zoloft, effexor, cipralex), ativan as needed, and zopiclone to help me sleep. I have done zoloft twice- the first time, about 12 years ago, I had virtually no side effects and it really helped. the second time a year and a half ago, I had bad gastro effects, no desire for sex, and it heightened the anxiety in the first week. so, doc switched me to cipralex, which was far better for side effects. I stayed on cipralex for almost a year, but it made me feel flat and unmotivated, and I didn't feel like I was really dealing with anything. I wasn't in therapy either though at the time so I'm sure that was a factor.I last saw doc. in early summer. given that my anxiety has been mostly episodic in the past, he felt that a benzo (ativan) and a sleeping aid (zopiclone) would be the way to go. at the time I thought this was a good plan. but, over the summer, the anxiety has been more constant than episodic and I'm wondering if it's time to move on to an SSRI or something..btw...a question about ativan dosing if anyone can help...it says I am to take 1 mg twice daily "as needed", which means when I am in an anxious episode. Does "twice daily" mean every 12 hours, i.e. upon waking and at bedtime, or twice during my wake hours (just wondering because he also gave me zopiclone for sleeping). thanks everyone...any and all advice would be muchly appreciated Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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