Patient Comments: Anxiety - Effective Treatments

What kinds of treatments have been effective for your anxiety?

Comment from: nanagoat, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 01

I have had anxiety attacks sense I was a kid didn't know what it was until I was about 21 years old. I feel as if i am having a heart attack. When that starts I feel as if I'm going to die which brings on the full blown attack. I have always been told that I wasn't going to die but that's hard to understand when you have this disorder.This is something that can be controlled through meds, exercise and medical help. However I don't think its something that will ever go away it just gets easier to control. I have found prayer to be the best medicine. I feel for the young people who are suffering from this disorder. I know they feel as if this will never end but take it from someone who has dealt with it for 40 years there will be good days and bad days but you start to have more good than bad. I see where some of you stop taking your medication that's the worse thing you can do. Stay on your medicine if that's what it takes we are know different than someone dealing with high blood pressure or any other illness. Always tell yourself this to shall pass.

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Comment from: Babe48, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 25

I Have ptsd and hyperactivity and also major trauma i have a qq to ask im a drug addict who take suboxone! I notice that it s not enought to calm me down so i took clonipin it helps but im still feel anxiety breathing down some!! I can t sit still or relaxing i move lot !! One thing is bothering me is my mind can t stop running over and over !! What should i do??????

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Comment from: Anxiety sucks, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: May 02

I have tried every drug treatment available. So if have any advice – it is that Xanax works well for anxiety.

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Comment from: somedaysoon, 35-44 Female Published: April 19

I have been dealing with panic attacks for almost a year now. My regular doctor had to retire due to medical issues. Now I am dealing with a nurse practitioner, and she is giving me the run around. I am now worse than what I was seven months ago. I'm having these attacks daily and always feel the “doom.” I got to therapy and have a wonderful support system at home, but without my meds I feel like a total freak.

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Comment from: louiesangel24, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 16

I have struggled with anxiety and depression for 18 years. Effective treatments for me have been Valium, Xanax, Lorazepam, and Lithium. Lithium works by itself but not combined with anti-anxiety medications.

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Comment from: Frustrated in Texas, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 16

I have had anxiety for about 10 years. I have the biggest problem with people not understanding my anxiety, even family. My second biggest issue is my job driving professionally. The medication I take for this disorder does not effect my job, but I can't pass the drug testing. I have taken every antidepressant there is, and they do not work for me. The only medication that works for me is Valium.

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Comment from: AJ , 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 09

I am a man who cannot drink alcohol. I become violently sick if I drink. When I went to my psychiatrist for anxiety, he tried Depakote, which caused extreme heartburn with vomiting. We then tried Cymbalta to no avail. After that, because I am not able to drink and I do not abuse any substances, he was willing to do what I really wanted, which is the old-fashioned type of treatment, including Valium, Xanax and Restoril for insomnia. People have low opinions of these medications because they have a street reputation and can be abused. Some say they only work temporarily. This has not been true with me. I have been taking 1 mg of Xanax daily and 30 mg of Temazepam as needed for sleep for more than a year and they still work with no ill effects. If they are taken as directed, these are the best and most helpful medicines for anxiety, and the only ones that really cut the mustard, in my opinion.

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Comment from: Andy K, 55-64 Male Published: September 09

After two years of medical problems where I was in the hospital more than I was out, I developed general anxiety disorder (GAD) and started to take “benies,” namely Klonopin. This eventually led to an addiction to benzo tranquilizers and the pain medicine (Percocet). After putting this problem to rest, I was introduced to Buspar. After one month, I was on my way to recovery. My GAD, which led to painful anxiety and panic attacks, is under control now and thanks to Buspar, I am clean, sober and really like myself and my life.

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