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I am such a believer in natural cures; I want to overcome this mess myself, without the help of any pill.
Anxiety disorders and depression are diseases of the brain caused by the effects of chronic stress hormone exposure which damages brain cells. So called 'natural' supplements, which are often anything but natural, can help in mild cases, but the only treatments with a good track record for more severe anxiety and depression are medications or the cognitive and/or behavioural and/or mindfulness therapies. Both antidepressants and the therapies work by inducing neurogenesis, the growth of new brain cells. Benzodiazepines, OTOH, overcome anxiety by increasing the effectiveness of the brain's 'calming' neurotransmitter system which is also damaged. The brains of people with anxiety disorder have fewer benzodiazepine-GABA complex binding sites, and the ones they do have are less sensitive. If your anxiety only peaks occasionally rather than daily then the benzodiazepines may be all you need. They are the most natural of the anti anxiety meds.Be aware that beyond a certain point anxiety disorders and depression become chronic conditions which may wax and wane, but don't ever cpmpletely resolve though long remissions are possible. Neither antidepressants, benzodiazepines, or therapy are cures, only treatments.Ian
This makes me so sad. Because of the statement I bolded, I wonder if most doctors advocate lifetime treatment for those on medication. My doctor told me that since this is my 2nd bout of severe anxiety that I should stay on meds for 3-5 years then taper off if I so choose. If the anxiety strikes yet again, he recommends medication long term.
you'll take an antibiotic for a cyst but you won't take a medication for your MENTAL health
I had a long weekend car ride and trip to take with five other people, so I didn't take it on Saturday.
My doc recommended I take 50 mg to start, and after maybe a month to up the dosage if needed.
Today has been pretty freaky. I went to the grocery store in a fog. My anxiety is kicking HARD. This is the hardest it's hit me since I started the stuff. Perhaps my skipping the Saturday dose has something to do with it, but honestly, I'm glad I didn't have to deal with this in the van full of people on the 9 hour ride.
I'm also going to call my doc and ask if it's ok to go down to 25 mg for now.