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To Medicate or Not to Medicate? I don't want to, but...
« on: January 03, 2014, 11:20:57 PM »
Hello there!  Since my first bad panic attack hit me on Nov. 1 of 2013, I have been dealing with my anxiety and panic.  At this point, I feel depression has come into the picture, as well. 

What I am struggling with most at the moment is whether or not to take a medication.   I have been seeing a psychotherapist, although only a few times, and the holidays have thrown their monkey wrench into our sessions.  I resume seeing her next week, and I'll also see a shrink proper, who will prescribe me whatever they feel is appropriate.  I am such a believer in natural cures; I want to overcome this mess myself, without the help of any pill.  I read the side effects and withdrawal symptoms of the different benzos and anti-depressants, and I get terrified. 

I am scared most of becoming a different person once I'm on whatever it is I'll be prescribed.  But, I will have episodes or days that are so difficult that I decide I do indeed want something to take.

Anybody else have a hard time accepting medication?  What were your outcomes?  Thanks for reading! :) 
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Re: To Medicate or Not to Medicate? I don't want to, but...
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2014, 07:04:45 AM »
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
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NOTE: I'm not a doctor, and particularly not yours, so there may be factors I'm unaware of. Therefore all advice is of a general nature and you should consult your doctor before following any of it, especially before changing med doses.

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Re: To Medicate or Not to Medicate? I don't want to, but...
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2014, 08:10:24 AM »
Yes, I do have a hard time accepting medication.  However, my anxiety is quite severe; at times I can't even leave the house!!  So, what I decided on is a combination of low dose medication and therapy.  In addition, I've incorporated exercise and eating healthy.  There are certain side effects that I find unacceptable for me, so I stay away from the meds causing those particular side effects.

I'm not entirely against meds, as I do believe they have their place.  However, I don't believe in medicating FEELINGS, which some meds do.  Good luck in finding a balance that works for you!!
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Re: To Medicate or Not to Medicate? I don't want to, but...
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2014, 04:47:28 PM »
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.
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« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2014, 05:31:34 PM »
Thanks, guys. :)  I'm reading all of you loud and clear.  Lately I have been stir-crazy with the flu and not working or going out, so that explains most of my depression, I'm sure.  In my attempts to sort out myself and pinpoint and eliminate anxiety triggers, I have broken up with a close friend that I wish could be my boyfriend, and I'm dealing with that, too.  Like, all the cruddy things that come with a break-up:  I wanna call him, but I don't.  I miss him.  A lot of crying.  Yadda yadda yadda.

Experiencing bad, sad feelings is one thing.  I think that's the main thing here, too.  But yesterday got scary, as I felt very panicky and out-of-control.  However, after crawling into bed and finding this site, I did feel a lot better.  I also called a friend and talked to her for a long time.

I look forward to resuming therapy next week.  I can't expect this break-up to be easy.  There is a light at the end of the tunnel!  I don't think what I'm experiencing will necessitate long-term medication, but I'll be open to what the doctor thinks. :)  Thanks again, everybody!
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Re: To Medicate or Not to Medicate? I don't want to, but...
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2014, 05:35:24 PM »
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.

Unfortunately, anxiety disorders are mostly chronic requiring treatment from time to time. It doesn't have to be with meds, the cognitive/behavioural/mindfulness therapies are also effective.

If meds are your only option then there is a growing argument for staying on them permanently as it appears they become less effective with each discontinuation-restart cycle. Most of the popular antidepressants have few long-term issues, and some benefits, possibly reducing the risk of heart attacks and ischemic stroke and they may also prevent Alzheimer's disease.

Ian
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NOTE: I'm not a doctor, and particularly not yours, so there may be factors I'm unaware of. Therefore all advice is of a general nature and you should consult your doctor before following any of it, especially before changing med doses.

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Re: To Medicate or Not to Medicate? I don't want to, but...
« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2014, 01:15:14 PM »
Look into niacinamide as safe and effective alternative to benzodiazepines. It's classified as a b vitamin with anti anxiolytic properties working In a similar action as benzos. It's non addictive and is used by quite a few people looking to ween off benzos.
Not to mention Niacinamide has shown to be effective in treating tuberculosis and MRSA staph infections. It has a wide range of beneficial effects which accompany efficacy for anxiety. Up to 3 grams is typically used for anxiety treatment.

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v278/n5704/abs/278563a0.html
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/155222/?i=3&from=/6118293/related
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/7913840/
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/7879292/
http://cid.oxfordjournals.org/content/36/4/453.long

If you are looking for a ssri replacement, look into inositol also. It's a b vitamin which has also been shown to work similar to ssris but to not the same extreme. The treatment dose of inositol is up to 18 grams daily, and it takes a few weeks to notice a difference. No side effects other than initial flatulence.
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Re: To Medicate or Not to Medicate? I don't want to, but...
« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2014, 03:55:51 AM »
First of all Anxiety and panic is the number one most curable mental health issue. My mother had it in her 20's for 3 years and actually cured it on her own by facing it and no longer chosing to fear it she is now 60 and has not had one since my sister also had panic and anxiety in highschool for almost 2 years she is now 35 and has not had one since SO anyone on here who has been told or believes it is not curable is very very wrong , They both did it without meds as well. Anyway on the other hand I am on meds for it :( so do I recommend them sometimes you need that kick starter to get things back on track I wish you well
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Re: To Medicate or Not to Medicate? I don't want to, but...
« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2014, 10:47:27 AM »
^^sounds like my family my mom had it for 3-4 years and cured it on her own the only time she ever gets anxious is during her cycle which is just hormones and her sister which is my aunt had it for about 3 years and took Zoloft for 6 months weened off and has been fine ever since ...and this was 20 something years ago ... I think people get a little radical online and specific with terms and stuff... Everyone goes off studies which I'm my eyes doesn't mean ***** ...for people who don't have childhood issues wih anxiety it can just be a learning phase for a lot of us  but on here it seams like everything is a helpless situation and your doomed forever ... People forget that the people who fix their anxiety , don't come back here to post it because they're not concerned with it anymore and are living their lives this is a really great site for people who have questions but could be damaging to desperate suffers who are confused
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Re: To Medicate or Not to Medicate? I don't want to, but...
« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2014, 01:18:41 PM »

Well peeps, looks as if  the Pro-Medication users are in the lead, since we are Home on this Discussion Forum.






Yup.  Medication users are leading!!!!  We say, 'Take our Meds!'




To all my homeys who take SSRIs, Tricyclics, SNRIs, or even MAIOs --- be proud of your psychiatric medications, and know we rock!!!!



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Real men take their psych meds.


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