Hello, I posted in the intro section and thought I would also post in the secrion o think has the most relevance
my name is A.J. , i am 35 and have been suffering from what i believe to be GAD for about a year. Back in Feb 2013, i had what i believe to be a severe panic attack which i ended up going to the hospital for as i had no idea what else to do. my doctor did some blood tests and ekg and decided it was a panic attack. she prescribed me some xanax which i briefly took that night. the main problem is, i have never felt normal since that day. i have not had what i would call a severe panic attack again, but i never feel relaxed and i have what i feel are strange physical issues that are difficult to explain. i thought i would lay them out and see what everyone thinks.
basically as soon as i wake up, i feel like my hands and feet are a bit tingly as i start to think about going to work and how bad my anxiety will be. it is worth noting, it is not my job i am nervous about, but how my anxiety will affect my work. my limbs will sometime feel light and almost numb.....not a physical numbness, i can still feel and what not, more of a mental numbness (if that makes sense). i have a constant intense feeling through out my body all day long i feel it mainly in my head. i feel a bit spacey at times, like everything around me is happening too fast or i am looking at everything from a distance. i have a constant low ringing in my ears which gets louder as my anxiety increases. sometimes the issues are at there worst when i am in a quiet environment. being a software designer i am constantly in a quiet environment at work. when i can keep myself physically busy, the issues are not so pronounced , but they are still there. i do not feel anxious about going anywhere or talking to people and i can pretty much act normal when around people, but i am constantly feeling the above all the time. I feel like I am starting to loose track of time as I feel I am in a constant fog.
i have had no severe trauma to bring this on...it seems to have just happened for no reason at all. the only thing i worry about intensively are the physical manifestations of what i believe to be anxiety. my doctor also prescribed me celexa which tried to take a few times but could get past 2 doses. i tried breaking them down to 5mg but still did not like the effects after only 2 doses.
i also tried therapy , but after a few weeks i stopped, as it was expensive i felt it was going nowhere.
so what do you all think. i would love to hear opinions on my symptoms and what course of action i should take. should i try another antidepressant? should i just keep on trying to beat it on my own? I do have an appointment with a new doctor next week and would like to go in armed with some experienced knowledge from people going through the same.
well that's it i think. Is it possible to beat this without extreme medication? I have started exercising and taking some vitamin supplements (general multi vitamin and fish oil). I really do not want to have to become dependent on an antidepressant