I've been on this forum for awhile, but this is my first posting. I am 35 year old mom of two beautiful girls aged 3 and 6 and a wife to a wonderful man. My anxiety all started in 2008 when both my husband and I lost our jobs at a company that when into bankruptcy. My anxiety symptoms presented with feelings as if I was going to loss control and go crazy along with dizziness, sweats, chills, muscle tension, abdominal discomfort, tingling of the extremities, ect. I was devastated and didn't know what was happening to my body. I eventually ended up at the ER and was given some Clonazapam and a referral to Psychiatric Assessment Clinic. I ended up with counselling and working through the issues and weaning of the Clonazapam. I was told it was situational anxiety.
Four years later and I had a mental breakdown; more anxiety symptoms, 20 lbs of weight lost in 3 threes, I could keep anything down. I couldn't function. In and out of the ER a few times with prescriptions for Luvox, Clonazapam and Ativan and referred back to the Psychiatric Assessment Clinic. Remeron was then added to my cocktail, which helped immensely. Now I have a diagnoses of Anxiety Disorder NOS, which I suspect is GAD. I started CBT which was helpful for me as well, and was able to wean off the benzo's. One year later stable and 30 lbs over my normal weight I decided to wean off of the Remeron. I was constantly eating...I think this drug blocks telling your brain that your full. I surely had anxiety about weaning and the side effects but I was able to work through the process.
Present day I am taking 50mg Luvox and for the most part managing any anxiety that arises. In the last year I have taken up Bootcamp and quit smoking which has helped me a lot. In the last couple of weeks I can feel the anxiety creeping back in my life, the fact that I have stopped going to Bootcamp twice a week and have started the smoking habit again in the last month has brought me down and I try to tell myself that I need not to be so hard on myself. I'm wondering if the Luvox is stating to poop out or if I need to increase my dosage? I have signed up for a Introduction to Mindfullness a 4 week seminar that I am attending today:))) I am commited to learning how to manage this disorder hopefully one day without the Luvox...