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I need advice(anxiety relapse)
« on: May 21, 2014, 11:27:26 AM »
Hey guys,

This will be long, I apologize.  My name is Candace, I'm 22(turning 23 Friday!)

It's been awhile since I posted because I have been doing well.  I do have a couple concerns though and can use some advice.  I have emetophobia(fear of vomiting) and a couple of my coworkers came down with a bug.  Well this past Friday night, I had severe anxiety because I started to have diarrhea and I actually vomitted for the first time in 4 years.  It was only once and now I'm ok.  However, since then, I have been on edge and have had constant anxiety and almost feel like I'm "relapsing".  I think it is mostly because I thought I was "safe" because it is May and every bug I ever had was in the winter(please spare me the stories of getting bugs in the spring and summer lol)

Anyway, I have been taking sertraline 25mg since March of 2013 and it changed my life for the good because I had HORRIBLE panic attacks and hypochondria in the winter of 2012-early 2013.  I thought I had every form of cancer and any disease, even going as far as seeing a breast specialist because I was convinced I had breast cancer.  I started at 50mg and it made me feel like a zombie and as soon as I dropped down to 25mg, I started feeling better.  My main question is: how do I know if I have to move up my dosage?  I really don't want to.  I want to stay at a low dose, but can people still have lower times in their lives no matter what dosage of an antidepressant they're on?  Will this pass? Was it most likely due to me getting a bug which is one of my biggest fears?  I just want some guidance because I want to prevent increasing my dosage.  I almost feel like I am having "PTSD" about the awful anxiety and hopelessness I felt before starting sertraline and I'm afraid it will come back full force.

Again, I'm sorry that this is long and I feel like I'm rambling, but I needed to vent and this site has been so helpful.
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Re: I need advice(anxiety relapse)
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2014, 12:36:57 PM »
I would try not to look back at past anxiety experiences, as you have to look forward and
be positive you are and will get better. If you dwell on the past negatives, it can't help you presently.
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Re: I need advice(anxiety relapse)
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2014, 02:55:49 PM »
Hi Candace,
Setbacks really common with anxiety disorder.  Happens to all of us as these disorders tend to come and go.  Good to hear the SSRI works for you.  I have read posts in the Medication and Therapy section that some have to increase their dose to maintain the good effects.  Why don't you post in that section and see what opinions you get.  Of course your best resource for meds is the doctor so check in with the doc.  Wishing you the best.  Take care
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Re: I need advice(anxiety relapse)
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2014, 04:27:14 PM »
Thank you Marc!!!

And, e77, this only started when I got the bug and there up. It's my biggest fear and I think having it happen traumatized me a little. I'm trying really hard to not up my dosage because I remember how going on 50mg made me feel. I felt like a zombie, depressed and had the WORST anxiety.
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Re: I need advice(anxiety relapse)
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2014, 06:18:10 PM »
relapsing anxiety is the story of my life. ive had anxiety since childhood. Ive had just about every form of anxiety there is. I would beat it then i would later relapse with either a different form of anxiety or the same kind i had before i relapsed. i was on meds for many many years. i would say its safe to say about 15 years. mostly klonopin and luvox. i had tried many other meds and none were very helpful.
i weaned myself off of all meds about 6-7 years ago and i didnt start back any meds until winter of 2013 and that was klonopin as needed.
i had 3 pretty good years and i did it without meds. i relapsed in early 2013.
what i have noticed is that meds or no meds im gonna have good times and bad times. i cannot figure out why. im a little better than i was last year. when i make it out of this and  the next time i start to relapse im gonna start taking something to see if i can get a grip on it but we will have to see what happens then.
it would be nice if your doctor would add a small dose benzo to your therapy for times like this. ativan would be a good first choice as it has the shortest half life and is very fast acting. it would give you a calming affect. they could give you that and once you feel you are out of the woods you could discontinue the ativan. if you were only on it for a few weeks or a couple of months you could taper off of it in no time. i personally didnt have a hard time weaning off of klonopin but i did it very slowly over a long time because i did it without doctor supervision.
i had a fear of vomiting when i was a kid. it was terrifying. i actually remember being like 9 or 10 and i made myself stand there and not run for my mom and after it happened i was like dang that wasnt so bad.  im still not fond of vomiting and i go to great lengths to avoid stomach bugs.
i wish i could be of more help to you. hope you get to feeling better soon
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Re: I need advice(anxiety relapse)
« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2014, 07:05:18 PM »
Walnut I miss you! I'm hoping you're well. Yeah, that's a good tip I might ask my doctor about that. I took lorazepam before and unfortunately got very dependent on it and withdrawing was awful, so it would have to be an extremely low dose, but I didn't think of that!!
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Re: I need advice(anxiety relapse)
« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2014, 07:31:53 PM »
aww thanks, miss u too im finally starting to get out of the neighborhood a little. im just ready to go to some of my sons baseball games. i missed everyone of his c team school games now he is in city recreation baseball and he had a game last night i didnt get to see.
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