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    INFP - The Idealists

    Just diagnosed with anxiety disorder

    I have been recently diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. This is hard cause I also have ADHD. Do any of you have experience with anxiety, or even anxiety med? I don't know what to think I could really use some advice! Thank you
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    ENFP - The Inspirers

    Last year I had a series of panic attacks and anxiety often plagues me. As a kid I was on Concerta, hated it and didn't want to feel empty. For me, meditation, friends, and music are my biggest drugs.

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    INFP - The Idealists

    Yea I hav been on like 6 different add meds and they all make me feel pretty empty
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    ENFP - The Inspirers

    I couldn't get over that feeling. That complicated with the fact as a kid I was under the bell curve for weight and most of those meds make you eat even less. So I turned to cigarettes and weed. I'm leaning off the cigs by my birthday but the weed is to stay for awhile. When I get stressed, I completely change subjects and come back to it later with a level head.
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    I've had anxiety since around the middle of high school. I never wanted medication and didn't ever take any medication for it. Around the time I began university I actually experienced panic attacks for the first time ever. I didn't ever even consider medication, even though the anxiety had really begun to hold me back in a lot of ways. It grew beyond social anxiety and I even became anxious to drive. Then eventually I could become anxious for any reason whatsoever, even from the simplest trigger. What helped me out and really started to change things around is when I started doing research into vitamins, health food supplements and nutrition. I ended up buying a supplement formula that had the amino acid L-Theanine, which apparently produces a calming effect, plus a herb called Skullcap, which also has a calming effect but without drowsiness. In short, taking that supplement each morning cut the anxiety out almost completely, but when I stopped taking it it would come back. The days I took that it was completely gone though. I've never been formally diagnosed with ADHD but I could tell that I could concentrate to read or work on things better while taking it too.

    Since that time I've really done a lot of research into vitamins, foods, and herbs. There are a ton of things you can take as alternatives to drugs for anxiety. There's the L-Theanine, Skullcap, Omega 3 oil, GABA (especially for acute anxiety). I think vitamin B might levels play a big part in depression in many people, as well as vitamin D. There's a bunch of stuff that really helps.

    I'd say to find a good doctor who knows about and is familiar with ordering tests to check your vitamin B levels, omega testing, vitamin d levels, gluten sensitivity, heavy metal toxicity and the standard other tests. if you can identify if there is some kind of deficiency, sensitivity, or underlying disorder contributing than fixing that is a huge boost. After taking that Theanine+Skullcap thing I found a great doctor and he really did the right tests, put me on the right vitamins, and gave me the right diet recommendations that at this point I dont need that theanine and skullcap supplement anymore. At this point I really don't have the chronic anxiety at the massive level that I had the past. On top of that my mood has improved and I can think clearer.

    Its amazing how much better nutrition can help too. Avoiding crap like corn sugars, artificial sweeteners, MSG, and all of the other additive junk that causes inflammation in the body can help.

    I am so grateful that I found a doctor who doesn't just give a quick diagnosis and then prescribe a drug. This guy wants to check every level of everything in the background to see what could be contributing to it and then correcting it with diet first, vitamins and food supplements second, and drugs last.

    I really believed that all of my anxiety was psychological and something I could overcome by sorting out my attitude and perception of things. What I realize now is that what you put into your body can really throw things off and make it ten times worse.

    My doctor recommended to me the book "The UltraMind Solution: The Simple Way to Defeat Depression, Overcome Anxiety, and Sharpen Your Mind by Mark M.D. Hyman" and that book really made it completely clear. I HIGHLY recommend reading that book. See if they have it at a library if you cant afford to buy it even. It's really important for anyone with chronic anxiety or depression to read.
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    INFP - The Idealists

    Specific Social Anxiety.

    If I'm very honest I like having the label, because it validates all the poor social situations I've had in the past, and makes me feel less like the problem is me, as if I don't fit inot the world and never will. I used to feel like some kind of anomaly, but now I have that label, well I guess it gives me an explanation, and most importantly, it means I have some direction on how to resolve my situation and not let the past repeat itself.

    Mines never been as bad as needing meds, and like I said, it's specific, so I don't know to what extent it parallels your anxiety. Whilst I'm not expert, I think the good thing about anxiety is that it's something that can be worked on and remedied. It's about the way you think and negative thought patterns. You can change that, and all the things in the past that limited you because of it, well, you can overcome it, and I guess release yourself and your potential.

    I'm getting better. My life is better then it's ever been, and that's because I got a wake up call after being given the opportunity of a lifetime, and quite frankly, pissing it away because of SA and mental health. So, perhaps it's, generally speaking, up from here on now with you too :) I wouldn't be scared, just happy you have something to work on now.
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    INFP - The Idealists

    Thanks so much

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    INFP - The Idealists

    I don't think I was ever diagnosed with an actual anxiety disorder, however, I used to have panic attacks brought on by social situations, and I was prescribed Xanax for it (no longer taking meds). Anxiety seems like a natural part of my life, and it always has, so it's out of the question for me to continue medication for it when it didn't help way too much to begin with.

    I'm not sure what advice I can give you...regular doctor's don't seem to have an issue with prescribing anxiety/depression medication to almost anyone. It's good that you got a real diagnosis! What medication are you taking for the anxiety? Do you feel that it helps?

    As far as ADD goes, my only experience is a close friend who has pretty intense ADHD. Throughout the time she's been taking meds for it, she constantly has to up her dosage, and ultimately switch to a new medication because the other stops working for her. My only advice, I guess, is to ask as many questions as possible about the medication you're taking, explain very thoroughly how it makes you feel and effects you, and what you think about how much you have to take and how often.

    Sorry if none of this helped.
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    Hey, I have been diagnosed with social anxiety which manifests itself into physical problems as well as OCD. I have not been on medications for long but I find just speaking with a a psychiatrist or councilor helps so much! I take Teva-Lorazepam for when i feel extremely anxious or depressed, it only works in the short term and it makes me tired and confused but it does help a lot! I find thinking happy thoughts helps too. I know it is a lot harder to do than it seems but once you have trained your self to think more positively you'll feel a lot better! I also try to keep busy as I find it helps to distract me from these problems.

    The best of luck to you, I am sure you'll come out the other side ok and all right=)

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    INTP - The Thinkers

    I'm on Celexa (an antidepressant) for major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder. It helps a good bit, but there are times when it doesn't cut it. It does away with the anxiety well enough, and dulls my emotions just enough to make it through the day without wanting to die, most of the time.

    I can suppose that for INFPs, who put an emphasis on the F, antidepressants and the like can be more of a curse than a blessing. I'm happy enough to get rid of emotions, but it's pretty much what you guys deal in.

    I say that if these medicines make you feel empty (as they very well might do to any feeling person), smoke weed. It helps me more than anything. It's just too expensive for me, considering I lack a consistent source of income. It does well to obliterate anxiety and whatever else plagues the mind, that's for damned sure. It also doesn't interfere with feelings and turn you into an empty, soulless zombie like antidepressants do.

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