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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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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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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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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. :sad:
 

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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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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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I had my first panic attack when I was seven or eight and have had plenty since, so I know how they feel. I've never been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder (I truly don't have one) besides mildly moderate social anxiety. Haven't needed any medications for it, so I can't help you there. I can say that I don't agree with using drugs like weed, but that's simply my opinion. Trying more herbal remedies and watching what you eat, like Nath said, is probably worth a try if you want to not do pharmacutical drugs. But please, don't resist taking medicine if you need it.

Anyway... Yeah, after a while I've just learned how to deal with panic attacks. They still come around, but I can cope (stave off) with about 85% of them. Don't stress yourself with thoughts like, "I should be doing this!" My mom and I have a motto: "Do what you have to do; you can curl up in a closet afterwards." It's far different with an actual disorder, I'm sure, but it works for us.

Hang in there!
 

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I'm on Lexapro for GA (generalized anxiety disorder). I'm note ADD or anything like that, but I'm possible OC as well. I've been on it since the 3 of December. They say it takes a month to feel any affect, being in my sixth week and have noticed a moderate improvement but still do experience paranoia induced by anxiety. Its not a bad drug but it isn't the mirical drug for me that some have said for them.

I have been with a therapist for a three months. It sucks having to deal with this stuff but hopefully it won't have to be something to deal with the rest of my life.
 

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I was diagnosed with panic disorder when I was younger. Meds did not work for me personally, but a combo of exercise and CBT pretty much saved me. I went from daily attacks to maybe one or two a year. Anxiety really sucks, but it can be managed...you just have to find what works for you.

I remember having a massive panic attack during an exam for my undergrad. I ran out of the room and started sobbing in the hall. I was mostly crying because I was so exhausted having to be so horribly tense and worried all of the time and feeling like I had to hide it too. I did not think people would understand. Hell, I didn’t even really understand what was happening to me. Anyway, I had to tell the prof (who was completely cool with it), and many of the other students in the class later said they’d felt similar at various times. Anxiety disorders are so common…but because of the stigma surrounding any mental illness we have the added anxiety of trying to appear like nothing is wrong (or at least that’s how I felt). I spent two years of my life having daily attacks and trying to hide it. It was pure hell.
..anyway the point is you aren’t alone and that there are some very effective treatments for anxiety out there… This was always my favorite Camus quote: “Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal”. I actually think that it should be something like “nobody realizes that most other people are expending tremendous energy trying to appear normal too”. ..although it doesn’t sound as cool.

I really wish you the best. Five years ago if you had told me I would be panic attack free I would not have believed you. There is hope. :wink:
 

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I had my first panic attack about 4 months ago; and had them chronically(4+ times a day) for about 2 months. now i have them once a week at the worst. I thought i was going insane or going schizophrenic which spiraled me out of control even more. they put me on lexapro and clonopine of which i try not to take to often. My trick getting over anxiety has been flooding all of my loose thoughts and energy into other outlets such as climbing, hiking, and (the most effictive) yoga. harness that bottled up creative energy and dont let yourself sit around. make yourself do productive things; and dont give yourself to much worthless freetime. learn a skill or take up a hobby; honestly im glad it all happened as it has made me do things i never would have done normally. glass is half full outlook works i suppose!:tongue:
 

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i've been reading a book called "overcoming anxiety" by helen kennerley that has helped quite a bit, especially after experiencing the worst anxiety-ridden month of my life not too long ago. check it out, you can probably find it at your local bookstore. =) i suggest not taking prescribed meds unless you've done research & are absolutely positive it's the route you wanna take.
 

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ok, at first counseling is hella awkward, but if you have an ok person as your counselor they'll get easier to talk to. i take ten milligrams of celexa for anxiety. it helped an assload. i still get nervous but the reaction has gone away for the most part. and for the adhd i forget the name of the meds ... ):
 

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Swear off caffeine, shit's exacerbates both conditions.
 

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I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder and a wealth of other issues. Anti-depressants don't particularly work well with me, but they can help a lot of people and I think they're worth trying if they are suggested to you by a professional. I will say, though, that you should try to stay away from medication specifically intended for short-term use, like benzodiazepines.

The first time I took an Ativan, it was because I was feeling incredibly anxious. As I had more and more anxiety attacks, I became physically and psychologically dependent on it, and it's had a significant effect on my ability to process things in the way I used to. I'm currently looking into treatment for that. Long-term use also exacerbates some of the problems, so I really wouldn't suggest using anything like that. It can be helpful, but only for short-term use. And sometimes the line between short-term and long-term become incredibly blurred.

I also agree with @Baby Blue about cognitive behavioral therapy. It's probably one of the best options out there for anxiety treatment. @Nath's suggestions of natural supplements are also something that can be very, very helpful.

I hope you find a way to manage it, without sacrificing your feelings and ability to perform. I wish you the best with it all.
 

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Yeah... social anxiety, ocd, panic attacks, depression, fear of everything. Never got any diagnose tho.
It is not hard to cope with those problems, just dont drink coffee (coffeine) drink green tea (L-theahine) eat omega 3, carnosin, valerian when u go to sleep. Propral seems to be effective, my sister use it.
Avoid things what makes u anxious or inscrease panic. Start medication, do joga or something, it really helps. Dont keep anxiety inside of u, tell about ur feelings to somebody who understand, start painting/ write a song where u release that anxiety inside of u.

Easy and remember: life is beautiful ;)
 

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I just don't like how doctors can quickly soft diagnose something like this based on what you say alone, without much actual physical testing of every kind. I have a family member who was put on massive anti-depressants and his doctor never ever even checked vitamin D levels, B levels, hormone tests, heavy metal tests or omega fat testing etc. He didn't assess diet at all or even check for any underlying conditions. They just quickly diagnose it based on what you say and are ready to give you a drug. They don't look for system wide imbalances, they just look at specific issues and are quick to throw you on a drug for it. I highly suggest finding a doctor who will at least do every kind of diagnostic test possible to see if anything is contributing and making it worse.

Maybe our type is prone to depression and anxiety, but I'm convinced that diet and underlying imbalances can make it way worse. Our bodies aren't designed to consume diet colas with artificial sweeteners, massive amounts of coffee and stimulant drinks, inflammatory corn sugars, hydrogenated fats, msg, not to mention all of the other weird unnatural preservatives, pesticides on anything and even hormone injection and antibiotic treated meats. Everything around us is unnatural and toxic, maybe at a small enough level that the FDA deems it safe, but in all reality they only say that because there aren't acute reactions. Maybe medicine has improved in the last century, but our toxic and unnatural substance exposure has definitely increased along with it. Maybe people are living longer now and maybe our health care as increased, but it doesn't mean all modern advances in other industries are good. It doesn't mean that doctors should put someone on a drug right away before looking at alternatives or underlying causes, that's just the easy solution for them because things get way more complicated when you start looking at system wide imbalances and sensitivities. At least that's what my (actually smart) doctor tells me.

Anxiety/depression based on our emotions is one thing but when it gets to the point where youre feeling bad for no reason I think it's really important to check and see if everything else is fine under the hood and to start paying more attention to all of the toxic junk we put in our bodies. Dont trust the FDA, they don't go far enough or do a good enough job. They probably want to protect the industries that sell the toxic junk to us instead of really protecting people from harm. We live in a society that is quick to soft diagnose any condition and treat quickly with a drug. We as a society don't value nutrition and we don't pay enough attention to the junk we consume. Just because the damage is so gradual that you'd never notice it and it would be harm to pinpoint the cause of, it doesn't mean that all that junk isn't throwing people off and hurting them over a long period of time.

I've seen people completely change things around just by changing their diet, adding nutritional and food supplements, becoming health conscious, without the need for drugs or herbal medicines which just band-aid many problems. Drugs are life saving for most health conditions but when it comes to depression, ADHD, and anxiety, the underlying contributors and alternative treatments should be considered first. If your doctor doesn't care then he is either stupid, lazy, or ignorant and it's time to find a better one. As soon as I realized that and found a good doctor I started seeing big changes in my life.

I need to get the name of the North American organization my doctor belongs to. I highly recommend anyone here going to one of these doctors who go above and beyond their medical training and engage in their own research into things that are only beginning to be taught in some leading edge medical schools.
 
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