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Well are you open to use of medication for relief from anxiety as you see anxiety is definitely treatable but there are two approaches , one is use of anti anxiety agents/ medication and the other approach is use of therapy that is counseling .. Both of these approaches to deal woth anxiety are effective in their own way but drug therapy is much faster to act to relieve anxiety , however best approach is to mix the two and use it for a stipulated period ..
so please let me know if you are willing to try drug therapy so that i can provide you the various drug options for relief from anxiety besides mentioning to you about the type of therapy that will suit your anxiety most..
i will get back to you once you reply to my query so please hang on as this conversation is still in progress..
I am trying some natural therapies such as theanine to increase gaba and tryptophan to increase serotonin. I am also trying Nac as I read that it modulates glutamate which has been found in to be involved in anxiety and ocd. I am scared of benzos and was hoping to not have to take an ssri but I would if it is strongly recommended. How long do you think it takes for neurotransmitters to balance out after quitting weed . Thanks
Thanks for the reply..
Well, yes i agree here that it is your marijuana withdrawal which is still weighing on your mind and contributing to your anxiety issues and it will take abstinence from marijuana for atleast 1 yr for you to start feeling control over your anxiety and ocd symptoms.. But i strongly suggest that instead of trying natural supplements which are good only for mild anxiety with not much of an effect over ocd symptoms, it will better that you get started on a formidable drug therapy and yes it will include an ssri and a benzodiazepine for a short period, but ssri shall be continued for atleast 4 -6 months ..
I understand and respect your reservations about getting started on drug therapy but believe me if there had been any ohter option as effective as this , i would have told you that, but unfortunately drug therapy is still considered as a treatment of choice for anxiety and ocd which once controlled will make it easier for you to remain abstinent from marijuana abuse.
So, kindly consult a psychiatrist ( preferrably ) or your MD physician and get the below mentioned drugs prescribed and started ..
1) Lexapro ( escitalopram ) at dose of 10 mg / day , to be taken in the morning only or as an alternative zoloft ( sertraline ) at dose of 50 mg/ day in the night only dose.
2) Klonopin ( clonazepam ) at dose of 0.25 mg in the morning and 0.5 mg in the night..
This two drug regime shall form the basis of treatment.
While lexapro (ssri) shall be continued for 4-6 months but klonopin to be continued for 3-4 weeks only as this drug shall only be used to allay the anxiety initially while lexapro takes this time to reach steady state plasma levels which are required to produce the anti anxiety and anti ocd effects and once the lexapro starts acting to it's full potential and then klonopin , the benzodiazepine shall be brought off.
So this way you will not have to bear with benzodiazepine for too long a period.
Also i will like to add here that before starting on these two drugs you shall have to come off theanine and tryptophan as these two may interfere with the proper functioning of these two drugs mentioned above , but Nac may be continued ..
If possible you shall also try to consult a clinical psychologist and get started on counseling such as CBT , that is cognitive behaviour therapy , which will help you to alter your thinking pattern and modify your behaviour which includes ocd and anxiety traits. Besides this therapy will help you to learn some mental strengthening exercises which will help you to remain abstinent from marijuana by exerting self control through the day to day practise of these mental strengthening exercises.
So to summarize there are two appraches that you ahve to combine to get total reprieve / control over your anxiety and ocd symptoms plus to remain free from marijuana addiction and these two approaches are drug therapy comprising of lexapro and klonopin and CBT as a special counseling technique which is a very flexible therapy done in one to one sessions between the psychologist and the patient , once a week , lasting about 3-4 months ..
I hope this gives you some insight into how you should deal with your current conditions..
Wish you all the best..
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