Hello, I'd like to help you with your question.
May I ask- have you been seen for an evaluation and if so, what were you diagnosed with?
I saw a psychatrist during my last year at college.....she said my diagnosis was unclear. For a few weeks I stopped olanzapine all together and experienced the same lows and feeling wired and agitated but she said it wasn't severe enough to be bipolar.....so I guess my diagnosis sticks at depression and anxiety.
A,Thank you for the additional information. That was my concern, that you might have Bipolar. The ups and downs you experience, particularly the deep depression, may indicate Bipolar. It may be something to consider again if you do not feel better. On the other hand, anxiety is easy to treat with therapy. In therapy, you learn to pay attention to what you are thinking to make yourself anxious. The therapist then can help you change your thoughts and therefore how your body reacts to your thoughts. You also can learn about how to let yourself float through your anxiety thereby gaining more control over how you feel. To find a therapist, try looking on line at http://therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms/ or http://www.bacp.co.uk/. Medications are also very helpful. Whenever medications are used for treatment, it is very common for people to need to try at least one or two different medications or more before finding one that helps (as you know). This is because everyone's body chemistry is different. So if one medication works for one person, it may not work for another or it might even cause adverse side effects. So don't be discouraged. You will find the right medication for you.Here are some of the more common medications for anxiety (they may have different names where you live):Xanax (alprazolam) Klonopin (clonazepam) Valium (diazepam) Ativan (lorazepam) These medications are known as tranquilizers. They help to slow down your system and help produce a calming effect.They are also fast acting. As a result, they are very popular and often the first line of medications tried for someone with anxiety disorder. Anti depressants can also be used for anxiety disorders. Prozac is an example of an anti depressant. Others include Zoloft, Paxil, Lexapro, and Celexa. These work by regulating serotonin levels in the brain to elevate mood. They can take up to 4 to 6 weeks to establish full effect in the blood. Another possible mediation is Buspar. It also works to increase serotonin in the brain like anti depressants do. It takes up to 2 weeks to work. But it has less of a sedating effect than other mediations. It also has low risk of dependence.You can also help yourself at home. There are numerous resources to help you learn more about anxiety and how to control your panic. Here are some to get you started:The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook by Edmund Bourne is excellent for any fears. It is self help and contains everything from supplements to relaxation techniques. The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Anxiety: A Step-by-Step Program by Bill Knaus Ed.D. and Jon Carlson Psy.D. Ed.D. From Panic to Power: Proven Techniques to Calm Your Anxieties, Conquer Your Fears, and Put You in Control of Your Life by Lucinda Bassett http://helpguide.org/mental/anxiety_types_symptoms_treatment.htm You can find these books on Amazon.com or your local library may have them for you.You can also try relaxation techniques, which can go a long way to help you relax. One such technique is progressive relaxation. Here is a link for more information:http://www.guidetopsychology.com/pmr.htm By learning to relax, you can help yourself feel calmer.I hope this has helped you,Kate
Thanks for your reply. Do you know if any of the mood stabilisers would be good for this sort of anxiety? I am just concerned because I have reacted really badly to antidepressants in the past - the SSRI's made me feel suicidal - that I have no desire to repeat that again!
You may be able to try something like Depekote, which is a mood stabilizer.