Question for Dr. Kaushik ONLY please***
Hi Dr Kaushik,
I know I’m back asking questions, but I have had a bad day so to speak, and I wanted to ask you a couple of questions about my condition, and possible future treatment.
I have returned to work after a week off (On holiday) and the first day was very hard, I am still worrying, and throughout the day I have had times when I feel okay, and able to cope, but then at moments I get a massive feeling of dread and feel like I will struggle to make it through the day…I keep telling myself in these moments
‘It will be okay etc’ but it’s very very hard…should I be taking a Valium at this point? or should I ride it out…also is this normal in GAD
/OCD/Derealisation to feel like this throughout the day when I’m suffering – Sometimes okay and able to cope, then dwell on negative feelings and feel low again…what can I do to cope in these low times?
Also I failed to mention in my previous post that my GAD / Derealisation / Depersonalisation / OCD were initially brought on from a panic
attack caused by taking ‘Speed’ (Amphetamine) – I never used drugs at all really, and this was one of my first (and last) experiences…I had a really bad ‘comedown and subsequently the massive panic attack which has led to my illnesses…
I foolishly started looking around on the internet again (I know I need to stop this) and found a topic where someone was saying that apparently Mental Health conditions brought on by a drug induced panic/anxiety
attack are more likely to be long term/permanent than conditions brought on by none drug induced conditions (This was just a forum user) and now I’m worrying that because mine was drug induced it must be worse than a ‘normal’ occurrence? And I’m doomed to live with a worse version of my conditions forever due to the way it happened???
I guess what I’m asking about that is:
Does having a drug induced anxiety/panic attack actually cause you to start suffering from GAD/OCD/Derealisation, or would you always be susceptible to suffer from these and it simply brings them to the surface quicker – you were always likely to suffer from these conditions – just the panic attack brought them on quicker?
And is having drug induced mental illness worse than having it occur as a natural fashion, or does this not matter? I guess what I’m worrying about is that my case is worse than others as it was caused by drugs…and my prognosis is not as good as others.
Is there any medication you would suggest to help with the anxiety, I currently have valium, which helps, but I find by the time I recognise I need it, I’m already in major panic mode. I think I need more help medication wise.
And lastly, have you treated people who have suffered from some sort of long lasting derealisation? Have they been able to live a normal life?
Thanks doctor, I am confident I will get better, I just wanted a few more answers.