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8/30/08 12:15 P

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emoticon HILDAA! This group is exceptionally supportive, and I have found comfort here whenever I needed it. No one here is ever judgmental, and the group gives you a virtual shoulder to cry on and a real spirit lift when you need it. Remember that everything is temporary, and you came here to have fun! So enjoy the journey, because you inherently know that nothing ever happens to you that you cannot handle, and life is supposed to be fun! You have made it through tough times before, and you can and will do it again!

We are all here for you in your time of need. Don't ever feel self-concious about coming here to vent. We are all in this together.

I currently take 2 meds for anxiety management: zoloft nightly & ativan as needed, which has been increased lately due to a high-volume schedule that I'm still trying to get worked out. But it's getting there ... and I'm feeling more relaxed. I wish you the best of luck. Things will all work out for you.

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8/28/08 2:35 P

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Hillidaa: as everyone else has said welcome!!!! This really is a wonderful place to vent and make new friends.
It is very encouraging to also know you aren't the only one in the world going through problems. I know it is refreshing to me to know.
Please remember we are all here and are willing to help at anytime. We have all needed it ourself at one time or another.

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HILLIDAA's Photo HILLIDAA Posts: 41
8/28/08 11:15 A

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Wow! Thank you so much for all the warm, comforting welcome. I really appreciate that! It's morning and things don't seem as bad right now. Sunny mornings usually make me feel better.
I am so happy that you were all so supportive, I can't thank you enough for that!

"Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you."
1 Peter 5:7


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ELLE_2012's Photo ELLE_2012 Posts: 473
8/28/08 10:55 A

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WELCOME!
You've found a safe place to confide your fears. I hope you and your hubby find something soon. Can you take a part time job for now? Quick Trip or a grocery store or something? Just to have a little money coming in.
We have the $4 program at WalMart. My doctor told me celexa is on that list. I know its not xanax but maybe take the edge off??
Deep breaths as much as possible and remind yourself "the shell must break before the bird can fly". Remember the bigger picture and know that everything will be OK.

"There is no elevator to success, you have to take the stairs."


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8/28/08 10:38 A

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emoticon To the team. We are glad you found us. Please know that no one here will judge you or make you feel bad, they will only encourage you and help as much as they can. I agree with Queenie, there are alot of assistant programs out there for those without insurance. I am thankful everyday for mine. It is a blessing to have. I encourage you to start looking around you for community help. Some churches over counseling and there is a wonderful program called Celebrate Recovery, that is free and is a 12 step program, sorta like AA but not exactly. It for HURT, HABITS, and HANGUPS that include anything from depression, divorce, grief, drugs, alcohol etc... Pretty much covers is all. We have had alot of friends and family who have benefited from it. I encourage you to check out your community. Welcome and know we are here for support.

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8/27/08 11:06 P

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emoticon to the the team!!

Sorry to hear about your and your husband's job situations, but hopefully something will come out of those interviews quickly.

Most of the posts here have covered some of your questions already, but I agree, scroll trough some of the previous threads and you may find some alternative answers to help you through an attack, etc.

I live in Canada so most medications are covered here so I'm not the person to give advice on medications there, but I wish you the best. What about therapy? Have you tried that or spoken with your GP about it? Meditation and yoga can help too, but it takes practice for it to really work. There are also some great books you could read (library) out there and I think we have a thread on books etc that have helped us.

Anyways, I'm glad you joined and thanks for being so honest in your introduction!

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I pray you and your husband find a job soon, that God will open the right door for each of you by the first of September.
It's awful to have anxiety and then to lose your jobs like this.....make sure you exercise to help relieve this stress and stay away from sugar and caffine!!
take care

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8/27/08 8:43 P

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Hi Hillidaa,
First of all, emoticon to the group! You have come to the exact right place. No one here will make you feel "as though you've let them down" or "less than". Here you will find much support, much encouragement, much sharing of experience, strength and hope.
I can so empathize with you regarding the lack of health insurance. I haven't had any for about three years now. I finally got it last week, and I can tell you, it was a very happy day for me! Cut the anxiety in half immediately! I have other medical issues that I am dealing with, many of which involve pain and its management, so to be able to get all my meds again was awesome!
I also know about losing your job and how that feels. I lost mine a few months ago, through no fault of my own. I have arthritis and it worsened to the point where I could no longer use the computer for long periods of time. I was an administrative assistant and was on the computer 98% of each day. Thank God I have a laptop at home, but even that gets wearing after a while. I have to take lots of breaks.
Anyway, I moved back to my hometown (NYC) and I am now in a vocational rehabilitation program, where I have the opportunity to go to school to learn something new. I had been extremely anxious until now, because I was so frightened of what the future held for me. Thank God for your husband, because it's always easier to face a crisis with someone at your side. I lost my husband almost 2 years ago, and I have felt alone, adrift, and ANXIOUS ever since. This team has been a big help to me in dealing with those feelings. Sometimes I don't post, just come through and read what others are saying. It always makes me feel better.
Lastly, is there a community health center near you?
They will treat you using a sliding scale fee, and if you don't have the money up front, they will bill you. Also they have social workers who can help you to get on the Patient Prescription Assistance Plan. Most of the big drug companies will provide medications free of charge to those who cannot afford them, with a social work referral and a valid prescription. I urge you to look into this. I had it until I moved, and I can say it was a life-saver for me. Other possible sources of aid are WalMart and Walgreen's, both of which offer generic medication at an affordable price. I used to pay $4.00 for some meds at WalMart, and the highest I paid was $11.00.
One thing I want to say to you is to put down the alcohol. It is a depressant, and is only aggravating your anxiety, although you don't realize it. I am a recovering alcoholic (7 1/2 years) so I'm here to tell you-that is NOT the answer. As for the smoking, well it is unhealthy, but since I just quit this week, I can't fuss about it too much. I do know that it is not as detrimental to your mental health as alcohol is. And alcohol is sneaky! It presents as your "friend", as a form of relief. Then when you let your guard down, it pounces! I used to have enormous anxiety while drinking, because I started not remembering what I had done the night before, and cringing because I was afraid to ask anyone (usually I picked someone who was mad at me to ask, and they let me have it!). It's funny, but it's also tragic. I urge you with all my heart to put down the drink ASAP.
Again, I'm glad you are here. I am here, ready and willing to help you in any way I can.
Peace and blessings,


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8/27/08 8:37 P

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Hillidaa,
Hi.
I am not sure why the emergency room did not give you a prescription for Xanax but the generic Alprazolam is very inexpensive. I pay $10.00 a month.
I am in FL and (Also recently jobless) am able to be seen at the County Health Dept. and receive my antidepressant free after submitting info to them that they send to the drug company verifying my lack of funds. From what I can tell all the drug companies offer this service to them. I don't know if you can contact them on your own.
I also suggest you read through our posts on this sight because we seem to cover a lot of topics and suggestions to each other. I read through all the medicine posts when I first joined and wanted to switch meds. It helped me. I was also given Xanax and it clicked for me, just like you said, that I needed to see a psychiatrist. That was over 20 yrs. ago and I had Insurance at the time. I was put on an antidepressant along with the xanax. I personally have not had success with any of the " alternative/homeopathic" remedies I prayed would work.


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8/27/08 8:08 P

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Hello All!
I don't quite what to say... I've never been "officially" diagnosed with an anxiety problem, but after two emergency room visits which ended in "anxiety attack" being the prognosis, and actually being prescribed 6 (that's right -6 ) Xanax to see if they worked (which they did, beautifully), I've pretty much deduced that my anxiety is far too high to be normal. Without money or health insurance, I can't get medications that I could used to calm me down, and I pretty much rely on smoking, alcohol, and my sister in law's anxiety pills (non-habit forming) to get me through the days and weeks. I KNOW that all of this is horrible, but I just can't stand that churning and compressed gut wrenching feeling in my chest and stomach. I am basically here to find out what any of you do to deal with this that is healthier. My first step is trying to lose weight, but I don't how else to deal with this. Any advice, particularly on getting some help that doesn't cost hundreds of dollars would be appreciated.

Thanks!

Oh- and today has been hideous. My husband lost his job last Thursday and I just lost my job today, and I just don't know what we're going to do. We've both had interviews recently, but the waiting and seeing is frickin killing me! I can't really talk to anybody else about this, I feel like I will have let everyone down...

"Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you."
1 Peter 5:7


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