Hello Emma and welcome to the team!!! Its nice to have a group with members that share the same things as you do. I do too suffer from GAD and hate to be in large group settings. I am currently taking Buspar well the generic name anyways for it, and so far it seems to be helping me. The side effects for me is a little drowsiness and dizziness but it wears off about 10-15 minutes after the medicine is my system. Anyways...again welcome to the team and I hope you can find something that works with you.
I completely relate, I think a large part of why I stopped going to the college counselor was that I really wasn't saying what needed to be said because of my social anxiety so I wasn't getting much out of it... I'd like to try again but am afraid to fail again. Maybe if I can remember to journal for a little bit so I have some sort of "ammo" to bring with me to show instead of talk I could try again.
to the team. I also have generalized anxiety disorder and social anxiety...I can relate to many things you say about being afraid to speak at certain times....I get over anxious just going to my therapy sessions about talking to a counselor. I think you will find that so many people on this team with idenitfy with you. You are in a safe place where you won't be criticized or judged.
I've got generalized anxiety which I have yet to determine what it is triggered by. I also suspect I have pretty bad social anxiety (as evidenced that it took nearly a day for me to get up the courage to write this introduction). I dread having to make phone calls, even to refill a prescription and get horribly anxious when I have to speak to people, even something as simple as raising my hand in class (I'm a senior in college, by the way).
I'm currently on the generic for Zoloft, used to be on Lexapro, but I think it's just because my school counseling/health center is drug happy. I'm going to see the new health center doctor to get a plan of weaning myself off the sertraline (zoloft generic) because the two times before when I've forgotten to take it or couldn't because my refill delivery was delayed due to a hurricane hitting, I've gotten *awful* withdrawal headaches and I'd rather not be on a medicine that will make me feel awful if I can't take it for any reason. I also haven't really noticed a difference in my anxiety levels on either the lexapro or the sertraline.
I also have a PRN (per required need) prescription for Xanax, which I take very rarely, i.e. before an MRI or getting blood taken (I have a horrible phobia of needles). My problem with xanax is that it has a major sedative effect on me and whenever I take it I end up sleeping for the rest of the day. Anyone know of any non-sedative anti-anxiety drugs? I'll also ask the health center about this.
I'm hoping to finally get into journaling about my moods and anxiety levels to figure out what triggers my anxiety. I know one is change, as whenever I go back to college I get majorly panicky just because it's a change in my routine.
This was quite the long introduction... I'm sorry for being so wordy! (And now I'm worried that you all will think I'm ridiculous for writing so much and you'll all hate me... yeah. Go social anxiety.)
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