Need help! Depression and anxiety

Posted by pirateking @pirateking, Jul 22, 2016

I don’t know where else to go without going to a hospital. I’ve always had issues with depression and anxiety. It is tough to deal with, but I have a grasp of what it is at least. I’ve been taking 10MG of Lexapro and 1-1.5 MG of Klonopin to treat it. My psych doctor died in January and I started with a new doctor that upped my Lexapro to 20MG and put me on Buspar for anxiety.

She then decided to take me off the Klonpin. She had me go from 1-1.5 to only .5 a day a month ago and then cut me off. My anxity was already starting to increase that month, and a few days after I stopped the klonopin I faced massive panic attacks among a ton of other issues. It took some begging for help until she eventually put me on .5MG of Atavan but I don’t think it is working.

My current symptoms are this horrible brain fog that is impairing my basic functions. I forget things easily, I can’t concentrate. It feels like I’ve literally got dumber. I am clumsier. I keep almost walking into poles and today I almost got run over by a bus. I’m beyond irritable. I almost attacked a man on an elevator because of his breathing, and I’ve never had such violent thoughts before. I’ve had brief sucidical thoughts that I had to talk myself out of because I rationally know I don’t want to do that.

When I stretch my neck it hurts. It feels like my neck or back is violently ripping in two. I’m having out of body experinces. I am sitting at work and suddenly I am not sure if I am dreaming or not

I also have headaches, I’m pacing constantly. I am having muscle spasims, twitching, my hands tremble.

This is terrifying. I’ve never felt like this in my entire life and I don’t know what is going on. Is it the Buspar? The Atavan? The lack of Klonopin and should I go to the hosptial? My doctor isn’t around on the weekends. Any help will be appericated.

@lesbatts

Thank you for all your suggestions quazar. I’m sure when I get my new doctor in November she will be taking me off from Klonopin I just hope she does it real slow.

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Yes I know that I have to come off very slowly, I’ve been taken off Klonopin by another doctor about ten years ago. I’m the one who came up with the protocol which I got from Benzos.org. he pretty much let me follow that. Thank you for thinking of me.

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It could be a number of things but my guess is u r still adjusting to the med changes. I just went through this myself. It is quite miserable i finally talked to my dr he made adjustments until it was right for my body..

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@65742
I haven’t posted for awhile. I fell & broke my arm in Aug. just got my remove able cast off a couple weeks ago. I’m suffering with depression I guess I’m on Effexor, bupropion & take anitriplene at night to sleep. Also take muscle relaxer & .5 kola noon at night. I don’t want to do any thing. I thought I had a bug I’ve felt so bad. I just want to sleep all the time. I now think it might be depression . Has anyone else felt this way ?

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@65742

@65742
I haven’t posted for awhile. I fell & broke my arm in Aug. just got my remove able cast off a couple weeks ago. I’m suffering with depression I guess I’m on Effexor, bupropion & take anitriplene at night to sleep. Also take muscle relaxer & .5 kola noon at night. I don’t want to do any thing. I thought I had a bug I’ve felt so bad. I just want to sleep all the time. I now think it might be depression . Has anyone else felt this way ?

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Hello again @65742 Sorry to hear about your arm! OUCH!

I would certainly discuss, as soon as possible, your feelings, etc. with your MD. Depression can be a tough one.

Peace and strength!

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@65742

@65742
I haven’t posted for awhile. I fell & broke my arm in Aug. just got my remove able cast off a couple weeks ago. I’m suffering with depression I guess I’m on Effexor, bupropion & take anitriplene at night to sleep. Also take muscle relaxer & .5 kola noon at night. I don’t want to do any thing. I thought I had a bug I’ve felt so bad. I just want to sleep all the time. I now think it might be depression . Has anyone else felt this way ?

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Is the muscle relaxer for your healing arm? I use MediGuard.com to track my meds and read the side effects and interactions. It would tell you if your meds are a possible reason for your sleepiness. I also take Bupropion, along with a list of other meds. Another thing to consider is a sleep study, which can be done either at a sleep center or at home. I have sleep apnea, and use a CPAP machine, and when I started using it, I quickly went from always being drowsy to awake and alert. Your doctor should have some recommendations. Good luck.

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@65742

@65742
I haven’t posted for awhile. I fell & broke my arm in Aug. just got my remove able cast off a couple weeks ago. I’m suffering with depression I guess I’m on Effexor, bupropion & take anitriplene at night to sleep. Also take muscle relaxer & .5 kola noon at night. I don’t want to do any thing. I thought I had a bug I’ve felt so bad. I just want to sleep all the time. I now think it might be depression . Has anyone else felt this way ?

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@65742 I know when I do not feel well I can get depressed it is because of the pain not feeling well or just able to do what I want to do at the time. Just know that you have a place to vent and get as much as support as we can give you. Hang in there and keep in contact

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hello
i am sorry for the pain that you are experiencing . if i were you i would try to find the best psychopharmacologist in your are. you may want his opinion on what is going on with your meds. some drs. have more knowledge on various drugs then others , it is worth a try. i hope that you feel better soon.
my best
richard

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@vizper

hello
i am sorry for the pain that you are experiencing . if i were you i would try to find the best psychopharmacologist in your are. you may want his opinion on what is going on with your meds. some drs. have more knowledge on various drugs then others , it is worth a try. i hope that you feel better soon.
my best
richard

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Welcome to Connect, Richard (@vizper). Do you also deal with depression and anxiety? Can you tell us a bit more about your experience with psychopharmacologists?

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Medication can be a management / balancing act?
It will work out for you, it just may take time.
I practice breathing out slowly 4-7 sec when I get to the point you were in the elevator.
You sound strong and with it, so please hang in there. : )

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@vizper

hello
i am sorry for the pain that you are experiencing . if i were you i would try to find the best psychopharmacologist in your are. you may want his opinion on what is going on with your meds. some drs. have more knowledge on various drugs then others , it is worth a try. i hope that you feel better soon.
my best
richard

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For anyone who has a family member having Altimeters? The best dr to have for them is a Phychiatry . Also for the caregiver! 

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@vizper

hello
i am sorry for the pain that you are experiencing . if i were you i would try to find the best psychopharmacologist in your are. you may want his opinion on what is going on with your meds. some drs. have more knowledge on various drugs then others , it is worth a try. i hope that you feel better soon.
my best
richard

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You are right on track.
The caregiver / caregivers need breaks for their health.
Great reminder!!!

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@65742

@65742
I haven’t posted for awhile. I fell & broke my arm in Aug. just got my remove able cast off a couple weeks ago. I’m suffering with depression I guess I’m on Effexor, bupropion & take anitriplene at night to sleep. Also take muscle relaxer & .5 kola noon at night. I don’t want to do any thing. I thought I had a bug I’ve felt so bad. I just want to sleep all the time. I now think it might be depression . Has anyone else felt this way ?

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Breaking an arm sure would depress me, ouch!!!
I lowered and then stopped my valium because
it would make me fall asleep without getting quality rest / rem.
I replaced the valium with more exercise, stretching and Qigong.
You’re not alone feeling that way.

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Hey, I am writing since I have a similar case of @kathe626 and would love to get some advices from you all here!
I was on ciplralex (Another name of Lexapro) 15mg for 3 years and I met my dr and decided to go up to 20mg from almost 8 months due to some bad incidenta and it worked great for me. During october 2018, I moved to a new house/bedroom where I found it hard to sleep early, I took Panadol Night (contains Diphenhydramine) throughout the whole months (2 pills per day bed time, 5 times a week for 4 weeks). During this month, I started feeling anxious and nervous, later I felt depressed, i started losing my appetite and having some increase in my blood pressure, throughout the month, anxiety and depression significantly increased and I ended uo having severe panic attacks. At the end of the month, I found that there might be interaction between the cipralex (Escitalopram) and panadole night (diphenhydramine hydrochloride). I did not find any proof on clear/severe interaction of those 2 on the web, what I felt is that dyphenhidramine (bedranyl) stopped gradually the effect of the 20 mg Cipralex (lexapro). However, I saw my Dr. one month ago, where I stopped panadole night continued normally with Cipralex 20mg and he gave me 2 mg of Lorazepam (avitan) twice a-day and Neurexal 75 mg at bed time for sleep, he told me that after a while Cipralex will kick in again and I can stop gradually the other meds. I saw him after 2 weeks (whIch is from 2 weeks) where I did not feel great imporvement, he kept me on the same treatment but just to reduce the avitan daily dosage by 25% (as a withdrawal plan) and to wait another 2 weeks to see if the Cipralex will kick in. By now and after one month, there is some minor overall improvement, (don’t know if from avitan or Cipralex) decreased depression, I’m still feeling anxious sometimes and I still having less severe panic attacks, I am having mood swings, and some minor physical, symptoms (jaw contractions, neck contractions) vivid dreams, sometimes anxious thoughts, and I feel sleepy earlier. I m feeling more thirsty! Any advises on how much this will take to go back to the normal effect of cipralex on me? Another Dr. told me I should move to Paxil or prozac (read about them and did not like! i would Prefer escitalopram)! I think I should wait since I am now on my 4th week! Thank you in advance for your responses and advices!

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@rattahk , mixtures of medications can produce difficulties in how they interact with each other and how you might feel in making a switch, at least that has been my experience. How this all resolves itself will depend upon how you process the changes physically and mentally, and that indeed can take time. If it was myself, I would prefer to wait until things settled down a bit more before considering a change in my medication, and I guess that is somewhat in line with how you feel about the escitalopram. As long as you and your physician are comfortable with that plan, and your opinion does count, you can likely stay the course until you are back on track with how you feel, including how you are able to sleep. Perhaps you are going through some issues with coming off the lorazepam faster than your body can handle, I don't know, but it's worth asking about as far as your symptoms. I have been having my own issues with reducing my gabapentin from my current dosage, so I can understand a bit what you are going through. Let us know how things turn out.

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@rattahk , mixtures of medications can produce difficulties in how they interact with each other and how you might feel in making a switch, at least that has been my experience. How this all resolves itself will depend upon how you process the changes physically and mentally, and that indeed can take time. If it was myself, I would prefer to wait until things settled down a bit more before considering a change in my medication, and I guess that is somewhat in line with how you feel about the escitalopram. As long as you and your physician are comfortable with that plan, and your opinion does count, you can likely stay the course until you are back on track with how you feel, including how you are able to sleep. Perhaps you are going through some issues with coming off the lorazepam faster than your body can handle, I don't know, but it's worth asking about as far as your symptoms. I have been having my own issues with reducing my gabapentin from my current dosage, so I can understand a bit what you are going through. Let us know how things turn out.

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Thank you so much @guener for your feedback! Yes I am conviced that I should wait another week or 2 to reach 6 weeks. I am concerned of getting off Lorazepam, I’ve been on it from about a month and I think I still need few weeks if things went right with Cipralex. How you went off gapapentin?

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