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

I also am starting to feel a bit of depression and anxiety. It always happens to me this time of year, right around my birthday. I know part of the reason I start to get sick again is that the sun is lower in the sky. I’m not outside as much as I used to be therefore my vitamin D is probably getting low. My coping skills will need in to play here. I try and get outside everyday, on rainy days I use my light box. Also, I need to clean up my diet I’ve been eating way to many sweets!
Anyway good luck out there to anyone that is struggling. There are so many proactive things you can do to make yourself feel better, and if you need professional help please don’t hesitate to get it.
Take care everyone!

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Tis the season for that pesky depression to creep on all of us. The days are getting shorter and colder. It is natural for you to feel depressed. You are not alone. Keep coming onto this sight, read peoples questions and answers and definitely keep up your writing it will do you good emotionally knowing that we are listening and will answer and connect with your needs. Get out when you can and stay in lighted areas. These are positive actions to help your moods. Smile

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@lesbatts

I also am starting to feel a bit of depression and anxiety. It always happens to me this time of year, right around my birthday. I know part of the reason I start to get sick again is that the sun is lower in the sky. I’m not outside as much as I used to be therefore my vitamin D is probably getting low. My coping skills will need in to play here. I try and get outside everyday, on rainy days I use my light box. Also, I need to clean up my diet I’ve been eating way to many sweets!
Anyway good luck out there to anyone that is struggling. There are so many proactive things you can do to make yourself feel better, and if you need professional help please don’t hesitate to get it.
Take care everyone!

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Thank you for your feedback!

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@jacko

Blessings on your Birthday … all week .. Month & Year!!!

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Thank you so much Jacko, I had a wonderful birthday!

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I’ve been on Klonopin for five years. I have a new doctor in November and I know she’s going to take me off from them. I just hope she does it slowly.

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@lesbatts

I’ve been on Klonopin for five years. I have a new doctor in November and I know she’s going to take me off from them. I just hope she does it slowly.

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Let me know how you do….go very slow

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Hi,
I am so sorry to hear that you are having such problems.

I went through the same thing about 3 months ago including a new doctor. She told me that if I continued to be on Klonopin, I had to see her monthly for a perscription. This was upsetting to me because I don’t want to drive up my medical costs, and told her so. She stated that, ” this is my practice ” Anyone else have this situation?

I had been on Klonopin for 16 yrs. Over that time I was increased to 2 mgm. Before I started her weaning schedule, I looked it up online. Found the longer you have been on it the slower you go. Pharmacy agreed. started out by decreasing to 0.25 x 1 wk and 0.50 the next and so on Took me a month plus to get completely. I can understand the anxiety. Now I do not sleep well anymore.
Good luck to you. Change doctors if she is not willing to work with you. You know your body and emotions better than the doctor.

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@lesbatts

I’ve been on Klonopin for five years. I have a new doctor in November and I know she’s going to take me off from them. I just hope she does it slowly.

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I just hope she will let me go as slowly as I need to. I figure it should take me 3-4 months to get of 2mg. My script is for 3mg a day but in five years I’ve only taken 3mg. a couple of times. I’m glad I’m only hooked on 2mg.

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I’ve been on Klonopin for 10 years. I tried at one point to taper off it, but I couldn’t sleep even with just a .5mg reduction. I took it for anxiety to start with, and discovered that it stops my restless leg syndrome most of the time. My doctors have never said anything about stopping it. Why would that put you in the hospital, @beho? I take 1mg, with the option of taking 2 as needed, which isn’t very often.

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As anxiety increased dr kept giving be more….I tried to stop it and went into Extreme withdrawal
…have you tried requip for restless legs?

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@gramasha

Hi,
I am so sorry to hear that you are having such problems.

I went through the same thing about 3 months ago including a new doctor. She told me that if I continued to be on Klonopin, I had to see her monthly for a perscription. This was upsetting to me because I don’t want to drive up my medical costs, and told her so. She stated that, ” this is my practice ” Anyone else have this situation?

I had been on Klonopin for 16 yrs. Over that time I was increased to 2 mgm. Before I started her weaning schedule, I looked it up online. Found the longer you have been on it the slower you go. Pharmacy agreed. started out by decreasing to 0.25 x 1 wk and 0.50 the next and so on Took me a month plus to get completely. I can understand the anxiety. Now I do not sleep well anymore.
Good luck to you. Change doctors if she is not willing to work with you. You know your body and emotions better than the doctor.

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That seems like a fast taper, I know I don’t want to taper that quickly! How are you feeling? Did you have anxiety while tapering?
Thanks

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It is very natural for people that are on medication to be concerned about weeding off of them. It’s normal and I would think that your doctor will be very aware of your anxieties. Just have faith in yourself and your doctor and the process with go off smoother. Anxiety is good for the head just to make aware of your body to do the right thing.

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@beho

As anxiety increased dr kept giving be more….I tried to stop it and went into Extreme withdrawal
…have you tried requip for restless legs?

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I had never put a name to my leg activity during sleep, until I recently read an article about it, and realized there was a label for that. The prescribing psychiatrist told me to keep taking it for the safety of my wife. That’s one med she doesn’t complain about me taking. I guess that as long as Klonopin does the job, I won’t worry about taking yet another med specifically for restless leg. I did go through a period of a few weeks when my arms and legs would move involuntarily, and regardless how hard I’d focus, I couldn’t stop the jerks and trembling. A strange sensation.

I also have sleep apnea, and use a CPAP, which has improved my life dramatically. It’s now possible to do a preliminary sleep study at home. I always recommend a sleep study to people who are having sleep related issues. A CPAP is a non chemical treatment approach, and it’s always nice to find a treatment that doesn’t involve taking yet another med.

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To the moderators: is there a group here at connect for those who have survived a suicide attempt?

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@jimhd

To the moderators: is there a group here at connect for those who have survived a suicide attempt?

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Hi @jimhd, what a great idea! I encourage you to start a new discussion in the mental health group to bring together people who are suicide attempt survivors.
To start a new discussion:
1. Go to the Mental Health group https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/mental-health/
2. Click START A DISCUSSION
3. Enter a specific title and write your message
4. Click CREATE DISCUSSION

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@beho

As anxiety increased dr kept giving be more….I tried to stop it and went into Extreme withdrawal
…have you tried requip for restless legs?

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Hi @jimhd, have you seen out the sleep apnea thread in the Just Want to Talk group? It’s a great active community and CPAP has come up several times – I’d highly recommend checking it out! https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/sleep-apnea-29d741/

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