Severe depression and panic attacks advice on CBD flower I have

Posted by ladybug211 @ladybug211, Dec 17, 2022

Hi everyone,
I used to suffer from severe panic attacks and depression (about 20) years ago) With orescribed Celexa and Clonazepam they went away for almost 15 years.
Recently due to severe stress and some violent episodes with my addicted daughter I have regressed badly. To the point of which I cry when my husband leaves the room or goes to work. I panic all day long and cry until he gets home. I’m afraid of being alone and afraid of everything. My doctor tried to put me back on the very same meds I took, 20 years ago, but the Celexa side effects were unbearable even at half a 5mg pill.
The Clonazepam works but I feel more depressed and have no energy to even get out of bed. I’ve tried all the other SSRI’s and My system just can’t handle the side effects
A friend of ours (who grows CBD flower called Charlottes Angel- it’s ratio is 1% thc to 15%
CBD) recently gave me some to try but I have been afraid to because I take .05 mg of Clonazepam. I really only take 3/4 of a pill a day. Has anyone ever tried this or can someone guide me in the right direction.
I am just so sick and tired of feeling like this.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Lisa

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Psychologist rather than a general doctor will find the right meds for you and watch you carefully. As we grow older our body changes and we need to move with the change. I hope you find your med soon.

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@ladybug211. Like you I had panic attacks many years ago. The meds I took in those days were helpful for me but if I had a recurrence of the panic attacks I don't know if they would work now.

From what you wrote you have a great deal of stress in your life. Do you have a therapist you work with? A pastor, priest or rabbi? There is so much pain within you that is coming out as panic attacks and I hope you have someone who will listen to you and provide you with the care and compassion you need.

I recommend against taking anything like Charlotte’s Angel or any other such products or supplements without talking with your doctor first. There can be interactions with prescribed medications. Sometimes it is a bit of trial and error to get medications right. When is your next appointment with your doctor? From what you wrote it seems the Clonazepam could be working for anxiety but not for depression. There are other medications available that are approved for panic disorder, depression, and anxiety that might be more effective. Are you willing to talk with your doctor about those options?

Does your daughter live with you? How often are you in contact with her? I'm asking this because her addiction and the behaviors that go with her addiction are having a huge effect on you. She's your daughter and I'm sure you are very worried about her. The next piece of advice I’m going to offer you is very important for you. You have to put yourself first. Unless you daughter would like a ride to a rehab facility or needs to go the Emergency Department there isn’t anything you can do for her other than continue to love her from a distance. She has to decide that you wants to get clean and sober and no one can do it for her or talk her into it. You can attend meetings for loved ones of people like your daughter that will help you to understand her addiction and how to take care of yourself. Al-Anon (for both alcohol and drugs) meets in person and online.

Find an Al-Anon Electronic Meeting

https://al-anon.org/al-anon-meetings/electronic-meetings/

How are you feeling today? What can you do to take care of you today?

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@stsopoci

Psychologist rather than a general doctor will find the right meds for you and watch you carefully. As we grow older our body changes and we need to move with the change. I hope you find your med soon.

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@stsopoci Do you mean a psychiatrist? A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who prescribes medications.

A psychologist is not a medical doctor. A psychologist can be licensed to prescribe medications in only a few states within the U.S. (Louisiana, New Mexico, Illinois, Iowa, and Idaho) after they have had training in psychopharmacology.

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@naturegirl5

@stsopoci Do you mean a psychiatrist? A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who prescribes medications.

A psychologist is not a medical doctor. A psychologist can be licensed to prescribe medications in only a few states within the U.S. (Louisiana, New Mexico, Illinois, Iowa, and Idaho) after they have had training in psychopharmacology.

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You are right, I meant psychiatrist. I spent years going to the experts that helped me with my GAD and constant anxiety that included panic attacks, depression, anger, etc.. I hope the best for you.

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Once you get on the right meds, you should feel better. I am on Zoloft and find no issue with my gummies (1:1 THC/CBD indica). They are ten mg each and I take 5 without issue. Doctors can lose their licenses if they discuss marijuana or dosages, so that seems to be the contention. I'd suggest getting up in the morning, take your meds, eat and go for a 20 minute walk first thing. Then, determine how you feel. Sometimes the hangover of the nighttime meds "lies" to us about being tired when we have had enough rest. My anxious friend found these three things to be useful, but not the whole story.

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@marye2

Once you get on the right meds, you should feel better. I am on Zoloft and find no issue with my gummies (1:1 THC/CBD indica). They are ten mg each and I take 5 without issue. Doctors can lose their licenses if they discuss marijuana or dosages, so that seems to be the contention. I'd suggest getting up in the morning, take your meds, eat and go for a 20 minute walk first thing. Then, determine how you feel. Sometimes the hangover of the nighttime meds "lies" to us about being tired when we have had enough rest. My anxious friend found these three things to be useful, but not the whole story.

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Unfortunately I have tried them all. At least all SSRI’s and the side effects are so bad I can’t take them. I also suffer from GERD and all the meds literally rest my stomach apart. I’m at a loss as to what to do.

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For GERD: the ideas on this site were really helpful. A gastroenterologist can diagnose and maybe offer you some meds–I am on Pantoprozole, but used OTC ones before. I often drink hot tea (chamomile at night) with a meal.https://www.webmd.com/heartburn-gerd/triggers#:~:text=Heartburn%20triggers%3A%20Heartburn%20and%20diet,-A%20number%20of&text=alcohol%2C%20particularly%20red%20wine,lemons%2C%20oranges%20and%20orange%20juice
For depression: I was advised by a nurse pharmacist at the local compounding pharmacy to try 5-Hydroxy Gaba and it seems to help. However, I also have to do the right lifestyle things. Stop aspartame products and change to non-processed foods. Get up, and do some exercise/stretches, call a friend and talk about anything else, read something affirming (I like Sarah Breathnach's Daybook of Comfort and Joy, spend at least 15 minutes on a hobby or something you like to do and don't sleep too much.

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@stsopoci

Psychologist rather than a general doctor will find the right meds for you and watch you carefully. As we grow older our body changes and we need to move with the change. I hope you find your med soon.

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I have tried just about every SSRI out there and my hypersensitive brain/body just can’t handle the side effects. I’m at a loss as to what to do. I’m desperate…

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We know… I lot of us have changed meds and our daily lives many time and as our bodies get older it’s even harder. BUT .. we and you will find the special combination of meds and other treatments that will be wonderful. Believe us, it’s worth trying.

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@ladybug211

I have tried just about every SSRI out there and my hypersensitive brain/body just can’t handle the side effects. I’m at a loss as to what to do. I’m desperate…

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ladybug211 (happy holidays, at least as good as it can get with our condition.)
I also did about all the medications. I finally started on Clonopin (only) and
have had the best results so far. 2 mornings, 2 evenings with (almost) no side effects except I wake at 5- 6 am every morning, go to the Kitty litter box and
then I have a hard time falling asleep again. The gears in my brain will start turning reminding me of stuff I should not be thinking about that early. I turn on my reading light and read a bit till the gears slow down and I get drowsy again.
Contrary to what bad expeiences some have had with clonopin Which is just NOT the correct med for them, I am lucky ( so far, I'm doing best on this.)
I feel for you and wish your higher power will help you with your battle.

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