social anxiety / zoloft
- 02-20-2008, 11:36 AM
social anxiety / zoloft
ok this is kinda hard for me to admit but i finally saw a dr. and told him i have a social anxiety.why is it hard to admit? i was raised very "old school".i worked a in a family business where unless you were dying you were not allowed to have off.basically suck it up and move on mentality.now at the age of 30 i finally am seeking help
my doctor prescribed 25 mgs of zoloft a day..anyone have experience with this condition or med?i looked into myself but i want to hear feedback? any help would be appreciated
- 02-20-2008, 12:36 PM
While i dont have social anxiety i do have anxiety/mild depression.. A few of the drugs a doc brought up to me was zoloft so id like to here some feedback as well. Im just waiting on seint he psych to see what he/she has to say.
Itl get better man and atleast you got help! It took a lot for me to as well so ur not the only one. My girl had to drag me to the docs.E-Pharm Rep... PM me with any questions or concerns
- 02-20-2008, 02:47 PM
yea this is a last ditch effort.this anxiety klled me in art school and i kinda gave up on it.while i now have a great job i have a real want to get back into art..so i basically needed to do soemthing finally
02-24-2008, 03:29 PM
I have had social anxiety all my life, and still do. I was taking 20mg of Lexapro for this and generalized anxiety disorder for about a year. I found that taking the med helped me to learn to control these feelings as the medication forced the off switch to turn off whenever I started to get the panic feeling. Over the course of a year I learned how to utilize the switch and quit the Lexapro cold turkey (not recommended) and did really well as I had learned how to control it. Though I still get the feelings of panic and such, I understand fully how to deal with it instead of letting it control me. So dont worry man Social Anxiety and Generalized Anxiety Disorders are fairly common and many people are in your same boat. Some worse than others, but get treatment for it and allow yourself to enjoy being around people.
02-24-2008, 04:42 PM
Your not alone my brethren.
I too have pretty much always suffered from bad@ss anxiety. I know all to well how stupid it makes me fell to have to deal with being debilitated by imaginary evil forces. lol...But seriously I took Zoloft as a fcuking kid (15-17) this was before they knew it made kids/teens suicidal. It kind of made me feel like a machine, I felt no emotions at all (good/bad) other than that it completely killed my sex drive 100%. For a teenage boy I think there is a serious problem whenever that happens. I had trouble maintaining erections for very long and ya I wanted to fcuking kill people and myself!! Other than that it was great!!
Stay away from that sh!t at all costs would be my advise brother!! I have had good success with xanax, though some don't like it, I do because I don't have to take it every day only when I need it and it works takes about 20-30 minutes to kick in.
02-24-2008, 07:27 PM
"I took Zoloft as a fcuking kid (15-17) this was before they knew it made kids/teens suicidal. It kind of made me feel like a machine, I felt no emotions at all (good/bad) other than that it completely killed my sex drive 100%." Been there done that. My mom was prescribed Zoloft, but never took it. I started taking nerve pills, Valium, xanax, klonopins. Then I started taking my moms zoloft. I would take Valiums, xanax, zoloft, klonopins and pain medication. I felt no emotions at all, happy, sad, scared. I only felt one anger. It was a wild ride to say the very least. No I wouldnt come within a mile of a pill, lost to much from that shiit. Mark
02-25-2008, 08:11 AM
appreciate the feedback and support...it looks like zoloft is out for me i look like a damn strawberry from my chest to my waist.got a mean rash so i am stopping it..gotta hit the docs and see what he says is the next step..lol i cant win
03-29-2008, 12:32 AM
06-13-2008, 12:07 PM
Try Lexapro. It has worked wonders for several of my friends that have social anxiety. Now they are social without the need for EtOH (liquid courage), and they haven't notice any ill effects with their libido or their gains in the gym.
06-15-2008, 09:24 AM
I've got tons of experience with social anxiety, and GAD. Just like you, 7 years ago I went to my general practitioner looking for help. I was suffering from several and crippling social anxiety (to the point I was afraid to go to work), and mild anxiety and panic. And then it began. First of all, benzodiazapines are a god send for people like us. Unfortunately, they are very addictive and only useful for extremely short periods (like during panic attacks or transitioning between medicines).
My personal experience of medications starts with Wellbutrin, and goes through, Effexor, Zoloft, Lexepro, Buspar, Serequel, and more than I can recall. Unfortunately, none of the long term medications seemed to work effectively, and the ones that did had so many side effects that social anxiety were the least of my problems (among them, suicidal thoughts, extreme anxiety, and insomnia). After a 4 year rollercoaster ride, the only thing that seemed to work for me was changing my diet, and very regular exercise and only then, I didnt notice any change to my mental health for more than 6 months.
But... there may be medication out there that works for you. I would just advise you be very cautious and not put too much hope in every medication the doc might try to prescribe for you. We've come a long way in modern medicine, but unfortunately the mental health field is still ages behind the curve. A lot of these medications are like trying to kill a fly with a nuclear bomb.
06-15-2008, 09:28 AM
Also, gabapentin's use as an anti anxiety medication is not supported by most physicians. Many won't prescribe it for this since its an off label use. Which is unfortuante, because I found that a regular small dose was somewhat effective for anxiety and overall mood. Gabapentin and neurontin are generally prescribed for most types of neuropathy.
09-18-2008, 03:58 PM
ok well jsut to update.i had to go onto another SSRI ,Celexa to be exact.dropped the zoloft as it did zilch for me.the results for me on celexa have been great. i am on 20 mgs a day and am kicking myself for not trying this sooner. i have been taking it for 3 months and i am finally able to do a lot of things i couldnt do 3 months ago.my training is finally dialed in,my personal life is 10x better.i will start therapy soon as i know i am only treating the symptoms of this cancer and not the cause, but man it is nice seeing results.thanks for all the help guys
09-18-2008, 04:04 PM
Zoloft has been kicking butt for me thus far as far as social anxiety goes.. Hope it lasts!
Glad to hear you're feeling good wojo.
09-22-2008, 10:34 PM
I gotta say, Stablon's worked great for me. I'm so glad it was recommended.
Not only do I have no more need for ativan, but there are definite cognitive benefits to be had by stablon as well. 4 pd works best for me, if I take more it's a little stimulating in combination with other noots I take.
09-30-2008, 11:44 PM
I second that Zoloft killed my sex drive from what it was. I mean it was almost a problem it was so high before, but after nearly a year off my sex drive has not risen back to previous levels; I still have it and it can spark up, but nothing like it was at embarrasing problem levels. So in the end not necessarily worse, just different.
Zoloft didn't really do much for my social awkwardness, but then again I had depression, not social anxiety. Helped with depression, but had I known and understood other supplemental options I would have avoided it. It's ok though because I needed it, it helped, and I'e moved on to better things to use nutrition/supplement/exercise wise.
10-01-2008, 06:12 AM
i have a appointment with my dr today as a followup.this is going on month 4 for me and it is only getting better,its sad seeing how bad i really was with my anxiety and how miserable i must have made my friends and family because i was in denial.
12-21-2008, 06:51 AM
12-22-2008, 04:33 PM
You not alone!
I was raised the same way, and I didnt start seeing a Dr. until after college. I use 30mg of Lexapro/day....the difference is night and day!!!
12-26-2008, 08:44 PM
12-26-2008, 09:22 PM
I recently was diagnosed with depression/anxiety and I got a prescription for Wellbutrin XL @150mg/day. I have to say, its a fantastic drug... Just take 1 pill in the morning and its all good. The difference since I started taking it is fantastic. Its also known as the stop smoking drug "Zyban"... Kinda weird I thought.
12-26-2008, 09:50 PM
12-26-2008, 10:35 PM
i was originally prescribed lexapro my isurance,playing doctor, wouldnt approve it they kept asking for prior authorization .so walmart got permisson from my doc for generic celexa(sp?).worked out for me 4 bucks a month
12-26-2008, 10:40 PM
12-26-2008, 11:29 PM
I have no way of comparing to lexapro but it has worked great for me. I haven't noticed any sides. Sexual or otherwise, which was what I was fearful of. Everyone is different tho
12-29-2008, 12:59 PM
Has anyone tried Bacopa Monnieri (20%) for anxiety? I found it on a different site, and the reviews are very positive (above normal enthusiasm for a product I would say).
12-29-2008, 01:10 PM
f*ck all the drugs.
I had severe performance anxiety...its the same thing as social anxiety where the room closes up and your heart pounds really fast...like an intense adrenaline rush. I had to perform in front of large audiences for scholarship auditions..we are talking like 150,000 dollars for a 3 minute performance. I thought of taking anxiety meds but discovered beta-blockers.
Its called inderall.
I use it for speeches, meeting the parents, performances...anything where I am on the spot in front of people.
My anxiety is caused by me being afraid of getting nervous. If I start to get nervous I get more nervous about getting nervous and people knowing I'm nervous and my voice shakin etc.
Inderall is a simply small pill and all it does is block the flight or fight signal...this means you feel absolutely normal and when you start to think about getting anxious your stomach cannot turn over and you will not start shaking...you just feel flat out chill. Its amazing and no side effects.
If you barely swerve around a wreck in traffic, about 5 seconds later you will feel this huge shot of adrenaline to your stomach and youll start shaking as a reaction. If you are taking a beta-blocker, that shot will be much much smaller depending on the dosage. Your brain will recognize the situation the exact same, so its not mind altering, but the viscious cycle of shaking, shortness of breath, heart pounding in your ears CANNOT and WILL not occur. This allows you to conquer your fears. You can get upclose to your fears without experiencing the physical effects. Your mind will be able to adjust as its not altered by this medication. Then you can ween yourself off....I used these for a whole year and I havent touched them in a long time after weeing off.
I def. recommend this to people with panic attacks before taking actual mind altering meds.
12-31-2008, 07:43 AM
I have/had/whatever social anxiety. Took zoloft when I was a kid for a few months. I noticed it did make things better but came off it because I did not like how it made me feel (robotic.) For short term social anxiety nothing beats benzos but I don't think they prescribe them for that. All in all now I just have a few drinks and learn to realize that everything is OK... i still get panic attacks occasionally but it's better than being on the meds. i've learned to accept them, and once i do all is well.
PS ... nervous about getting nervous... exactly. I get it if I travel, with people I don't know well, etc. I usually just say "I dont feel well" if it gets too bad and breathe through it. Goes away after a few mins of calming myself down. Whatever.
12-31-2008, 09:46 AM
Dude wojo man I was diagnosed as a 17 year old with adhd, bi-polar disordr, mild shcitzo, and depression, they had me on all kinds of **** I got weak as hell mentally and a limp **** I smoked weed cause it made me happy to finally at 24 I am clear still sad alot angry I have few friends and also tense in social enviroments to the point of sweating. Me personally the thought of mental relief is sometimes overwhelming causing me to want drugs but I refuse to believe in being medicated the rest of my life instead I embrace the live hard die hard phylosiphy focus as best i can good luck man In your decision but remember great warriors and men who went before us nevr took meds
12-31-2008, 10:26 AM
thanks man..i think lol..i lived my life up to now unhappy..the meds are nothing but a cructh as i go through therapy.i do not plan to be on them my whole life.i dont feel like gettting into a debate here and as far as great men go..it is all dust and illusion most of those so called great men where pricks is there own life.i decided to get help when i realized i was making people in my life,the ones that were there for me and still are, unhappy.
you guys can believe what u like i made a decision it may not be your decision,but it is working great for me.i appreciate all comments guys positive and negative.
12-31-2008, 10:29 AM
Its all in ur head like you said, Suck it up.
12-31-2008, 10:30 AM
12-31-2008, 10:47 AM
Wojo you make a great argument as I make everyone around me miserable too I am to headstrong anyway to think i need help. My greatest fear is that taking meds will kill my aggression and keep me from success and growth as a man. It is a dog eat dog world and i would rather be a ferocious prick than a passive kitty kat which is what I think meds will do to a man
12-31-2008, 11:10 AM
12-31-2008, 11:24 AM
12-31-2008, 11:26 AM
And like you mentioned It is a maturity thing maybe I'll feel better about it in 6 years either way good on ya an good luck with it
12-31-2008, 01:03 PM
1. The medication help your brain function physically as its supposed to, so you dont have to "Suck it up". Why should a person be so miserable all the time?
2. A good therapists is a guide to help you undue and/or change how you have been thinking for sooo long.
Its funny when I think about it...its actually harder and more work to try and seek help....not lazy and pointless...but the end result is much better than how I lived before.
12-31-2008, 01:16 PM
I now understand a little where you are coming from. I had now idea people would have a fear of being less successful, but I think you misunderstand medication (SSRI, SSNRI, MAOI, etc) work. Yes, you MIGHT become less aggressive, BUT that does not mean you wont still be as, if not more, assertive...which is more important for achieving your goals
12-31-2008, 03:23 PM
12-31-2008, 04:15 PM
I will quote my therapist "I have a unique role, in that I try my best to work myself out of a job. I try to help you, so that you do not need to see me anymore."
NOTE: I have tried medications where the cost/benefit ratio was not worth it. Here is advice to anyone; if you dont feel like the medication or therapy is working, you must speak up and change it up. Its a lot of work, but worth it in the end.
12-31-2008, 04:27 PM
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