TeenHelp
Support Forums Today's Posts

Get Advice Connect with TeenHelp Resources
HelpLINK Facebook     Twitter     Tumblr     Instagram    Hotlines    Safety Zone    Alternatives

You are not registered or have not logged in

Hello guest! (Not a guest? Log in above!)

As a guest on TeenHelp you are only able to use some of our site's features. By registering an account you will be able to enjoy unlimited access to our site, and will be able to:

  • Connect with thousands of teenagers worldwide by actively taking part in our Support Forums and Chat Room.
  • Find others with similar interests in our Social Groups.
  • Express yourself through our Blogs, Picture Albums and User Profiles.
  • And much much more!

Signing up is free, anonymous and will only take a few moments, so click here to register now!


Anxiety This forum is for seeking advice on anxiety and stress related issues.

Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  (#1 (permalink)) Old
~anongirl~ Offline
Member
Not a n00b
**
 
~anongirl~'s Avatar
 
Name: anonymousgurl
Age: 17
Gender: Female

Posts: 71
Join Date: November 25th 2015

Unhappy Anxiety medications? - April 24th 2017, 11:13 PM

Hi all,

recently I've been diagnosed with severe social anxiety as well as the possibility of having depression. I am taking fluoxetine to ease the panic & help as an antidepressant.

however, its not working at all. I mean, the whole "antidepressant" aspect of it definitely is (i'm not as sad anymore, I always have a calm, content feeling when I'm taking it). The panic and anxiety is still there.

IDK why nothing is happening. I still have the same anxiety feelings I did before the medication. I've been taking it for a month now.

Why is nothing happening? Should I ask my doctor to increase my dosage? Or should I try a different medication?

Anyone who has experienced anxiety and has experience taking medication... do you have any advice?

Last edited by ~anongirl~; April 26th 2017 at 05:30 PM.
   
  (#2 (permalink)) Old
Melancholia. Offline
Devil Dez

TeenHelp Veteran
*************
 
Melancholia.'s Avatar
 
Name: Dez
Age: 22
Gender: They/them.
Location: Connecticut, USA

Posts: 19,104
Blog Entries: 138
Join Date: November 16th 2010

Re: Anxiety medications? - April 24th 2017, 11:22 PM

Hey,

A lot of things can be going on here.

The first thing to keep in mind is that medication isn't a "quick fix." It can take a few weeks for the medication to be in your body in a way where it is working fully.

The second thing is that you're right that not everyone is the same, and there is no "one size fits all" medication, meaning that one dose or one type of medication doesn't work for every person. I started off on Zoloft and then she added Gabapentin, then switched to Effexor when that didn't really work, she added Buspar to that, and now I'm at a place where I am just on Effexor. Basically what I'm saying is that there is a bit of trial and error involved when it comes to something like medication because everybody reacts differently. So, it could be that you either need a new dose or a new type of medication.

I would talk to your doctor and see what they suggest. They may want to raise your dose or add an additional medication to the one you're currently taking, or they may feel it best to switch you to a different one entirely. Or, they may want you to give it a little more time and then consider it. I don't feel comfortable with telling you whether or not you should increase your dose or switch entirely because I am not a professional myself, but your doctor is. So, I'd let them know what's going on and what you have been experiencing since you started the medication.

It is super important to be honest with your doctor through this process so you can get the best help and treatment possible. There is nothing that is "stupid" or "too small" to bring up. If it is something that is a concern to you, I'd talk to them about it. They can ease your concerns or do something to address it. I'm not just talking about with this current issue but in general. They're there for you and won't yell at you or judge you. They want to help, and you deserve the help.

The other thing I am wondering is if you are in any kind of therapy along with the medication? While medication is super useful, a combination of medication and therapy may be the most ideal because even on the medication you still may have bad days and it is important to learn ways to cope with what is going on in your life. The medication is there to back you up and get you to a place where you feel capable of handling these things, but the therapy will help you learn how to, and help you work through any issues you are facing.

I hope this has helped and I wish you the best of luck!

-Dez


Let it come and let it be...

  Send a message via Yahoo to Melancholia.  
  (#3 (permalink)) Old
~anongirl~ Offline
Member
Not a n00b
**
 
~anongirl~'s Avatar
 
Name: anonymousgurl
Age: 17
Gender: Female

Posts: 71
Join Date: November 25th 2015

Re: Anxiety medications? - April 25th 2017, 01:14 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by ~*Just Keep Swimming*~ View Post
Hey,

A lot of things can be going on here.

The first thing to keep in mind is that medication isn't a "quick fix." It can take a few weeks for the medication to be in your body in a way where it is working fully.

The second thing is that you're right that not everyone is the same, and there is no "one size fits all" medication, meaning that one dose or one type of medication doesn't work for every person. I started off on Zoloft and then she added Gabapentin, then switched to Effexor when that didn't really work, she added Buspar to that, and now I'm at a place where I am just on Effexor. Basically what I'm saying is that there is a bit of trial and error involved when it comes to something like medication because everybody reacts differently. So, it could be that you either need a new dose or a new type of medication.

I would talk to your doctor and see what they suggest. They may want to raise your dose or add an additional medication to the one you're currently taking, or they may feel it best to switch you to a different one entirely. Or, they may want you to give it a little more time and then consider it. I don't feel comfortable with telling you whether or not you should increase your dose or switch entirely because I am not a professional myself, but your doctor is. So, I'd let them know what's going on and what you have been experiencing since you started the medication.

It is super important to be honest with your doctor through this process so you can get the best help and treatment possible. There is nothing that is "stupid" or "too small" to bring up. If it is something that is a concern to you, I'd talk to them about it. They can ease your concerns or do something to address it. I'm not just talking about with this current issue but in general. They're there for you and won't yell at you or judge you. They want to help, and you deserve the help.

The other thing I am wondering is if you are in any kind of therapy along with the medication? While medication is super useful, a combination of medication and therapy may be the most ideal because even on the medication you still may have bad days and it is important to learn ways to cope with what is going on in your life. The medication is there to back you up and get you to a place where you feel capable of handling these things, but the therapy will help you learn how to, and help you work through any issues you are facing.

I hope this has helped and I wish you the best of luck!

-Dez
Thank you so so much for your helpful reply.
Yes, i am actually currently in therapy. When I was first getting the "anxiety attacks" was about a year ago, and at that time my knowledge of mental health was very limited. I thought I was experiencing panic attacks, but it turns out theres a huge difference between the two.

My therapist is really helping me understand my mental issues better, and is currently working with me to reduce the anxiety in situations that trigger it.

I am probably having an appointment soon (with my regular doctor, not my therapist), so I will definitely bring up some of the stuff you mentioned. I'm going to bring up how i feel like my anxiety still needs to be reduced in order for me to function normally in everyday settings.

One more question for you: how long did it take for you when you took your medications for it to actually start to kick in? How long does it typically take?

Thank you so very much, your reply was truly helpful.
   
  (#4 (permalink)) Old
Melancholia. Offline
Devil Dez

TeenHelp Veteran
*************
 
Melancholia.'s Avatar
 
Name: Dez
Age: 22
Gender: They/them.
Location: Connecticut, USA

Posts: 19,104
Blog Entries: 138
Join Date: November 16th 2010

Re: Anxiety medications? - April 25th 2017, 02:15 AM

Quote:
One more question for you: how long did it take for you when you took your medications for it to actually start to kick in? How long does it typically take?
I have heard that it takes around 5-6 weeks for it to fully kick in. I know for me the first thing I felt were a few side effects (just appetite loss really) but that went away after the first week. It took me around a month or so for it to really kick in.


Let it come and let it be...

  Send a message via Yahoo to Melancholia.  
Closed Thread

Bookmarks

Tags
antidepressants, anxiety, medication, medications, panic or anxiety

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




All material copyright 1998-2018, TeenHelp.
Terms | Legal | Privacy | Conduct | Complaints

Powered by vBulletin®.
Copyright ©2000-2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search engine optimization by vBSEO.
Theme developed in association with vBStyles.