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Can Anxiety Disorders Get Worse With Age/time?

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#1 Laladien


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Posted 24 December 2008 - 10:20 AM

This is an odd question...

I went back on my meds (Remeron and Klonopin) a few nights back after being off them for nearly seven months (I had an overzealous doc who felt I could survive on CBT alone). The seven months I was off were pure Hell, though there were periods where I felt completely normal. I had him tell me that I was going through AD withdrawal and Benzo withdrawal and that it could last a while, which I honestly believe is bullshit. People here have said that, too. However, prior to going back on the drugs I went through a period where sleep was a pain in the ass. I was getting 1-2 hours a night for roughly eight weeks. I would wake up in sheer panic and not be able to sleep.

One night, this changed. I woke up and felt the panic coming on, but suddenly it was gone - along with all my emotions. I felt like I wasn't me anymore. I was feeling angry, having OCD thoughts and feeling pretty whacked out. Like I was going crazy. I've never had this happen before and am trying to get the meds to work (they are kind of working, but not really. I need to give them more time or move on), but every day I feel like this. Like I am not me or that a lot of what I am going through is unfamiliar. I don't feel a damn thing, though by night time this tends to resolve a bit. Has my anxiety become something worse or have I simply gone unmedicated for too long?

Also, any good suggestions for meds? My doc had me try Cymbalta, but it gives me hives something fierce after one dose... not a good choice. He is recommending Pristiq (sp?), but I tend to do well with Tricyclics. My med track record is:

1) Pamelor - On it for seven years then it stopped working
2) Doxepin - Similar to the pamelor, but got off due to super high BP
3) Serzone - Great, but short lived due to high liver enzymes and eventual FDA issues
4) Remeron - Great when I started taking it as Sol tabs, but gave me RLS when I switched to pills (the made me switch)
5) Klonopin - Started taking it for the RLS from Remeron.

I have tried some SSRI's, specifically Lexapro, but I never gave them a fair shake. LExapro made me puke every morning for two weeks and didn't do much for my mood.

Thank you so much for your help. I am really scared. :mad: I want to be me again.
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Posted 19 August 2009 - 08:17 PM

Alot of these symptoms sound like benzo or AD withdrawal to me.

I was on 4mg Klonopin for 2 years and I eventually decided to get off them because I was tolerant and dependent. When I was getting off Klonopin the withdrawal was pure Hell, just as you described. Interestingly, I would have some moments where I would feel better. I would also have feeling of "not being in my body" and feeling of "unreality". It sounds sort of like what your describing.

I believe what your experiencing are the last remnants of withdrawal. Even after a long slow taper I still have the occasional muscle spasm from the Klonopin I was taking for 2 years. This is even with taking low-dose Xanax PRN.

#3 Anna


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Posted 19 August 2009 - 09:09 PM

The end stages of withdrawal often include rebound symptoms. It is quite possible that your symptoms have worsened in response to weaning off drugs, rather than simply worsening over time. Although the latter is certainly also possible.

I'd give a new regimen (or return to the old) a little while before trying to reevalute where you are.

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