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What medications or other treatments have worked well for people mainly suffering from Generalized Anxiety Disorder/Panic Disorder/Disthymic Disorder? I already know the official answers, but I want to hear from others with personal experience on here. I know we’re all different, but some insight would be truly helpful.

Hey! So I was clinically diagnosed with Social Anxiety Disorder & Generalized Anxiety Disorder about 5 weeks ago. At first they put me on ‘buspirone’ which somewhat stabilized my mood, and made me less sad, but it didn’t do anything for my anxiety. Then my psychiatrist put me on 15mg of Paxil ~~~ the first two weeks were unpleasant. I was irritable and had one panic attack out of the blue. Then, 5 days ago, I woke up one morning and the anxiety was gone… I opened my eyes and my brain felt sorta’ warm and relaxed. It was the strangest feeling. I didn’t feel that ‘on edge’ emotion anymore. The first two days the medicine started working, I couldn’t stop smiling, and my surroundings seemed brighter and happier. :P I know it sounds odd, but I guess surplus seratonin does that to you. It wasn’t a high or euphoria, it just felt like… that moment you’ve finished a really good workout, and you have hope you can go on and accomplish things. :) Haha, anyway, now I’ve stabilized a bit more and feel a lot more normal, no overwhelming anxiety! It’s still there, of course, but… it’s not powerful, and doesn’t lead to negative thoughts like self hate or doubt. From here on out it’s my job to change my pattern of thinking so I can avoid anxiety all together. I’m working on it w/ my therapist. :) Hope this helped. Also, it’s important to realize that my medication worked for me, but it may not work for you. You gotta’ give your body and mind time to adjust… I know it’s not easy, but just keep telling yourself you’ll get better soon, you just gotta’ find the medicine that works for you. :) Also note that once the medication starts the works, it means your body is reliant on it… which means you can have severe withdrawal if you cut cold turkey. Yikes, not looking forward to the day I no longer need paxil. 

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