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  1. If you know my history, I was diagnosed with panic disorder and GAD about 13 years ago. Was on Lexapro with great success for over 10 years before it stopped working for me. Switched to Prozac over 2 years ago and it was a long and rough transition. Have had multiple rough patches while on Prozac, seems like more in 2 years than with Lexapro for 10. Saw my GP today and she felt it was time to change. This time it's Zoloft. One of my best friends takes it and has had very good results so I took that as a positive sign when the Dr. Said it. At any rate, I begin the transition tomorrow. Hopefully will not be as rough of a transition as last time, but at least I know what to potentially expect.
  2. Would simply say place your focus on your new job. From your post it sounds like it wasn't the best fit for anyone involved. Might sound odd, but sometimes being let go can be the best thing that happens. I've been doing Human Resources for over 20 years. I have seen people let go that go on to better opportunities and greater happiness. I've also seen former Associates who can't let it go, even years later. Without exception in my career, those who move forward and use their time in position as a learning experience seem to do much better. From your post, I am happy for you that you are in a new job and have the opportunity to move on. Best wishes.
  3. Wishing all a very happy Easter.
  4. I was on Lexapro for 10 years and then it faded out for me. Don't remember a time before that when it stopped working, but of course even with the Lexapro there were occasional hard days. Best wishes.
  5. Thank you all very much for the replies and support. Much appreciated. Best wishes.
  6. I have panic disorder and GAD, that tends to manifest as heart concerns. Although not my heart (been checked and see a Cardiologist) it's simply where my mind goes and chest wall pain converts to heart attack in my head instantly. Usually, I can point to a reason of what is causing a spike in anxiety but at the moment I'm kind of giving up as they are too many to choose from. Without a lot of detail, my sibling was recently diagnosed with the C word and has started chemo, a professional mentor of mine passed, wife has been traveling a lot for work so I've been doing a good deal of "single parenting" with my 3 year old, in day 5 of quitting a heavy chewing tobacco habit, and the weather here has been going crazy and I always seem to feel the changes. Can go on, but what's the point. Feel like hell, irritable and panicky and know it's a huge combo of issues, nothing I can pinpoint for now, and this rough patch seems to have no end in sight. Frustrated and needed to vent where I know people understand. Best wishes. Thanks for reading.
  7. Bin is correct, if these symptoms are new to you or you feel you are in danger then take action. Did the Cardiologist do tests? If they did tests and cleared you in January, you shouldn't be worrying about your heart. Easier said then done I know. I had all the tests done a little over a year ago and besides a minor dilation of the LV with normal function, all my tests were clear. Have seen the Cardiologist twice since then for follow ups, she is happy with my BP, pulse, and EKGs. Blood work is all in normal range but creeping towards out of normal range. Next follow up is in July with another Echo. Have lost some weight and have better control of BP so actuallly hoping for the LV to be the same at worst or less dilated. Even hoping to kee losing weight and get it back to normal. With all that said, I'm in minor panic mode as I type this. I have arm pain and chest pain tonight and generally don't feel well. All the pain can be reproduced by touch, and I know I'm tense lately which is most likely causing the pain in arms and shoulders. In short, I have no logical reason to think it's heart. Arteries are clear, calcium score of zero, and heart failure doesn't progress that quick,from where I was a year ago. But here I am rubbing my chest, took a Xanax, and trying to calm myself down to no avail. Trying to remind myself of the logic while resisting the urge to go get checked out in a ER tonight. God anxiety is tiring! Best wishes
  8. Lack of a better expression...that's really neat.
  9. I haven't heard of that before, but find the concept of genetically matching to the best option to be fascinating. Keep us posted on what you learn. Best wishes.
  10. Chicken or the egg question. Yes anxiety can manifest as digestive issues and a simple, benign stomach cramp can trigger anxiety. When it impacts us, I guess in the short term it doesn't matter what came first as we are dealing with it in that moment. Best wishes.
  11. I can't speak specifically to Zoloft, but when I started Lexapro many years ago and then Prozac a couple,of years ago I did experience some increased anxiety at first which is not uncommon. Again I don't know about Zoloft but I don't think that would be a side effect after only one dose. Sounds like an anxiety flare up due to starting the medication. Hang in there! It may take,some time, but when the SSRI kicks in it will be worth it. Best wishes.
  12. I agree with Miss, it's great that you found one that works for you. I'll preface my own experience by saying everyone is different and what works for one doesn't always work for everyone else. With that said, I am currently on Prozac (60mg) and it's the second SSRI for me. I was on Lexapro for 10 years and I thought it was great. Unfortunately it faded out and I had a long rough transition to Prozac. Overall it has kept the panic at bay but Imseem to have had less rough patches with Lexapro. Then again, I could just be remembering it more generously than I should. Bottom line is I'm fine being on medication, but like anyone who is, wish I knew one that would take care of the anxiety completely, but that's not realistic (I don't think it is at least.). Best wishes, very happy for you that it's working.
  13. Thanks! Was nice today to just get a lot off my chest. She quickly saw where the major issues are (deep down I did as well) and we discussed a few ideas to try out. Going to go once a week for a bit to help get out of this rough patch.
  14. It's going to be ok. I am in the same boat but with me it's chest pains and heart attack fears. I completely understand. You can think of several reasons why something is happening and regardless of how practical they are, anxiety goes for the one you fear. Sorry you are in a rough patch, I know what's it like be to stuck in the cycle. Hang in there. Best wishes.
  15. Decided to go back for a visit with my Therapist and have an appointment Monday afternoon. Been well over a year since my last visit, but can't shake the current rough patch. Actually looking forward to the visit. Last time was my first time ever seeing a Therapist and she helped me through a real rough patch when I was changing medication. Just realizing what I'm doing lately isn't working so it's time. Hope everyone is well.