How Many PA Parents On Anti-Depressant/Anxiety Medication?

Posted on: Tue, 08/21/2001 - 12:15pm
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Another thread lost because of holier than thou's.

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Posted on: Wed, 08/22/2001 - 10:22am
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Joined: 07/17/2001 - 09:00

Count me in...for now anyway. I've been on an anti-anxiety/depression med for 3 mos and surprisingly am not hesistant to admit it. My daughter's first PA reaction was 4 mos ago and I was having a really difficult time with depression, panic attacks, and shear anxiety 24/7...unable to sleep, eat, think, work or basically take care of my family. Her diagnosis came on the heels of a miscarriage (2 mos prior) and I think I had some low-level anxiety even before that. I'm on a relatively low dose, and it's helped a great deal. I hope to get off of it eventually and consider that I'm using it to help me get through a bummer time. Who knows.
I guess I don't mind telling people (except for my VERY holistic friend) that I'm on it b/c it's really helped so much and we're all human. And acutally, I've found out that SO many people are on anti-depressant/anxiety meds (whether that's good or bad?). Initially I felt "weak" b/c I couldn't handle what life had thrown me, but I'm over that now and am doing what I have to do. We all handle things differently. I'm not advocating that everyone should be medicated...just that for now it's working for me.

Posted on: Wed, 08/22/2001 - 8:15pm
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Joined: 03/26/2002 - 09:00

cindy, its threads like this that reasure me that its ok to be a little bit do lally!!

Posted on: Wed, 08/22/2001 - 8:35pm
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Joined: 05/23/2001 - 09:00

I am not on anything currently because I'm pregnant but I spoke with my OB yesterday and as soon as I deliver, I will be on anxiety meds.

Posted on: Thu, 08/23/2001 - 12:20am
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Joined: 05/25/2001 - 09:00

I took Prozac about 6yrs ago before the birth of my children. I took it for about a year, then I felt OK enough to stop.
I have been in therapy since my son was diagnosed with his PA/TNA etc,,,etc,,,
There are times when I feel like I need to go back on some kind of anti-anxiety medication,but I haven't done it yet.
One of the reasons are the side effects.
I have the feeling once Tom is old enough to be in school full time, I will most likely do it. But being a SAHM I don't have that added anxiety yet!!!

Posted on: Thu, 08/23/2001 - 9:33am
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Joined: 04/19/2000 - 09:00

Cindy I think it is great that you posted this because it may help a lot of parents in need of someone to talk with. Being honest is such a major part of these boards.
I myself have such a supportive family that I am able to go through all the needed steps during and after an allergy attack.Therefore I have never needed medication or counciling. I Usually have an attack about one week after where I am sick and can barely move. I think because I don't have time at the ER to let myself show Chris how upset I am. After I am so busy counting my blessings and about one week after i am starting to think i am over the scare. That is when i will get the headache and tingling in my arms. The doctor said it is just like a stress attack that i get.
My mom and dad and my husband allow me to cry and hold on tight to Chris is I have to. The doctors have always given me a big squeeze to console me as well.
Please let me know how your families help in the scares. Take care Cindy claire

Posted on: Thu, 08/23/2001 - 9:42am
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Posted on: Thu, 08/23/2001 - 10:50am
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Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

Cindy, this is a really great thread.
I'm not on anything currently, but probably should be! Lately I've been feeling that between PA and other stuff my body is on red-alert 24/7. I'm starting to feel like I can't "come down" between episodes of major stress, and I'm overreacting to things that probably aren't really such a big deal. In addition, I've always been somewhat of a "glass half-empty" person, but lately I can't look at any situation without jumping all over the downside.
I briefly tried therapy last year, but hated the therapist my insurance would cover (the dreaded insurance issue is a whole thread in itself!). Perhaps once the kids get back to school, I'll try again. Uh-oh, just mentioning the start of school... [img][/img]

Posted on: Thu, 08/23/2001 - 12:30pm
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Joined: 05/25/2001 - 09:00

I can really identify with trying to find a decent therapist!!!
It took me several times before I found one that I was comfortable with. So hang in there!
That's also the reason we changed insurance. We used to have a HMO but now have a PPO. Yes it has been more expensive,but now at least we have a choice!!
I 'am a big believer in therapy. I think its a mark in anyones favor when you are wise enough to know that you really need help.
The only people that have a real phobia about getting therapy are usually the ones that NEED IT MOST!
This PA situation is indeed really hard for me to deal with. I hide it inside. From my children, my husband and my family. Even my closest friends will never fully understand how this changes everything in ones life. Yes, I do talk about it to some of them, but I have to be as strong as I can be, for my childrens sake.
Don't be mistaken, it's not like I tell everyone about my therapy, only the people I feel really know me and understand. God Bless

Posted on: Thu, 08/23/2001 - 2:54pm
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Posted on: Fri, 08/24/2001 - 1:11am
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Joined: 05/25/2001 - 09:00

Can I join the 40+ club? I'm 42.
That could be another thread starter.
"Does being an older mother make it that much harder to deal with PA children?".
My body just isn't what it was 10 yrs ago.
The energy level is not what it was either.
I know that this has affected my coping skills. Hope this isn't too off topic!
Thank you Cindy for your courage on bringing up this topic!


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