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Back in the 1900’s when somebody had a mental disorder the solution was a lobotomy. Thankfully, we have become more humane since then. We live in a world that has a lot more stress than previous generations. For one we have more people. It’s getting harder to breath the same oxygen. So it should be no surprise to learn than anxiety is a lot more commonplace than it use to be. Either that or people are getting to be more comfortable talking about it.
The reason I chose to wrote these articles about anxiety is that there is still a lot of information to be shared. The best source for it is from someone who has dealt with it and somewhat gotten better. If you have panic attacks or anxiety related disorder my first piece of advice is to see a doctor. You cannot handle this on your own. Trust me I know from some crippling attacks I’ve had, one during a job interview. Your doctor will be able to prescribe medication that will ease the jags, or the most violent parts of the episodes. Believe me it is easier to get through the gnawing sensation of a panic attack without having to deal with thinking about whether you are still breathing.
As for medications, everybody is different. Which means that what works for me may not necessarily work for someone else. But again that is where a doctor has to be involved to find the combination of meds that works for a patient. Citalopram and Lisinopril are my cocktails of choice. Once you start taking these pills the first thing you will experience is an increase in the sensation of the panic attack. This can be a daunting price to pay but I assure you after a couple of weeks if you stay on the meds you will start to feel better. During the transition one thing I found that helped knock me out of a panic attack was aspirin. But my doctor said aspirin has also been known to aggravate symptoms in other patients so take my advice with a grain of salt.
Most anxiety medications are going to cause your blood pressure to rise and that requires another pill to offset its’ effects which can range from shortness of breath to a mental breakdown. Lisinopril seems to be the drug of choice for many. I don’t really know how I would feel without it, but I’d rather take it than to risk what might occur if I didn’t. One other thing, medications like Citalopram and Lisinopril are for bringing you down from a heightened sense of awareness. Some people find they bring them down too much and because of them are lethargic and tired. To offset this fatigue sometimes doctors prescribe Budeprion. Budeprion is suppose to bring you back up, but it can also neutralize the effect of the other drugs.
In conclusion there is no cure for anxiety. Once you’ve got it I’m afraid it is for good. But there is consolation in knowing that medications can change what was once a debilitating condition into one that can be managed.