just please don't tell me to calm down
August 7, 2010 5:59 PM Subscribe
Do I have to choose between thin+unhappy and fat+unhappy?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (41 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I apologize if this question is ridiculous, but this is a really emotional issue for me and I find it hard to think about it with any clarity or objectivity.
I am trying to deal with my anxiety disorder. In the last year, it's gotten much worse. I want to understand what my medication options are, and they all seem terrible. Because of you, my metafilter friends, I am on the NuvaRing and have had over a year of freedom from incapacitating period pain, so I was hoping you could work your magic again and help me gain some knowledge and some comfort...
Basically, as far as I can tell, there are two kinds of medications I can take to treat my anxiety. First, there are SSRIs, which will make me gain weight, which I'd have to take daily, and which will stay in my system for a while if I decide to stop taking them. Second, there are medications like Xanax, which act quickly to stop a panic attack but which are habit forming.
Is there anything else? Do I have to choose between anxiety&panic, or gaining weight, or becoming addicted to Valium?
Please, please don't tell me to talk to a doctor about this. I get so freaked out about this that I just lose the ability to take in information that is being said to me with words. If I can get a sense from text on a screen, maybe I can handle a conversation with a doctor, but I really need this to be my first step, or I will go to the doctor, totally flip out, not understand anything the doctor says, and leave with a prescription I will never fill.
I am seeing a therapist who has urged me to consider medication several times, so this isn't happening in a vacuum.
I really appreciate your time and help.