Wednesday, July 16, 2008

anxiety advice?

I meant to write a long, explanatory post about this, but no time for that so I'll keep it short and to the point. Recently I have been having extreme anxiety problems when I travel. Obviously I never used to have this problem, but ever since Csilla was born I seem to get incredibly stressed out to the point of feeling extremely sick before (and during) air travel. Tomorrow I'm going to see my doctor about some options for me on our trip to Hungary next month.

Does anybody have any suggestions for controlling anxiety?

It's beyond any sort of mental hurdle I need to overcome. I'm thinking of taking some sort of medication and I want to find something now so I can give it a test run before we actually travel.

I completely understand if you don't want to leave a comment about this, but if you have some advice or the name of a medication that has worked well for you, please send me an email. I want to be able to take something that will calm my racing mind and nervous stomach, but not leave me feeling drowsy or drugged. Balazs will be with us too, but I need to be on my "A Game" when travelling with Csilla. I worry so much about her safety that no matter what I tell myself, I can't seem to calm down.

No need for disclaimers... I know you're not a doctor. I'm just looking for you to tell me about your own experiences with anti-anxiety medications. I have my big girl panties on, so give it to me straight!

Thanks.

15 comments:

Jen said...

Well. . . it's almost 2 am, so if I don't make sense, that is why. Wow that was a long horribly written sentence. ANYWAYS, my dear, I am totally feeling for you. I can't say I KNOW exactly how you feel as I am NOT you, but anxiety SUCKS! I have it and have had it for years and years. It flares up and then gets somewhat under control. Although, I ALWAYS HAVE IT! Anyways. I was prescribed xanax(spelling) in college as I had SEVERE panic attacks! I didn't like the effects of that very well. It did leave me feeling calm, but also sick and dizzy and out of my domain, if that makes sense. It's weird you should post this now as I've recently been to the doctor for my social anxiety, etc. It's something I need to come to terms with, but haven't quit done it yet (LONG STORY and not sure how much space I have in this itty bitty box, ;) LOL) Anyways, I was prescribed Cymbalta, but I haven't used it yet. Aren't I just weird. I want to feel better. I want the anxiety to go away, but then I talk my way out of the meds. I'm not against meds at all. I just don't wanna feel like I'm not in control of my emotional well-being or become hooked to them or I don't know. I'm not making sense and babbling. However, I have a few friends that take it and LOVE IT! I have tried Ativan and think this may be something you may like for traveling if that's where you find your anxiety flaring up. It's a pill you can take with liquid or literally let it melt under your tongue for FASTER effect. My friend gave me few of those and they have been LIFE SAVERS! They work within minutes that way (under the tongue) and I've found I'm able to deal with social situations where the unknown may pop up a whole lot better! Like meeting new people. I HAD to take one when I met some bloggers for the first time in real life. Even then, the anxiety was bad, but the ativan made it better :) Alright. I should just email you huh? I'm contradicting myself I know. I say I don't wanna take the drugs, but then I take some drugs from a friend, yadda yadda yadda. I'm messed up and confused huh? Shoot. I'm scaring away all your readers now! I hope you get some good advice here in the comment section so I can come back and read up! Take Care Carolyn!!!! (((HUGS))))

Jen said...

Oh one more thing. I know, SHUT ME UP and send an email already, but I am having a hard time with our vacation coming up as well. I just sit there and get so exciting about it all, but then I think of all the "what if's" and drive myself crazy. I just want my children/family to be safe. We're going to Yellowstone and I keep having all these safety issues and things that could happen run through my mind. It's awful! It's been keeping me up! I truly need to take something. I KNOW!

Irene said...

Sorry, I have no advice, but I just wanted to say "hi" and hope that you get some good advice, and some good solutions, very soon.

Hungary sounds incredible! How exciting!!!!!

Jan said...

Carolyn, I hope you get the advice that you are seeking out. Anxiety has been a companion of mine more in my 20's and 30's, and early 40's. I don't know what has happened, but it's lessened since I approach the 50's. I am grateful though.

I didn't ever take medication for it though, so I have no ideas on that. I just know that it would have been easier to get something for it. So I am glad you are going to see about it.

My friend just had a horrible experience with travel that would send anyone to an anxiety state. Just have extra clothes, snacks, little things to do for Csilla. Don't forget a favorite stuffed toy or something for the flight.

Take care and thinking about you always.

J to the C

Tammy said...

Several people deal with anxiety and panic attacks associated with travel and such. I am sure you will find the perfect medication suited for your needs. Heading to Italy i ended up tkaing muscles relaxers...worked great, but I didn't need to deal with my kids either. Between you and your doctor I am sure you will find a solution!!!

Kaycie said...

Hubby takes 10mg of xanax shortly before flying. He suffers from anxiety attacks, so we always have these on hand. Once when I was extremely upset about something, hubby gave me half of one pill. It zonked me. I slept for about ten hours, so if you go this route, definitely test it first. Good luck.

ped crossing said...

No advice, just good wishes.

i am here to help said...

Breath. (or, xanax?)

Daryl said...

First ... AHA! I spent the beginning of the show wondering what city it was ... and one of the actors, not one of the 'team' had a Canadian accent and I thought ahhh must be Canada .. then I decided no, if it was then more would sound that way .. I was wrong ... sssh dont tell Husband or he will tease me forever!

And as for anxiety ... since you are no longer nursing you can have a short shot of some booze to relax you or you can ask the doc for a xanax ... they are quite lovely if you'd like to nap your way to Europe... I did ... OTOH deep breathing and focusing on something pleasant always works for me ....

Seems that 'i am here to help' and I have the same advice

:-Daryl

Corey~living and loving said...

I do hope you find the solution. I'll be sending you good thoughts. :) I have gotten way more anxious since becoming a mother as well.

I am MIA as my computer is rather ill. I have been missing ya.

Kimberly said...

My best friend has this exact same issue. I'm messaging her now to ask her.

Cue the jeopardy theme song.

She says dramamine works for her.

Kimberly said...

Oh, and she says one last her 24 hours. Makes her feel whoozy but keeps the panic at bay.

aims said...

You could try some ativan. It is good at calming anxiety.

Know exactly what you mean...something about leaving the safety of your home and going into the unknown. Hits hard and in the guts on the given day - in the head prior to that.

coastrat said...

Sorry, I'm not much help, Carolyn. You're going to Hungary; that sounds neat! Hope you are able to find something to help you.

Jenty said...

I swear by Rescue remedy, I';m sure you can get it in the US. It's a herbal remedy that really really works very well a calming, and it's got no side-effects