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    I would definitely recommend against Xanax. It's a terrible drug to ween yourself off of once you take it regularly. If you need to calm down, experiment with natural (and tasty) methods, like Chanomile tea.

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    Works for me, but YMMV.

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    If anxiety is severe enough chammomile tea won't work (except to calm her down a bit in certain situations) and marijuana can actually cause anxiety in some people, especially if they get too high.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marmalade.sunrise View Post
    If anxiety is severe enough chammomile tea won't work (except to calm her down a bit in certain situations) and marijuana can actually cause anxiety in some people, especially if they get too high.
    Some kinds of bud even get me anxious. Indicas (generally more body high) tend to be better than Sativas (head highs) for relaxation. It helps if there is a legal dispensary or collective with multiple selections and a qualified staff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spamtar View Post
    Some kinds of bud even get me anxious. Indicas (generally more body high) tend to be better than Sativas (head highs) for relaxation. It helps if there is a legal dispensary or collective with multiple selections and a qualified staff.
    I agree, all weed is not created equally, and I tend to think medical marijuana gives a cleaner high.

    I also think that it's important to know your limit, and that if you smoke too much you might start getting nervous or whatever.

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    I've struggled with, at times, debilitating social anxiety for about 8 years - anxiety has completely ruled my life since the onset. I went down the benzodiazapine route and really regret it. I'm currently trying to free myself of the drug - first i was on Ativan (lorazepam) and a few years ago when making an attempt to quit i was switched to Valium (diazepam) because valium has the longest half-life of all the benzos making a ween possible. It's been a 5 year addiction that is HELL and i would never ever suggest it to anyone because the addiction comes on quick and the drug no longer benefits you but instead causes worse anxiety. I only suggest benzos if absolutely needed and there are no alternatives AND you can manage to only take them rarely when you're in a situation where you really have no other choice. I've yet to find something that helps my anxiety but i am beginning Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in a month or so and am remaining optimistic. Do whatever you have in your power to avoid medications like these, they can take your life away.
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    I take Zoloft for anxiety disorder. For me personally, it is critical to take medication in order that anxiety does not interfere with my daily life. (Specifically, anxiety/hypochondria about medical issues.... I am rarely anxious about anything else, but if I stop taking Zoloft, I start convincing myself that I have cancer, etc and start having panic attacks). Zoloft is not addictive, and I have felt much better on it. No side effects.

    I also have a prescription for Xanax for "breakthrough" anxiety (I needed to take it when I actually DID have a health scare - but it all turned out okay). But I only take that very rarely, when I need it. And I almost never need more than half a dose.

    I say if you feel like medication would help you, give it a try. Side effects are different for everyone, but with your doctor's guidance, you should be able to find a medication that helps.
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    Exercise, meditation/hypnosis and vapor couch lock Indica buds while playing Risk on-line works better for longer term applications

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    They don't have a fucking clue what happens in the brain of people suffering from anxiety. They know the main idea, the big picture. Nobody fully comprehends how the brain functions, and maybe 100 years from now, our psychiatric treatments will look as barbaric as the ones 100 years ago. The body fixes itself, better than the pills fix it. And those pills don't do one specific thing, or have one specific effect, they have multiple effects, one of them being the anxiety relief, they are basically tranquilizers, doesn't that sound barbaric? Honestly?! Hell...they'll gibe you tranquilizers for anything. And i mean it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lily flower View Post
    I have been considering taking medication for anxiety, but I am concerned about side effects and the potential of never being able to get off of them.

    If you have taken anxiety medications, would you say that it was helpful?

    Did it cause more problems than it helped?

    If you were to go back in time, would you go on the medication again, or seek alternative methods?

    Also, has anyone successfully reduced anxiety through non-drug treatment?
    1.) Yes, you have the right to be concerned.

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    5.) And yes.

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