Can someone say sugar pill?
Quite the opposite of a sugar pill - it isn't an anti-depressant.
My story concise and to the point:
I'm a 29 year old woman who has never experienced social anxiety (at least not on the level most describe). I admit it, I'm an introvert. But I equally enjoy being an extrovert at times as well. I'm a mixed bag.. I enjoy being around good people, I avoid people who are drama filled/only care to gossip and hurt others, etc. So, naturally I avoid 85% of the human population.. Ok, I kid I kid.
Really though, I've never had panic attacks in my life. I'm currently taking care of a boyfriend who is dying of stage 4 bladder cancer. I've been handling the stress that goes along with that for over 2 years.. Recently I've been having epileptic LIKE symptoms, a heart beat that almost caused me to go into cardiac arrest for two hours straight, loss of feeling in my limbs, tingling in my toes that feel like needles being sent straight in, and many other odd symptoms I HAVE NEVER experienced in my entire life.
I went to the ER, and she said panic attack... I knew it wasn't. Got a second opinion, was diagnosed with VERTIGO, of which apparently can trigue real seizures and other odd symptoms... No idea what the truth it..
All I DO KNOW, is that a .5 dose of Ativan ONCE a day (in a 24 hour period) has supressed those strange symptoms. The problem is, now I can't get off of them. How could I go my entire life without touching these type of pills, and now all of sudden I'm scared to death I'm going to have a seizure if I don't take these? I'd like to get back off of them and return to my normal self..
What I experience when I take one .5 pill every 24 hours? I just feel like myself again. Like who I've been my entire adult life. Normal. It brings me back to my self. I've never had social issues the way many describe here.. I've always been a person who is level headed, doesn't crack under pressure, and is very helpful to others, talkative, loves conversation, and in general I'm always calm. Till this. IT SAVED MY LIFE recently. It creates a calm sensation, and that's all I've experienced. So far so good... But this is a not a crutch I want my brain to learn to NEED. I'm trying to transition to herbal teas, and other natural herbal remedies (not cannabis as it is highly linked to psychosis and mental disorders).
Any advice from any one on getting off of .5 pills? Or, how long should I take them? Because the stress of my BF's cancer and the likelihood of him dying isn't likely to go away..