I'm new to this forum! Glad I found it though - I could really use the support network forums such as these provide.
So, basically all my issues with clinical depression, Anorexia and GAD began when I was 16. Now, I'm 25 so I'll try to give the short version....
I've been effectively treating my severe depression for years now with Effexor XR 300mg - it has been a lifesaver in keeping my depression in check, but unlike the claim it also helps treat anxiety, I have not found that to be the case.
In order to treat my anxiety, I was put on Xanax 0.5mg to start. Unfortunately, I seem to have a very HIGH tolerance to medication and it did nothing for me. The dose was increased to 1mg and for maybe a week that worked. Alas, with such drugs in the benzo family, tolerance can build quickly and can be highly addictive....I was one of those whose tolerance built quickly AND became addicted too. In order to treat my level of anxiety I'm at the point where I have to take up to 10+mg spread throughout the day to feel any effect. Obviously, this is not desirable, healthy or something I want for myself.
Which brings me to the appointment I just had today with a new psychiatrist who prescribed Buspar for me to try. I had heard of it before, but know nothing about it (except from what I've now read on the internet). I haven't filled the prescription yet and I'm a little hesitant based on the reviews on how it's helped other people.....
While I know everyone is different and will chemically react different to all prescriptions, it seems that there have been more "useless" claims then it actually being really effective. I'm worried because I'll be paying the full amount for the script (thanks to my ridiculously high health insurance deductible) and I'm unemployed at the moment and don't want to waste money on something that turns out to be basically a sugar pill.
Any advice? I think I just need my nerves calmed because right now I'm battling - do I fill it or do I not? Do I tell my psychiatrist I want to try something else? Oh, and battling anorexia, I tend to get REALLY freaked out when people report gaining weight as a side effect.....HELP!