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    Question It's time for medication

    Well, I was diagnosed by psychologist for having a general anxiety disorder when I was leaving the military. He recommended that I take medication and prescribed me gabapentin, I did not like the sexual side (reduction of sex drive) effects of the drug (I am a male).

    Since I have gone through college I have been able to manage my anxiety, but since landing a great job at a very large tech company I must do presentations and interact with co-workers on a daily basis. I find it hard to converse with people, with the anxiety of being judged and I feel as if I am socially awkward and not accepted. For presenting I am deathly afraid, due to the focus being all on me. I am just an overall anxious and stressed out person when it comes to my health and life in general (the future and such) I am hoping to conquer this with therapy and medication, but I wanting a medication that will not affect me sexually.

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    Welcome to the forum. I would talk to a natural physician or pharmacist who may be able to suggest natural ways to help with your anxiety.

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    I have been prescribed Zoloft and haven't taken it yet for fear of the side effects and withdrawals and also the fact that it's only a "band-aid" for anxiety. I would like to go through this without drugs or like Kirk said, "natural ways".

    Therapy will help a great deal if you follow through. I'm seeing a counselor and it's been helping a bit.

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    Some people find kratom effective. It's a natural supplement that works similar to benzos.

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    Watch out with Kratom though, I'm bipolar and when I tried it, I went severely manic for over a month long and I'll never forget it. Not a good experience to say the very least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by salvator here View Post
    Watch out with Kratom though, I'm bipolar and when I tried it, I went severely manic for over a month long and I'll never forget it. Not a good experience to say the very least.
    Were you diagnosed with bipolar before you took it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by martin05 View Post
    Were you diagnosed with bipolar before you took it?
    I was diagnosed with bipolar at 21. I first tried Kratom maybe around 30, but I also had a bad reaction to pot, so they are both not an option for me. I (sad to admit) have used other substance that are far worse in comparison and didn't have that same reaction, I think I am suffering the consequences (paying the price) now for it though. I have tics and I'm sure my ephedrine over-usage during my 20's is a likely factor, and I was also a heavy drinker for many many years and have only recently quit. Ephedrine was (still is to my knowledge) natural but just because its 'natural' doesn't mean its always safe.

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    My therapist and primary care doctor recommends Lexapro for the least side effects. Does anyone have any experience with it ?

    Salvator - What happens to you on pot ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SDLV View Post
    My therapist and primary care doctor recommends Lexapro for the least side effects. Does anyone have any experience with it ?

    Salvator - What happens to you on pot ?
    Basically, just extreme paranoia.

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    I've recently started taking CBD hemp oil and its is working wonders. Natural supplement, and
    no side effects! works right away.

 

 

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