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Relapse after 4 years

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Hello everyone,

I am new here but not new to this hell. I was on Zoloft for 15 years for depression and finally got off it about a year ago. I had used Ativan on occasion. I thought I was doing well and that anxiety was behind me as I was done with menopause (I’m 59) and hadn’t used Ativan in almost 4 years. A month ago my anxiety came back. I feel angry and betrayed by my own mind. It’s brought up issues of regret and guilt as well as fear. My doctor gave me a small amount of Ativan that I am using sparingly. I haven’t contacted a therapist yet. I thought it was lifting. Has anyone else gone through a period of relative peace then have this happen?
 

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Hello everyone,

I am new here but not new to this hell. I was on Zoloft for 15 years for depression and finally got off it about a year ago. I had used Ativan on occasion. I thought I was doing well and that anxiety was behind me as I was done with menopause (I’m 59) and hadn’t used Ativan in almost 4 years. A month ago my anxiety came back. I feel angry and betrayed by my own mind. It’s brought up issues of regret and guilt as well as fear. My doctor gave me a small amount of Ativan that I am using sparingly. I haven’t contacted a therapist yet. I thought it was lifting. Has anyone else gone through a period of relative peace then have this happen?
Sure sorry about the return of your anxiety. At least you were given a decent break and know that it might happen again. I've been saddled with anxiety for 50 years without a break. I'm quite envious of your ability to beat this stuff for awhile. Let's hope you can do it again. Welcome.
 

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Hello everyone,

I am new here but not new to this hell. I was on Zoloft for 15 years for depression and finally got off it about a year ago. I had used Ativan on occasion. I thought I was doing well and that anxiety was behind me as I was done with menopause (I’m 59) and hadn’t used Ativan in almost 4 years. A month ago my anxiety came back. I feel angry and betrayed by my own mind. It’s brought up issues of regret and guilt as well as fear. My doctor gave me a small amount of Ativan that I am using sparingly. I haven’t contacted a therapist yet. I thought it was lifting. Has anyone else gone through a period of relative peace then have this happen?
Hi Schnoodlemom,

Yes! This has happened to me recently and in the past. I have had anxiety and OCD since I was 12 . There have been times where I have had a break. The anxiety is always there but not the debilitating anxiety that severely interferes with my everyday functioning. I had been doing really well with therapy and medication for the last 8 years. A year and a half ago when I became pregnant with my son I went off Zoloft. I did a lot of work with my therapist to prepare for not being on meds and being a new mom. Things were great for six months after my son was born and then wham, almost over night came the delibitating anxiety. For the first time ever, I had what I would consider a mini-panic attack on the subway platform of all places. I have been feeling all the same things as you describe, anger, sadness, disappointment and betrayal. I will be meeting with the psychiatric nurse Practitioner to discuss going back on my meds this week. I have come to accept that anxiety is part of my brain chemistry and just like any chronic health issue, I will have to keep on top of it for the long haul. I hope you feel better soon!
 
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Thank you. Let me know how your visit with the nurse goes and what medication you may go back on. I’m wondering if I need meds again.
 

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Hello everyone,

I am new here but not new to this hell. I was on Zoloft for 15 years for depression and finally got off it about a year ago. I had used Ativan on occasion. I thought I was doing well and that anxiety was behind me as I was done with menopause (I’m 59) and hadn’t used Ativan in almost 4 years. A month ago my anxiety came back. I feel angry and betrayed by my own mind. It’s brought up issues of regret and guilt as well as fear. My doctor gave me a small amount of Ativan that I am using sparingly. I haven’t contacted a therapist yet. I thought it was lifting. Has anyone else gone through a period of relative peace then have this happen?
ive struggled with anxiety and panic for over 20 years. it was managable for quite some time but in the past 6 months to a year its gotten increasingly worse. i believe it has something to do with my change of life. im going thru perimenopause and its messed me all up :( its scary and frustrating to relive this all over again. i thought it was behind me as well. i wish you well and hope things get better with therapy :) keep us posted.
 
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Doctor put me back on Zoloft. I'm trying to get an appointment with a therapist he recommended. He said there is a biological basis for this and it's nothing I've done or haven't done. I'm not as bad as I was but it's only been 6 days back on. Here's hoping it works.
 
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