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New user here. I have had a driving phobia since I had my child four years ago. Recently it has gotten a lot worse and I can hardly drive at all. I am working to get into a psychiatrist but in the meantime my dr. gave me brintellix to try. (5 mg). I have not taken it yet and have never been on a drug for my disorder. I am actually afraid that it will make me feel worse. Any words of wisdom for me?

 

 

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I haven't had any experience with Brintellix, but SSRI's are typically prescribed for GAD. A benzodiazepam may also help but it could also impair your ability to drive. You need to see how it affects you before you drive. The unfortunate reality is that it's always trial and error with medication because they react differently depending upon the person. I hope you find what works for you.

 

Some sort of talk therapy, such as CBT or DBT might also be beneficial. This would have the added benefit of avoiding the medication route.

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Welcome to Crazyboards.  I agree that talk therapy/CBT/DBT might be something to consider if you don't want to take meds.

 

Having said that, the medication I'm taking has changed my life for the better, and has worked for me for several years.  I think you need to discuss this with a psychiatrist, and I hope you can get to see one soon.

 

Don't give up hope---we have several members here that have GAD and are living with it and functioning okay.  It might take therapy and/or meds, but your life can get better.  If you post some questions in our anxiety forum, I'm sure our members will be able to offer you advice and encouragement.

 

I'm glad you came here and I hope we can help you out.  Don't be afraid to ask questions.

 

olga

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Some types of CBT target phobias. When I took a class, there was a woman who was afraid of driving over bridges (very limiting in the SF Bay Area), and by the end she was driving over even the scariest bridges, although she did have a friend with her.

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I am new. Here I am. I have been accused if sounding like I want people to feel soory for me. That is past. I don't see that person anymore. Others have called it self pity. Then there is the terminal shyness .So I am confused and alone, I don't believe in brain Chemicals. I take Zyprexa, Lexapro, Xanax, various pain medicine and a boatload of other drugs. I think about moving to a medical marijuana state. But mostly I can't think. Schizo-something, Depression and anxiety. Thanks for listening. I think the mental stuff has killed me

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