I'm Struggling

Hi everyone, I am new to the site I have been searching for someone who understands what I am going through and may be able to help. I have been struggling with severe anxiety and depression since the middle of November. I actually had to quit my brand new job cause I couldn't handle it. I have seen a psychiatrist and am on Pristiq and she just started me on Latuda a few days ago and I seem to feel worse. The butterflies in my stomach and chest, my heart beating funny, feeling weak or hurting and sometimes a little dizzy. Along with the sweaty hands, feet, and shakiness. Is anyone else on Pristiq or Latuda? I just don't know what else to do. I get anxious and then I just want to cry because its so scary and I'm feeling like I'm never going to come out of this.
innerstrength125 innerstrength125
22-25, F
8 Responses Jan 14, 2013

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I just responded to your story but forgot to add some important information that might help you cope with anxiety and depression. This information is from a Doctors book of healing foods, here is the list.

DEPRESSION

EAT UP:
Carb-rich foods (baked potato, raisins, whole wheat pasta)
Cold-water fish (tuna)
Flaxseed oil
Canola oil

STEER CLEAR:
Caffeine (coffee, tea, cola)
Sugar

ANXEITY

EAT UP:
Breakfast cereal
Cold-water fish

(I also found that exercising helps cope with stress and anxiety).

<p>You are not alone, many people suffer with anxiety including myself. About seven years ago I went through a traumatic experience, this was the beginning of my anxiety. I remember one day starting a new job and out of no where my heart started beating rapidly, my palms became sweaty, my hands started shaking, and I felt as if I had no control. I was embarrassed because I was in the middle of taking a patients pulse and I couldn't understand why I was feeling so nervous. Later down the road I found out that I had anxiety and was put on some form of medication. I can't recall the name of the medicine because it's been awhile but I know that I started it for a few weeks and then eventually stopped. I didn't want my body relying on the medicine and I was worried that it might make me feel worse. Through the years I have just learned to cope with anxiety through prayer and faith. Every time my anxiety levels rise, I turn to God with prayer. I can say that every time I am faced in an interview or anything work related, God always pulls me through. I know that all people have different anxiety levels so I can't exactly tell you what to do but I just want to share with you what has helped for me. God says to not worry, do not be anxious, and seek Him to deliver you from all your fears. I hope everything works out for you. : )</P>

Thank you everyone for your support.

I deal with anxiety too. I'm not familiar with those medications but I know a lot of them can take weeks to fully get into your system. I think you should follow your doctors recommendations BUT I want to tell you that there are some natural things you can try yourself to improve your anxiety. The first thing is yoga. It works wonders for relaxation and 'letting go', plus excercise releases endorphins which make ou happy. Try a few local classes and see how you like it. Next is aromatherapy. They make a lot of things that are suppossed to promote stress relief and relaxation. I have the plug ins from bath and body works all over my house for stress relief. Third, try some herbal teas that promote stress relief too, you can get them in any super market, a popular one is Sleepytime. Hope this helps!

See a regular doctor and tell them your symptoms, sometimes what we think is all in our head isn't, and could be a medical problem. Also, some medications can take up to 2-6 weeks to fully work. However if your pyschitrist put you on something like xanax that would work right away. For now limit your caffinee and drink some charomile tea during the day to calm your nerves,also try some meditation it works for me. Anxiety can be so disabling, so if your meds are not working get that fixed.

I was on Zoloft for a little while maybe I didnt give it enough time but it didnt seem to help. Ive been more anxious on the Latuda since Ive been taking it the past couple days. Did you experience that?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop taking lurasidone and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
dizziness, fainting, fast or pounding heartbeats;
agitation, hostility, confusion, thoughts about hurting yourself;
seizure (convulsions);
fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, sores in your mouth and throat;
high blood sugar (increased thirst, increased urination, hunger, dry mouth, fruity breath odor, drowsiness, dry skin, blurred vision, weight loss);
very stiff (rigid) muscles, high fever, sweating, confusion, fast or uneven heartbeats, tremors, feeling like you might pass out;
trouble swallowing; or
twitching or uncontrollable movements of your eyes, lips, tongue, face, arms, or legs.

Less serious side effects may include:
drowsiness;
feeling restless;
nausea, diarrhea, stomach pain, loss of appetite;
blurred vision;
weight gain;
breast swelling or discharge;
missed menstrual periods;

If you look at my profile, you will see that I have complications.
Specifically, I have PTSD, Anxiety, and Dissociative Identity Disorder. In some ways this is misdiagnosed as schizophrenia and I was prescribe Latuda. I found it ineffective.
Lately, 3 months ago, I was placed on (generic) Zoloft and found it VERY helpful. It removed the depression almost 100% and reduced anxiety about 30%.
As you are only dealing with Depression and Anxiety, I would recommend that you talk to your provider about trying (generic) Zoloft. I started out with 50mg per day for 1 week then increased to 100mg per day after that. Just 4 days ago increased dosage to 150mg per day to see if it will remove more anxiety.
I wish you the best of luck in finding a medication that works well for you.
Do remember that MANY medications may take up to 4 weeks before they start working.
Wishing you the best,
GreyWolf