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Possible Anxiety Disorder?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 1, 2006
  • 05:29 AM

Hello. I am currently taking 40 mg of generic Prozac for what my doctors believe is depression. I do not feel depressed, however. I've looked up some symptoms of anxiety disorder and that seems more like what I'm experiencing. For example: trouble sleeping (I've been taking Tylenol PM for over 2 years), increase in weight, highly irritable (at times for no reason), sometimes I know that I'm being "silly" or "over-emotional" but I can't stop those feelings!, I often feel overwhelmed and which feels like my blood pressure rising and faster than usual heartbeat. Any suggestions on a new medication?

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  • Firstly, Prozac won't help you get to sleep. In fact, one of the side effects is insomnia. Prozac is supposed to be useful in treating a lot of things (not just depression), including anxiety. That said, for some people it can make them even more anxious. If you are having trouble sleeping, this can account for a lot of your problems. It is hard to see how your weight gain can be associated to any of this though (unless you are becoming too lethargic to exercise properly). As you are taking Tylenol PM, does this mean you are suffering from any pain? If so, this could disrupt your sleep. It might be that you are best off trying to work out why you are not sleeping well and if this could be causing the other problems. It might be unwise to think that the best cure necessarily comes out of the medicine chest.
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    • December 1, 2006
    • 08:24 PM
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