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    Anxiety and depression
    Cjmerrell90 posted:
    Omg it makes me feel a TON better to see that I'm really not the only one going through all this. I feel the same way as everyone else! I have had anxiety problems since I was about 8. I am now 22. It has definitely been a struggle. Has made me want to end my life numerous times. I started taking Paxil yesterday and has made the attacks more intense and uncontrollable. Is this normal?

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    Patricia Farrell, PhD responded:
    The medication which you have just been given is in a class of medications that does cause, for many people, increased anxiety and other side effects when you first begin taking it. Remember one thing; not every medication is meant for everyone.

    Since you indicated that you have been experiencing anxiety since the age of eight, I'm wondering if any other way had been discussed for treating your anxiety. I'm thinking specifically of both lifestyle changes and, possibly, cognitive behavioral therapy. I would also think that some mild exercise might be helpful and, as I always do, I recommend that you watch the relaxation breathing video in our Tips column. This technique can be very helpful.

    I'm glad that you found this board helpful and I'm sure that other members here will offer suggestions regarding what they did to help themselves.
    SicSemper replied to Patricia Farrell, PhD's response:
    Yeah can t keep my bi-polar in check.

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