Our expert says:
I find SA doctors can be too reliat on tests, rather than on lengthy and very careful interview and asessment, and loads of THINKING, in making a diagnosis. And whatever the original cause might be, the natural very severe anxiety you may have experienced would make such symptoms potentially worse. And the sort of symptoms you describe originally, are potentially a sort of switching off the fuse when threatened with overload response to an anxiety or panic attack.
Some people on various ADs, certainly including Venlor, descibe the sort of loss o libido and uncaring drifting sensation you seem to be describing. But there are many ADs to choose from, some of which would also reduce the anxiety, and panic, maybe better than Venlor would, but without these specific side-effects.
Anxiety disorder and panic atacj can arise for largely or purely chemical reasons, without needing a cause in your external life. One of many alternative ADS ( and a psychiatrist should be able to plan for you to gradually change from the Venlor to a different one ) would be likely to help, as would CBT style counselling from a psychologist, which could help you gain better control when the anxiety symptoms start to emerge
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