Our expert says:
What you're describing does sound like an Anxiety Disorder, and one wonders why it seems to have arisen fairly suddenly at this particular time.
I believe that you feel nervous about taking the medicine your doc recommends, but I cant see any really good reason to feel scared of it - these meds, also used to treat depression, can be verty useful in controlling anxiety, too ; and are safer in the medium and long-term than the sedative tranquillizers like Ativan.
But whereas you'll feel some sedation within 10 or 20 minutes of swallowing an Ativan, it takes a couple of weeks for the AD meds to start showing their true benefits, which may be why your doc is suggesting ativan as well in this initital period.
Whereas the Ativan type ,eds ( and your doctor will, I'm sure, advise you on how to come off it gradually and in small installments after a few weeks ) calms you, it in no wa cures anxiety ; ADS like Cilift do seem more often to have the capacity to reduce the underlying chemical processes, and when you come off it after a longer time, also gradually rather than abruptly ( though it is not "havit forming as Ativan can be if taken for more than a couple of months ), you have a good chance of remaining well.
The combination of meds you describe should be OK, and I'm sure your doc will have carefully thought through this issue.
A valuable alternative or addition would be a specific form of talking therapy / counselling, called CBT ( Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy ) which can help you to gain strength psychologically, to revise the fearful assumptions that are part of your anxiety, and to remain well after therapy.
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