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Posted by: JB | 2005/01/12

Anxiety Disorder

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Ek het al dikwels met u gesporendeer.Ek kry soms deur die ag angs,maar nie angsaanvalle nie.Ek het Buspar probeer soos u aanbeveel het,maar het gevind dit vergerger net die simtome.My GP het vir my Luvox voorgeskryf,ek het na n' plaaslike sielkundige gegaan en gese dat ek dit vir ten minste 2 jaar lank sal moet gebruik.Die sielkundige vermoed ook dat ek my angsversteuring oorerflik is,en dat ek die medikasie vir die res van my lewe sal moet gebruik.Beide my ouers is alkholiste,maar ek weet nie dat hulle enigins met angs gesukkel het nie.Met my vorige gesprek met u,het ek u meegedeel dat ek n' veeleisende besigheid het,en dat en uitgebrand "burnout" is.Ek het nooit met angs gesukkel tot en met ongeveer 3 jaar terug toe ek my eerste en enigste angs aanval gekry het,daarna sukkel ek net met angsgevoelenswat so nou en dan deur die dag kom en gaan.
Graaag wil ek by u weet is daar toetse of metodes om vas te stel of die angs oorerflik is,of is dit nie dalk net al die spanning en druk van die besigheid wat angs veroorsaak het en ten einde my "burnout" gegee het.En laastens hoe veilig is Luvox,is dit verslawend,onthou beide my ouers is alkhol verslaafes.

Vriendelike groete
JB

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There are no chemical / biological tests which are useful in measuring the extent and nature of anxiety ; there are psychologists tests which to some extent can measure it's severity --- but you already know that you are anxious, and how severe it is. I'd like to see the results you could achieve specifically with a psychologist practising CBT, Cognitive-behaviour Disorder, because it sounds as if much of your problem lies in the area of discomfort caused by your cognit8ions, which you can learn to revise, potentially with lasting benefits. Unless there is an obvious external cause for anxiety ( and usually there is not ) there's actually little value in digging around looking for one, as one can learn toget rid of the symptoms, without finding any specific cause.
None of the modern antidepressants, including the SRI family which includes Luvox, are adictive / verslawend, even to people who readily get addicted to other sunstances. When someone says you may need to take such a drug long-term, they usually mean that to maintain their benefits, you may need to continue taking them, not that you would become addicted to them.

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