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Severe anxiety, ADHD and depression. Taking paxil. History of drug abuse and head injuries. Symptoms due to this?

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2 head injuries growing up, one at 10 and one at 16 and then heavy drug usage from 19-25, I have panic attacks and anxiety, not depressed, keep getting misdiagnosed and weird too if I have really hard when standing, my legs give out, if I am sitting, then it feels like my brain as a short in in, like an electric short, I am calm also and learning patience, but the severe anxiety makes it worse, I am on Paxil 10mg higher dosages make the anxiety worse. I was best on Pristiq as it most for serotonin and dopamine I did not like feel like I was on anything, but felt great and calm too but there is no generic and I have no insurance, I have never been asked by doctors or psychiatrists and I don't know why I never thought of the 2 head injuries growing up, one split my head open at 10 running up a slide with tunnel on it and not ducking low enough(concrete tunnel) and then at 16 my head cracked and pushed out the windows on my car, I didn't go through it, and I have extensive upper/mid back tissue damage as well as my left shoulder dislocates and then a hereditary shoulder issue in both as well. Anyways, I digress, can you please give you medical option about the head injuries when I was younger or was it just my younger drug usage or a combination of both or maybe the head injuries contributed to the drug use.

Thank you for any info you can provide, XXXXXXX XXXXXXX

Posted Sat, 21 Apr 2012 in Head Injuries
Follow-up: Severe anxiety, ADHD and depression. Taking paxil. History of drug abuse and head injuries. Symptoms due to this? 5 minutes later
I also have extensive middle and upper soft tissue and feels like nerve damage in my upper to mid back from the accident and I have been diagnosed for ADD, ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar(the bipolar meds trigger panic attacks which I never had before and made me really moody, 8 different kinds they tried, I told the, I just have very bad anxiety and still do.
Answered by Dr. Shiva Kumar R 13 hours later
Hello and Thanks for the query.

Regarding head injuries in your childhood can cause psychiatric problems like anxiety, depression, bipolar like diosrders and drug abuse if one has sustained injuries to the frontal lobes. This can be sometimes made out on MRI scan if done in you. Also extensive drug usage later would have increased your problems to some extent.

So I personnaly feel head injury was the exciting event followed by drug abuse which has worsened your behavioral problems.

I am sorry you are dealing with this frustrating problem and I hope you can find yourself in better health soon with the help of your psychiatrist.

You need help also from a psychologist to tackel your problems.

Hope, this helps to solve your query. I will be available for follow np queries if any.

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Follow-up: Severe anxiety, ADHD and depression. Taking paxil. History of drug abuse and head injuries. Symptoms due to this? 46 minutes later
I also forgot to mention, I lift weights, do cardiovascular exercise such as jogging, eat 5-6 times a day no refined white sugars, no white flour, only whole grains and Agave natural sweetener. I also meditate, do Yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, XXXXXXX breathing exercises and I still cannot feel calm or get rid of the anxiety. I am not sure why my legs give out though if I laugh hard or while sitting it feels like my brain is shorting out. Both of my head injuries were right above my forehead, I just looked at a diagram, so I could refer the location of the head injuries back to you, the head injury at 10(I have scars) was right on the frontal bone and the second when I was 16 was a bit further back, close to or bordering the coronal suture. Does that help? Thank you for your time?
Answered by Dr. Shiva Kumar R 2 hours later
Thanks for getting back to me

Both the locations of head injuries are right on the top of the frontal lobes of the brain which control behavior of a person. Probably i feel these must have hurt your brain and is the cause of your problems. Do continue to do cardiovascular exercises and meditation, yoga and breathing exercises which will reduce your anxiety and panic attacks.

I thank you again for the query and hope my response has served to be helpful and informative. If there are any additional concerns please let me know.

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