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Tips to overcome depression and anxiety - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   My mom died almost a month ago and I'm having bad anxiety attacks ever since. I don't currently have a primary care doctor because I am a runner and in good health. But I am having a hard time controlling the anxiety. I went to see a clinic doctor who put me on generic zoloft and it didn't work at all, and then tried cymbalta with no success there either. I'm desperate.. can't sleep, eat right or anything else.
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hi Doctor
Doctor :   I am Dr AAAAAAA
User :   Hi Dr. AAAAAAA
Doctor :   Please give me a few seconds to go through your query
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   May I ask you a few questions pertaining to your problem.
Doctor :   May I ask you a few questions pertaining to your problem
User :   yes
User :   my internet connection is slow
User :   sorry
User :   i'm still on dial up
Doctor :   May I know your age and gender please ?
User :   I'm 35 and male.
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   How about your family members , with whom are you atying with , And are you married ?
User :   i'm not married
User :   i'm still single
User :   but my aunt lives next door
Doctor :   Ok
User :   she's my mother's sister (who just passed away)
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   her husband, my uncle, lives there too. They are both in their 50s
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   How about your work , do you feel stressed with work or does anything else cause you more uncomfortable or uneasy apart from your mother, Any other thoughts ?
User :   no, it's just my mom. i had the same exact problem for 2 months when my dad passed away several years ago, and I had to go see a doctor because of my anxiety. I'm in therapy now, and after 2-3 months it helped quite a bit and i didn't have the anxiety
User :   i love my job actually
User :   i am self employed as a consultant in the IT industry and I fly a lot
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   but my anxiety has made me miss flights
Doctor :   How about your sleep cycles ?
User :   since my mom died, i've had a harder time sleeping, but it's the anxiety causing it. I will occasionally take tylenol PM but it just makes me feel sleepy, the anxiety is still there
User :   after 3 months when my dad died years back, i was able to sleep again
Doctor :   Oh ...!
User :   i took some medicine at the time at night time and when i was having bad anxiety and it helped until the counseling started working well for me (breathing techniques, biofeedback)
Doctor :   AAAAAAA I see that as their son you have been a highly attached child to your parents and love them a lot.
User :   well i am their only child so perhaps that may have to do with it
Doctor :   I can understand that loss of parents is irreplacable.
Doctor :   But life has to go on.
User :   i know. that's why i am seeing my old counselor but it's taking a long while
User :   in the meantime i'm missing appointments and flights because of my anxiety
User :   and i'm not sure what to do
User :   i forgot to mention that i'm a vegetarian if that means anything
User :   would it help you if i looked up what i took when my dad died?
Doctor :   As i can tell you that It is not right for me to anti-anxiety or anti-depressants without actually seeing a patient.
User :   understand
Doctor :   As i can tell you that It is not right for me to *prescribe any anti-anxiety or anti-depressants without actually seeing a patient.
User :   is there anything else i can do?
Doctor :   Being a vegetarian actually wil help you a lot.
User :   i've been a vegetarian since 16
Doctor :   I can see that you are a very sensitive person, sensitive to life .
Doctor :   And have been brought up on non-violence or animal protection and love for humanity , So I feel you need to get a bit togh with your mindset.
Doctor :   Please do understand the greater concept of life.
User :   ok
Doctor :   I hope you have read about Buddha.
User :   yes
User :   i studied Eastern beliefs for four years
Doctor :   Ok
User :   any other short term ideas on what i should do? it's affecting my business
User :   :-(
Doctor :   I would like to keep taking you both the medicatin prescribed by your psychiatrist.
User :   wait it out?
Doctor :   I have not understood your previous line, could you retype it ?
Doctor :   Keep talking to your aunt and uncle and also to your best friendsabout good things in life .
Doctor :   3. I feel the drug dosages also need to be adjusted .
Doctor :   I am Sorry for the capitals
Doctor :   Wrongly typed
User :   no problem
User :   i think i get it
User :   thanks doc
Doctor :   4. And if possible you can take a monthly or weekly package or take a psychiatrist's counselling for taliking to them daily .
Doctor :   Take care ,
Doctor :   My deepest condolences for you and hope you get out of this soon.
Doctor :   byefor now.
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