I also posted this under "Prescription Drugs", as my question deals with both issues. I hope this is OK. I just joined today, and I apologize if this is a "no-no" (if it is, please let me know and I won't do it again)
I've had social phobia since a child (I am now in my upper 30'). I can say I truly believe there is a genetic predisposition for this, as my mom had panic attacks while carrying me. My symptoms include the things listed in this board: blushing, sweating, trembly voice, racing heart... although the ones that bother me the most are the first two, since people can see those
I have tried many non prescription methods for dealing with this:
traditional therapy ("talking it out")
elimination stimulants from my diet
All of these have had helped me to be a more centered person and have improved the quality of my life. However, they have NOT taken away or reduced the social phobia/sweating/blushing in any significant way.
The only thing that does is Xanax. Although it is addictive, and makes me terribly tired and I don't function well at work when I'm on it (which is where I really need it).
I am now ready (and NEED) to try medications (other than xanax). My life is suffering too much because of this condition.
I have read these posts and become lost in a sea of information.
I'm hoping someone can suggest meds that I can research more. My main concerns:
***1. I don't want severe withdrawl once I quite, as I plan to use the meds for a year or two, but when I get pregnant, I will need to get off.
***2. I already struggle with my weight, so I can't have a med that will cause weight gain, as that will effect my self esteem more.
***3. A med that won't contribute to hair loss. Stress has already made chunks fall out Sad
Please...please give suggestions. I have become so confused as I've read through all these posts...
Thank you from the BOTTOM of my heart.