I'm going to try to keep this as concise as possible, so here's what you need to know
1) Depression runs in my family
2) For the women, it seems to be specifically related to our estrogen levels, meaning that pregnancy exasperates the problem
3) I have been on gradually increased doses of prozac since I was 16.
4) I had PPD after my son, and noticed the symptoms again this time.
So that's where we pick up. I was on 40mg of prozac and my doctor decided to try to up it to 60mg. My mood did not improve and since then I have experienced a feeling of being over-medicated (just sort of flat) along with heavily increased anxiety. I contacted my doctor about this and we are now switching me (gradually) from prozac to zoloft. Basically I am simultaneously lowering the prozac and increasing the zoloft. The anxiety is out of control. I can't focus. I can't sleep. I constantly have this terrible feeling in the pit of my stomach. I'm not sleeping and I have very little appetite. I'm told that these symptoms could last up to about 6 weeks with the change in meds (I am seeing my doctor every 2 weeks during this process and have warned my family members about my transition, so I'm being heavily supervised).
I know how to cope with the depression since I've had it for so long. But not the anxiety. This is new and terrible and I have no idea how to deal. I'm freaking out a little... I'm sure some of it is due to my sheer terror about switching meds (my brother's both had suicide attempts while their meds were being adjusted). I doubt they will give me any kind of medication (alprazolam or the like) because they are trying to see if the meds are working.
So, if you have had issues with anxiety in the past, how did you deal?