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Long term effects from anxiety?

Hi, last yr on 7/27 and 8/4/2014, I engaged in unprotected sex. Had a tremendous HIV fear for some months that caused 2 months of 4 hrs sleep a night. Can such anxiety cause long term, possibly permanent body changes? I still get weird stuff that IS NOT normal for me. Here is my original post in HIV prevention section. Sorry for the length and thank for caring to answer this.

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The Effects of Anxiety: Symptoms, Signs, and Risk Factors

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Long-Term Effects of Anxiety | LIVESTRONG.COM

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Anxiety and physical illness - Harvard Health

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The Long-Term Consequences Of Negative Stress

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How Anxiety Influences Your Health (INFOGRAPHIC)

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Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety Disorder – Causes and Effects

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Valium effective long term?

I wouldn't class Valium as a long term med at all. Easy to get hooked on the longer you take it. Probably just as bad as xanax for coming off of. It will work for so long and then, like similar tablets, the effects of it will begin to lessen. Won't do the same job it done at first. Why not ask your doc for Stemetil ( forgive the spelling ). Not an anxiety tablet but it is used for nausea and vomiting ( to prevent both ). Stemetil with whatever other tablet you are on. Peace of mind at least. To know you are taken a tablet to prevent nausea. Doc may not give it. But worth a whack any roads. Keep us posted.
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celexa long term affects?

I started taking Celexa (20 mg. per day) back in February of this year and, once I got through the first week and my worst side effects (alternating between no appetite and feeling nauseous, feeling panicky in crowds, feeling even more depressed than I was before I started taking it), things actually got a LOT better for me!  I never did have suicidal feelings as you describe, though....definitely something you should talk to your doctor about.  Maybe this isn't the right med for you, I don't know?   I, too, worry about the long-term effects of taking the med and hope to be weaning off of it by year's end (my doctor recommended taking it for close to a year, along with starting therapy which I will be undertaking starting next month). Anyway, I'm probably not the knowledgeable, long-term user you were hoping to hear from, but I do wish you all the best....and I can only tell you how Celexa is working for me - and that's GREAT, I feel like my old self again....and when things were really bad, I didn't think that I ever would be me again!
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Treatments for short-term anxiety caused by smoking weed? How long does it take for the effects of weed to leave your body?

I'm sure that while you were doing your research, you realized there are many different answers and opinion to your questions. There is some incredibly powerful weed out there, but unless you got into something that had been dusted, it's hard to imagine that 9 days later you would still be having these symptoms. Before you smoked weed, did you consider yourself to be an anxious person? Had you ever had anxiety or panic attacks? I'm not sure if it's possible for weed to push someone into an anxiety disorder or not. Since you plan on seeing your doctor anyway, I'd advise you doing it sooner than later. Don't want to freak you out, but something is going on and you need to find out what. Peace Greenlydia
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Long term effects from anxiety?

Hi and thanks for the reply. I'm pretty much over the hiv anxiety, just saying that so you know where I am with that. I get occasional pimples like bumps on the back shoulders and my upper forehead. Not big, not filled with anything. Stomach still doesn't process food fully at times. Had a routine colonoscopy and not one pulope. Sorry if I misspelled that. Fat redistribution right armpit and side of stomach. This is Dr confirmed. What is strange is the armpit fat has reduced greatly which my Dr said that really doesn't happen. But really skin bumps that I mentioned and some skin redness. No major redness. Please, all replies appreciated. I'm wondering about hvs 2 even though I had to negs at 3 & 6 months. My test results didn't reflect a value other than 1 or 1.1 is positive and said I'm negative. Thank you again for replying.
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Drugs: Short-term Fix, Long-term Problem

I think medications are a GREAT *tool* in treating anxiety.  As far as whether they are the  ultimate "fix"???  I don't think so.  Maybe in some situations meds alone can be effective... In my opinion...there is NO substitution for good ole talk therapy....and CBT("cognitive behavioral therapy") often is very successful for anxiety sufferers as well.  In MY personal experience...a combination of BOTH meds and therapy worked the best for me.  The meds helped to decrease the anxiety enough so that I could start dealing with it....and start learning how to help myself. Therapy teaches coping mechanisms, breathing exercises, etc well as therapy arms the sufferer with priceless knowledge....which in itself is often so reassuring to be able to gain unuderstanding as to WHAT an anxiety disorder it happens...what kinds of things makes one prone to an anxiety disorder...and learning just how common it is. Taking meds without therapy to ME is like putting a bandaid on a nasty wound without washing it first.  Meds are very helpful for a lot of people...but when you become able to actually DEAL with anxiety/panic attacks...meds or not.....THAT is when recovery truly starts. Everyone of course is different...but again...I think that a combo of both is the best route to try....there are so many treatment options out there is always something "else" to try should Plan A, B, C...etc not be effective. Also...posting on a forum like this is a GREAT resource.  It helps us all to learn more about anxiety....learn from others' experiences, and most importantly, realize that we are FAR from alone in this battle.  The support one can receive here is helpful beyond words. Hope that all made sense?  :0)
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everyone's different, your method may not be right for evryone, you should probably mention that.
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Klonopin help please!

Xanax is generally used for short term use for anxiety disorder because of the potential for addiction. The anti-anxiety medication with the least potential for a person to build up a tolerance to it is Klonopin. I've been on it 10 years without a problem. I'm not sure why your doctor will only give you Xanax. Unless he prescribed it for occassional use. Otherwise out of the two Klonopin has less of a potential for a person to build up a tolerance to it than Valium. Some people find it makes them tired (but for that reason its good for promoting sleep) but I've never had a problem with it. Its safer long term than Xanax which can be problematical for other than occasional use.
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Anxiety Help

First, my long experience with this is that primary care physicians aren't the best people to do this with.  You should have been directed first to a psychologist who specializes in anxiety treatment, and if no progress was being made your therapist would probably send you to a psychiatrist, the specialists in these medications.  This is important because these meds can be very hard to stop taking to take correctly.  Second, buspar doesn't really work very well by itself -- it's not done well in clinical trials -- but is tried often because it's easier to take and to quit taking than drugs that work much better.  But it is often used after you start on an antidepressant and it's working but not working well enough.  This is called augmentation, and your regular doc won't know much about it.  Your dosage of Lexapro isn't enough to do anything, but this combination won't cause Serotonin Syndrome, which is very rare in any case.  But I'd suggest seeing a therapist, because if that works you're cured.  Drugs never cure, they just tamp down the symptoms, and they have side effects.  But if you decide you do want to try meds, they aren't magic bullets -- they won't solve all your problems in life.  They just make life easier.  But you need ones that actually work, and for that psychiatrists are the ones who know these meds best, though that's no guarantee the first one you see will be a good one.  Be persistent and do your homework and see if you can't figure this out with a therapist -- a short-term stay on antidepressants and anxiety meds doesn't always end up that way.  
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Daily med or not??

If you can get by with taking the Ativan prn (as needed) why consider going on a daily med? You would be wiser to consider some therapy to find out why you are having the anxiety in the first place. Then you can hopefully dispense with meds altogether! Just a thought. Peace Greenlydia
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