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Default somatic anxiety

some tips from a survivor

ssri+long acting benzo (low daily dose)

utilize the benzo to help get past the side effects of the SSRI that make you feel like your dying. the side effects will go away. I had muscle pain and nervousness. I also had perception of irregular heart beat. adrenaline causes distortion to time. heart rate increases and decreases and don't mix that up with skipping a beat. heart palpitations go under remission, but come back every once in a while. the good part of the SSRI is that you just stop caring about if your heart is going to stop. you have a little extra confidence that your heart is a regular heart and nothing is wrong with it.

guanfacine - blocks adrenaline to heart and lowers blood pressure and anxiety. i could never take my adhd meds because of somatic anxiety utnil i started quanfacine.

it's like fearing death and being tired of fearing death until you become suicidal. SSRI initiation without benzo is not recommended for someone with Illness anxiety disorder.
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