2 thoughts on “3 Things You Should Know If You’re Struggling With Anxiety

  • January 27, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    I was so happy to see your article but felt it necessary to add a few points you didn’t cover. Most anxiety doesn’t happen in a vacuum: mine is goes along with bipolar depression, PTSD and a Panic Disorded. I wasn’t diagnosed until I was 30 and amassed a lot of damage buy self medicating with alcohol and drugs. My panic disorder was so severe in high school I would sprint out of class and run home as the ground opened up beneath me…heart pounding and legs of concrete and impending doom reigning down. My parents were neglectful and I felt I had no where to turn nor did I know what was wrong or why. My H.S. Psychologist said I “needed to accept the Lord”. Unfortunately, I turned to alcohol to stop these terrifying attacks only to have the alcohol cause more the next day. By the time I went to college and visited the university clinic they prescribed Valium. I took as instructed and never abused them. In fact I wanted to get through school in the “normal way” so avoided taking them unless I was in a full blown attack. Fast forward to a successful career and mother of two and drinking daily till blackout at 30 I went to my first psychiatrist. He was amazed I somehow toughed it out and prescribed anti-depression and klonopin. We worked for 3 years adjusting dosages and finding drugs I could tolerate but I still had panic attacks daily and continued to drink on top the meds. The antidepressants uncovered my bipolar and the anxiety increased and finding “control” was difficult. I’ve tried all kinds of cocktails of drugs (mood stabilizers and anti-psychotics etc.) and at 40 I was labeled as partially drug controlled. Again, the most troubling symptom – terrifying panic attacks. I continued to drink. At 50 I gave up alcohol and for 8 years I’ve suffered sever bipolar depression with anxiety. I’m on full SSDI. I’m still sensitive to most drugs but with Depakote, Zoloft and benzos I can have some “ok days” where I feel like living. I’m sure Benzo’s are abused but from where I sit thank God I have a drug I can take that takes away my anxiety and panic. For us whom really need it to survive I’m thankful. As far as dependency I’ve been on the same dose for 8 years and have never abused it nor feel the need to do so.

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  • February 25, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    Many people think medication will help them with all of their problems, including anxiety. There is more to it than anti-anxiety medication when dealing with anxiety. Great article.

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