I have been dealing with moderate anxiety and panic attacks got approximately 10 years now. I am an extensive worrier and obsessive compulsive about pretty much everything I do, basically a perfectionist. For years I have been ashamed and embarrassed by my anxiety, which usually fed into the panic attacks. I still struggle with an internal battle that I should be able to control this. I have been to many different therapist and most recently tried a psychologist. I believe therapy helps, as I found coping techniques and reassurance from the counselors. The most recent therapist, suggested lexapro to help, but did not push it on me which I liked. I do not like taking medication, and but I feel like this anxiety is taking over my life. I am prescribed Xanax but I hate taking them and go through about 20 .5mg a year.
My panic attacks are very unpredictable and I may go month or so without having one. My anxiety seems to be on a constant level of "alert" and easily elevated for variety of reasons. This is not my whole story, but I just joined this group because of aminenity I hope to find answers and maybe help others in some way.