Anxiety and Depression Support
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this is a big step for me to even come here and openly talk about things to strangers.. but here I go. I was diagnosed a little over two years ago with generalized anxiety disorder after seeing my GP when things really started to go bad. I was put on anti-anxiety medication which seemed to help in conjunction with lifestyle changes. although like many other I do not want to have to rely on medication, so over a year a go i stopped my medication safely which I was functioning well for some time, and then I noticed my anxiety creeping back into every day situations.. now it has taken over and making me miss work, and putting a lot of strain on my relationship etc. I have taken intiative to see a counsellor this week, but I know that wont be enough. any suggestions? any suggestions about living with anxiety and maintaining a healthy relationship with a boyfriend?

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I salute you for coming here and talking to us, remember we are all in the same type boat that is why we write. Sorry you came of your meds. if they work - Take Them. Obviously your brain needs them, do you know how many thousands have the complaint? Unfortunately more women than men, but there is help. Talk to your therapist tell of your past experience and what you are going thru now, that is what they are there for, and it is common discussion let the therapist help you, and if you need it GET BACK ON THE MEDS. Sending Love & PeaceSprinkle 1

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I know your pain I have my good days and my bad days a lot of my anxiety attacks I thought were heart attacks in the beginning because of the physical symptoms I was always having (heart pounding, dizzy, impending doom feeling, breathing difficulty) but after years of having them and talking to doctors and therapists I realize now when I have them they are just anxiety attacks but they can be very scary for sure if you don't know what it is in the beginning. I hate taking RX meds too so it's a double edge sword, I feel like I trade one problem for another when I take the pills the doctors give me and all the side effects that come with them. To be honest I have been using medical marijuana for the last few years and I feel it really helps me and doesn't have near as many bad side effects. I know it might sound crazy but look into it and try a sativa strain it really helps with mood, anxiety and depression. But use a low does if you never tried it before

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Hi Calley,

I agree with Sprinke about returning to medication if it worked for you before.

Well done about making an appointment with a counsellor. If this is not the same person you have seen previously, make a few notes before you go to help with the history taking

If you Google "mental health history template" you will see the type of information the mental health professionals are looking for.

If your boyfriend has arrived on the scene since the last episode of anxiety, it is important to share your anxiety and how it affects you with him. Communication is the key to him helping get an understanding of the condition and how he can support you.

Have you kept up with the lifestyle changes you mentioned? It may be that you are not doing all the good things you once did. Without consciously doing these things, we often let them slip :( Of course, there may be new stress in your life as well.

If you are at work, check if the employer has an employee assistance program (EAP) to help you stay at work. Some accomodations on account of your anxiety may be suggested to help you in the workplace.

Always looking forward to hearing how forum members get on :)

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