I’ve been dealing with anxiety since I was in 8th grade. I have a very specific phobia of vomit and anything gastrointestinal severely triggers my anxiety. I was doing well on medication for about 10 years and went off of them, but when the anxiety came back a year ago I haven’t been able to find anything that works.
However, recently I’ve been having panic attacks just from leaving the house, or the thought of traveling outside my “safe space”. I force myself everyday to go somewhere, even if it’s just to fill up my car with gas and back again. I was working through all of this, but my job put me on mandatory medical leave and it’s gotten MUCH worse since then because I have no more structure in my life. I’ve lost all confidence that I can get a regular job now and feel myself losing control of this anxiety. The doctors just switched my to Pristiq about 1.5 weeks ago, so I’m patiently waiting for it to hopefully start working. Xanax is the only thing that stops my panic attacks (which I have 5-6 a day) but the doctors are limiting me strictly to 2 a day, which only adds to my far of having a panic attack and not being able to take something.
I have also had a very hard time eating lately because of my anxiety.
Any advise would help!