I've had anxiety and panic issues for nearly half my life now. I've tried almost every SSRI/SNRI there is with little benefit. I'm not necessarily a depressed person, at least in my definition, but I think I finally realized that I am indeed depressed. I'm currently taking several medications for the issues I deal with. The worst is the anxiety and panic which only seem to respond to Xanax....which is like veering off into a temporary solutions area. I saw a psychiatrist finally and she wants to try Gabapentin, which I've never tried before and my GP doctor batted away after I Googled alternative medications. I'd love to know if anyone has tried this for panic/anxiety and whether it worked. I've read mixed reviews, which, of course, who knows.
This year I have embraced ideas I used to be skeptical of: acupuncture, aromatherapy, and meditation/mindfulness. I believe they've helped a lot (I would recommend trying these if you haven't), but that I have a lot more ahead of me. I finally realized I need to find what and where my anxiety stems from rather than what medication will solve it.
Finally, I've realized it's time to reach out for support from others who experience the world kind of like I do. I've battled this alongside people who try to understand, but in the end I feel tiring, burdensome, and frustrating. I found this website and figured I would give it a shot and even offer some of my own advice. Cheers to everyone and I hope today is an amazing day.