Hi everyone I'm new to this site. I'm 25 years old ,a wife ,and mother of a wonderful 2 yr old son. I've recently have been crippled by anxiety attacks that last mostly ALL DAY. The little energy that I have I make myself useful for my baby. I have a therapist and psychiatrist who are strongly suggestioning that I get on anti depressants and kolonopin .05 for now. Because this is so bad I've literally spent 30 plus days out of bed for only about 4-6 hours a day. I'm so overwhelmed that I don't like taking medication at all . Not even for a headache as I have a fear of being addicted to anything. That's a huge part of my anxiety. My support system is small because people just don't understand. This is a battle. One of the hardest yet. I don't know if I'll ever be able to be free again.
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Anxiety can be debilitating and I definitely understand what your feeling. Some days it's like so bad and you feel like there will never be an end to it and things like that. I have severe anxiety and I just started Zoloft and .5 mg of Ativan. I take the Ativan twice a day and it seems to help while the meds adjust in my system. I would try something low dose and see how it goes. There's no need to live like this forever . I have major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder and panic attacks. Trust me it will get better take one day at a time , one minute at a time .
Thank you for that. I'm in my psychiatrist office now to get my meds. Idk if it's the anxiety making me feel like nothing will be better
First of all, Freedomfinder, you most certainly aren't going the feel the way you do for ever. How quickly you recover is largely up to you. If you're spending up to 20 hours a day in bed and you've got a child to care for you need some immediate relief. And pronto. That means taking advantage of anti anxiety and anti depression meds to give yourself a long break from your suffering. Thank God you're living in the 21st century when such relief is available. Forget this stuff about not even taking a head ache pill because you're worried about getting addicted and not taking klonopin for the same reason.
I have to tell you that right now getting addicted is the least of your problems. Your top priority is having a break and using that return to normality to care for your child and finding out what's made you ill and what's the best method to recover. Later on you can work out a plan with your psychiatrist for very gradually tapering off your medications, no question of addiction.
Meds usually take a few weeks to kick in so don't dismiss them as ineffectual before they've had a chance to help you. May I suggest the first thing you need to do is ask yourself why you've ended up with anxiety disorder and feeling depressed because of it. Anxiety disorder means that your nervous system has become over sensitised by too much stress, strain and worry. Each day you're feeding that over sensitisation by adfing more fear and negativity. Your nervous system responds with more symptoms and bad feelings, the list of symptoms is endless. They mostly imitate real organic illness, small problems thay you can usually solve no problem become immense obstacles.
So what started it all off, only you can work that out. A job you don't like? Relationship problems? Family members misbehaving? Money worries? Shame and regrets? Whatever it is you must take decisive action to unburden yourself of the problem, this may well involve you being ruthless and putting yourself first. Once the meds kick in, you'll be in a better position to do what needs to be done.
Second, you have to stop fighting the symptoms and bad feelings for the time being and accept them, that's right accept them, for the time being with a minimum of fear. After all, these bad feelings are only glitches in your over wrought nervous system, they're not real physical illnesses. They're fake and they're frauds, nobody ever died of anxiety or was permanently disabled or ended up crazy. Anxiety does not have the power to do that. So stop giving undue importance to feelings that are just short circuits in your overloaded nervous system.
If you meet the symptoms and the bad feelings with Acceptance and a minimum of fear for long enough guess what: your over sensitised nerves return to normal and the healing process begins leading to your full recovery. This Acceptance method for recovering from anxiety disorder is the most successful method I know. It was worked out and advocated many years ago by a Doctor called Claire Weekes in her book 'Self help with your nerves' (also titled 'Hope and help with your nerves' in the U.S.).
It's available from Amazon and it has helped untold thousands recover their quiet mind and I have no hesitation in commending it to you.
So to sum up, Freedomfinder, take the tablets, sort out the cause of your anxiety, read Claire Weekes book and put into practice the Acceptance method you will learn about within its pages. Do it for youself, do it for your son and believe me when I say you CAN do it.
That was great sound advice. Thank you for taking the time to read my post and replying. Mostly everything you said is so true and right to the point. I'll be looking into the book soon. Thank you again for your support.
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