I am very committed to the teachings of Claire Weekes. I really do believe that acceptance is the key to recovery from anxiety.
However, I am facing some gruelling health challenges which are really kicking me right now - I'm in surgically induced menopause, cannot take HRT and have just been diagnosed with Intra Atrial Septal Aneurysm (a very rare congenital heart defect) with probable POF (that's a hole in the heart, to the unitiated)! I had a call with my cardiologist today who confirmed that my bubble echocardiogram is 'purely to establish size and exact location of the POF'. This has come as rather a shock, as I was hoping this wouldn't be the case. We will be meeting again after my further echo. to discuss surgery options.
Also today, I have had a very long appointment with my psychiatrist. He is very concerned by the amount of stress I am under, and I have always been an extremely reluctant user of medication - although I have Diazepam at my disposal, I have very, very rarely used it. Today however, he has urged me to start using the Diazepam more frequently as my anxiety levels are rising, and sleep is almost impossible.
I would love to get through this med. free - but fear I'm beating myself into a pulp and need probably to 'take a break' occasionally so that I can be in as good as shape as possible to be able to deal with any surgery.
What are your views on occasional medication? Does it help or hinder recovery alongside the acceptance model? I would love to hear your thoughts. Thank you!