i've been on meds for so long and been told I HAVE to take meds for so long that I have lost all confidence in being able to deal with anxiety without them. I stopped taking them in April and now when I feel anxious it is so much worse because I'm afraid I won't be able to control it. I don't want to be on meds for the rest of my life, I want to have a go at getting better without them. They only really helped my physical symptoms, not my mood, and I thought I could be strong and face the physical symptoms, but I feel on edge all of the time and I keep worrying that I won't be able to do it by myself and I'll have some sort of a breakdown and my life will come to a standstill and I'll just have to accept that I have to be on meds for the rest of my life.
I don't really believe it's true that I can't live without them . I wasn't making any progress on them, I wanted to face the anxiety head on to show myself that anxiety doesn't control me, and that I am in control of my life. I thought that would help. I still believe that really, but I can't stop the nagging fear that I'm not in control, anxiety is in control, and I won't be able to cope unless I'm medicated.
Has anyone else been through a similar problem and how do you convince yourself that you can cope?