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Can you get over anxiety on your own with out drugs?

By August 6, 2009 - 8:47am
 
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I really hope that what I believe is true. I suffer from anxiety, I had develped it during a bad relationship from the past where my ex had been putting me thrue extreamly streesful and trying situations one right after the other.
The first one that I had ever gotten i had been riding in a car with him one morning and it was so bad I thought that I was having a stroke at 22! they have never again been as bad as that. Once I went to the hospital because I thought I was having a heart attack. In the E.R. the doctore toke all my vitals as I was rushed in and he started laughing. I became really upset untill he told me there was nothing to worry about that I was only having a panac attack. That he was so happy that that was all it was. He recomended trainquilizers. i had refused, because i did not want to be dependant on a drug for the rest of my life. I have changed a lot of things in my life, and that awefull man is no longer in it.( toke a restraining order and a judge to do it!)

But I still have them from time to time. Sometimes they are scary and refuse to go away. But i was hoping that some one had some advice for it that might suffer for the same thing. can you believe I have been turned down jobs because of it?

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I have been dealing with anxiety for about 4 years now. It was at that time that my mother inlaw passed away and then my whole family (2 kids, husband and myself) all came down with a terrible stomache bug. Now anytime there is even a hit that one of my kids is getting sick I start to have anxitey attacks. I get dizzy, nauseous, panicked, and can't sleep. It gets so bad that I can't eat for days. Any suggestions on how to handle my anxiety attacks?

December 15, 2011 - 11:02am

Hi Anonymous,
Thank you for your comment and for finding EmpowHER. A really low dose of antidepressant may be just the extra support you need at this time. I had postpartum depression (PPD) around the same time (when my son was 6mo old), and went through therapy, support group, and took a very small dose of prozac. Most women find the quickest recovery in doing all three forms of treatment (individual therapy, group therapy, and medication).
Everyone is different, but it's important to take the anxiety seriously, for your health and for the sake of your little guy, especially if you're having scary "what if" thoughts. My doctor told me I needed to commit to staying on the prozac for four to six months, then we would look at it again and see about stopping the prescription. Through treatment you can learn about what is happening to you, and help learn ways to deal with the anxiety so it won't be so troublesome in the future. I don't take medication now, and haven't since my baby was small. If you truly are resistant to taking the medication, then call your doctor's office for options. Maybe individual or group talk therapy would work for you. Here is an article on PPD to help explain what could be happening. Near the bottom of the page, it explains some alternative ways to deal with anxiety associated with PPD:
http://www.empowher.com/postpartum-depression/content/susan-dowd-stone-postpartum-mood-disorder-qa?page=0,2
You may want to read the whole article for your own research into the condition. It also says there, if you ever have thoughts of harming yourself or the baby, get medical attention immediately--it is not something you want to mess around with. Here is a link to part III of my PPD story if you're interested in reading it:
http://www.empowher.com/postpartum-depression/content/my-postpartum-depression-story-part-iii-how-control-ppd-without-medicatio?page=0,0
Good luck and let us know how you're doing.

September 2, 2010 - 9:40am
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Anonymous

i am currently sufferin from anxiety, its started just recently. I've been put on a really low dose of anti depresants to help me i've just took 6 days of them so far and i dont want to take them anymore. I dont want to be dependant on them. I think what has started my anxiety is the birth of my son who is now 7 months. What do u wrecking i should do???
All help welcome
thanks

September 2, 2010 - 6:24am
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Anonymous

I went through something similar. Anxiety is terrible. I do exercise and stay away from caffeine, alcohol, etc.

October 4, 2009 - 2:52pm
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