First of all, don't be afraid, things can and will get better. For me, and this is something you'll have to talk about with your doctor, I take 75mg of Zoloft at night, and 1800mg of Neurontin during the day for my anxiety. Your doctor will decide what is best for you. The point I'm trying to make is that medication is invented for a reason, and it helps me. I also have a prescription for Klonopin, but I don't take it unless I absolutely need it...certain situations, I'm not on a regular dose or anything because I don't want to risk dependence. BUT, the other meds I'm on are not risky for dependence, and they help me a lot. I have been bed-ridden with anxiety at times, so I know where you're coming from when you say you just want to feel normal. Well, sometimes we need help feeling normal...or at least feeling better.
Don't be afraid, there are wonderful doctors out there that can and will help you...go out and find one...discuss what you want to do or how you feel, and they should help you.
Think about our progress with the heart and how we save lives with medication and surgery nowadays with the progress we've made in cardiovascular medicine...these are good times to live in because we've made staggering progress in mental health medicine as well.
All the best.D
Welcome to HealingWell and the A & P forum. I am glad your found us and I am so sorry about the death of your Father. What a sad time for you.
I believe D gave you some great advice and she is proof of someone advocating for themselves.
Please do consider making an appointment with a therapist as they are very helpful to many people.
Let your feelings come. Don't run away from panic. When you feel panic build up, take a deep breath and as you breathe out, let go. Keep trying. Stay there almost as if you were floating in space. Don't fight the feeling of panic. Accept it. You can deal with it.
Don't indulge in stinkin thinking. "Why can't I be normal? Why does this have to happen to me?" Just accept what is happening to you. If you do this, what you fear most will not happen.
Again a warm welcome.Kitt
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Hi Cammie, welcome, it's lovely to have you here. Everyone has already given you really great advice. That butterfly feeling is really awful isn't it? I've been taking xanax on and off for years and it does help me with bad attacks, but there are othet med options for day to day anxiety (maybe you can look at that with your doc). I hope things improve for you soon, you've been through a bit of a tough time (to put it lightly) Again, welcome and please keep us posted.
dcoach thankyou, that was really great input and I'm looking forward to getting to know you better