upsndowns welcome to HW! It's lovely to have you join us.
Peri-menopause does no-one any favours! I'm glad the atenolol is helping with your symptoms, it's nice to find a med that suits you and works. I know how stressful it is to lose a job, and then the bun fight to get a new one. Sounds like a scary place to be with anxiety in tow.
Obviously you have a good doctor who is helping you out with these symptoms but it might be a good idea to have a chat about these anxiety symptoms (tight chest etc)..it may be that you need a stronger med to help you through this stage of life (no I don't work for a pharm company!!!)
How long has this anxiety been going on? Is it getting worse? Have you considered trying out CBT or any other coping strategies?
Sorry for all the Q's! I just want to know if we can provide some resources. Hang in there, we get it here at A/P, and again, it is lovely to have you join us. Stay well and let us know how you are going. If you want support, you landed in the right place.
I know what you mean about travel..as for public transport..forget it!!! I couldn't do that. I'm a student and I work 10 hour shifts to support it so I know what you mean about being too busy to see a therapist. A lot of people on this site have found a lot of help through the "moodgym" website. It's online CBT therapy and is perfect for people who don't have time, money or travel arrangements. I love it, and I'm pretty sure the link is in our resources at the top of the forum, if not, it's easy to find.
May I ask what meds caused such a bad reaction with you? It sounds unpleasant and I don't blame you for being a bit hestitant about trying others. I do believe, that there is no place for shame in taking meds for A/P disorders, it's an old line, but if you had diabetes, you wouldn't refuse insulin. If it works for you, then by all means try it out. Talk it through with your doc..if you so choose you can start on a low dose and work up. Coming of meds isn't hard if you do it slowly and carefully.
That said, it sounds like you are a wonderful, strong, independent soul (nothing wrong with being independent!) and I hope you will stick around with our forum. I'm sure some of our other lovely members will be on soon to impart their own wisdom.
Welcome! This is Kitt. so nice to meet you. You've found a safe, caring , and reliable support community for people battling Anxiety and Panic.. We have many members here who will be glad to lend an ear, offer information, and provide support for people who need it.
You have met a few of our wonderful members already and I know you will met many more. We love new members so stick with us as we care.
Kitt, Moderator: Anxiety, Panic & Depression *~*
Hey I'm so glad you are part of our family! I'm sorry that website I mentioned wasn't in our resources (I'm not a very technical bunny!)
but can be found online. Keeping busy keeps my anxiety at bay..you sound like you are on the right track with that one. It's easy to get pushed into taking meds or making decisions about our health if we aren't independent and strong and ask many questions. I think I can learn a thing or two from you!