As a nurse , and as someone who has suffered with PTSD, GAD, DEPRESSION I think that meds are a godsend.... I fought taking meds for my symptoms for years, ; afraid that if I took something it would mean that I was 'weak' and unable to handle things... and also I was afraid that if I took something I would be too sedated to hear my children during the night if they needed me... they both suffer from PTSD etc. also and suffered with horrible nightmares... I needed to be vigilant enough to wake up if they needed me. about 5 years ago... my doctor finally said enough! You either take the meds or I put you in the hospital... While I was thinking I was handling things so well... my body was taking the brunt of my stress.
I also learned that I couldn't begin to deal with the issues that caused the anxiety, panic and depression until I got them under control. Once the meds started working , I was 'well' enough to be able to address some of the problems, issues that led to my anxiety without falling apart. When you are anxious, depressed, in a flight or fight mode... there is no room for reasoning or learning to cope in a constructive way... all you are is anxious... it has control. When you take the meds ( sometimes you only need them for a short time) You are taking that control back... O.K. first we get the anxiety under control , then you are relaxed enough to discuss... talk, figure out healthy ways to cope with your anxiety... then you practice... then when you think you are strong enough and practiced enough... you can start weaning off the meds... because now YOU are in control... if anxiety sneaks up on you... you've got a plan of action!
I think you have taken positive steps already... you've recognized that this is a problem... you've seeked medical help... and now you are posting on HW ... all good and positive steps to regain control of the 'anxiety' monster...
Kuddos for you... keep coming to us for help.. we are here always... therapy is a good idea once you have been on the meds for a little bit... it will mean leaving your comfort zone... it will mean pushing yourself a little ...but you're half way there... keep up the good work. !
HEaling thoughts and prayers to you... come to us often ... we will be thinking and praying for you.
51 yr.old retired RN,Crohn's D for last35 yrs..severe esophagitis, migraines,strictures,urethral stricture,depression,probable MS.,RLS, arthritis, PTSD ,general anxiety disorder.