FitzyK23, trust me I'm not being judgmental at all...! And I never said to just stop, I know that not possible and I'm not saying go cold Turkey to an interview. For me let me emphasis FOR ME, it is more important to fix they problem rather than take meds for it... I've had anxiety for 6 years now and it was at a point where I was not able to get out of the house, even to school and almost didn't graduate due to this. And I went to therapy and worked soooooo hard to get to where I am now... And I lived anxiety free for 2 years and life decided to throw some stressors on me and I started getting it back. I am deciding to use Lexapro for 3 months and see how that works and see if the chemical imbalance goes back to normal. Those quick fixes are extremely addicting, I was just saying it as a concern for addiction not to be judgmental. I know there is a point where you can't control it and yes it's fine to take one but my point was so keep in mind that this can go away with coping methods and therapy and you can learn to control it. That's all I was trying to say.
I agree with you 101%, I'm 42 yrs old, have suffered from horrible anxiety/depression since I was 19 and am also struggling with a chronic illness which enhances my panic and I take xanax
only when needed. I've never wanted to rely on meds to get me through the day. I learned to "control it" with a lot of therapy and scary, terrifying exposure therapy.
I went from being housebound at 20 yrs old for a yr to going out, getting a great job where I had to drive far, meet clients and face everything I thought I could never face, all w
That's not to say I still don't have some fears/struggles still, but I am again trying to control it.
You're wise for your young age to know that it's imperative to learn how to control the anxiety and not let it control you. Anxiety is not an illness or a disease, it's a condition created by our thoughts.
I'm not saying meds do not have their place, but meds will only work for so long. There are people who have actually convinced themselves that they need meds to function for the rest of their lives. You can't change their mind. This is the only way they know how to function.
As for as the poster asking about taking xanax before an interview, yes, I think that's a wise idea if the anxiety is going to get so bad you're going to be sick, but to rely on meds to face every tough day life has to offer, to me, is a crutch.
To me it's like the drug addicts or alcoholic that needs a "fix" everyday. In reality that fix makes them addicts.
Most addicts have underlying anxiety and depression. Self medicating is the same as medicating.
In no way did I think you were being insensitive by saying to control it. This is exactly what a smart/wise therapist would suggest. It's called cognitive therapy.
This is just my opinion, take it or leave it
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