Welcome to HealingWell and the & P forum
I have found the support, validation and encouragement that I receive here, to be so helpful and healing. I hope and trust that will be your experience as a member of the HW family.
I have GAD so I know where your coming from and what your going through. I also take Buspar as a part of my arsenal to ward off the anxiety. It was added a while back and I took it for awhile and thought it was OK but not a big help so I quit taking it. My Pdoc put me back on it and I have to admit I do see the difference. It is an old med but I think it works. You will read negative and postives about all meds................I promise you that. So if you like the med and it is helping take it.
I do use Valium daily too, a small dose.
Here is a quick breathing exercise you can practice and use it when you are stuck, but practice it until you can just do it. You may be surprise how all the little things help.
Belly Breath Exercise
1. Lie on your back and place one hand on your stomach and one on your chest.
2. As you inhale, fill your belly with a slow, even breath, and watch your hand rise on your belly and stay still on your chest.
3. Exhale gently and watch you hand fall as you slowly and evenly breathe out.
4. Repeat for five minutes and practice every single day.
Use this technique when you are under stress for relief. It is also important to practice this breathing technique when you are not under stress. Practice when you are watching TV, sitting at a stoplight, before you fall asleep, or during breaks from work. Practicing when you are not stressed will enhance you well-being and give you mastery over the exercise so that when you need it you will be confident in your skills.
Bless you and I am so glad you are doing the CBT.
Again a warm welcome.