I was also in a bad accident where the car caught fire! I think looking back now that I had some PTSD issues about
it for awhile. I kept replaying the accident in my mind involuntarily, and I was fearful for no reason at times. I had also lost my father the year before, so I think that it is a combination of things that set up the 'foundation' for my anxiety that came much later in life.
I don't use medication either, but it is just a personal choice. There is absolutely a need for it at times, and everyone is different in their needs. I decided that I would complete my therapy first, and go from there. If I had needed it, I would have taken it! It just depends on your situation. St. John's Wort is more effective for depression than anxiety I have heard. I would suggest L-Theanine and a good B complex vitamin. Of course, ask you doctor first before starting anything, but these are effective for fighting stress.
Keep up with your therapy, it does work. You certainly can add in a self-help program like Lasardo suggests, and there are great CBT workbooks as well, if you want to boost your progress.
Take care and keep posting...it does help to talk with those who understand!
p.s. I am a Cali-girl too!
"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"
"It is when we are most lost that we sometimes find our truest friends"
Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT