Though I probably haven't posted on this board in years, I do check it periodically to see how everyone is doing. I have had anxiety for years and years, but have managed to keep it under control with therapy and a small dose of medication.
This year has been particularly tough and I find myself in a state of "situational anxiety". My younger sister was diagnosed with a reoccurrence of breast cancer. It metastasized throughout her body, but she is doing remarkably well, considering her original prognosis.
Then, during spring semester, my son had to take a leave of absence from college, as he was experiencing some mental issues (depression, etc.) and could not function with the medication that he was put on.
He came home and began seeing a therapist, who finally suggested that he see a psychiatrist. He seemed to be doing well on a mood stabilizer- he was going to the gym, working part-time, and taking an online course. At some point, he could no longer concentrate on the online course and had to drop it. He is still working and going to the gym (and still on his med- which is still gradually being increased)- but he is supposed to return to school in a few weeks. He says he wants to and needs to go back- but I am so worried about how he will handle even a part-time course load if he could not handle one class. He will speak to the doctor tomorrow about this (actually he mostly sees the nurse practitioner), but I am so anxious over this decision. His college allowed a "one-time medical allowance" for the tuition when he took his leave of absence, but they will not do this again. So if he goes back, I stand to lose a good deal of money if he drops out again. (My husband has been unemployed for a while-trying desparately to find a full-time job, but only working a temp job now 3 days a week- so money is extremely tight.) I'm sure I will be worrying about him every day too!! I know that if he gets the doctor's "OK", I must give him the chance to move forward! He is a bright guy and very social and deserves a chance in life!!
So, how do I get passed this anxiety???!!!!