We all have different stories but we are all in the same boat in that we have or have struggled with this anxiety & depression crap. The bad news- it sucks, but you already know that
The good news- it's not fatal, you aren't or will not go crazy and it is most definitely treatable.
The treatments vary. Some of us take meds, some go to a therapist, some do meditation & mindfulness or a combination of all that I just mentioned. I too would *prefer* not to take meds but they are a great tool. Not the only answer but a wonderful & needed tool for many of us.
Please read the links SC gave you. Also, stay AWAY from "Dr Google." Seriously. That's actually part of my homework in therapy to NOT google symptoms, etc. If I catch myself doing or starting to, I stop. It takes practice and willpower but it's possible lol.
Don't be scared to talk to a medical professional about
this. They see it all. the. time. Every single day.
You're in a safe and comforting place on this forum. Keep posting and check out the resources. There is no easy, magic fix to this so you have to be willing to do the work & it doesn't have to take up a lot of time. You have to make time to invest in yourself though & you can.
Married 10 yrs, no kids, 2 dogs, age 43.
Dx: GAD, Major Depressive Disorder (4 episodes since 1993)
50mg Pristiq (6/16/14)
10mg Buspar twice/day (5/14)
Xanax PRN (2/14)
Amlodipine Be****pril (08)
Wellbutrin (generic) 7/18/14
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