In response to your title question...
I like to think of it more in terms of levels of recovery. You mentioned that you have dealt with anxiety long term...though you did not always feel the intensity of it at your current level.
Well, I believe that you can get back to that better place...one of managing the anxiety to the point where you feel well for the most part...and stress is in the background, not the forefront of your everyday experience, so to speak.
Exploring different treatment options (even returning to previously attempts (we are always changing and
open to new possibilities!) is going to bring your best chance at success...
...and of course the decision to make lifestyle changes will also factor in...
...only you can search these things out...and ultimately come to the right treatment plan and decisions for yourself.
However, I can reassure you that with some commitment and time, things will get better.:) I was at a place of feeling very incapacitated and hopeless about
my own situation a few years back, but I am no longer in that place!
Keep posting with us. We are cheering you on along the journey.:)
"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"
"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
Corrie Ten Boom
Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT
Post Edited (Scaredy Cat) : 9/15/2014 2:57:26 PM (GMT-6)