My road to recovery from Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety. It’s something that we all experience from time to time. Usually it’s a healthy response, a normal bodily reaction to stress. But for some of us anxiety becomes a way of life, a never-ending cycle of fear. One fear begets another fear begets another fear and it continues in a vicious circle, wearing us down, making us feel unable to cope or exist in a “normal” way.

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Photo courtesy of BLW Photography

Anxiety did that to me. I can say “did that” now because I am (finally) in recovery from generalized anxiety disorder. Notice I did not say I am recovered from it, but I am actively working on my recovery.

The thing about anxiety that I’ve come to accept is that it really is all about fear. People with an anxiety disorder often fear a lot of things, including that they are going to die. After all, this seems like a perfectly natural response when you are dealing with very real, often very frightening physical symptoms on a regular basis. There were a handful of occasions where my symptoms – heart racing, dizziness, tightness in my throat, tingling/numbness in my hands, feeling like I was going crazy or about to die (just to name a few) – were so severe that I seriously considered going to the nearest emergency room (and I know many people with anxiety disorder who do), but instead settled for calling the doctor on-call (after office hours).

I am very tuned into my body and any little (or big) thing I’ve felt over the past several months that was not “right” would lead me to believe there was something very, very wrong and if I didn’t find out what it was, I could die. This is why I’ve been on a quest having literally thousands of dollars of medical tests done (thank God for insurance) to prove to myself that I’m healthy. Because without that proof, I would always have some doubt in the back of my mind and play that most detrimental game of “what if” (a favorite of those of us with anxiety disorder) and the cycle of fear continue.

Does this make me a hypochondriac? I don’t know. It kind of feels to me like anxiety begets hypochondria or at least it has in my case.

Does the threat of being labeled a hypochondriac make people less likely to talk about their anxiety disorder? I would guess yes. Although I’ve had people comment on my anxiety-related blog posts stating they’ve dealt with anxiety too, it doesn’t seem like that many people are “out there” blogging about it. At least I had a hard time finding people writing about it. I think that’s due largely to the stigma attached to it and the worry of, “What will people think of me if they find out?”

The road to “wellville” for me (which has been a very slow process over many months) has been a mix of many things. I initially swore off medication, thinking “it’s great for other people, but not something *I* need.” I had planned to get better “naturally.” Medication didn’t fall into the “natural” category in my book. I worried about what kind of example I would be setting for my kids if I took the “easy” way out. Yes, that is kind of how I viewed it. However, after a couple of months of crippling anxiety and being at the point where I could barely function, let alone take care of my kids, I accepted that at THIS time in MY life, medication was/IS what I NEED. It took me a while to come to grips with that- that I needed a chemical substance to allow me to heal, but I’ve made my peace with it. I’d much rather be taking a medication and able to take care of my kids, than be stuck in bed or afraid to leave my house literally frozen with fear, wondering and waiting for the next panic attack to hit.

In addition to medication (Zoloft and very occasionally 1/2 of a Xanax), the laundry list of things that are helping me recover (in no particular order) includes: sleep, finding more time for myself, yoga, exercise, abdominal breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, meditation, educating myself by reading books and web sites about anxiety disorder – what causes it, who it often affects, how to deal with it, etc., seeing a therapist on a regular basis, reiki, taking vitamins and supplements, and reducing my commitments. It is my hope that by doing all of these things as needed on a regular, continued basis, I will eventually be able to go off the medication and live an anxiety-free life once again. The medication is just one of many tools in my recovery toolbox.

Recovering from anxiety has been the biggest challenge I’ve ever faced – far harder than going away to college or giving birth unmedicated to a 9 1/2 lb baby at home. And I don’t know that I will ever be fully recovered. I think it will be an on-going process for the rest of my life. If I slip back into old habits, I feel quite sure the anxiety would return.

Will this experience make me a stronger person? I don’t know about a stronger person, but I think it will make me a wiser person. When I am able to better realize my limitations and better care for myself, I am a happier person which can only make those around me happier too. And by knowing my limitations, I can better realize my potentials. The cycle of fear can be broken. Not effortlessly, not overnight, but it can be broken and there is hope.

I initially worried that by taking medication I would be setting a bad example for my children, but I now know that by taking care of myself (including taking medication), I am setting a good example for them. I am showing them that I believe I am important, that I value myself and my health. Nowadays I can have fun with them and laugh again and I think they find that matters far more than anything else.

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83 thoughts on “My road to recovery from Generalized Anxiety Disorder”

  1. Reading your blog is often like reading the day-to-day story of my life. I also struggle with anxiety and am on the same medication cocktail as you. I had a very difficult time accepting that medication was necessary for my recovery. You are not alone and I love that you are sharing this with us! :o)

  2. Amy, I am so proud of you, mama! thank you for sharing this journey with such courage and honesty. i know you are reaching many, many women who are walking the same path you are on, and I am confident your openness is encouraging others along the path to healing.

    It makes my heart so happy to hear you be able to say you are on the road to recovery from something that has caused you so much pain. Many, many wishes for continued health and healing in the coming days.

  3. Extending support to you! I have written about my struggles with anxiety, but I don’t really have “the one” blog post that sums it all up.

    Hoping that you find the answer, mama.

  4. Thank you so much for sharing your story. I have struggled with anxiety for many years (and am one of the people who had an anxiety attack in my car, pulled over and called an ambulance). Yep, that’s me! I was in a terrible car accident four years ago and it multiplied my anxiety by like 1,000. I haven’t driven in nearly 3 years and I hate this about myself. I also have fears of going anywhere alone. I, too, have wanted to stay away from medication, but you have given me the push (a much needed push) to explore medication more fully. I dream of getting my life back. Thank you so much for sharing your story. Is there any chance you would share details of your entire plan including supplements and the meds you take?

    Thank you very much.

  5. I’ve also always been against medication but after having cancer a few years ago, the medication I had to take for that induced sleeplessness to the point that I was losing it. I fought medication for ages but after not sleeping for, oh, a year and a half, I finally found an anti-anxiety drug that made the world of difference. I suspect I could have used this a long long time ago but making the choice to take this has not only helped my sleep but helped make me a calmer, more focused person.
    I always thought that meds were for others, like you, but now I look at it as just part of who I am. Good for you to find what is working and moving on. Life is a process and it is always changing. Sometimes changing our perceptions of our selves is the hardest part.

  6. Great post Amy. I agree – taking care of yourself IS being the best mom and best example for your children.

    I am so happy that you are feeling better, and have taken all possible steps to take care of yourself – which in deed is difficult when you have anxiety – sometimes just leaving the house is a huge step. Thank you for sharing your journey.

    I have to add one thing here and point how important it is to “waste” the time and money for medical testing to rule out other illness.

    I have suffered from anxiety since middle school and last summer had anxiety-like symptoms like shortness of breath, tightness of throat, feeling like I couldn’t breathe, and thought I had anxiety until finally my husband took me to ER. I had numeral blood clots in my lungs and almost died. Well obvious to say that the incident (still taking care of it today) hasn’t done much good for my anxiety πŸ™‚

  7. Amy-

    Thank you. I’m a fellow mom blogger, but not quite brave enough to post about this publicly.

    I went through PPD and anxiety after the birth of my son, and it was a struggle.

    I am on the road to recovery now thanks to the right medication, therapy, yoga and also taking time for myself. It meant that I hired babysitters, switched to formula (since Zoloft wasn’t working for me and I needed a medication that hadn’t been tested for nursing mothers) and took time for “selfish” things like massages and long baths.

    The hardest thing was dealing with the criticism from other moms because I wasn’t nursing, hiring babysitters and even (gasp) working. But I needed to do those things in order to recover.

    A few close friends knew what I was going through…but I wish the other mommies thought BEFORE they judged or lectured “breast is best” or made comments about how childcare is bad. Maybe the mom is going through something, and it’s not your business.

    So thank you for posting on this. You are helping lots of moms.

  8. This will sound a little weird but I’m a 22 year old male and i can’t shake this feeling i have every day…I went to the hospital like a lot of people in this post probably have, with a clean bill of health, and we are called the “worried well”. But i still worry. I lost my father last year to a massive heart attack and now every time I have a chest pain I think the worst and I don’t want to hear I’m sorry about your father. I am just venting. Now I know this may sound a little morbid but the only comfort I have when I experience the worst is to tell myself that eventually I am going to die so if it is soon I won’t have to deal with my every day. Now don’t get me wrong I am not suicidal never have been and never will take the easy way but just facing my own mortality makes me a little stronger…oh and a glass of wine helps every time too. I also take extreme comfort in knowing that there are other people that have the same feelings or problems that I do. I tell this to countless people I do not know, knowing that some one out there feels like I do. I am welcome to anybody who shares these feelings. I am glad to not be alone vasqjo@gmail.com

  9. hi amy

    i spent many many years on medication for anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder. at the time i thought i would always be on them but right now i have been med free for several years. i always like to say that medication is the scaffolding that can help us hold our structure up while we work on internal repairs and fine tuning. i think it is absolutely healthy and wonderful to use medication to support you as your go through your own healing process and you learn what tools work for you (which you mentioned doing with yoga, breathing, relaxation response etc.). if you find it is helpful for the rest of your life that is fine — if you find you are ready to try coming off it someday that is fine too. taking care of yourself in every way possible is the key here.

    sorry to blather on, just wanted to share my point of view. good for you sharing your story which will no doubt help many people.

    -robin

  10. Sounds like you’re starting to tune in to the “power of small” – taking little steps, appreciating the day-to-day, giving yourself a break. It’s so important…and so hard to do. Best wishes!

    Lisa

  11. I’m so glad to hear that you are recovering now! You are still in my thoughts and prayers. πŸ™‚

    You are pretty amazing for being willing to share with us.

  12. Thank you for sharing your story. You are setting a great example for your children by speaking publicly and seeking treatment (both with medication and otherwise).

    My family has an extensive history of anxiety and my mother suffers from it so severely that she is unable to function normally at times. She doesn’t really acknowledge that she has a problem and has never sought treatment. Speaking as the child of someone with severe anxiety I firmly believe that I would have had a happier childhood had my mother been treated.

    I know it isn’t easy to talk openly about these sorts of issues (I just started posting on my blog about my own PPD) and I really commend you for opening up the discussion.

  13. I am grateful it is not something far worse. I know how crippling anxiety is, but a relief that all other tests are negative. Also- it took me forever to concede meds were the only way for me to get over depression. I feel so much better, but I still have my dad’s voice in my head telling me to be strong and not to take the easy way out-what a load.

    Not that I am ms. prescription drugs now, it is always best to be an advocate, an educated advocate for yourself when it comes to the meds. I prefer the calm I have now over the anger, frustration and I am grateful to provide that calm for my children whereas I couldnt be the mother I wanted to be before.

    I am slowly weaning myself off (w/ therapy/physician help) if there is a next time, I will not wait so long.

  14. Good for you, recognizing that you can use ALL kinds of tools to help get through this. I can relate–I used to have anxiety-related dizzy spells a few times a week…I couldn’t go anywhere or do anything without feeling overwhelmed and finally getting dizzy and needing to lie down. Not fun.

    Yoga made a huge difference for me, along with changes in my diet. But the biggest thing I learned and continue to use to ‘medicate’ myself are breathing techniques. Life is SO much better now. Good luck to you-you’re on the right path!

  15. If you only knew how timely your post was…in the first few paragraphs you were describing what my life has become…thanks for sharing your efforts to come up with a workable solution through trying a combination of things-sometimes I forget that medication is only part of the answer. I have an appointment tomorrow morning with my primary to see about getting some help beyond just meds.

    Mostly, though, thank you for reminding me (and many others, judging by the comment section) that I’m not alone!

  16. I’ve blogged “mildly” about anxiety – something I can’t remember living without. I’m starting to really deal with it after years of denying what an impact it makes on my life. Perhaps this will lead to more blogging about it, we’ll see.

  17. Good for you! I hope you continue to feel good about your choice. It seems you looked for every way BUT medication before finally turning to it. The “easy” way would have been going to the medication first, without looking at other options. I applaud you and pray that your journey continues to be fruitful.

  18. OMG…you are definitely not alone. Reading your post reminded me so much of myself! I haven’t ever been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, but I definitely have one. I deal with the fear of any weird little physical symptom that I experience. I too, have had medical tests done to prove to myself that there’s nothing really wrong. I’m dealing with that right now, actually, b/c I’ve been having pain and pressure under my left ribs, and pain in my back. I just wish sometimes that I could no “normal” and not have these issues. I’ve gone the medication route, and then weaned off of it, b/c I had lots of bad side effects. I cope with it pretty well, I think. Anyway, I’m glad I’m not the only one that has these problems. Thanks so much for writing about it!

  19. Thank you for your wonderful post. I have recently began experiencing GAD, and I find comfort in your words. Very wise and useful post, and with your attitude I know you will be better each day.

  20. Thank you for writing this post. A lot of it resonates with me, but I don’t have anxiety. Since shortly after the birth of my second child almost three years ago, I have been suffering from fatigue and adrenal exhaustion (and allergies and epstein-barr virus, etc.). Finding my way to wellness and toward self-care has been an arduous but ultimately enlightening journey.

    I am wishing you many blessings on your path…

  21. Try a high dosage of B12 (1000ug). It’s responsible for mood, coordination, nervous system, etc. and if you are deficient in it these are the symptoms you get. I read about a study in which manic depressive patients where supplemented with the vitamin and their episodes of mania/moodswings ceased to the point where they became ‘normalized’. Anti-depressants relieve the symptoms but they come back as soon as you stop taking the pills. Not a solution! Good luck!

  22. Nice Post! Anxiety is very natural but only till the anxiety level does not increases which may lead to stress and depression.

    Some natural anxiety remedies to look into are St.John’s Wort, SAMe, L-Theanine, and Tryptophan. There’s also cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and programs like Panic Away and The Linden Method, to name a few. Hope this helps!

  23. I read your blog and I have a 20 year old daughter who has GAD she is on zoloft the first month she was feeling better but it is getting bad again. Ialso have anixety problems and I am paxil it has been so hard at times with my daughter we clash and she has had several panic attacks recently and it has me under so much stress. We have her on medication and therapy she is seeing an MFT nd Psyhiatrist. I feel the problem with her is that she does not follow the guidance that her therapist has given her and once she has an attacks she feels ok mom you place me under more stress that anyone else, I make it harder for her to deal with things. Please keep me in your prayers as I will keep your in mine. Sorry to ramble on just had a bad night. God’s Blessings,

  24. Great post. Some natural anxiety remedies to look into are St.John’s Wort, SAMe, L-Theanine, and Tryptophan. There’s also cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and programs like Panic Away and The Linden Method, to name a few. Hope this helps!

  25. This statement, “Recovering from anxiety has been the biggest challenge I’ve ever faced… And I don’t know that I will ever be fully recovered.” means that you still have fears. You can find help to get rid of your panic attacks.

  26. Thank you for sharing your story… your journey & explaining how anxiety can just overtake your whole being – your whole day. I’m thankful to find more information; helping myself & my mother… walk this journey together.

  27. I suggest anyone that has anxiety to read “The Anxiety/Phobia Workbook”. Fantastic book! Now if I could just get the courage and the $ to try some vitamins or herbs! : /

  28. Hi Amy, just want to thank you for sharing your story with all of us : ), and that there are so many of us that are walking your walk through this wild concrete jungle. I have suffered from anxiety for most of my life, and then in the last four years, started having anxiety attacks and its other debilitating sensations and emotions. I have tried so many things and do many of the things you do to calm my nervous system (i.e. meditate, yoga, breath work. . .), but what I found most helpful in terms of easing an anxiety attack is to use grounding techniques, like moving awareness to my feet or anywhere in my body that feels calm, even if it’s just a toe–and then adding self soothing talk of “I’m safe” or anything positive for that matter. I highly recommend exploring the world of Somatic Experiencing and the tools it has to offer. For more information, visit traumahealing.com. Keep doing all of the things you are doing! I’m going to do it, too!

    Kayla

  29. You sound like you suffer from panic attack aswell. “Feel you are going to die” is a classic panic attack symtom.

  30. I just read “My road to recovery from Generalized Anxiety Disorder” and wanted to say thank you. My only question is how did you get the motivation to change? I have reasons to want to make myself recover quickly and be healthy, as I’m sure you do and did, but I still cannot pull myself out of this rut. I’m on medication but still lack the motivation to do exercise or breathing techniques because I end up telling myself “it won’t work, you’ll be this way, and deal with this forever”. Do you have any tips for me? Thank you again for posting this.

  31. Dear Amy,
    I wandered onto your blog looking for a granola recipe and ended up getting so much more, thank you. I have also been dealing with GAD for about 8 years now, and it is so heartening to read of someone who had the same thoughts regarding medication, and the realization that, for now, it seems to be the best choice. I applaud your honesty, and I thank you helping countless others besides myself. I hope that someone who may be struggling with this issue might also come across this blog and know that they are not as alone as anxiety would make us feel that we are. Brava!!
    A new fan and faithful reader,
    Holly

  32. Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) causes people to worry excessively and persistently for little or no reason for 6 months or longer. GAD typically starts between childhood and middle age, but it can develop at any age. The condition is more common in women than men.

  33. Hey, I really relate to this article and appreciate you sharing your struggle. You have a kindred spirit. I am going to follow you on Twitter… look for me @SupportWall.
    Peace πŸ™‚

  34. I can definitely relate to your story. My life has been at an almost “stand still” for the better part of a decade. I am also recovering, but it takes time and work. You have to be proactive. I am also cautious of meds. They have their place, but I think that exercise and cognitive therapy have helped me the most. -Victor

  35. I am in the same boat. I call my doctor about once a week with a symptom, which helps temorarily. I am also going through therapy, which helps temporarily. I have had all sorts of feeling around my body like tingling in my hands and fingers. Left side sensations from face to my leg. tightness in my throat. all the good stuff. I have been through an onslaught of fears of conditions over the past 3 months. Cancer, ALS, MS, Heart attacks, Leukimia, and bunch of others that I cant spell. Its not an easy way to live. I have been to the ER like 4 times on my own because I thought I had ‘something’. In the end, there was nothing wrong. I have seen my doctor about 5 times in three months and checked me up and down. In the end, it was a lack of education on my part that didnt realize how GAD can simulate a bunch of life threatening illnesses. Numbness, all that stuff. I just didnt realize that GAD can cause ‘this’, I told my doctor. My doctor said ‘if there WAS something wrong, we would tell you and do a bunch of tests’. OF course IGNORING such symptoms is not the way either, I would RECOMMEND seeing your doctor or calling your doctor if you feel uncomfortable. Keeping the line of communication open is key. I am on Paxil and loranzepan (cant spell) which helps, but in the end it is myself that has to REPROGRAM my brain. Oh yeah, and I was afraid of skin cancer so I had a dermatologist do about 4 biopsies…..

  36. Hey, was a nice blog to read. I have just experienced anxiety for the past two weeks. been the darkest hours of my life so far. I realised all through adolescence I have had this problem. Definitely a hypochondriac too. It feels that my life will end suddenly. It feels like I am calculating each minute such as checking my pupils in the mirror and counting my heart beat. Also like i am losing my mind, nothing makes sense and everything is not real. It kind of self destructive, when i feel totally fine, i want to shoot straight back into not feeling good or a crisis. anyways its nice to know i am not the only one. i am on a slow path to recovery and im 22 year old male. i should be out and enjoying life like you should. I dont know why it happens to us! but definitely worry healthy does come to mind. stay in there folks!

  37. I appreciate this blog. I’m a recent graduate nurse….in my older years….raised 3 boys…and could not believe the anxiousness I have felt going through school…never felt this way and it really pissed me off…the waves of adrenalin came…and came…and came…I was a first class student and did well in my clinical assignments…but I dreaded everything….no one but my closest friends knew….but now I have to interview and actually get a job and take care of real people…on my own watch…the adrenalin just covered me….so today I went to my doctor and spilled the beans of what I have been going through….I asked for Buspar and ativan for emergencies…and my blood pressure reduced….I’m hoping it all helps!! and good luck to everyone

  38. Thank you so much for sharing πŸ™‚ this made me very emotional reading this… i felt alone but After reading your blog made me feel like i was reading over my own life.. That is exaftly what i am going through i havent got help about it yet as far as seeing a doctor but i am going to look into medication as much as id hate too but i wouldnt be able to afford doctor expenses as of right now but later on in life id like to heal “naturally” also just like your plan is…but for my kids sake if medication can help me become better for my kids then i will have to go down that road also. Thank you so much again this blog had made my day and made me feel like there is HOPE after all and i am truly inspired

  39. Thank u for sharing such honest advice, especially about the medication. I think you have encouraged many women struggling today to be responsible and see taking the meds as a positive decision and not a weakness! When u have no options left why not after all u have nothing to lose if it doesn’t work out u can just stop surely! Obviously not over night but gradually! X

  40. My son is 22 and he has struggled with GAD and SAD for more than 3 years. He is taking 20mg Lexapro once a day? What can we expect from the medication short term and long term? Has anyone else taken Lexapro for GAD and SAD ?

  41. Maria, I was probably your sons age when I started taking Lexapro. I was on it for over a year–if I missed a day of taking it I felt worse than I did before I started taking it. I read more about it and there haven’t been any significant trials done on its effectiveness past 8 weeks. I’m not against medicine entirely, but it would be best to get to the root of the problem. I wish I had sooner. It makes you stronger for having dealt with the anxiety and problems at hand. I would recommend finding a counselor/therapist that is skilled in cognitive behavioral therapy. The best thing he could possibly do is see and talk to someone. Journaling helps me as well.

  42. I am so greatfull for this blog. There needs to be more people talking about this, and quite honestly the majority of stuff on the www is terrible and only causes more fear. I am a father and a husband and was recently diagnosed with GAD. I have always steered clear of doctors and wished away medical problems, but my spouse saw the severity of the panic and insisted I go to a doctor. I’ve been on Setraline 50mg for three months and I seem to have really good weeks/ days but I can’t shake the bad ones they are like a plague and I’m drifting back into the constant fear of being afraid. I really don’t want to take benzos to be free from anxiety. This is hell. I am so sorry for any one of you dealing with this.

  43. hey this is martin i posted from 8 months ago now. things have really gone an upbeat. i have found so much stuff about my self. basically i think it is always thinking of the worst thing to happen. i have broken out of my comfort zone alot. if you stay scared un the covers your life is going to be like that for the rest of the time. you got to face those demons. i think we live in a magic pill society. thinking if you do one thing it all goes away. with time you can start to understand yourself and percive this storm as a gift. biggest secret i found was to do nothing. our bodys want to fight or run. you get these screwed up thoughts of thinking your going to hurt someone close to you. its really scary, the heart beat aswell thats awful. you just have to get in a normal sleep pattern and do some exercise and break those comfort zones. start becoming more socialable.anyways that was a big rant but to be honest earth needs more people like every on this blog. everyone here is a person with depth and knows real adversity. if you can go through this you can doing anything in life. martin
    peace x

  44. I just wanted to say hi and thank you to all of you who have shared your stories here. It’s been 3 1/2 years since I wrote this post and I’m glad it has helped at least a few people.
    These days I’m still taking medication, although I did decrease my dose a couple months ago. For the most part, I have been doing really well, but I still have some moments where the anxiety creeps back in and scares the sh*t out of me. Thankfully it is the exception now, not the rule. And I have tools to help me manage those moments.
    I wish you all healing and peace. GAD is a hard road to travel and I wish you all the very best.
    xo,
    Amy
    (Crunchy Domestic Goddess)

  45. 15 years ago I had my first attack. I’ve also found yoga to be very helpful. Prior to having anxiety I was very busy and had everything including a job 401k boat so on. I was a whole diferent person than I am today. I no longer work and am on Ssi disability and lost everything in the material world. My whole outlook on life changed after my attack. It took away my interest in the material. I no longer go in crowds . I think much deeper and my emotions are very dull. Except fear and love. I wonder why god allowed this to happen. I lost many friends and a life of oppertunity. Maybe one day..

  46. 15 years ago I had my first attack. I’ve also found yoga to be very helpful. Prior to having anxiety I was very busy and had everything including a job 401k boat so on. I was a whole diferent person than I am today. I no longer work and am on Ssi disability and lost everything in the material world. My whole outlook on life changed after my attack. It took away my interest in the material. I no longer go in crowds . I think much deeper and my emotions are very dull. Except fear and love. I wonder why god allowed this to happen. I lost many friends and a life of oppertunity. Maybe one day..

  47. It really can be hard to live with. Thank you for posting this. I suffered for many years with anxiety and got through it with natural treatments. My life is so much happier now. I am glad that you have recovered too πŸ™‚

  48. firstly thanx ammy for sharing ur feelings and make us strong who are suffering with GDA and depression and very very happy to hear that u r feeling good now. u r such a good mom…and good example of winner over lyf…thanx and i wish for ur good tme ahead in ur lyf

  49. This writer isn’t recovered. What a tremendous disservice to do to people. Benzodiazepines are highly addictive and dangerous drugs and SSRIs are riddled with side effects and long term issues.

    This is like saying I “recovered” from my sadness by becoming an alcoholic.

    You recover when the disorder is gone and you are not in an altered state using pharmaceuticals. People DO recover. This is not it. In fact, most find their conditions worsen after discontinuing medications.

    At best, this is a tale of masking symptoms. Which is fine. We all need help at some point. But this is not recovery.

  50. I wanted to let you know that I read your post and really commend you for including healthy lifestyle as part of managing your condition. I think it’s so important to find more time for yourself, practice yoga, exercise regularly, and eat a healthy diet.

    My husband has suffered from GAD for most of his life. At the beginning of the year, he followed through with his resolution to eliminate his prescription medication with the help of his acupuncturist because he did not want to continue to experience the negative side effects from a pharmaceutical.

    He successfully rid himself of the medication, but still felt emotional sensitive. After about 1-2 months of feeling emotionally raw, a friend of ours recommended a new supplement that just hit the market in January. This all-natural micronutrient has transformed not only our lives but the lives of many suffering from anxiety/depression, ADD/ADHD, and bipolar disorder – just to name a few.

    I’m not recommending that you abandon your medication. However, I wanted to share with you something that has worked for both of us in the hopes that it may help you and/or your readers.

    If you’re interested in learning more, please drop me an email and/or visit my website. There’s a good video under Products/Q96 on my site that does a good job explaining the benefits of the supplement.

  51. I truly understand your condition, cause i also suffering from general anxiety disorder, found it out after 5 months of continous debilitating worries. Yes you are rught, the background “what if” always seized my conciousness, i forced myself to function normally everyday though the fear always found its way to contaminate me, especially in the morning, and after work. I truly understand what you are feeling, if i were a women i’d cry alot….but unfortunately i am not. Be strong.

  52. Anxiety recovery is NOT “an on-going process for the rest of my life”!! There are a lot of people who recovered completely from anxiety disorder.

  53. It’s a lot worse when you find out you actually do have something wrong with you and then can’t fix that. Plus the anxiety. Plus the anxiety of thinking that the anxiety is what caused it. My life. LPR (Silent Reflux). Difficulty swallowing and severe anxiety about choking. A very real thing that could happen to me. It gets better at times but im totally screwed.

  54. I’m fourteen years old starting my road to recovery and it’s very fearing and to know that I have to live with it scares the living daylight a out of me I can’t speak much about my cognitive behavior therapy because I’ve only really doing assements but I’m writing this for myself and yourself I haven’t always been religious but in times of fear and need know that you aren’t alone God is always there and even wen your in your worse state I usally just lay down meditate a bit and speak to my father God and he always gives me a sense of relief this past week I feel like I have been a constant circle of fear but I would always freak out and be scared for no reason but just know that more than 44 million people have this you are br alone and one day you will meet your savior Jesus christ he put you in a test of life and he’s going to congratulate you , you must wait for him and on another note if any one knows how to deal with the fear of the future or staying in a constant state please email me at Timothy9400@gmail.com thank you so much everyone and there is a recovery maybe but today or Tommie but you will overcome

  55. I have dealt with anxiety for years. Fortunately, it was not very strong and I learned to handle it. The worst part is your loved didn’t seem to understand.

  56. Check out my blog on Generalized Anxiety Disorder! I have had GAD for months now and I thought I would share my tips with others going through the same thing or watching someone they love suffer from GAD. Go to:
    livingwithgad.com

    Thank you!

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