Originally Posted by The_Pretender
What're your thoughts on medication? I've thought of talking to a doctor about it for during particularly bad bouts of anxiety however I'd see it as a major step backwards and would be afraid of trying to get back off it.
Thanks for doing this by the way.
Without wanting to overstate it I'd be dead without the medication. While trying to get my medication right they tried one of the older tri-cyclic anti-depressants it taught me two things. Firstly fair play to anyone with anxiety - it gave me anxiety to the point of being terrified to get out of bed. Secondly it showed me we've come on hugely from even a few years ago. In regards to steps forward or backwards, I'm not sure I'd classify it as either. It's just something you may, or may not, need.
The short term treatment for anxiety is benzos but they are highly addictive and you would only (if ever) be put on them for a short period. Most of the drugs used now, at least for depression are not open to abuse. The withdrawal can be pretty bad, but not in an addicted sense and following medical advice is key here. I have a habit of 'going off my meds' and cold turkey'd several (non-working) anti-depressants prescribed by the GP with some fairly nasty withdrawal symptoms.
The problem you'll have with GPs is they are not specialists and there will be a lot of "try this for six weeks let me know how you get on". Stick with it they will hit across the right medication.
Although I'm fairly convinced medication is the way to go a holistic approach including coping strategies is also very helpful. During my time in hospital they taught us to sort of observe our emotional state in a detached manner. It really helped along with other coping strategies like 'radical acceptance' of situations you can't change. They did a lot of other bits too but those were the ones that 'resonated' with me. For other people it can be something else.
If you can get some intensive short term help that's my suggestion. There seemed to be more people in for anxiety than depression and they seemed to really benefit form a few weeks day patient care.