Hello- Thank you for asking the question. I have over 30 years of experience working with individuals, couples and families & am happy to reply.
I am sorry to hear about this anxiety related disorder you have suffered.
These Disorders are very treatable when evaluated and diagnosed properly. In reading what you have written- it does not sound like you have had the proper evaluation and diagnosis to achieve lasting relief.
We know that anxiety disorders will worsen in time if not properly treated and this is what I sense from what you have written.
I am attaching detailed information on Anxiety and Panic Disorders and their treatment from Harvard University as well as the protocol for treating anxiety and Panic from the Department of Psychiatry at University of Michigan which is a Center of Excellence in the treatment of Anxiety Disorders.
Review the information and address this with your Doctor who ideally, should be a Psychiatrist.
Getting the right medication in addition to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is the recipe for lasting relief. I trust this will help you get on track.
If you have additional questions, feel free to ask- I am happy to help.
Kindest regards, Bill
I appreciate your Positive Rating so that I receive credit for my time.
This is very generic information one can get from any source.
Thomas-I respect your sense that this is generic information which to a degree, it is.That said- it is directed to your unique situation in that:1) I believe you have an anxiety Disorder that requires proper treatment evaluation, diagnosis and evaluation.2) This needs to be conducted by a Psychiatrist that can determine the proper medication regimen for your unique needs. (a friend who is a physician is not going to be able to adequately evaluated your comprehensive Psychiatrist needs nor be willing to write prescriptions medications that you may been,3) What medication you may need would be determining by the Psychiatrist----most often these conditions are treated with an SSRI class of medication - Zoloft ,Paxil etc. Additionally, patients are often treated with a small dose of benzodiazepine as you have taken .4) The answer to your question regarding whether to "fix " the problem I tried to answer above in stating: "We know that anxiety disorders will worsen in time if not properly treated." I don't believe you have ever had proper evaluation of this disorder and that is what is suggested and recommended.If you require assistance locating an Expert to evaluate and treat you- respond with your Zip Code and I will be happy to identify Experts who can help in you specific geographic area.I trust this will provide the specific and individualized plan you deserve.I look forward to hearing from you.Kindest regards, Bill