I have been diagnosed with "Generalized Anxiety Disorder" and possible Adult ADD. At times, I've seen therapists or used medication. I've tried Paxil, which worked, but lowered my blood pressure severely, and Xanax, which works, but even at an extremely low dose, makes me too sleepy to take it during the day. At the moment I can't afford therapy and I've been getting anxiety attacks.. usually just hyperfocusing on a particular issue (an imagined medical problem in myself or my kids, global warming, gun violence, etc.). From past experience, I know that I can manage the symptoms with a strict diet and exercise regimen. But my current work schedule has pushed things slightly over the point where I can manage easily. Overall, I'm wondering if there have been any advances in the world of anxiety management in the past 6 years or so. Are there any supplements that you would recommend that could take the edge off a little and make me better able to get myself back on track. For example, this morning I was supposed to take some time to myself and go to the gym, but I ended up on "justanswer.com" posing a half dozen medical questions and frantically examining myself (oops). In the past, this would be a time when I would go to a doctor and ask to try a pill that might help me get a grip and get back into the gym. But.. I don't have the money for a psychiatrist appointment and the required follow-up care. So I'm wondering if a professional would recommend anything that can be purchased over the counter! Or any other possible tip/trick that could help me overcome the waves of anxiety that prevent me from getting on track with a good diet and exercise. I strongly suspect that the lifestyle changes would be sufficient for long-term management, but when I get de-railed, it is SO hard to fix.
Thanks. This is fine. I guess there wasn't much of a chance that there was some new exciting breakthrough in home anxiety treatment. :) I wish there were a free/low-priced psychiatric care option around here, but the most they have are screening and referral programs. Maybe I'll ask about Ativan if I find myself making an appointment sometime down the road. I'm never too keen on the idea of drugs though, since it seems that I only have two speeds: anxious or asleep. ;) Therapy seems like a good idea in theory, but.. I've found it difficult to find a therapist that really "gets" me. And the idea of shopping around is really daunting at this point since I have serious time and budget constraints. I'm hoping that when my current cold goes away, I can get back to the gym and get a handle on things. :) Thanks again.
Thanks. I remember reading about a potential anxiety-relieving nasal spray, but I don't think it ever reached the market. As a biomedical scientist, I find that sometimes knowledge is power.. and sometimes it's fuel for hypochondria ;)I should look into online counseling again. I tried years ago, but I imagine it's a bigger/more reputable business now. :)