I would like to help you with your question.
I can understand how worried you are about your health and wonder if you will ever get your life back together.
Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX
The answer is that Yes...you will get your life back together again. What happened was that your body went into fight flight flee or appease. This is a stress response. And..stress is supposed to be a temporary state. However, your stress experience was prolonged...and your body has been pushed to its limits.
That means that the chemical balance in your body has been greatly disturbed. Taking the Xanax was meant to calm down your body...to help re-balance it. But because this chemical was foreign to your body...and since your body was in such a high level of strain...it had a more powerful impact then normal.
Anxiety attacks are about fear. It would be helpful for you to sit down and make a list of all the things that have happened in the last few weeks that were fear producing. Then, go over the list and see what is really true and what is not.
All of what you are experiencing is temporary. What we call "situational".
The things you have been doing lately are really right on: getting more sunlight (there is a special light for seasonal affect disorder that might be beneficial), exercising (even if its just a short walk in a mall), eating more often (even if it is snacking every few hours) will have a tremendous impact. Deep breathing, meditation, yoga are all other alternatives. I will post a few websites for you to take a look at.
I'm glad spring break is starting! During this time concentrate on relaxing...get out of the house, break out of your daily routines, eat the foods you love (even if a small portion), put on some music you enjoy, have lunch with friends...
And...most of all...trust that this is temporary and that you can and will beat this.
Take a look at the above links and let me know what you are thinking.
Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX I'll take a look at them right now.
Is recovery from this possible without anything such as SSRI's and such medication?
I will make a great effort to exercise and go out during this spring break. I've suspended my business for spring break, to coincide with the school break.
Yes...there is the possibility that you can recover without medication. Since you are reluctant to rely on medication...then my best advice is to try the holistic strategies...deep breathing, relaxation, meditation, a positive attitude, and maybe even consider a few sessions of therapy. I think it is a good choice to close down the business during your break!!
Do your best to stay away from stressful situations and to focus on relaxing, having fun, and enjoying each moment.
Is there any last thing I can help you with tonight?
That's all Dr. L. Thank you so much for everything. Take care!