The world of general anxiety
I have been on and off anti-anxiety/anti-depressant medication for quite a few years now.
For me, I believe I have always been anxious, and still am. My anxiety started to become apparent when i began suffering from panic attacks at quite an early age (11/12) but they were not common, they began to worsen when I was 18, and at 21 I was suffering from constant panic and anxiety all day, until it got to the stage that i would avoid areas that I could not easily leave (lecture theatres at uni, public transport etc.) and needed medication after suffering a panic attack whilst driving, (I pulled into an empty carpark and had to call for help). This was the last straw and I was taken to the doctor and put on Paroxetine 20mg (I was on this for 6 months, and then began taking Escitalopram 20mg after another bout of severe depression and anxiety).
I too had anxiety over my health, namely my heart, which I was overly sensitive to the feeling that it was skipping a beat. I was living alone and far from any support so I had the constant fear that, 1. I would have a panic attack in a public place, and 2. that no-one would be there if my heart were to stop - quite conflicting not wanting to be around people but not wanting to be alone.
I believe the best thing that happened for me was being put on a cardiac monitor (when I was finally dragged to the doctor). When the results came back as 'fine' I realised that this was psychological rather than physiological.
To this day, (4 years later), I still have the frightening sensation that my heart is skipping beats, I still hate the thought of being 'stuck' places (you can imagine how much I love London's tube), and I believe I will always suffer from anxiety and depression, but now it is something I feel somewhat in control of.
It's a constant in my life, but I think it's something that I am stronger than. I'm sure you are too. Read More At : ...