I'm here because I've been struggling with moderate to severe anxiety for 8+ years and it's seriously debilitating my life. I've been telling myself that I can figure it out on my own/"get over" or "think" my way through it, but what I've been doing obviously hasn't been working. The nature of my anxiety has changed over the years, and in the last two especially I've been especially avoidant, even towards the most basic of things...I've kinda been telling myself that my anxiety isn't "that bad" but it's only because I shelter myself so much, I haven't been living my life. In reality my anxiety is just as bad as ever.
I've been diagnosed with gad/ocd and agoraphobia. I tend to see these things on a continuum and prefer to describe myself as experiencing or having those symptoms...rather then the "disease" being an inherent part of me, if that makes sense...I've also struggled with many frightening panic attacks and feelings of disassociation which plays a pretty big role in my avoidant behavior now.
I saw a psychiatrist a few days ago. It was my second time seeing one, and I've been in counseling on and off before. I've never taken meds for this before (was too anxious to try the previous prescription) and I never thought I would, but at this point working through my anxiety "on my own" feels so exhausting and impossible that I think I should try medication, because the anxiety has just been ruining me.
Trying medication is what prompted me to join this forum because it's very new to me and I've still been too afraid to try it. I have questions about that I'll post elsewhere.
Thanks for reading!