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Re: Great anxiety story in The Atlantic
« Reply #10 on: January 12, 2014, 11:34:18 PM »
Me too.

My whole career revolves around my anxiety. I was going to be a teacher, but I couldn't do it due to the anxiety. Oh well, I'm probably better off for it. I really didn't like school. I don't know why I would want to spend any more time in an institutional setting than I have to.

What do you do?
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I am in human resources but my anxiety keeps me from facing new challenges or working out of my comfort zone.  I think I partially have anxiety BECAUSE of what I do.  I enjoyed doing what I do at first...but now my occupation is such a hassle. 

On a side note, my mother had mild anxiety, so I do believe this can be genetically passed down.
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Re: Great anxiety story in The Atlantic
« Reply #11 on: January 13, 2014, 01:03:10 PM »
Am so glad you called attention to the article. Now you even agree re the womb issue and divorce matter. The circumstances during my womb time were so bad I emerged knowing I did not want to be born or live. As to divorce, I've lost many an attempt to argue that much needs to be done to preserve a marriage once there is a child.

Of course now I must get the book. It is on order in the library. For now I'm still reading (no, studying) the article.

The reason I never married or had children is because I don't want my children to go through the same things I went through growing up with step-parents. If I ever have kids, it would have to be in a solid relationship that has a good chance of lasting.

I actually think it's OK to use drugs like he used drugs to get through highly anxiety provoking situations. Knowing you have something that works really reduces anticapatory anxiety. The problem is when you start using drugs every day. If you use drugs every day, the drugs don't work when you really need them to work so you have to take more.

Ironically, doctors love prescribing SSRI's that have never worked for me, but they hate prescribing benzo's. I currently have a prescription for clonazepam, and I'm supposed to take it every day, but I only take it for high anxiety provoking situations, but I'm not going to tell the doctor that.

I would probably be better off with a benzo like xanax that's more powerful and shorter acting, but I'm reluctant to tell a doctor how I take them.
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Re: Great anxiety story in The Atlantic
« Reply #12 on: January 13, 2014, 06:52:15 PM »
Am so glad you called attention to the article. Now you even agree re the womb issue and divorce matter. The circumstances during my womb time were so bad I emerged knowing I did not want to be born or live. As to divorce, I've lost many an attempt to argue that much needs to be done to preserve a marriage once there is a child.

Of course now I must get the book. It is on order in the library. For now I'm still reading (no, studying) the article.

The reason I never married or had children is because I don't want my children to go through the same things I went through growing up with step-parents. If I ever have kids, it would have to be in a solid relationship that has a good chance of lasting.

I actually think it's OK to use drugs like he used drugs to get through highly anxiety provoking situations. Knowing you have something that works really reduces anticapatory anxiety. The problem is when you start using drugs every day. If you use drugs every day, the drugs don't work when you really need them to work so you have to take more.

Ironically, doctors love prescribing SSRI's that have never worked for me, but they hate prescribing benzo's. I currently have a prescription for clonazepam, and I'm supposed to take it every day, but I only take it for high anxiety provoking situations, but I'm not going to tell the doctor that.

I would probably be better off with a benzo like xanax that's more powerful and shorter acting, but I'm reluctant to tell a doctor how I take them.

Xanax is like an elephant tranquilizer for me....I can't function at all on it.  I take Ativan for panic attacks...and for sleeping.
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Re: Great anxiety story in The Atlantic
« Reply #13 on: January 15, 2014, 08:07:09 AM »
He presents a lengthy, detailed report on meds. We can do what is best for us, use our own judgment. I look to CBT which he hardly mentions. Also meditate he mentions only once and no mention of exercise.

In the last part he does a bit of an about turn. Anxiety has its merit, he claims, can be good for us, be stimulating, help us to achieve. He achieved plenty but it was no pleasure trip. It is fascinating to get such insight from a person who has been plagued all his life. One way or another, there is hope.
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Re: Great anxiety story in The Atlantic
« Reply #14 on: January 18, 2014, 09:56:57 PM »
He presents a lengthy, detailed report on meds. We can do what is best for us, use our own judgment. I look to CBT which he hardly mentions. Also meditate he mentions only once and no mention of exercise.

In the last part he does a bit of an about turn. Anxiety has its merit, he claims, can be good for us, be stimulating, help us to achieve. He achieved plenty but it was no pleasure trip. It is fascinating to get such insight from a person who has been plagued all his life. One way or another, there is hope.

Yeah, he was not treating his anxiety in a way I'd want to:  balancing alcohol and heavy duty sedatives is dangerous...he's lucky he's alive.
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Re: Great anxiety story in The Atlantic
« Reply #15 on: January 26, 2014, 02:36:48 PM »
I always feel a sense of relief when I hear about others who struggle with anxiety, particularly when discussed in a public forum. You'd think given the universality of anxiety, if not anxiety disorders, that more people would be open to talking about and understanding anxiety. I don't fully understand the stigma.
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