I'm new here. I have had anxiety my whole life. I don't have panic attacks, but worry allot. When I was in kindergarden I worried every day that I would miss the bus. As my siblings got into school, I worried they would miss the bus. WHAT KID worries about stuff like that? I went to college, and missed my mother so bad that I cried. I was a momma's boy. Eventually I got through it, and live an hour away from my parents now, so have a healthy relationship without enmeshment. I am a nurse...And hesitate to say it...I have a master's in counseling psychology. I did out patient counseling for 20+ years. In good times, I worry infrequently. I need stability. if my job, my life, my cats are all healthy and stable, I don't even notice the GAD. When I get a new job, or my cats get sick (Like one is now) I worry constantly. I ruminate over and over about what bad things could happen. Therapy never worked b/c it's like the guy that works McDonalds...when you see behind the scenes, you won't eat there. I have never found a therapist who helped in the least. I can see through every statement they make b/c I too am a professional. Klonopin is my miracle drug, though benzo's are dangerous. I take a half of one rarely if the anxiety is too bad, and a month scrip lasts a whole year. Lately we have had horrible weather in the East USA and I worry about my wife driving to work, and me driving in the ice and snow. This has really raised the ugly GAD. Now my kittie, who is like my own child, is very very ill. I worry constantly about his health, and the vet seems disinterested as his health deteriorates. I have gotten the Klonopin out and been taking them every 4hrs. over the past 4 days. They make me a zombie but really do take the anxiety from a 8 or 9 down to a 5. I have no one who understands what I go through, they all think I'm over-worrying...well duh! I admit that.