I'm so torn with this subject and not sure what to do.
About 20 years ago, I was prescribed Xanax for anxiety issues. I used it for about a year while I was going through a divorce and once that ended, I felt much better and have not had to use anything since. Over the years, whenever I felt my anxiety start to rise, I just somehow calmed myself and it never turned into anything major or full blown.
However, now 20 years later, I am experiencing anxiety and no matter what I try, it's getting the best of me. Sometimes I can calm myself and chamomile tea seems to help me a lot at times. But, I'm concerned that I feel this uptight feeling almost every day and find that I'm having to try to calm myself more and more days each week.
I'm not one that likes to take medication except for headaches, etc., but I'm worried that trying to keep this anxiety in check on my own is actually harming me. My blood pressure seems to be rising. I went to the doctors last week and it was 134/84. Then at the dentist yesterday it was 143/81. Now, granted, I was extremely nervous but still. That's really high for me. I've been in doctor appts before and it never registered that high. So, I'm worried that this constant level of anxiety is just wearing my body out and doing more harm than I realize.
Another problem is that my husband doesn't really believe in medications like that. He went through a year or two of being really depressed and was able to pull himself out of it on his own and feels that this is something that is mental and I should be able to pull myself through it without medication. My doctor has offered to prescribe me a low dose of Prosac and that actually scared me. I've heard such bad things about that like people committing *****, etc, and I certainly don't want to create more issues for myself or throw my body chemistry off with some sort of medicine. She doesn't really like Xanax and said she would prescribe me something low dose and non addicting. Something that would just take the edge off and I could just use it temporarily.
I'm just wondering how everyone is handling their anxiety. Do you take any medications or do you handle it without? I just really don't know what to do.