Well, here's the story with me . . . in the beginning, I would swing rapidly between good days and bad days and then as I started to deal with the anxiety and its triggers, the intensity of the episodes as well as the frequency changed . . .the intensity lessened and lessened and the frequency of the episodes became increasing more intermittent . . . so now instead of one good day followed by a bad day, I have gone months and months with no episodes . . . when I sense that I am reacting our of anxiety, I am able to manage it and get over it . . . it's a matter of process . . . . I have developed skills and techniques . . . I won't lie that there are not episode provoking times but they do not get ahead of me . . . so when I say I struggle with anxiety issues, I mean that I have points in my life where I have to take steps back and look at what is going on . . . but, once I process the situation and apply my techniques, things are more manageable and I return to a balanced state . . .
It is definitely not hopeless . . . there are many who participate in this community who have been cured and there are others of us who prefer to view anxiety as a companion . . . I have used it as an early alert system that I am overtired, overdoing things, overprocessing information and this gives me the opportunity to step back, evaluate, and then deal with the issues rather than letting anxiety get control of my life . . .quite frankly, how I am now and how I was 5 years ago is the difference of night and day . . . so whether some of us call this a cure or others, like myself are a bit more cautious, and call it a process, the bottomline is that the situation is not hopeless . . . I think the situation is frustrating for you now because you might be anticipating a quick fix and, at least for me, there was no quick fix . . . it is definitely a process of taking small steps at a time, asking questions, making sure that you tell your doc if the meds are not working or if there are side effects, and carving out little pieces of every day to take one positive action . . . it does not have to be a big step, but do something that gives you a sense of accomplishment . . .
I do wish I could tell you that there was a quick fix, but I can't because for me that was not the case . . . you will succeed and build your life again . . . it is definitely not hopeless but you have to gather even just a bit of strength for a 1 minute activity that brings you a sense of moving forward . . . .please check in and let us know how you are doing . . .we will do our best to support you as much as we can . . . . you are definitely not alone . . .take care, kc