Hey guys, I am new here
I've browsed these types of forms, and think that it would be good to communicate with others with similar issues, and also lend some advice that I have learned through my experiences if possible.
I'm 29 and live in San Francisco area in CA and work in the medical field
I have had GAD symptoms since my teenage years or slightly before. Also have dealt with anger issues and some slight ADHD / OCD type issues over the years.
I experience lots of physical symptoms of anxiety. Light headed/dizzy, derealization, brain fog, fatigue, panicky feelings, sweaty hands, palpitations, tense muscles, tight jaw, abrupt respiratory patterns, etc.
I started out on the typical quest of finding the problem. I figured there MUST be a physical reason for all this. I had blood tests, took thyroid medicine for a short time, had a sleep study and tried to blame it on very mild sleep apnea, etc etc etc. Finally I concluded this is me, and through the DNA that I was given as well as the life experiences I had as a child when my brain was rapidly forming, I have become the person I am today. I am proud of myself and my strength and will, but of course wish some things about me were different. But I look at these issues as challenges to overcome.
Currently taking lexapro which has given me about 10% improvement.
I'm weening myself off Klonopin
I've tried other medicines as well, but this is the first time I have ever taken an SSRI.
Thanks for reading.