So my anxiety has been through the roof for the past few days. It's all due to heart palpitations. They just come out of nowhere and then set my day off from there. I made my first appointment with a cardiologist for Tuesday to hopefully get some answers.
In the meantime, I've been thinking more and more about anxiety medications. I am 46 years old now but when I was in my 20's I was on a low dose of Xanax. I was in a bad marriage at the time and as soon as I divorced, I didn't need another pill of medication whatsoever.
Off and on over the years, I would have anxiety spells but learned to deal with them on my own. However, over the past six months it seems more and more difficult to do that. My primary physician has offered to put me on anxiety medicine. She told me she did not like Xanax but would recommend something like Prozac. Every time I hear that name I just relate it to stories of people killing themselves,etc., and it was blamed on Prozac.
So, what I would like to know from those of you taking medicine for your anxiety, what are you taking, does it help and are there any side effects? Ideally, I would want something that I could take randomly or just when I felt I needed it. Something that doesn't have side effects and is not addictive. Is there any such thing?
Right now, I find that having a cup of chamomile tea works wonders for me in the sense of calming me, however, I can't just drink that all day.
Thank you for your help with this. As much as I want to do this without medication, I am worried that the anxiety that I am not able to control is actually do my body more harm than good.