Hi everyone. I come to this site for the comradery and to learn from others dealing with anxiety. And it's understandable
that many of the posts deal with urgent symptoms and worries. That's an important function of this board and i wish everyone well
on their recovery. But it would also be great to hear from people who are recovering, having good days, who are bravely struggling onward.
Sometimes I wonder if we are a bit too negative here when we also need encouragement. At least a better mix.
To that end, I'll chime in. I've dealt with GAD, generalized anxiety disorder, for 5 months. To me, GAD feels like a constant shadow over
my happiness. At worst it feels like a nightmare I can't wake up from. I know what it feels like to be myself and be happy, to have fun. But the shadow of GAD holds me back. Sometimes it feels like dread or boredom. But it helps to remind myself to focus on what gives my life meaning, and focus on my talents & energy to create value in the world. Often anxiety takes much of my attention and I lose sight of my daily and weekly goals.
As for myself I've been exploring many options.
ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) has been helpful. See the book The Happiness Trap. Yoga and physical exercise
has helped lift my spirits, as well as buddhist chanting and affirmations. I started a Meetup group in Chicago for folks with GAD and other
anxieties, which has led to a growing online group for ongoing support.
So how am I right now on Friday about noon? I'm ok. I will see a friend later to watch a movie. I have a small circle of friends and
I'm pretty open about my challenges. I'm an open person. In a few weeks, I'll see a psychiatrist to talk about
meds to explore beyond Buspar. Maybe Lexapro or Klonopin. I've researched both and talked to folks with good experiences. If I grade myself from 0 to 100 with 100 meaning I'm completely myself and recovered -- I'd say I'm about 65%. I write novels and am reading a novel that may inspire me for my next project. Another novel is currently submitting to two publishers.
That's all for now. Anyone else want to check in and tell us how you're moving forward on your journey?