Hi all. I just thought I would introduce myself as I am a new member. I have read posts on the site for several months and finally got up the courage to join. As a brief background I am in my mid-40's and have suffered with anxiety for as long as I can remember. I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder as my chief problem. I am a champion worrier. I also had problems with social anxiety. I am ok with people I know, but I often get nervous when I have to deal with strangers (even making phone calls to order pizza). For better or worse I have been able to hide my problems from most people (other than my husband). He wanted me to get help for years, but I was too scared to do so. I finally saw a therapist last year for about 6 months. Making that call was one of the scariest things I ever did. I also talked to my primary care doctor about it. He prescribed Celexa. I only took one pill and had such side effects (major insomnia and feeling like a zombie) that I didn't take any more. Now I know that these kind of side effects are common and often go away. Anyway, the therapy really helped. I don't get overwhelmed by my worries nearly as often as I used to. I am still on edge much of the time though. I sit at work really tensed up. I think I am just waiting/expecting something to go wrong. My main coping mechanisms are my faith in God and humor. It helps to laugh at myself when I can (such as the time when I was literally scared by my own shadow). Anyway, I thought it would be good to join in with others who share similar problems in the hopes that we can help each other.