I've been dealing with GAD for a long time. It started getting better years back when I went on Fluoxetine. Did amazing for years, could go places, shop, etc.
In the last 2 years, things have changed.
I seem to have developed a new "anxiety" trigger. It's the heat of summer. I'm in NY so we have 4 seasons. I love them all.
2 years ago, quite a few times when at a park, (summer day heat), I got that "feeling" that I had to get OUT and get out now.
I felt out of it, everything looked small, etc. Got into my truck and turned the a/c on and was fine.
Last summer, I did fine. This summer, not so much. I've been forcing myself to go to the beach....but I feel unsteady....
It's amazing to me how certain "triggers" disappear and new ones take their place. FWIW, I'm still on Fluoxetine.
Lately, as a result, I find myself slowly not wanting to be outside in the summer- I fear the heat that triggers the anxiety.