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Who considers themselves recovering from GAD, on the mend?
« on: August 28, 2014, 12:16:34 AM »
I consider myself recovering from GAD.  I also consider myself lucky.  Unlike many, I suffered thru GAD for just six months (though it felt like an eternity) starting in the midst of a never ending winter.  I tried Buspar for 10 weeks.  No luck.  I asked to try Klonopin.  It took a couple weeks to find the right dosage.  But I've been feeling completely my old self for almost two months.  So I was curious who on these boards considers themselves recovered from GAD or moving in that direction.

Also curious if folks have recovered and had GAD relapses.  For the record, I take 1 mg at night.  And .5 mg only as needed during the day.  It rarely is needed.

Sometimes, in recovery, I take for granted how amazing it is to have a normal day without anxiety.  I don't want to ever do that, forget.  I must remember that mornings I woke as a shadow of myself, a ghost.  How I walked through a life that looked familiar, but with only a fraction of the confidence and calm and joy.  I used to tell my doctors that with anxiety, I only feel 40% of the love of my friends.  I only feel I'm 40% the person I used to be.  The world was in black and white, not living color.

I told the doctors I hungered to feel 100% myself again.  Would that ever be possible?  They couldn't say for sure.  Well, I am feeling that possibility now and wondered how many others are.
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Re: Who considers themselves recovering from GAD, on the mend?
« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2014, 05:42:56 AM »
I think we learn to manage our anxiety. We can bring it under full control. Thus begin to live a life once more and not even worry about anxiety at all. That is the whole thing. Changing how you think. So your mind is now thinking of other things. You can go through a day and not have to think of anxiety. Do that and you know you are learning to manage and control your anxiety. Life will become much better for you too.
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Re: Who considers themselves recovering from GAD, on the mend?
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2014, 09:30:56 AM »
Yes, Cuch.  I also believe the key is learning to manage anxiety.  And even though I don't feel the GAD these days, I need to be vigilant.
I want to keep up with my yoga in the morning, chanting, physical x.  Also to remember deep breathing as needed and the lessons of ACT therapy.
Nichiren Buddhist philosophy also helps me as there is no blame in buddhism.

Everyone problem in our life is there because we invited it.  And no problems leaves until we learn the lesson it has come to teach us.
I continue to lead Meetup support groups for those with GAD and anxiety.  And to try to encourage people on anxiety discussion boards
as a way of giving back to the community for support they've given me when I was struggling.
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Re: Who considers themselves recovering from GAD, on the mend?
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2014, 11:30:43 AM »
I feel I'm in the recovering stage.  My mood still goes crazy during hormonal shifts, but since I've been on Seasonique, that's occurring 4 times per year rather than 12-14!

In some ways I am doing better than even before I was diagnosed because 1) started a new job where I'm receiving much more respect and support than at my previous job and 2) therapy has really helped me work past a low self image of myself and has improved my assertiveness. I plain like myself more than I have in a decade or more.

Still not fully recovered though: I had a bad tailspin last week because of financial worries, but my husband and a few ativan helped me through. (I had gone 19 days without ativan before that which was a tremendous victory. taking it again was difficult but I felt better for it). My major issue right now is severe fatigue issues.....and fatigue leads to being easily overwhelmed. So essentially I need to get the fatigue issues tackled. Actually higher dose prozac had me more energized but I could only tolerate 20 mg due to side effects. So I hope to have a sleep study this fall and go from there.

But yes, I am doing much better than I was over this last difficult year. It's been a good summer :)
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Re: Who considers themselves recovering from GAD, on the mend?
« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2014, 11:57:57 AM »
For the first time in years I am feeling like I am getting back to being myself before anxiety.  I am overcoming fears that had me unable to move forward in my life.  I have returned back to school after 6 years of putting it off.  I was quite apprehensive about going back, but somehow managed to do it anyway-----now it's my second week and I am sooo happy I did it.

In the height of my anxiety I felt very on edge, nervous, scared a lot of the time, but these days I'm feeling a sense of calm, happiness, strength, and I can't tell you how relieving it feels.

This all has shown me that it is possible to recover.  In my situation, I thought myself into the state I was in----I started out a calm person, but after a very stressful event in my life my constant ruminating over what happened changed me.  So, since coming to that realization I now believe I can do the reverse and think myself out of anxiety.  And guess what?  It's working! :)
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Re: Who considers themselves recovering from GAD, on the mend?
« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2014, 12:27:06 PM »
CarrieAnn, that's great to hear you're on the mend.  And going back to school!  What will you be studying?

Do you attribute your recovery to therapy or medicine or just using the power of your determination?  It sounds like you were able
to process the stressful event and move past it.

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Re: Who considers themselves recovering from GAD, on the mend?
« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2014, 05:05:21 PM »
Hi Worldbeat, I'm studying Fine Arts.  When I left school six years ago I was already halfway toward my degree, so hopefully I will finish!

I'm on a very low dose of Celaxa (citalopram).  Not in therapy, although I have been in the past.  Yes, I have very strong determination---I usually do not give into my fears, by facing whatever it is that scares me.

I also have strong Faith, and indulge in Bible scripture everyday.  My devotional sits on my kitchen table for me to read every morning.

Yes, I have moved on from that event in my life----forgiven the person who was part of it.  I think forgiveness was an important part of moving on.
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Re: Who considers themselves recovering from GAD, on the mend?
« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2014, 08:32:57 PM »
That's great.  I'm also in the arts.  I write speculative novels.  Sci-fi and philosophical.  Good luck on your degree.

I have a strong sense of optimism that I think I got from my family.  So even in dark times, I tend to
believe I can eventually overcome them.

I also have good faith.  I am Nichiren Buddhist.  In the world as we see it, there is no blame.  Every challenge
is an opportunity for learning or there is danger of stagnating.  I chant at my altar in the morning.  Also I've learned some
yoga positions I like.

I think it's so interesting to hear who people recover differently and I hope this thread leads to more stories like ours.
I'm sure some can recover as atheists, with or without meds and therapy.  I have a friend who feels his depression was
cured from a few sessions of accupunture.
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Re: Who considers themselves recovering from GAD, on the mend?
« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2014, 11:31:29 AM »
Good to hear so many getting relief. I have had anxiety on and off my whole life, but it was disguised differently every time so I didn't always know what it was. I'm an outgoing 32 year old with nothing but blessings in my life. But that doesn't matter when you add in genetics. Anxiety is and has always been my greatest life struggle. Many times I thought I was cured, only to have it manifest in another way later on. I am claiming 2014 to be the beginning of the end of my constant fear and anxiety.
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Re: Who considers themselves recovering from GAD, on the mend?
« Reply #9 on: September 18, 2014, 01:50:11 PM »
I feel I'm in the recovering stage.  My mood still goes crazy during hormonal shifts, but since I've been on Seasonique, that's occurring 4 times per year rather than 12-14!

In some ways I am doing better than even before I was diagnosed because 1) started a new job where I'm receiving much more respect and support than at my previous job and 2) therapy has really helped me work past a low self image of myself and has improved my assertiveness. I plain like myself more than I have in a decade or more.

Still not fully recovered though: I had a bad tailspin last week because of financial worries, but my husband and a few ativan helped me through. (I had gone 19 days without ativan before that which was a tremendous victory. taking it again was difficult but I felt better for it). My major issue right now is severe fatigue issues.....and fatigue leads to being easily overwhelmed. So essentially I need to get the fatigue issues tackled. Actually higher dose prozac had me more energized but I could only tolerate 20 mg due to side effects. So I hope to have a sleep study this fall and go from there.

But yes, I am doing much better than I was over this last difficult year. It's been a good summer :)

Have to say as a follow-up to this, I'm no longer in the recovery stage  :spineyes: Oh well, it is what it is, and I'll be looking at med changes with my psychiatrist in october
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Re: Who considers themselves recovering from GAD, on the mend?
« Reply #10 on: September 18, 2014, 05:48:02 PM »
Sn-ez, I know the feeling.  Sometimes we feel we have recovered or managed ourselves to a point a normalcy.  But they we can have a relapse.  Much look to you.

Ancient, sorry that you've not currently in the recovery stage.  But there is always hope.  My main med is Klonopin.  It works great.  I also have an issue with fatigue and wanting to napping in the afternoon.  I think it's less to do with the meds and more to do with the crazy hours I keep.  I tend to get 4-5 hours.  I would be better off getting 6-7 hours.  For one week I'd like to know what 8 hours of sleep feels like.
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Re: Who considers themselves recovering from GAD, on the mend?
« Reply #11 on: September 20, 2014, 12:07:36 PM »
I don't think we ever mend completely, we can be fine for a long time, not even remember what it's like to feel so anxious, then who knows, some major life stressors may hit us again, and boom! We are back to square one, that's what hurts so much about having this disorder.

but, as said above, I do think that one saving grace, is that we do learn to manage, we learn to recognize our triggers, it may not cure us, but, we at least have a guide, some understanding and hope that it will pass again.
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Re: Who considers themselves recovering from GAD, on the mend?
« Reply #12 on: September 20, 2014, 12:30:38 PM »
I agree, nomore.  For me it's like a condition being in remission.  But you can relapse, which is difficult.  I'm fortunate that my bipolar
has been in remission for 20 years without an episode of mania or depression.  It's like managing a condition.  But I'm not afraid to use
the word "recovering" because you do know when you feeling better and when you're feeling worse.  And to me it's important to
celebrate one's progress.

I suffered from GAD fro 7 months.  It's been in remission and I've been in recovery for 3 months.  I'm so grateful to feel this way
and hope everyone finds their road to recovery/improvement.
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Re: Who considers themselves recovering from GAD, on the mend?
« Reply #13 on: September 20, 2014, 02:20:02 PM »
To answer your question, I have recovered completely from severe postpartum anxiety where I never thought I'd be myself again. It took about 6-7 months to get completely better and the worst of it lasted about 3 months, but I did get better! That said, I have also relapsed somewhat in the past few months. :( It's nothing like it was the first time it hit me in 2012, but it's back somewhat. However, it has been a very, very crazy year with some major events that have taken place, and I got super sick at the beginning of August with a horrid sinus infection that made me feel foggy headed and dizzy and all that not-so-lovely-stuff and that, coupled with the stressors of this year, just sent me back to that place I had really hoped I'd never visit again. I have to tell you, I'm a bit discouraged that it came back. I thought maybe, just maybe, I'd be free of it forever! But I am doing better then I was a month ago. I have good days and bad days right now.

It is so wonderful and encouraging to hear that you are 100% again and in the recovery phase! I wish you the best of luck! Have a great weekend! :)
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Re: Who considers themselves recovering from GAD, on the mend?
« Reply #14 on: September 20, 2014, 03:12:49 PM »
I do for sure. Spent almost three years slowly declining until June when I couldn't work, I couldn't get dressed, I couldn't function.  Finally, my mom said enough is enough, I am taking you to the doctor. So I left work, was put on stress leave for 3 weeks.  My doctor assured me I wasn't "crazy" and that we just needed to work together to find the right meds (I was at a point where I thought it was all in my head, that I was crazy, and that it was going to be that way forever as I had tried 4 other meds to no avail). I have been on Sertraline for about 3 months now to treat anxiety, OCD, and depression symptoms and am feeling like myself for the first time in a long time.
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