Post # 1
I think it’s finally time for me to see a doctor about my anxiety. I’ve never been diagnosed with anxiety but I constantly feel overwhelmed, stressed, tired, etc.
I work Mon-Fri and begin school this Saturday, so I’ll essentially be working six days a week for the next two years. On top of that, I have a husband, two dogs and a home to take care of and yesterday, thinking of it all sent me into a near meltdown. I constantly stress about money and my to-do list. I exercise 4-6 days a week and I’m starting to eat healthier but it just doesn’t seem to be enough to help my anxiety.
Any suggestions other than going the doctor/pharmaceutical route? I really hate taking pills and want to avoid them but I feel like that’s the only thing that will help me at this point. DH and I will be TTC at some point in the nearish future (1-2 years).. do anxiety meds have any effect on TTC or pregnancy? I don’t want to/cannot see a therapist because I really don’t have the time nor the money to do so.
Post # 3
I caved and saw a doctor about my anxiety when my panic attcks got out of control about 3 months ago. I got put on an anti-depressant and it has done wonders for me. I really wish I had gone in sooner. I have a much easier time controlling my emotions, don’t feel so down, and I have tons more energy because I didn’t realize how exhausting being anxious all of the time is. I’m pretty sure that my meds have a warning about talking to your doctor before trying to concieve, but I don’t think that they are something that you absolutely cannot be on while pregnant.
Post # 4
Depending on where you are from, you can see a counsellor for free through your doctor. I went to my doctor last October and was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. Was put on meds and referred to a social worker from my doctor. She is free of charge.
I was TERRIFIED to be on meds. I felt like a failure. Like i couldn’t control my feelings in ways i used to (exercise etc). I bawled when i had to take my first pill and then as my body adjusted to the meds (took a few months) things brightened up.
I am in talks with my doctor and therapist to come off the meds, specifically because i want to be TTC within about 6 months.
So my doctor said that with my meds i can conceive, but will need to ween myself off the meds before i deliver to prevent the baby from going through withdrawals. My therapist (who works with a pharmasist) indicated she did not think there was any issue with pregnancy and anxiety/depression meds. However it could be the specific medication i am on.
I should note that both my doctor and therapist said that its unethical to do testing on babies and the way these drugs could affect them during development, so any information they have is based on known mothers on meds and their babies after birth.
wow long post. haha.
Post # 5
@Eckle: @Swizzle: Thanks ladies. I just feel like I’m on the brink of a meltdown any moment. My mind is constantly racing about things I need to get done or things I’m worried about. It’s awful 🙁 Just wish I could live in peace!
Post # 6
@MrsTillerResq: I saw a therapist, but I aslo got a book called the Anxiety Cure by Robert L. DuPont. It really helped e understand my anxiety.
I also have relaxation techniques that I do such as breathing exercises. It’s just getting your mind completely in a different place. If you cannot achieve that with reading and breathing exercises, then you will more than likely need to seek help from a therapist or doctor. I knew I did NOT want meds, so I worked really hard for a few years to get this under control.
Can I say my anxiety is gone? Absolutely not. I get panic attacks every once in a while (now that I am pregnant they are worse and more frequent), but I can quickly combat them with breathing. I would suggest trying yoga or meditation.
Post # 7
@megz06: Thanks! I will look into the book you suggested. I’ve tried yoga a couple times and didn’t care for it but might be worth looking into again.
Post # 8
@MrsTillerResq: Maybe try meditation rather than yoga. I am not a huge fan of yoga either and just mainly rely on breathing techniques. Anxitey sucks