Post # 1
I have always had a very stressful life. My family isn’t the healthiest of families to be a part of. I am very easily stressed, freak out over anything gone slightly wrong, and i just can’t do sponteneity. Lately though, I;ve been having melt downs (I bought a macbook pro, and the next day mt dog was diagnosed with a disease that takes a 1700 dollar surgery to fix, my car needs new tires, i need to pay off my car, I also need to order graduation announcements, pay off my student loans, and all on a part time income of 7200 dollars a year). i went so far as to take my university’s online mental health screening, which said my answers were consistent with that of a person with GAD. I have seriously considered going to my university’s counseling center to try to get help, but i’m worrying and talking myself out of it. I’m afraid that my boyfriend (soon to be fiance) will think that I’m ending up like my paranoid mother, I’m also afraid that since i have no health insurance that if I am diagnosed with an anxiety problem that my future health insurance wont cover any therapy i may need. I’m also worried about how it will fit into my already hellacious schedule. I guess i just want to know if any other bees have had experiences with an anxiety problem and what they did to fix it.
Post # 3
You really just need to go to therapy. If you do not treat it or address your problems and come up with ways to overcome it, it may get worse and harder to treat.
If you’re worried about the cost or the time for therapy, consider reading this book:
My psych professor wrote it and it’s really good for teaching you how to deal with and overcome your anxiety
Post # 4
It’s not going to get better on its own. I lived with clinical depression for a year before I decided i didn’t want to live like that anymore and when I got treatment WOW it was like someone turned on a lightbulb. Mental illness is not a weakness, it’s not a joke, and you need help. Please go to the clinic, you will be glad you did in the longrun.
Post # 5
I second what bees are saying here. It will not go away on its own if it’s really the disorder. :/ Sorry! I know how hard it is because I live with an anxiety disorder myself. It can be really terrible at times. My doctor told me to start taking St john’s wort as a supplement to help with my every day exercise, getting out routine to help with the disorder. It helps and it’s worth a try if you can’t get in to see a physician soon.
Post # 6
Go to counseling, hon. If you’re going to pay $1700 for your dog, you’ve gotta commit to your own health care too. If you were bleeding, it wouldn’t even be a second thought.
You may not have GAD, you may just be stressed to the max about thirty million different things. Talking to a counselor/therapist may help with this, even if there’s no technical diagnosis given. Also, most insurance policies cover a certain amount of mental health care for anyone, I think. Even if your later policy didn’t cover it, there’s often sliding scale or university clinics that will treat you at a manageable cost.
In the meantime, look into mindfulness and cognitive-behavioral therapy stuff on your own. For me, what helped was simply accepting myself the way that I am and knowing what my anxiety triggers are, being up front about those things, and knowing certain things I can do to master my reactions (deep breathing combined with progressive tensing/relaxing exercises in my case).
Post # 7
@MissPatience: OH, oh, oh, and one more thing: you going to counseling because you realize that you’re having a problem is NOT a sign that you’re going to end up like your mother, or whatever. It’s a sign that you realize you’re not doing as well as you could be, and you’re taking logical steps to feel better. Self-care is always a GOOD thing.