Hi Miss teach,
Wow you have been through a really difficult time with a whole raft of stressors placed upon you and as could be expected they have taken their toll. Just like physical health problems, if you put too much stress on your body, you make it vulnerable to illness or injuries, in which case it is common to take medications to asssit with the process of recovery.
As you are about to go into another stressful period with your next prac, I would encourage you to take all the armour and support you can with you to assit you. This includes having a good diet, having time for yourself (and planning this with your husband) and the medcation for anxiety can also assist you. Its good to remembr that antidepressants which are also used for the treatment of anxiety are safe, effective and not addictive - talk to your GP about the type of medication they prescribed. It is no different to taking antibiotics when you have an infection to help clear things up - we dont consider someone weak if they use medication for this - or asthma or diabetes. It is no different for mental health conditions, your body is unders stress and it can be helpful. It is often useful to get a good understanding of anxiety disorders, what they are, and how the body works when these occur, there are some great factsheets and information on the beyondblue website - or you can talk to a mental health professional on the beyondblue infoline who will be able to send you some information (1300 22 4636).
There are also a range of great online programs to help you develop strategies to manage anxiety generally and deal with stressful situations. There is a directory of thes on the beyondblue website - and they are high quality programs and free. Toghether these will help asssit you to take control of the anxiety symptoms. A lot of the strategies will also help you develop techniques to take control in other stressful situations which may arise - which may be particulalrly helpful as you prac approaches.
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