My Grandmother, my Mother, my older brother and sister and myself all suffered from anxiety. I had my first full blown panic attack when I was 10 years of age and that was 58 years ago. I was plagued by them for the next 35 years. I went from a high performing student to the school dunce in 5 years. I couldn't take exams, I couldn't socialize, I couldn't sing in the choir and the sport I loved as a child stopped because of fear. I tried everything from cognitive therapy to natural remedies to a zillion brands of mind numbing anti-depressants. I tried physiologists, counsellors and everything else in-between. I was in a living hell. Going to work was a battle everyday and personal relationships were ruined by anxiety. When I was in my mid 40's I ended up going to a physiatrist who prescribed Xanax. At last I was free. I finished my working career in a managerial position and I could even go on stage and make presentations to large audiences. I'm now told that the 2x1/2 of 2mg of Xanax I take are bad for me and I must stop taking them. Well medical profession, you are now going to give me more ineffective and mind numbing anti-depressants and send me back into hiding in my cupboard under the stairs and it's all for my own good!! How tritely you treat this subject. I wish that at least once you'd all have an anxiety attack and live in fear for the rest of your lives waiting for the next one.
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