Accepting Who We Are

My Experience with Professional Psychiatric Help for Managing Anxiety

I’m very grateful for the plentiful happy times in my life, but like everybody else, there’s also those unpleasant times I’d much rather forget. Most people can put the past behind them and move on, but I find this to be an incredibly difficult task. We are all unique individuals, so obviously, we’re going to handle things in different ways. After all, we are in control right? At least that’s how it’s supposed to be…

What if the mind won’t allow us to be in control? And how is that even possible? I’m certainly aware that everything in my personal life is okay, but that doesn’t seem to matter. I feel fearful, and worry over things that might not ever even happen. There are times when I wake up in the morning fearful, or with a feeling of dread or uncertainly…. and can’t get out of that mindset. When these episodes of anxiety occur, it can last for days, weeks, even months.

Over the last 3 months I lost 30 pounds from my inability to eat without getting sick, and tests showing absolutely no reason for it. Anxiety was considered as the probable cause of my digestive problem and I was referred to a Psychiatrist for an evaluation. Of course, none accepted my HIGH PRICED health insurance. But, my health is important, so having no choice, I paid out of pocket $$$ to get some answers, or help… hopefully both.

Overall, that was money well spent, finally… a clear understanding of my condition, a real diagnosis, (Panic Disorder) and a way to manage it. The best part being, it’s most likely a temporary condition. However, I’ve been made aware of the specific triggers that may cause another episode. But I have ammunition now, and better awareness of the symptoms that can lead to symptomatic physical chaos.

The doctor prescribed a once a day Rx, one simple medication and after only three days I was able to eat, sleep, and was well on my way to feeling like my old self. I was surprised to see such a significant improvement considering I was told it would take about two weeks. I would rather avoid medications all together, but I guess at age 65, I’m pretty darn lucky to be on just one prescription, oh, and to be fair, another as needed Rx in case of a panic attack.

I’m so thankful for the help. I’m sharing my Psychiatric office experience hoping that if you’re suffering with life altering anxiety I hope my positive experience will encourage you to seek help. There’s nothing to be embarrassed about or ashamed of, everybody has battles to fight… we are who we are, just own it.

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