New here-not new to anxiety. Few people really GET it
Hello-- This seems like a great site. It's comforting to be able to discuss anxiety without feeling that people don't really believe you, or believe it's a real debilitating condition, or believe you are just "wallowing." A close friend accused me of this once, and it still hurts. In my case, GAD, clinical depression, and a family history of substance abuse and various mental issues. So, nature or nurture? I think family nuttiness and my own hard-wiring are to blame. For a decade I used alcohol to self-medicate, along with antidepressants. Now I'm alcohol-free for 15 years, and am currently taking Effexor and Klonopin to stay fairly balanced. Thank Heavens for these drugs. But I still feel a general hopelessness and pointlessness to life; very guilty that I couldn't help my parents, and I can't really let myself feel happiness. I have the tools, just need to make a concerted effort to use them regularly (some of the tools being AA, yoga, faith, eating better, challenging negative thoughts, being of service to others, etc.) Thanks for reading my bla-bla. To those still suffering. It can and will get better with the correct meds, a good doc, and fighting back.