Thank you and best wishes. You've gone through a lot and keep moving ahead with courage. It's inspiring. Spiritually, I am not a frequent visitor at services, but do believe and pray. Best of luck with everything.
Thank you for your thoughts. I believe the trigger may have been working in a new position, and at the time, a supervisor who could be very demanding and critical. Our office was short staffed at the time as well. Changing family demands could also been a factor. Fortunately, I've been able to function, but worry is always in the back of my mind. As suggested, I will be exploring a new therapist. I will continue with the meds for now.View Thread
My latest therapist went out on maternity leave and I slipped through the cracks in regards to a replacement. I did feel that our progress had stalled, so it's time to find another therapist possibly.
My mother had suffered from anxiety before she passed and my dad has depression.
I've had OCD since I was in my teens, but the anxiety caught me completly off guard. I believe some of it was brought on by increased work & family responsibilities, but this did not bother me in the past nearly as much. Prior to 2004, I would have been hard pressed to know what an anxiety disorder was.
I've also been a social drinker since my mid-teens and did use it to overcome shyness, especially in college when I drank way too much! I at one time smoked pot(early twenties) but have not done that in many years.
I often wonder if a medication existed that would provide the same mental benefits I feel after a few drinks?
A few questions and observations: Back in 2004 I felt like I was going to pass out at work so I went to the emergency room. After a series of routine tests over the years I was diagnosed with GAD/OCD. I've been taking clonazepam .25 mg currently x3 during day, 1 .50 mg upon waking, and 25 mg sertraline at bedtime (Psych Doc prescribes, med management only). I also have seen a few therapists for talk therapy, minor to moderate results here.
I also was recenly found to be vitamin d deficient, so I take a supplement for that.
My chief complaint is that it takes a lot for me to get moving in the morning, and I worry about my condition way too often.
I feel like my carefree old self only after a few drinks which I limit to the weekends and special occassions.
I exercise at least 3 times a week and practice mindful meditation.
Sorry for the long post, but I reach out to this community for any suggestions/advice.