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Coming off meds and EMDR therapy

#21
You are very insightful. I wish I had your attitude...I am struggling to make sense of all of this. I was so ‘normal’ at this time last year. Then stuff happened. I miss the ‘me’ I used to be. Thank you for listening.
It's ok to feel that way. It really is. It's veasy for me to say things, harder to live it. ;) We all have ups and downs....hang in there. It WILL get better. There are so many options now that we didn't have in the past (like EMDR!!).
 
#22
The frightening thing is trying to act normal to fit in and keeping this hidden. I always thought no one would understand it or would talk about me as though I was some sort of crazy individual. I know there are so many that have anxiety disorders. Now it's more open...sort of.
I am so sorry that you've suffered with this for so long. :( I agree that it was really misunderstood in the past. I'm 39 (anxiety since my teenage years), and even I've seen big changes over he past 20 years. When I was younger, it was assumed that we could just 'make better choices' and do better with anxiety. That + pills. In other words, it was treated like anxiety was somehow our choice and therefore our FAULT. It isn't. :( What have you found over the years that helps?
 
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My thought is to try to wean off meds and try emdr (starting this week actually). I do not have insurance so it is quite expensive but I have to try it. My quality of life depends on it. My best to you also.
 
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It's ok to feel that way. It really is. It's veasy for me to say things, harder to live it. ;) We all have ups and downs....hang in there. It WILL get better. There are so many options now that we didn't have in the past (like EMDR!!).
Well I am banking on EMDR to at least make a dent in the madness of it all. I hope I am not gettting my hopes up too high but I need to try something in order to obtain some quality of life.
 

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#25
I am so sorry that you've suffered with this for so long. :( I agree that it was really misunderstood in the past. I'm 39 (anxiety since my teenage years), and even I've seen big changes over he past 20 years. When I was younger, it was assumed that we could just 'make better choices' and do better with anxiety. That + pills. In other words, it was treated like anxiety was somehow our choice and therefore our FAULT. It isn't. :( What have you found over the years that helps?
I know this was for OnaMay but the two things that have helped me are trying to accept that, as smart as you are, you can't cure this ailment without some help. We beat ourselves up as if we somehow brought this anxiety on. We have to be honest with ourselves that there are just some things we can't do when we're in a heightened state of anxiety and we have to make that known to those that matter to you. For those who look down on us or aren't capable of a semblance of understanding, we just have to accept their intolerance.
 
#26
Well I am banking on EMDR to at least make a dent in the madness of it all. I hope I am not gettting my hopes up too high but I need to try something in order to obtain some quality of life.
Absolutely! And be gentle and patient with yourself - what you're going through is really rough and it takes time. It's not failure, and it doesn't define you as a person. I'll be excited to see how it goes for you.
 
#27
I know this was for OnaMay but the two things that have helped me are trying to accept that, as smart as you are, you can't cure this ailment without some help. We beat ourselves up as if we somehow brought this anxiety on. We have to be honest with ourselves that there are just some things we can't do when we're in a heightened state of anxiety and we have to make that known to those that matter to you. For those who look down on us or aren't capable of a semblance of understanding, we just have to accept their intolerance.
This is such good advice. Thank you!!
 
#28
It's hard to believe we could survive 50 years with this. And we had much more discrimination against us in the early going. The GAD has gotten worse as I age but not being afraid to let friends and family know of my mental illness has really helped. Takes too much energy to try to
I've actually kinda outlived my immediate family support but have a supportive small circle of friends and family from my wife's side.
So where is your thinking at today? Gonna continue the meds and add some therapy? I sure wish you the best either way.
I've also had 50 years. This is not a fun way to live.
I’ve also been dealing with this “living hell” of anxiety and depression for 50 years. I’ve been on so many meds. I couldn’t begin to list them. I was taking Ativan for anxiety, but doc said I can’t take it anymore. It took me four months to get off it. Then I took Venlafaxine for about 3 months. It did nothing for anxiety and little for depression. I just began taking Mirtazapine and after only 2 doses I’ve had horrible nightmares (as with Venlafaxine). I don’t want to have another horrible night. It bad enough I live,with anxiety and depression during my waking hours, it this stuff wrecks my sleep. Anyone else dealing with this?
 
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