I dont want to offend anyone.
I mentioned it before but im gonna say it again:
medication is fine. But it´s sad if someone doesnt even try to get better without medication. meds do have horrible sideeffects. You wouldnt just take meds for other diseases if there are other ways, would you?
I was just curious if anyone here beat anxiety without meds. I suffer on panic attacks since 15 years, I know how bad they can be. But I dont want to get drugged and hoped to hear some stories of people who made it through with other ways.
hi illusion, i recovered without medication. and i was pretty darn bad with anxiety and panic disorder i can tell you, it was the most terrible time in my life. i think i took about 2/3 xanax tablets at different times when i was coaxed to by my parents and doctor because i was so bad i was in danger of hurting myself (i couldn't stop the suicidal thoughts, it was almost as if they were beyond my control, it was very scary).
anyway, my doctor wanted to put me on lexapro and send me to hospital but i believed that there was another way and she agreed to let me try to solve it first before going ahead with medication. and i am so eternally GLAD that she allowed me to do this!!
it turned out i didn't need medication at all, in fact if i had gone on the meds i don't believe i would ever have discovered what was actually wrong.
all that was wrong was my diet, too much sugar, caffeine, junk food, skipping meals, weeks of barely eating due to illness, going for hours without food, a lifestyle where i got pretty much no exercise - all this had left me with incredibly bad blood sugar levels and i had highs and lows constantly and the lows led to symptoms that then made me panic like heart palpitations, breathlessness, racing thoughts and severe depressions.
i disovered this MYSELF, without the help of a doctor and this has left me horribly aware of where i could have ended up if i had followed my doctors advice. once i started sorting my diet out, sorting my life out by doing things to make myself happier, i went to see a psychotherapist for a good while, took vitamin B complex with magnesium, got lots of exercise - all of this slowly helped me to regain myself again, the panic and anxiety left, i returned to normal and i have never had any trouble with anxiety again. the only time it ever comes back is if i allow my diet to get bad again and have one too many cans of coke or cups of tea and that's pretty quickly solved by avoiding them again. changing my diet literally saved my life, i cannot express that enough.
so i know personally that it is very very possible to get better without medication, it's hard work of course, and no one likes hearing that they have to change their diet but it's worth it to have normal life again, no to have a life thats 200% better than the one i was leading before. i have come so far, and i am so very proud of my achievement. i think that more needs to be done to make people aware of the fact that there is so much that can be done to help with anxiety along with or instead of medication, these are peoples LIVES we are talking about afterall and healthy debate on the topic should be encouraged not quashed.
people should not be told that they need medication when this may not even be the case.
i personally have never met anyone who has had their problems solved with medication alone, i have only ever met people who are miserable because the drugs aren't working the way they want them to. in fact the only people i've met who have recovered from anxiety are people who changed their lives and diets like myself.
i have lots of information on the kinds of things you can do to recover from anxiety, practical things that can be put into use in everyday life. but it needs to be worked at, there's no pill that will make it go away magically. if anyone wants information they can PM me, i won't post it all up here because it's too much!
this does not mean that i'm anti-medication at all, in fact if it helps then it's a great thing and i believe that sometimes if we're in a very bad place if it can help bring us down to a normal level again then it's a great thing. but i just don't believe that it's a permanent solution at all and that changes need to be made in your our lives if we want to feel different.
Edited by PRT, 09 August 2009 - 02:13 PM.