This thread got bigger than I thought it would! Sorry for the late reply. There was just so much to take in, and I really wanted to take the time to properly read every reply, and write my own when I was feeling ready.
It’s been a fine balance of trying not to think about my anxiety too much, but also be as open about it as I can.
I’ve gotten much better over the past couple weeks, with some ups and downs. I’m currently taking Sertraline, which my doctor told me can take a few weeks to start kicking in, but whether it’s the meds or just time, I’m slowly starting to feel better.
Sometimes I feel my anxiety start to creep up, but I can usually tell it to just go away, and it works. Sleeping is the biggest problem. I’ve always been a bad sleeper, and the panic attacks didn’t help make anything better. I’m trying all kinds of things to help myself sleep better (less screen time, melatonin, etc), but I still need to find something that works for ME.
This is gonna get a little long, but I wanted to write even just a quick comment to every person who replied, as thanks
@TowerCrisis Thank you for sharing. I admit it’s definitely hard not to worry about what other people think of me.
@Hummie The Sertraline I’m taking has similar side effects written, but luckily they don’t seem to be affecting me
@Andy87 I think the sunlight thing is big for me. I always have my blinds open (even at night), and winter always gets me down. Basically, I think I just need to get outside more.
@BigBrit A couple people brought up the dehydration thing, so I’ve definitely been drinking more water recently, just in case. Can’t go wrong with water!
@Skunk Yeah, I’ve had general anxiety for at least 10 years now. I’m just gonna have to learn to live with it… ideally minus the panic attacks.
@Powadangaboards I also started taking Magnesium, so we’ll see where that takes me!
@Sender I don’t think I could ever do any type of work related to hospitals. I can only imagine what your PTSD must be like. And thank you for sharing too.
@briman05 So far, talking to people has been the best medicine for me, I’ve found. Whether it’s chatting with my online friends during a match of Apex Legends, geeking out about esk8 stuff here, or hanging out with my friends on Friday nights watching dumb YouTube videos… it really does help.
@Mich21050 My doctor said he didn’t think it sounded like I need any blood tests. But we’ll see. I think I should get some done eventually.
@Vanarian Thanks for reaching out. Every reply in this thread helps, seriously.