Medication. Medication. Medication. This is a big one for me. I know at least three people personally that have severe anxiety and refuse to even entertain the idea of taking medication. Why is there such a bad rap when it comes to psychiatric medications? I personally am pro-medication. You just must understand the journey that is medications. You will have to try multiple things that don’t work before you and your doctor find something that does. You will have to try different doses. You will have to be honest about their side effects. Sometimes you will need more than one medication. I am personally on three. I have tried Wellbutrin, Zoloft, Prozac, Xanax, and God only knows what else. And it was not a fun journey. Zoloft made me a zombie. I could not be involved in anything. I had almost no emotions at all. I was uninterested in television, conversation, food-everything. Wellbutrin was terrible. It made everything so much worse and it did not help that I was seeing a doctor that didn’t particularly care. Which brings me to my next point.
Doctors. Yes, you must see a doctor. A psychiatrist. And possibly more than one. People are as afraid of doctors as they are of medications. If you don’t like the first doctor. Change. If you feel you aren’t being taken seriously, you don’t like their overall vibe, or you just think they don’t get you. Change. The problem with mental health is that it is personal. It is your mental health. And you must take charge of it yourself. No one can take that step for you. So, do yourself a favor, pick up the phone and find a doctor. There is no reason not to, only excuses. Use the internet, google search, call your insurance. There is a plethora of help out there, but you have to seek it. It will not find you. So, put the ideas in your head to rest that there is something inherently wrong with you and get the help that you need. No, the help you deserve.