Ps it's nothing to be ashamed of, we've all got shit to deal with, it's the ones that bother to the difficult path to change that really become fulfilled in life, much easier to stay in denial but ultimately not very productive!
If you try to think of it as a broken arm that needs fixing, then perhaps you will see its better to treat the root cause now than wait and get more and more anxious which may well hinder you in life, better to deal with it now. Some anxiety is normal, it's the fight or flight response which puts you in that state, it's not just in the mind, as someone already said breathing techniques will help a lot because when your panicking, literally taking in to much breath, upsetting the balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide, so regulating your breathing restores balance and calms you, works well for stress too! If you really don't want to see a CBT specialist ( which i cant reccomend enough) you could try a very good book with CBT techniques - such as this - [link]
thank you so much for the recommendation! I definitely checked it out and will continue to do so! The thing is, I cant find a root. I had what felt like one long anxiety attack for a few months maybe 5 years ago and then nothing until last Thursday, when my boyfriend broke up with me over gender issues. I had one today over the elections and it got worse when I had to drive a car but it went away when I baked. Had a short one after we found out the results of the election too, even though all of the things I cared about came out how I wanted. I really do need to learn breathing exercises though, as I've always had a problem of forgetting to breathe. That may be a big part of it. Thanks again!
It's no problem I'm glad you find it helpful, it's a very useful resource for mental illness and my sister happens to work for mind also!
It's not always possible to know the root cause, it could be something that happened in very early life, can I recommend a chakra test, I would imagine your root chakra is deficient, you can just type it into a search engine and find one, many people are low in root chakra, it's the very early stage of childhood which you would not remember. Surrounding yourself with red will help as well as some meditation. As for therapy, CBT is very good for changing thought patterns, rather than dredging up the past, though you have to a little at the start so they know what your story is, but if you aren't sure sometimes just plain counselling helps you to discover things, because sometimes it's not till your asked the right question that you suddenly remember the answer. I don't know how your relationship with your family is, but often these things can be a learned behaviour from a parent perhaps, maybe this website may give you some clues as to what the root may be - [link]
I suffer from Anxiety and I was formally diagnosed. If you're taking meds for anything else, I really do suggest looking at the side-effects and see if its your meds that is causing this and go to the doctor. If not, you should still go to the doctor. I'm not on medication for my anxiety and I try to cope by not thinking about what bothers me and talking about how I feel. Only other thing in the 'homeopathic' side is to have a joint on an occasion. Despite what people say, alcohol does a lot more damage than weed.
Im really surprised that it took this long for someone to recommend pot! It's good to see someone actually coming out with something other than, "suck it up and go to the doctor". I did just switch over to my new medication and have only been on it for a month, so that could be it. I hadnt thought of that. Thanks!
I wouldn't suggest smoking it everyday. I only smoke it if I'm getting really down and if I'm having trouble getting to sleep. No problem, but it is still a good idea to go to your docs and ask them about it. Your new medication might not be suiting you. =]