Hi, I wanted to ask you guys if any one had any tips on dealing with chronic anxiety without medication. I've tried various anti-anxiety medications over the past four years and all of them have had adverse numerous side effects that out weighed their usefulness.
I'm at my wit's end. At the mature age of 44, single and unemployed, I'm starting to really contemplate how I want the rest of my life spent. I don't want to live this way anymore. It seems as though I won't be married and my children bearing days are behind me. Acting as my mum's carer for the past 3 years has also added to my low self esteem and has brought down my social skills with little or no interaction with society. It's like I'm caught in a prison of my own making, yet I cannot find a way out.
Today my anxiety has hit really hard as I'm trying in the first time in years to deal with it without medication. I would love to run to the doctor's and get something to use like a crutch until I reach better days but even he has said medication doesn't seem to mix well with me.
Has anyone found a way to live some kind of life with this mental illness? I know you cannot eradicate anxiety but have to learn how to manage it but sometimes it seems hopeless and I end up sitting on the floor crying like a baby because of my fear and loneliness.
Any help right now would be truly appreciated. I know life is so precious and as I grow older I know that time is running away from me and my life is just passing me by.
I just can't bear to live in this state anymore