Reply 40 of 64, by chris2021
Therr's a term "on the spectrum", which denotes any number of mental disorders. Whether anxiety falls in with many otber, always more severe I think, ailments, I don't know. But actual anxiety disorder, panic attacks, is not to be trivialized. It could be said that common occurrences of anxiety are on account of an immature mind. Ok but no one is perfect, and everyone can be pushed beyond there limitd. Think ptsd, which certainly is a relative of anxiety.
Anyone can feel anxious. But chronic anxiety, the level of which can only be defined by an individual, can stick with you a hell of a long time after certain stressors are abated. Faith, exercise, sunshine, pine smells and even cuddly bears can alleviate some of the symptoms. But oftentimes tbe effects are temporary. Some people can't exercise. Some people can't even go outdoors. There are manuals that describe subjecting yourself to gradual exposure in those cases.
Medications can work wonders for some people, but they just can't be abused. If you need them, take them. I knew a lady that took xanax everyday. Who had a history of drug and alcohol abuse. But she just didn't abuse the xanax. I know a guy who has delusions and ocd. He only takes the xanax as needed. But is on other meds everyday, including ritalin. He couldn't cope without them.
One last story. A lady friend's neighbor was so depressed she couldn't feed herself. She volunteered for an experimental trial of meds, which shocked the heck out of me back then. But they fixed her up. People always adhere to the occasional horror story, where some psycho goes psycho. They blame the meds he was taking for a.week. But some meds take time to take effect, 6 weeks or more, which seems horrible if someone is suffering. But to administer doses too big would surely wreak havoc on a person's mind. And medicating is also trial and error. One thing works for one person, but not another.
Someone should use just enough meds to get them by. It's not about getting high. It's about getting by.