I recently went to the doctor to get a refill on a medication I take for anxiety. I’ve taken this medicine on and off since 2010 or so. It helps when I can’t get the anxiety under control or I feel the onset on a panic attack.
We went through some questions and some typical disclosures that the office had to provide and then we talked about what I do to keep my anxiety under control. I do many of the things health care providers suggest, and they help, but not as much as having alone time.
I am an introvert with an extrovert child. I have a child that has sensory issues as well. And she is 5. I need quiet when she thrives in chaos. I need peace, no sound no movement. Just stillness. And in my situation, it is difficult. I only have periodic help from a couple family members. My husband works a bunch, so I usually do everything by myself.
The doctor knew all of this and proposed I see a therapist. This is something I considered in the past and thought about briefly recently but I need to think about it more. The only reason I would consider it is because I have come to some impasses and I don’t know how to find resolutions. Maybe talking to someone not connected to me may help me put the pieces together.
I haven’t made a decision, and most likely will think about it for some time before I decide. Regardless, it was nice to have a conversation with my doctor about my needs and wants and what I feel. It’s good to know she didn’t think I was crazy either.
Many people have a stigma about mental health issues. I have a college degree, my husband works, my daughter goes to a private school, and we are doing well. My life is good. My brain likes to battle me on that. It’s my fight and I will win. I will always be an advocate for myself and my mental health. Bottom line, talk about it. Talk about the struggles with a friend, seek help from a doctor, or see a counselor. Whatever you need to do to be ok in your head, talk about it. It’s the first way leading you to answers.