Iam Angie, the founder of Anxiety free world. I suffered from Generalized Anxiety Disorder and depression for five years including having severe symptoms that led me to being locked up for a few months in an isolated room because the doctors thought that I was going crazy.
In my years of suffering from Anxiety , I took lots of medication that were prescribed to me from the hospital and in the process of taking them, a question always popped up into my mind whether there was a way to overcome this illness without taking all these pills because to be honest I was getting scared for my body as well.
Question Is: Can you overcome anxiety without medication?
The answer Is: Yes, off course you can overcome Anxiety without any medication.
All my Anxiety sufferers out there should be happy because no one wants to be taking medication because of their inner beliefs, thoughts and feelings.
Let’s first dive into the Anxiety disorder and how medication isn’t the right way on overcoming Anxiety.
What is Anxiety disorder?
Is a mental state or illness that is characterized with unnecessary feelings of worry and stress. If this feeling goes on for more than six months then it turns into Generalized Anxiety Disorder termed as GAD.
1. Continuous nervousness
2. High stress levels
3. Panic attacks
There are millions of people around the globe who are suffering from severe anxiety. some do come out and they accept that they need help, while others remain silent which causes severe depression with some ultimately committing suicide.
Anxiety will never kill you and it isn’t a disease where you can take medication today and then you wake up the next day feeling better. As hard as it is to accept, Anxiety can’t be overcome with medication, rather medication will give you some relief from the anxiety symptoms. But does it do what i believe any Anxiety sufferer out there would wish for, to get outside the bubble and live a healthy life without this disorder.
These are drugs or any kind medicine prescribed by the doctor to cure or give a relief from the Anxiety symptoms.
When I was suffering from Anxiety I had a number of painful symptoms that were unbearable. The only thing I wished for was to stop those symptoms from appearing over and over again. I know that when you are suffering from anxiety you look for the quick fix or the solution to stop the symptoms from appearing, but truth be told if you don’t eliminate the real cause of what triggers anxiety in your daily life the symptoms will keep coming.
Note: There are many types of medications that are used in treating Anxiety disorders. They also have different effects pertaining each medication.
Most common medication used,
Anxiety medication falls in different categories as listed below.
1,. ANTIDEPRESSANTS. The antidepressants are used to treat anxiety. They can be used for a long term treatment especially in patients with Generalized Anxiety disorder
* Paroxetine known as Paxil, Its one of the most common drug that is used by patients who are suffering from Anxiety.
Side effects of Paxil,
Loss of sex Drive
Note; Research says that it can also lead to birth defects in women.
* Sertraline known as Zoloft, This is like any other anxiety medication it doesn’t take away the illness rather it gives a relief on the anxiety symptoms.
Side effects of Zoloft,
Increase in suicidal thoughts
*Escitalopram known as Lexapro, This is an antidepressant used to treat generalized Anxiety disorder. Research says that it’s effective in reducing the symptoms of Anxiety but still it doesn’t overcome Anxiety disorder.
Side effects of Lexapro,
Suicidal thoughts in people under the age of 25
* Fluoxetine known as Prozac,
Side effects of Prozac
loss of appetite
Abnormal dreams sexual dysfunction
NOTE; The above antidepressants can be taken for along term period though they won’t overcome Anxiety.
2. BENZODIAZEPINES. These drugs act like tranquilizers or sleeping pills which enable muscle relaxation. They are mostly used to treat panic attacks or acute anxiety. In other wards they are for short term treatment.
* Alprazolam known as Xanax, This benzodiazepine shows sides effects after taking it within days. The moment you stop taking it the Anxiety symptoms will reappear again and more symptoms you never had before.
*Clonazepam known as Klonopin, The withdraw symptoms are also massive on this one.
Side effects of Klonopin
Difficulty in sleeping
Other Benzodiazepines include
NOTE: All that medication listed above isn’t advisable to be taken while your pregnant as it might harm the baby.
After you have known some medication used for treating , would you go for it regardless of the side effects?
In my opinion it isn’t the best way in overcoming Anxiety.
Expensive, Buying drugs all the time because you are treating Anxiety it is very costly in the long run. I remember in my years of overcoming anxiety I used most of all my saving to buy medicine which left me broke and still anxious. I had to leave my job as it was really not easy buying the medicine.
Suicidal Behavior, This is one of my biggest reason why I am against medication as away of treating anxiety and depression. When a person gets addicted to taking these drugs that’s were the problem starts. They start thinking that these drugs are their shield from anxiety and depression which isn’t the case at all.
Doesn’t solve the problem, Taking drugs doesn’t solve the real problem which is Anxiety instead it prolongs it and that’s why so many people are live with the disorder for so many years. I realized when I had anxiety that these drugs were keeping me inside the bubble but not taking me outside the bubble.
Withdraw symptoms are the worst, After realizing that medication doesn’t overcome Anxiety, so many people try to stop taking these drugs but they end up feeling worse than they were before using them.
Depression. The medication leaves so many people depressed as it doesn’t solve the exact problem but it fuels it.
As you can see medication doesn’t cure anxiety, which takes us back to our Question.
Can you Overcome Anxiety without medication?
My Answer is yes you can.
There are a lot of Natural techniques that people say you can use to overcome anxiety without medication.
1. Using natural herbs
4. Getting a healthy coach
6. CBT ( Cognitive behavioral therapy)
These aren’t bad techniques in overcoming Anxiety if used in the right way and a right state of mind. The problem comes in if you use them with the mentality of overcoming Anxiety which result in fueling and battling Anxiety.
when i was still suffering from anxiety, I used different things to cure my anxiety but unfortunately they didn’t work me. My only cure was my mind, learning how to perceive my thoughts differently and letting them be was my greatest weapon to overcome anxiety as i stopped battling it.
People find it hard to rely on their minds when anxious thoughts pop up, this is quite a challenge for everyone and to be honest it was for me as well. I suggest if anyone is having a difficult time on how to ultra their mind and take control of their thoughts, you should learn to use self help books or use anything that can bring more positivity into your life. Me myself i wasn’t good at reading books or listening to podcasts that help people move from a negative thinking to a positive thinking, but passing through the anxiety journey i learnt a lot because i knew this was my life and i needed to help myself get out of the ditch.
( **** my recommendation)
Below i have listed down some self help books which i believe can be a good start for someone who wants to overcome any type of Anxiety.
Product; Overcome social Anxiety and shyness.
Author; Dr. Matt Lewis
Place to buy; Amazon
This book is powerful , it has a step by step plan that helps people understand social anxiety and helps them overcome it through changing t behaviours and perceptions. It doesn’t only people with social anxiety but it also does help people with low confidence, panic attacks, Agrophobia, anxiety disorder.
Product; Rewire your anxious brain.
Author: Catherine Pittman
Place to buy; Amazon
This book shows how the brain really works when a person is anxious and it teaches how you can respond to those anxious thoughts when they appear.
so all those self help books can help anyone trying to overcome anxiety, you can also do a research of other mind changing books that can heal your mind and take away all the unnecessary fear you could be having.
Question, Why have I used all these techniques but my Anxiety isn’t shifting?
Answer, Because you use them with the mentality of fighting Anxiety.
NOTE; The moment you stop battling Anxiety or your inner thoughts it is the moment you start your road to freedom.
In all of my years of suffering from Anxiety I used all the natural techniques I have written above but nothing worked for me I stayed with Anxiety. After a period of self reflection I realized that I can’t live my life in the prison cell of Anxiety, and this made me find my own solution and to my surprise it was very effective. Am here to testify today that I don’t have Generalized Anxiety disorder any more.
If I could overcome my Disorders, you can also be free from it too. Heal your mind with the self help items because it is only you who knows what is going on inside your brain and be free from anxiety.
Take note that every thing starts in our minds, if we can repair our minds and let go of all the negativity and replace our minds with beautiful things , Anxiety will have no place in our minds nor our bodies.
‘Take control of your mind and thoughts that is the beginning of your recovery”
All the best.