Yes, absolutely. If I function, then that’s not extreme, or in my mind, often not even classified as anxiety.Is there part of you that feels like you don't deserve' to be diagnosed as having extreme anxiety?
What about this situation? When I had joint surgery last winter, they gave me pain meds to take after I went home. I was supposed to use them "as needed". Well, it hurt, of course, but it didn't hurt THAT bad. So I didn't really need the meds, right? And I started out not taking them. Because even though it hurt, I'd been in WAY worse pain than that, so I clearly didn't need them. Except that there were also a bunch of exercises I was supposed to do. And that was really important to a good recovery. And then I realized I could do the exercises better if I took the meds..... A dilemma. I took the pills for a week, did the exercises as perfectly as I could, and I think it was the right thing to do. Didn't use them as a way to do more than I was supposed to, just so I could do what was actually required. I find that to be a hard thing to sort out! Still is.So no, I don’t warrant a second glance or a description such as ‘extreme’ anything.
Except that PTSD is an extreme reaction to stress?So no, I don’t warrant a second glance or a description such as ‘extreme’ anything.
very good point. i have personally been off and back on the benzo's, I was reluctant to start the first time too. It was the first drug that had EFFECTS as well as side effects for me.Here's the thing, though - filling that Rx isn't a permanent thing. It could be that the Rx will help you. It's equally likely that the Rx will do nothing or not work in some way. But not trying the Rx has only one outcome: you continue to feel the way you do now.
Once the ability to brake has passed, I don't think anything really walks me back. I am looking for the trail of breadcrumbs I left and hopefully able to get down the trail back, and once there the benzo's would probably qualify as a recreational abuse because back is back and once there I wait until I catch myself going up that hill again.I can attempt to throw the breaks on it by taking benzos
This is very interesting to me. One of my most prevalent reactions to a lot of things is an automatic flip to numb. As in, I dissociate quick. I’ve done a lot of work to improve that and prevent it, but it still needs work. I never considered that to be part of an anxiety response. I figured it needed to be panic or more dramatic.
Same. Which is why if I would have to take them every day? I don’t take them at all. Either it works as a short sharp jerk on the leash, or it doesn’t.Once the ability to brake has passed, I don't think anything really walks me back. I am looking for the trail of breadcrumbs I left and hopefully able to get down the trail back, and once there the benzo's would probably qualify as a recreational abuse because back is back and once there I wait until I catch myself going up that hill again.
Are you able to identify physical feelings when you feel at your worst? They tend to be my signal more than anything else, since it's what arrives first.Funny how a word can throw you in many different directions.
I don’t like medications, took me quite some time to even consider their use as a method to treat ptsd. But my train of thought has adapted somewhat. The rule I had against their use is only in reference to me. I don’t judge or see others using them in any way as a negative.
So, recently I renewed my prescription for Ativan and my Pdoc who is also my therapist wrote the prescription that it should be used for “extreme anxiety”.
I have trouble identifying my emotions, so extreme anything for me?? I don’t know.
Now I’m thinking that I can’t use this medication because what I experience as anxiety is not extreme. I can still function. People don’t notice I’m anxious (cuz I work reaaaaaally hard to hide it)
Looking for some perspectives….