Will medication change me?
As long as I can remember, I have worried constantly and irratically about EVERYTHING. I have bad headaches that occasionally turn into migraines since I was 7 years old. I stress about everything, it's all I can think about all day long. I barely sleep, and when I do, I wake up several times during the night. I avoid people and things that make me anxious. I finally broke down and told my father about the way I feel, and he really wants me to see a doctor and try medication. I'm 23 years old, I do not want to feel this way the rest of my life. I do not know how much longer I can let this affect me. That being said, I am scared to death to go on medication. I'm scared that it's going to make me into a zombie or change who I am. I struggle with stress and worries every day and I want so badly to change, but I don't want the medicine to change who I am or make me so relaxed and carefree that I'm not myself anymore. Is this just another form of me worrying, or is it a legitimate concern? Please help :)
I can honestly say i know how you feel as i was there too when i was in m y 20's. I am now in my 40's and left anxiety and panic attacks behind me many years ago.
The fear of taking medication is a normal reaction and one that i have known many of my friends have gone through too. But i can honestly say that these concerns of your are needless.
There are many different types of anxiety medications available and all work in different ways. See my page hereanxiety-treatments
They are all designed to give you mind and your body time to get back on to its feet again, a sort of time out. But this does not mean that it will change who you are.
My sister is on anxiety ,medication and she is definitely the same old sister i have always known. My partner was also on anxiety medication a few years ago and it helped him a lot.
Take the plunge and reclaim your life. At 23 you should be enjoying every minute don't waste it because of fear.
Visit your doctor and tell him your concerns about the medication you will be able to work out a plan between you and don't forget these drugs are not long lasting and if one is not right for you you can simply change type.
best wishes and go get your life back