Meridith B

I have Generalized Anxiety and panic disorder . With the help of medications I am so much better. I also did a lot of therapy. Many people are not willing to try meds or don’t give them a chance. Mental illnesses are like any other illness, they need to be treated with medication. Otherwise you are not treating the illness. I am very open and do not feel the stigma. I am in the entertainment business and accepting my anxiety as an illness has helped me do better in every aspect of life.

4 responses to “Meridith B”

  1. bill p says:

    Hi meridith. I’m glad to hear that you are feeling better. I was wondering what medicine ended up helping you. I have been prescribed many for the same type of illness but have not been successful in achieving great results.

  2. Mike says:

    Thank you for sharing. I would love to know what medicines were prescribed as well. I have GAD and panic disorder ~ just afraid to be alone and drive just because of the “what ifs”… I’m currently on buspirone and clonazepam(as needed).

    Be well and thanks again for sharing!!!!

    ~Mike

  3. Jenny says:

    Has anyone ever had to go to the E.R. due to the severity and/or extreme duration of symptoms. I just had to because I thought was having a heart attack. Never knew could be so serious. Overall felt stigma of having mental illness from E.R. “medical professionals.”

  4. Teri M. says:

    Hi Meredith,
    You story is encouraging,but you left out too many details.
    I too suffer from anxiety and panic attacks. At first they thought that I was having seizures from head trauma from a boating accident. They now have ruled out that it is seizures. I just started therapy last week and will be continuing for the next few months. I also suffer from a rare chronic pain disease called Erythromelagia aka EM. It is a rare chronic pain disease that affects the nerves in your feet,hands and sometimes your face.There is ana ssociation called T.E.A. that is trying to raise awareness as it is a real disability and the the public needs to know and help to find a cure. It costs me my Full time job because my doctor over prescribed meds for me and caused me to suffer an accidental overdose. I finally found the right dr,but I am still on a waiting list for the Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN as no one here in Memphis has any knowledge of how to treat it. I too would like to know what meds your doctor prescribed for you. I hope to hear back from you soon.
    I take 75 mg. of Effexor and one.25 mg. Xanex daily for the Anxiety. It helps somewhat.

    Praying for you,

    Teri M.

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