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I believe that I'm close to being a success story, so I thought I'd post my story.

I went through a terrible period of several months where I was in a constant state of anxiety. Actually, it was more like a constant state of panic. I had chest pains, back pains, couldn't breathe, shaking, nauseated, couldn't swallow, derealization, depersonalization, etc, etc. I went to the hospital and doctors numerous times convinced that I was dying of something - nothing was ever found (besides mild asthma and some hormonal problems.) I was so bad that my husband had to do all of the cooking and cleaning and had to drive me to the doctor because I couldn't drive my car.

I tried Lexapro and it made me so nauseated that I couldn't continue to take it. I took Xanax for a month but started to feel kinda sick on it and really, really tired. I had to wean myself off of that and the rebound anxiety was huge and lasted for weeks (acupuncture helped me with the withdrawal process.)

I decided that I needed to find another way. I started seeing a body-centered psychotherapist, started taking St. John's Wort, lots of B-vitamins, magnesium, calcium, vitamin c, homeopathic remedies and bach flower essences (also Kava occasionally but that is a controversial subject.) I try to do yoga a couple of times a week (really hard at first because I was completely exhausted), and started meditating with meditation CD's every day.

So, today, I feel pretty good. I still have some moments of what I call feeling groundless (basically just really nervous.) Most of the physical pains have subsided and I actually managed to sleep for about 6 or 7 hours last night. In fact, I feel well enough that I have accepted an offer of admission to a chiropractic school in the fall.

I think there are lots of options out there to help you - whether it be medication or some other solution. Even if you do the meds, I've found that meditation and forcing myself to get some exercise has been really, really helpful. I just want you to know that I've been there and that this state of panic won't last forever. It helped me just to realize that. One day I realized that I may always have some anxiety, but that my panicked state won't last forever - it's just too intense. Think of it like a cloudburst of rain - they can't last for too long because it's just too intense to last. Hope this helps.

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