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Wow, OE....what a wealth of info you shared with me! Thank you, and thank you to LampAway for responding.
Yes, anxiety & social anxiety does occur in other areas of my life. When I go to concerts I leave before the last song, in order to get outside and away from the crowd. When I go to a movie theater, I always tell my husband I will meet him outside when the movie is done. I make a "bee-line" right to the doors before the crowd. I can't stand people "in my space" (my students know this well and always get out of the way after rehearsals....knowing I need to head to my office!).

I cannot sit still for very long, as my legs start moving; my feet tap and I get restless. I knew I had this issue, but was affirmed of it yesterday when I sat in the hosp. waiting room with my father while my mother had minor surgery. My knees were bouncing and my feet were tapping. My father asked if I have always done this (I didn't even realize I was doing it!). I had to walk the hospital stairs many times to relieve the restlesness.

I did see a psychiatrist this past summer for my depression; hoping she would put me on the correct meds. It was the worst experience of my life and she was the rudest healthcare professional I have ever been to. She tried ONE med with me......Cymbalta (obviously, her 'standard' choice). I am sensitive to meds and when I told her it wasn't working.....THAT WAS IT! The honest truth.....she gave up and would not try another. Needless to say, I was devastated and will remember that moment as being the lowest day in my life. That experience has "tainted" me and I'm afraid to even attempt to find another psychiatrist.

I think that I will try taking a Xanax before church. How long before church should I take it? Will it take minutes, or hours to take effect? I tried one last week and I was still crawling out of my skin in the pew....legs were jumping and I could not sit still. Perhaps the dosage is too low (.25); or perhaps the fact that it is a generic brand? My gyn prescribed it quite some time ago (for anxiety), but I never used it then. Prescription says to take one every 8 hours as needed for anxiety.

I will not stop going to church, as I will not let this get the best of me. I just want to enjoy going to church and I want to get something out of it.

My thanks for your advice and for any more info you can share with me.

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