Having to live with anxiety symptoms is not easy. I can't speak
for you but I have sometimes been shamed, embarrassed or felt
hopeless after a bad bout with those rascals.
My self-medication of choice is food. I kinda have to deal
with that because it isn't an effective way to deal with the
problem. I've been around this bend before so I know I can do
Will I? Probably.
You see my symptoms are flaring up again. Big time.
Go out side and walk a bit.
Fill my head with music so I can get from point A to B.
Most times it works, sometimes it does not.
I used to think that self-medication was a bad but
understandable idea. I’ve kinda moved to the center of “it
depends, and what are your other options?”
So in this episode, the questions that I've asked myself and
maybe you should consider is what are the benefits and liabilities
There are the obvious ones
- Stopping or hiding symptoms
- A rest period
- Ability to focus
And the cons
- Dosage, how much and not knowing when it is too much?
- Dependency, could be adding on an additional problem.
- Financial, the cost of trying to control your symptoms instead
of treating the problem.
- Affect on the Body, does the treatment of the symptom cause
more harm than good?
If you need support contact the National Suicide Prevention
Lifeline at 988 or 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at
1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741.
Post Covid Anxiety Is Real is on the Psychology Today
how hard it seems to be to reintegrate back into the public
Helpguide.org is a non-profit organization and website that
provides information about mental health issues. They have a
post on Self-Medication
and there are
some questions to be considered.
You should know that they believe in investigating other
options before taking medication.
It is a good article, however the main purpose of the website
is to connect users with coupons to use for medication from
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