I have never been prescribed meds for anxiety. I have had severe anxiety but it was always a precursor or aura of major depression. When I experienced anxiety attacks, I was already on the way to major depression and almost immobile.
I am one of the lucky few. After years of psychotherapy, a straightforward generic SSRI and Crossfit have been working for me and I haven’t experienced a major depression for several years.
Still every night for a couple of seconds before I fall asleep, I feel anxiety. It’s about nothing and everything. It’s about being. Suddenly I have a hole in my chest and I feel like I am being sucked into the hole in my chest into a heavy black mass of nothingness. I know if I allow it happen, I will lose my sleep and fall straight down to the bottomless depression.
So I reach out and hold the tail of my dog sleeping next to me, as if it were a lifeline. My 80lb 12 year old mutt’s tail is thick and feels substantial, warm and alive. I feel tethered to his life. And I fall asleep.