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Mom Won't Let Me Medicate - December 26th 2009, 05:04 AM

When I was 8 I was diagnosed with General Anxiety Disorder.

In a nutshell: everything makes me stressed out, I frequently get panic attacks, I have trouble sleeping, and I am scared of almost everything.

I've been able to keep it under control for the past 10 years, but it's getting worse. I get very mild panic attacks almost every other day from the smallest things (such as a sudden loud noise or someone raising their voice at me), and some pretty bad attacks once a month.

My mom is VERY anti medication, or being treated for any sort of mental problem. She's more into herbs and being centered and aligning your chakras, and that helps to an extent, especially if I drink tea with Belladonna and keep Lavender in my room, it can keep me calm enough.

But it only works for so long. I feel like I need something stronger to help me, I can't handle being scared all the time and my panic attacks are coming so suddenly I can't stop them before they come, usually I can sense them and calm myself down, but I can't anymore, and it's really wearing me down.

I am 18, and I can get the medication on my own if I go to a psychiatrist or my doctor, but I'm afraid she'll find the pills in my room and get angry.

I'm not sure how to bring it up, and not have it cause conflict.
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Re: Mom Won't Let Me Medicate - December 26th 2009, 11:54 PM

If you feel you need medicine to control your anxiety, you probably need medicine. Ten years is a long time to manage it on your own, but as you said it only works for so long. You're old enough to get them yourself, so if it's what you think is best then I'd say you should see a professional and get their opinion. If you DO get pills, and they help then she should see that. Also, if it means you won't have to worry about having panic attacks then I think it'd be worth it for her to possibly be a little mad at you.

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Re: Mom Won't Let Me Medicate - December 27th 2009, 01:15 AM

Yeah, just go and get them yourself. Actions speak louder then words. And yes, you may have an arguement but what can she do? Your body, your doctor, your medication. Your rules.

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Re: Mom Won't Let Me Medicate - December 27th 2009, 06:01 AM

That's true. I just don't like going behind her back.
Medication goes against everything we believe, but I just feel like there's no other way anymore.

I couldn't even handle Christmas because the concept of not knowing what I was getting, and then having a gift there that needed to be unwrapped just made me panic so much that I could barely get through it all withouth throwing up because I was getting so upset.
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