What do you do about longterm chronic anxiety becoming acute?
April 12, 2018 1:21 AM Subscribe
I have had many sessions with good therapists over decades and am fluent in CBT and ACT. I dislike the impact drugs have on me. Recently I have experienced an increase in anxiety that is impacting significantly on my life (without an external triggering event). I have flexible, rewarding work, sufficient income, loving partner, great friends, reasonable health, but my anxiety has increased to the point it is interfering with my daily life (daily panic attacks, chest pain, speech impediment, avoidance of necessary tasks). I still apply the tools of cognitive behaviour therapy and acceptance committment therapy. After years of experience, I dislike using SSRIs to manage my moods because they flatline me, and reduce the level of happiness I can experience. Is there anything else I can do? (Cis-F, 50, Australia, autistic, post-hysterectomy, still have ovaries, social anxiety rules out social support options).