Diagnosis: Strong GAD, mild social anxiety, and don't really feel depressed which is weird
Issue: MAJOR THESIS anxiety, and anxiety related to anything of the graduation requirement nature. Other anxiety triggers, but none that would otherwise have just sent me back to counseling.
So I had my intake this am, and of course they recomended meds. I REALLY REALLY don't want to go back on meds (was on lexapro for about 6-9 months). I had a handful of side effects, and since that is supposed to be the SSRI with the least side effects, I don't want to try my luck with others. I am going to see a psychiatrist (because it's free) to be able to get my future counselor to see that I've "explored my options". I'm hoping I can be lucky and find one knowledable about alternative therapies, but since it's through my student health, I'm not holding my breath.
The only reason I am even slightly considering meds, is that I HAVE to get through this semester and graduate. It would be a VERY expensive mistake not to, and would seriously inconvenience myself and my partner.
I've also made an appointment to talk to a Dean about "thesis anxiety". She is in charge of a lady who handles test anxiety, but I'd gladly take 1,000 tests over writing a thesis. So I'm hoping perhaps they have dealt with something similar before.
I've also called a person who runs a stress clinic for skills to manage stress. I'm hoping this will be a fruitful way to get professional, but non-medicinal help.
I've started going to yoga again :) And I'm eating super well, very little refined sugar, no HFCS, and all my servings of fruits and veggies. The only lifestyle change (that I'm aware of) that could help me at this point would be excercise.
Also I'm taking a Vit B complex, and flax seed oil, and DHA supplements.
Thanks for listening. Now if anyone has any advice, I'd really appreciate it. I'm in danger of not completing my degree requirements if I can't get on track in the next couple of weeks, and I know the world wouldn't end if that happened, but it would really suck since I have plenty of time to do it now.