Tucker (and Revtim), get the book “From Panic to Power” by Lucinda Bassett. It’s not the ultimate solution or anything, but it is written by someone who recovered from severe anxiety and knows exactly what we’re going through. After I bought it, I took it home and pretty much devoured it.
Have you heard of bibliotherapy? It’s the idea of using self-help books to, well, help yourself, and I find that in combination with the free group that I go to (look into a local chapter of the Freedom from Fear Society - they’re all around North America, apparently), it works really well for me. I don’t have any money for expensive therapy either.
Lucinda Bassett also has a self-help audio program that is available called “Attacking Anxiety” - it’s quite expensive, but I was able to get it for free through my local hospital library, and you might be able to find something similar at a library or something. You can also order the program and try it for 30 days. I’m on the eighth week of the 15 week program, and I am learning to live with anxiety and reduce its effects on me. I’m the one who creates my own anxiety, and I’m learning to be the one who stops it. I just attended a seminar on anxiety and depression, and the psychologist running the seminar approved the Attacking Anxiety program.
There’s so much you can do to reduce your anxiety and feel better right away, with or without medication - meditation, relaxation, exercise, eating healthy, reducing caffeine and sugar, learning to think more positively and not scare yourself, learning to breathe properly. Nobody with anxiety has to suffer so much. Not when there’s so much more we can do than just medicate.
Please, feel free to email me. I have been doing so much research on anxiety in the last three months that I’m just spilling over with ideas about what to do with it.