Well, it was completely impossible for me to get to the doctor, let alone the therapist, without my medication. At the time, I was new to the area I lived in and new to my job, so no close friends, my family lived 3 hours away, and my DH had to work, so he couldn't take me to my appointments. IF if tried to drive there on my own, I would start to pass out, becoming a very serious
danger to myself as well as those around me. Which is why I needed the medication. I still have to respectfully disagree- not all anxiety disorders can be cured with therapy, for one, and two, I do think there is a place for medication. Diabetics aren't told they shouldn't take their medications, and I don't think anyone should be. I was in therapy with two different therapists for well over a year and a half and don't believe it had much of an impact on my panic attacks- it just doesn't work for everybody, and in my case, it may never work since there is such a physical thing going on in my family, and if you called my therapist, she would be the first one to tell you hat.
I do understand your point- my grandmother, who lived in a time when nobody knew what depression or anxiety was really all about, was addicted to prescription drugs and alcohol, and that is what eventually killed her, years after she stopped using them. Even so, I do VERY STRONGLY believe that there is a place for drugs in te treatment of some anxiety disorders. They need to be used carefully and people really need to understand what they are, what they can do, and their limitations. I firmly believe, though, that without mine, I never would have gotten better, and worse yet, I may have died- or killed someone else- in a car accident trying to get to my therapist.
I'm truly glad that the therapy alone helped you, but please try to understand than sometimes therapy needs to be used in conjunction with medication to truly help some people- we are all different and have differing severities of anxiety disorders. It should not be considered laziness or weakness on the part of the person taking medication- I have a friend who feels this way because of the way society responds to mental illness, and she is out of work and on th verge of being hospitalized again because she won't sek help for fear people will think she is weak.
:soapbox: Okay, I'm hopping off my soapbox now. You'll have to forgive me, but this is a special pet peeve of mine. There is such a stigma with any kind of mental illness as it is, it bugs me when people think it is a weakness to seek ANY form of help. My family has dealt with this so much that I am profoundly intimate with the issue.
We're all just trying to live our lives, KWIM?