I've been learning more and more about panic anxiety. According to Christian psychologist Dr. Archibald Hart, chronic stress triggers panic anxiety. It seems to be what triggers mine. He made a statement in his dvd about anxiety and stress. He said that the anxiety mentioned in the Bible is psychological anxiety. Panic anxiety is biological. In other words, heredity plays a major role, so that the anxiety is not just the result of negative thinking. I know anxiety runs in my family on my mother's side. I've been taking 1/4 of the lowest dose of Celexa since last Thursday because I've been experiencing stronger anxiety symptoms. I've been in the Word, doing Bible study, memorizing Scripture, meditating on Scripture, praying to my Father; and still the anxiety returns. So I talked with my doctor, and am hoping this medication will be the means God will use to heal me.
I am already experiencing relief from anxiety symptoms, although I'm dealing with some side effects of the medicine--sleepiness, slight headache, slight nausea. I'm forcing myself to walk 45 minutes a day and that has helped. I've been able to reduce the amount of alprazolam I've been taking. I'm going to give Celexa a good try. Hopefully, the side effects will go away within two weeks.
I know that there are others out there like myself who don't like being on medication for anxiety. But I look at it in the same way I do my thyroid medicine and my blood pressure medicine. These medicines keep my body functioning the way God intended. Anti-anxiety medications do the same thing. I've prayed that the Lord would enable this medication to heal my mind. I believe He has heard my prayer. He's still my Healer, and all glory belongs to Him.