I’ve been pretty open and honest about my struggles with anxiety, how it has effected my marriage, my family, my job performance, and my life. If you’re new to the blog, I’ll link a few links to previous blog posts here:
About a month ago, I had my checkup with my doctor and we talked about my anxiety. I said that I feel like my anxiety is about 75% managed. I said I wish there was just a little “boost” that would get me to 100%.
He had me take this screening questionnaire called a GAD-7, something I’m very familiar with. It asks a series of questions to help determine how much my anxiety is interfering with my life.
Throughout my struggles with anxiety, I’ve been all over this scale. The worst was the end of 2017-2018 before I was medicated, before I was in therapy. I was first prescribed a low dose of Lexapro. We increased that about a year later when I was pregnant with Gannon. About a month ago we added another medication called Buspar.
I’m happy to report that yesterday, when the nurse called to follow up, I scored my lowest score ever on the GAD-7!
Why am I telling you this? Why should you care? I’m going to link an online version of the GAD-7 and I invite you to take the screening to see how much anxiety is interfering your everyday life. Maybe you’re having symptoms and feelings that you don’t even realize aren’t normal for you.
Nobody records or sees these answers but you, you can use the information to chat with your doctor or you can just close out of it. But I will tell you this: Anxiety medication has improved every aspect of my life: my marriage, my patience with my children, my work performance, and personal relationships. I foresee myself taking anti anxiety medication for the rest of my life.
Here is the link to the GAD-7: https://www.mdcalc.com/gad-7-general-anxiety-disorder-7
Thanks for reading guys! Sorry I’ve been MIA this week – it’s been a little crazy!
Thanks for being so open about your mental health struggles. This is an issue so many struggle with and with the Covid 19 problems many more are having difficulty. Getting help isn’t always easy for many , reasons but it can be life changing and is worth the effort to find the help needed.
I applaud your willingness to put yourself out here in order to educate so many people on mental illness, treatment and improved mental health. I’m so happy for you to find the balance you needed to be a happier and healthier you 🙂
Cheers to a wonderful Thursday!