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I have been diagnosed with anxiety and mild depression since I was a junior in high school. Now 23, I have learned how to cope with anxiety without medication, however it is still very present with me on day to day basis. Typically I feel light-headed, dizzy, lethargic,etc. On days when I am feeling more stressed than usual, I will get numbing sensations in my hands and feet, rapid breathing and back pains. All of these symptoms I have become customary to so they are nothing out of the ordinary. However, this past month my symptoms have intensified and I feel like am on the verge of having a panic attack ( I have a history of having panic attacks). Recently I quit my job, but still go to school part time, there fore I am assuming my added anxiety is to life changes. During these anxiety episodes I tend to lock myself in my room for 3-4 days, avoiding all human contact. I become dysfuntional. I am embarrassed because I can't perform regular day-to-day tasks and I feel like I have no support system (family or friends). I am just an annoyance to them. Right now it is very difficult for me to remain optimictic because I feel empty and hurt. I am wondering if I should get on medication (which I desperately do not want to) but unfortunately I feel it is my only shot of recovery. I would appreciate if some of you could advise me of how to deal with the situation I am in and if there are some helpful techniques or life style changes I could do to lessen my anxiety.
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