So looking back over my life, I think I’ve always suffered from Anxiety and get lose bowels when ever I am in a situation that I can’t escape from, traffic jams, parties e.t.c, but over the years I was convinced by partners family e.t.c, that I was putting it on, beign weird, selfish you name it.
So beginning of last year it was getting worse and I was really struggling to leave the house, it would take about a hour to leave for work, get to the front door and turn around and need the toilet, got caught in a traffic jam and had a complete melt down, didn’t ride outside for 4 months. So i went to the doctors and they put me on lorazepam (i think thats what it was) and it made me feel awful, came of that and doctor pescribed Sertraline, which I decided not to take, got some help from Wellbeing (in the UK) but didn’t really help me move forward was very confrontational. In this period, I did start self harming, and took the wrong amount of medication (for existing health issue) after a very frustrating day at work.
So that finished and I decided to go private, I see a private counciller every two weeks, and that really has helped, and really helped, I did have bit of a backwards step, and I was signed off work for 3 weeks, and they insisted that I got on sertraline, which I will say makes me feel shit in the morning, and has stopped me really training hard in the morning, counciller was supportive, and just pointed out that people do have ups and downs, and I dealt with it, and that it’s ok to be on meds, but you have to work with it, and any victories are still your victories
But i’ve been out for early morning a run this morning (somethign I wouldn’t have dreamed of doing 6 months ago) with no dramas before hand, the feeling of finding yourself half way to work before you realise that you didn’t have a issue leaving the house is amazing.
The Virus has scared me as lockdown is everything I’ve been fighting against, been been making plans each day, only watching the news in the morning, keeping away from social media and forums (stops me getting into bickering fights with people) and if somebody does dislike something I say and starts arguing with me, just delete the post, then I don’t get tempted to resond
I always thought that I was confident and outgoing and the above came as a big shock to me, but my counciller recently asked me how I felt about the last couple of years, and I just wish it had happened earlier in my life, if it wasn’t for the Virus I would have come of the sertraline, but I could never perform in races, and now looking back it was the level of anxiety before the race
One thing you will learn (if you share) is who your friends are, I think the meds have held me back in my training (a little, but my ftp has stayed the same) , but once I come off I’m sure that me new found strength of mind !!! will help me out in the future, I didn’t want go on meds as I wanted to defeat it myself, and my victories be my victories, but the concilling and the meds have helped me face my fears and deal with them
Good luck, hope you find what you need, and it does happen to a lot of people
OH, and … (hate to plug another product) but doing the sufferfest yoga videos in the morning helps as well