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As a suffer of SD and GAD, taking medication everyday is a must. Medication that is taken religiously, at the same time everyday on an empty stomach. However that is not the hard part. The challenging part for us suffers is the most crucial part to getting better: relaxation.

SD sufferers are encouraged to relax as often as possible. The only problem is that we are consumed by work, family, friends, etc that we always have an excuse to not care for ourselves. For non-sufferers this wouldn’t be a problem, however for us this means being pushed closer to the breaking point. Often a point of collapse, where treatment will need to start from scratch.

After weeks of working, even during the weekend, me body couldn’t take it anymore. It started with minor shakes and escalated to muscle stiffness, followed by muscle numbness. I began feeling like a cocaine addict looking for another fix, on edge and on the verge of a breakdown. It was my body reminding me that I need to start paying closer attention to it’s needs. That the illness won’t go away without effort on my part.

Although I’m a sufferer, there is a lot I still need to learn about depression and anxiety disorder. And hopefully by learning, I can teach others about the severity of the disease and how to notice early warning signs.

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