Alex wrote: Well I'm talking about back in the day, when you didn't have anything interfering with your life, and you were more or less whole and secure about your life.
Sojourner says: Alex, you are going to be better than you ever were. The thing about anxiety disorders, as I understand it, is that anxiety is a mechanism that the brain uses as a last resort to get our attention that something is wrong. It is the nature of the beast that if we had been capable of addressing our real feelings, we would not choose anxiety as the mechanism by which those feelings were expressed. We would instead talk to people, cry, get angry in a constructive way. But we didn't choose the healthy method of dealing with the normal frustrations of human life.
Anxiety, I have come to believe, is the body and soul's life-jacket for people. The body speaks to us and says something. We need help to understand what it is saying. But one thing it cannot be saying is that everything was fine before the anxiety. The anxiety never would have shown up if everything was fine. The thing to remember also is that it's not a volitional thing. Research has proved that the disposition to depressive disorders is genetic.