After taking anti anxiety meds for my paralyzing panic attacks, I’m feeling so calm now (read: almost numb) and am realizing I used the anxiety as motivation and now feel like I’m much less proactive

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What matters to you? What is important in life? What are your unique strengths you can use to help others learn, grow, succeed? What brings you joy on a daily basis, and in a more enduring sense? When are you having fun even when working hard?
I was in your shoes 6 mos ago and have begun to answer these questions for the better. It’s more sustainable to use these answers to motivate vs fear, insecurity etc. good luck!

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Reduce medication dosage. Talk to Doc. A bit of anxiety is normal.

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Don’t reduce medication. Do talk to doc. Do try to make it work without changes to medication. Do give yourself time and be patient with yourself. Do compare vs how you were feeling and how much worse it could be, not to an idealized but unrealistic state.

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I have anxiety and also ADHD. once I dealt with my anxiety, I had the exact same thing. My big ADHD symptom is lack of stimulation and I think I developed the anxiety as a way to overcome that - the anxiety (and coffee) was the only thing that got me going. You might want to read up on ADHD stimulation issues to see if it resonates with you. If so, there are books, systems, etc. out there to deal with this (and medication).

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I know the anxiety was bad for my mental and physical health and I’m better off without the attacks, but I’m so used to them and feeding off the nervous energy to get my work and more done that I’m a little lost now without the unhealthy motivation. Not sure where to start building a healthy sense of motivation

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