Anxiety affects all of us differently. In my case I have always spoken at a rapid pace, but since life, MS, and a kid who is not a placid little one I have found that now I really speak FAST and more and more people were asking me to repeat what I said. Then my husband told me that not only was I speed talking, I was speaking at a very soft volume so no one could hear me. My mom stopped by for here weekly visit with a Mayo Clinic letter about soft talking being a MS symptom so I bit the bullet and went to see a speech pathologist on Monday. We are working on slowing my speech down so it will be more understandable. She asked me if it has always been a problem, and after thinking about it I realized I didn't have any speech issues when I was working since I had been an administrative assistant with receptionist responsibilities. So all I can assume is that I began having speech issues 6 years ago. Now I have speech therapy homework.
Today I had my 3rd appointment with the new psychiatrist. She put me on Effe.xor which reduced my anxiety A LOT. The tension headache left, I'm feeling more relaxed, no more panic attacks in the car. Downfall? It makes me feel sick to my stomach. Not all the time and I can't seem to pin-point exactly when and what I need to eat to not feel sick. So today she suggested I take it in the evening after dinner (on a full stomach) and if that doesn't help open the capsule and sprinkle the medication on food. So I have 4 weeks to try that and see what the results are.
She pointed out my lack of typical emotions when talking about my issues. I smile as I talk about negative upsetting things. Not sure what to make of that. I noticed that at meditation class.