I got a prescription of extra-strength Naproxen for my arm, and I took it for the first time today.
Also today my anxiety was HORRIBLE; it was he worst it’s been in months. The strange thing was that it was a normal day, no big events or happenings. And yet my anxiety induced a prolonged panic attack.
When I arrived home, I saw the pill bottle on the counter and realized that the Naproxen was the only differing factor. Curious, I did some research and found that naproxen is actually known to produce and/or amplify anxiety.
So tonight when I was talking with my dad, I brought up the fact that I couldn’t take the pills because of my anxiety. And instead of believing me, or simply saying “okay”, he went into a whole lecture on how I couldn’t know if it WAS the pills because the human body is too complex. And then when I told him I saw that anxiety was a side effect, he brushed it off, saying “They list almost everything as a side effect in order to avoid lawsuits. It doesn’t mean they’re real.”
It was almost like he was attempting to convince me, once again, that it’s all in my head. But I don’t think he realizes that the palpitating heart beats, the quivering limbs, the dizzy, spinning vision, and the downright fear are all too real, and are anatomically not in my head.
Anxiety is real.