When I first sought medical help for my SA I was put on Lexapro, I was on that for 2 years I think it was and it really helped. It was explained to me that this medication was not a solution to my SA but merely a confidence booster in order to take the right steps to combat my SA.
The medication made me go from being terrified of travelling 40mintues to school on a bus or being so anxious about going to friends houses, to being able to go out most weekends and travel the bus with ease.
I used to use travel sickness bands as my anxiety usually resulted in me getting sick, so these helped distract me and keep me calm.
In conjunction with the medication I went to a therapist who talked through my issues and made me realise that as soon as I had an anxious thought it started a chain reaction that led to my panic attacks etc. He taught me techniques to 'nip it in the butt' before it got too far. Techniques such as digging a finger nail into another part of your hand, grabbing the side of a chair, pushing down on the floor with your foot. Anything to keep your mind distracted from all the negative thoughts that would lead me to a panic attack.
Towards the end of that summer I realised the medication no longer had an effect on me so that was when I was switched to Effexor. I sat my Leaving Cert (in another room from the exam hall) and I started college. Moving away from home was really hard but the medication helped keep me on track and using the techniques I'd learned. I am now going into my second year of college and I'm also not living with my friends this year...so that's something new and challenging for me.
When I feel anxiety coming on or a panic attack I find music, deep breathing and repetitive stroking of a pet or teddy really helps stop me from getting a panic attack!
I hope this information has helped you realise that medication can help but I aim to get off them completely and beat this myself!