I was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder about 6 years ago towards the end of college. I suspected I had something like that for a few years beforehand and made an effort to curb it with a lot of exercise i.e. running, cycling, hiking which, for the most part, was very successful. Then, due to unemployment, and a string of class presentations and debates, I realized I couldn't self-moderate anymore. My college counselor put me through about 6 months of cognitive behavioral therapy and taught me some handy mantras for behavior modification (that I still use ocassionally). Overall, I'm glad I didn't have to take any prescription drugs - and very thankful I was directly in control of my self-improvement. While I still slip and hiccup from time to time, my self-confidence has increased and I've learned how to sooth my anxiety and calm bouts of panic.