Antidepressant

I have been experiencing lots of anxiety this past few months. Was wondering if anyone can share an anti anxiety medicine that worked for them or any other type of treatment or therapy. Thanks so much 


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This one is hard!

by arentas80 - 2020-07-23 19:48:12

Hello there!

What works for one may not work for another. I would discuss this with your prescribing doctor and then do your own research. Just start off on a small dose then work your way up. Make a log of how you feel and keep track to report any side effects to your doc. Breathing exercises, yoga and meditation help a lot as well. Best of luck to you!

 

Medicine is a last resort

by Swangirl - 2020-07-23 20:22:37

I've been a psychotherapist for more than 30 years and I don't see medicine as a good long term answer.  The benzodiazipines are very addictive and work less well the more you take .  Those are Adavan, Klonipin, Xanax, Valium, etc.  The SSRI anti-depressants take a long time to work and have many side effects and their efficacy is doubted by many studies..  

If you went to a therapist and that's a good idea if you have insurance that covers iit or can afford it you would probably get some version of CBT or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  This technique has been around for 30 or more years and is based on the idea that our thinking and our belief systems is what causes anxiety and depression and by changing those we can challenge and overcome the feelings and behaviors that occur.  Anxiety and depression are not like the weather that just comes on its own.  100% is caused by our thinking.  I am not suggesting that it is an easy fix but I have seen hundreds of people do the work and reduce or even overcome what had been debilitating anxiety.  I have memory of one woman who came to me from an inpatient unit and was able to make enormous changes in her thinking and behavior and sent me an email a few months ago saying how she was managing very well and didn't ever want to go back to the way she was.

As a starter get this small book--it's less than $10 on Amazon.  You can do this yourself without a therapist/  Even if you don't do the work, although I encourage you to do it, you will understand the non-medicine way to help yourself heal and grow and will be able to resist the Big Pharma who wants everyone on drugs.  I  wish you well.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Made Simple: 10 Strategies for Managing Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Panic, and Worry

by Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D May 22, 2018

The Book

by Swangirl - 2020-07-23 20:23:47

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Made Simple: 10 Strategies for Managing Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Panic, and Worry

by Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D May 22, 2018

100% agree talking therapy is best

by Gemita - 2020-07-23 21:21:00

Hello Detter,

When I was facing serious illness I was offered cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) since I needed to release my fears, not bury them.  I needed to talk about my feelings, to confront them and not to run away from them.  If we can face what we most fear, fear itself can no longer hurt us.  

Medication is really a last resort because it suppresses our feelings and these suppressed feelings over time can cause illness, so it is a vicious circle. Medication at best can only bring temporary relief and will never address the root cause of your anxiety.  However I fully accept that some of us may need a helping hand initially and medication may help us to take those first few steps towards recovery, so it also has a role to play.

CBT is not a quick fix but the benefits to be gained from this life changing therapy is immense if you can put a little effort into it.  I feel CBT is a "mindfulness based therapy" where you will learn many techniques to still your mind, to live very much in the moment. Other therapies like breath control, yoga and meditation can also be tried.  When you feel anxious, try focussing on your breath and excluding everything else.  It is hard isn't it. Our mind wanders back to our fears I well know.  

CBT can help improve your relationship with others, help you to understand yourself better, help you to pace yourself if you have health problems, in essence help you to cope in many difficult situations and to find a way through.  It is important that you find a therapist who you can comfortably work with and feel safe with.  Perhaps you could ask your general doctor for advice about these helpful treatments and whether he could recommend any natural sleep aids which might help you to feel less stressed..  Quality sleep is so important to overcome anxiety.

I wish you a safe journey and freedom from your anxiety very soon.  Remember we are always here to try to help

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