Anxiety How do you cope with it
Posted Sat May 28, 2011 04:50 AM
I acknowledge that there are different types of anxiety disorders and open this thread up anyone experiencing any of them.
I have experienced anxiety for about 5 or so years now, when I am under alot of stress I experience difficulty breathing and sometimes feel like I am going to stop breathing and pass out.
I do not take any medication (nor do I want to if I can help it) and try to manage by eating well, excercising regularly and generally looking after myself.
The only other thing I do to help with my symptoms is use Rescue Remedy which is a natural product and seems to help slightly.
Does anyone else have any other ways to manage anxiety?
(Please only post if you have something valuabe and relevant to add).
Posted Sat May 28, 2011 11:36 AM
Posted Sat May 28, 2011 05:54 PM
but as for non medication techniques i was taught that weren't specific to the problems i was going through, they're more about learning to deal when you feel like you're going to pass out. mostly you just have to concentrate on your breathing, deep breaths and shit. often when i have an anxiety attack i feel like my chest is incredibly shallow so i find it very hard to take deep breaths, so i have to concentrate on that specifically, but really, concentrating on your breathing and trying to control it is obviously something that can help.
another thing i was taught to do if i started to feel anxiety coming on was to just focus on everything around me. like if i saw a girl just say to myself in my head "there is a girl over there wearing a black hat" and just look at the area around you and point out things like this to yourself. it sounds kind of strange but honestly it helps. i suppose it just takes your mind off the freaking out and makes it easier to relax.
honestly though, i haven't been to therapy in a while so my memory of these techniques is a bit sketchy, but if i remember any others i'll make sure to post again.
Posted Sat May 28, 2011 09:00 PM
I suffer from anxiety as well, and I haven't had any problems since.
I did take medication, i hated it. My body did not cope with it well. I would talk to a counselor if I were you, just an idea also
Goodluck, plus, dont stress the simple things.
Posted Sat May 28, 2011 09:55 PM
What really works though, and this can be very challenging, is to gradually expose yourself to whatever it is that triggers your anxiety. This is a form of therapy known as exposure therapy. I have been trying it and despite it being very difficult, it is rewarding. Another method I have been utilizing for anxiety is I joined a support group.
Joining the support group has by far been the most effective means for me to try to conquer my anxiety. Part of my problem is that I am terribly afraid to speak in front of other people. So I set a goal to speak in each and every meeting I attend. The first couple times I experienced panic attacks, but over time I have grown comfortable speaking if front of these people.
You could try seeing a therapist and go through CBT (Cognitive Behavourial Therapy). This form of therapy challenges you to switch your pattern of thinking from doubt and general bleakness, to more positive reinforcing line of thinking. The only downside to this is the cost of seeing a psychologist can be very expensive.
The very least, if you want to conquer your anxiety, try to confide in someone you know and trust and explain to them your problems with anxiety. It is a terrible burden to keep things bottled up inside.
Posted Tue Jun 07, 2011 08:49 AM
Medication isnt the answer for this stuff, i hate that the medical world throws a pill at everything, granted it does help in alot of cases, but the human body wont learn to cope with its own ailments and over time it will just get worse.
I have found just time to myself to think, Meditation in a quiet area or listening to a very peaceful soundtrack or music. Deep breathing, really Ancient Yoga (The kind im licensed to teach) isnt all about strength but about you're physical and mental well being (wow i feel like im marketing...moving on)
Not everything works for everyone, you have to find something that works for you, it could be something that others use as well. I wish the best of luck to you, if you need any help let me know and i'll try to help you
Posted Tue Jun 07, 2011 11:47 AM
What sucks is I can have good days and bad with little knowledge of what differentiates the two. Why is today so bad? Why won't my body relax? Why does it feel like my body is flooded with adrenaline? The absolute worst part is the hyperventilating. It's the hardest part for me to control, and is the major reason that keeps things from getting better. It's like a sensation of drowning when not in water. yay!
Eating healthier and exercising has helped to a degree, as does positive thinking (seeing myself go through the situation with good results, meditation as a way of controlling my breathing, and support from my friends/family. Basically anything that can reduce stress is a fan-fucking-tastic thing.
Posted Tue Jun 07, 2011 02:54 PM
I have medication for it, i have taken xanax and a non habit forming anxiety medication for my panic attacks (though the name has slipped my brain.)
Since that is not the direction you would like to go I would try keeping lavender oil nearby, aroma therapy has helped me a lot also. Lavender is an aroma that has a calming effect on people. I use it to calm my son down when he gets to rambunctious or will not settle down for bed time. I use it around me when i am feeling very tense, highly stressed, or when my mind is moving too fast that i cannot fall asleep. Lemon oil has also been shown to lower stress levels and be uplifting. In Japan they have used lemon oil as a type of antidepressant.
Peppermint is also a good one for uplifting a mood, Chamomile is good as a calming agent also.
Then add in a balanced diet, activity, plenty of rest, maybe some counseling, meditation, and a weekly relax time, you should find your stress and anxiety lowered.
You could also try acupuncture, i have heard it has worked well for people, i haven't gotten a chance to try it yet.
Posted Thu Jun 09, 2011 03:52 AM
Posted Sat Jun 11, 2011 02:34 PM
If they are just random attacks and you can't pinpoint the triggers then your body may be fighting something like a virus that you are not aware of. Anxiety attacks are caused by your adrenal glands firing off at odd moments when the other counter active hormones are not there to slow the reaction. This can really wear you out over time because you always feel like you are in flight or fight mode. Plus the inability to breath or shear panic can make you feel like you are going crazy sometimes...which then can lead to depression because you are just ready to get off that merry-go-round.
I had a treatment for my liver in 2003, it seemed to help. Then again, I also discovered that meditation for up to 30 minutes every morning eventually made it go away. I only did this for about 8 months...so it's not like I do it religiously or anything. I think I have only had one or two since 2004 and they were more related to low blood sugar from not eating properly. I don't know if this will help you.
It could also be caused by a vitamin deficiency. You'll have to get a professional to check you out here and see if you are low on something. But if anything, I would definitely recommend that you get your blood checked by a doctor for both vitamin issues and undiscovered viruses. Your thyroid also can trigger your adrenals because they are connected to your metabolism. It's a very sensitive system and can be thrown out of whack even if you have a benign growth. Sleep can also be a factor.
This is not meant to scare you, so please don't freak out. It is something that can be fixed...and doesn't need lifelong pills to cover it up (which is all they do anyway). I haven't had a problem with it in a long time and only do meditation maybe once or twice a month anymore.
If you have any more questions, PM me.
Posted Sat Jun 11, 2011 09:28 PM
Now as for myself in dealing with these attacks has not been fun at all. Myself I wouldn't wish them upon my worst enemies. My family Doctor had prescribed me Ativan to help deal with the attacks. After approx 4 years and not wanting to be dependant on pills to help deal/control my attacks, I learned that when I felt an attack happening to lay down and relax, as well as to just keep telling myself that there was nothing wrong with me and that I was not going to die from this. the past 2 or 3 years have been really good as far as my attacks go as they are all minor now and I am able to just brush them off as nothing to be worried about.
I think the biggest thing in dealing with Anxiety attacks is to calm yourself down and re-assure yourself that you are not going to die from these. presuming that you have been to see your doctor and other medical professionals, and that they have told you that is what you are suffering from.
Myself for the longest time I was letting these attacks rule my life, as i didn't even want to leave the house in fear of having an attack out in public or somewhere's where I feared that I would not be able to get help quickly as I felt that these attacks meant that there was something really medically wrong with me and that I would die right there on the spot. So I basically became a shut in. I lived on the internet, my fiancée went to pay all the bills and do all of the shopping. If friends wanted me to go out with them I always turned them down making excuses all of the time as to why I couldn't join them.
One day you, yourself will also learn how to best deal with these attacks, and hopefully not let them take over your life as they did with mine. I wish you the best of luck in over coming your attacks.
Posted Tue Jun 21, 2011 10:35 PM
I seldom leave the apartment, only when it's absolutely necessary, or after spending a couple hours talking myself into it or psyching myself out. This is not just because I don't want to be out when an attack happens, it's because I'm actively terrified when I am not in my own space. Save a couple people I trust here, I have no real friends. Not out of choice, but because I have more often then not driven them away due to my emotional issues. I get obsessed with order, with fixing things that bug me (and which more often than not are in my head). I can't make decisions sometimes, even little things like what to eat or what to watch on tv, because I get stuck in a loop, which often leads to an attack. It's annoying, to say the least. I can hold down a job, I can interact with people, I can socialize, but it's often a front hiding a terrified core, and exhausting - I tend to make each situation last as short as possible. This has always been true whether I was on medication or not.
I am as functional as I am through constant vigilance and active meditation techniques learned over 30 years of lifetime experience, but even so, when I have an attack, I need to talk to someone or have people around or I end up running in circles literally and figuratively, wearing myself out and going to sleep. The only thing that really works for me to defuse an attack is to be distracted by external stimuli.
I can't say dealing with it is entirely successful either. The thing is, it's who I am, it's a part of me, and I can't get rid of that part of me. So I live with it.
This post has been edited by HumanBreeder1973: Tue Jun 21, 2011 10:36 PM
Posted Tue Jun 21, 2011 10:38 PM
That aside, have you tried yoga? It has really helped me through some very tough times. I do mine from videos on netflix rather than going to a studio so the cost is minimal.
Posted Tue Jun 21, 2011 10:42 PM
I deal with them with music and now my dream car that I've wanted. No meds for me and I will refuse to take them.
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Posted Fri Jun 24, 2011 09:12 AM
That and listening to some relaxing music, I find Tony O'Connor's music particularly theraputic. There's alot on youtube if you want to take a look
Posted Fri Jun 24, 2011 09:47 AM
I went with my wife to the local Chinese Buffet last night for supper, a difficult hour with all the people there... every time I started getting wiggy, I went over and watched the giant fish in the Koi pond that they had (they're some HUGE fish btw, big as my arm and beautifully colorful)... that helped... I do it with my aquarium at home too, so much so that I don't realize I'm doing it any more...
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