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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Understand it: Try to understand the best you can what exactly scares you. You may be able to read about mind over mood techniques on your own, if your phobia is not too intense. But ideally, working with a psychotherapist will be more effective and faster.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Many options: It is important to understand in detail what exactly triggers your fear of flying. Is it before the boarding the plane, once you are in the air, fear of being unable to get out, more like claustrophobia?.... According to the carefully identified trigger, you and your psychotherapist can design specific methods of how you can deal with it. Then, you will have to practice and test it out.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Ask others and see: It is best to recognize and confront your your phobia. Ask others and you will see how many people around you have exaggerated fears of things others don't even notice. Fear is a real emotions. Exaggerated fear-- phobia--is also real and common. If you or a loved one has phobia, do not need to live with it. It is treatable.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Yes, don't give up: Whatever you have tried that did not work, you need to change. Try a new intervention or even a new doctor that has a different method of treatment. With persistence and with the understanding than one method does not fit all, you will find what works for you. This is a treatable condition. And in the process, you may discover many unpredictable things about yourself.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Just a temporary fix: The real treatment, will be a combination of cognitive behavior therapy, with or without anti-anxiety medications, depending in the severity of the symptoms. The goal is that you will be able to control your phobia through learning different tool to put mind over mood, and stop the medications. It may take 3-6 months or longer, but it will help you feel a lot better in the long run.
A male asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Yes, but...: ...Not all bipolar people are creative, so we do need to be careful with generalizations. But if you are creative and have bipolar, you could use your creativity as a form of expression. Treating appropriately the bipolar disorder, will help you make better use of your creativity.
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Well tolerated : At this dose, you should not experience too many side effects. Usually, light sleepiness could hapen. It may slow down your reflexes so it's not a good idea to drive on it. If you have no hisotry of addiction and you take it only as needed, you may use it for a while. But the goal is to treat the anxiety to a point where you might not need the klonopin (clonazepam).
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 26 years experience
ADD or ...: ...Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) losing its effect at the end of the day. Or some form of anxiety? Talk to your doctor to see if you can, together, sort these symptoms out!
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 26 years experience
It seems to be but..: There are plenty of creative people without mental illness, so the juries are still out on this corelation. It is true, however, that creative people see the world through a special lense. They tend to be more sensitive and more perceptive of reality. Does this sensitivity predisposes to mental illness or mental illness causes it, is a million dollar question.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Stable and creative: You don't have to trade emotional stability for creativity. With careful choice of mood stabilizers and fine adjustment of the doses, you can be stable emotionally and creative. Even better, when emotionally stable, you can make better use of your creativity, being more organized and more efficient, staying with a project until it's done rather than jumping impulsively from one idea to another.
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