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How To Overcome Anxiety Without Medication
Psychotherapy: With medications if you need them to 'get over the hump' and into a treatment that, literally or not, slowly exposes you to the very thing that makes you anxious. Anxiety and derealization should be checked out medically first. One thing that can be helpful is to use sensation to 'anchor' you. If you pay attention to your senses (direct representatives of 'reality'), it's harder to dissociate. ...Read more
Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more
Possible, Yes...: But whether u take medications or not, it can be very hard. It's important to clearly establish what u are struggling with. Consult w/ a clinical psychologist or psychiatrist 4 a careful diagnosis. If you have Social Anxiety Disorder, I'd suggest learning more about it & understanding the behavioral approaches that can help you overcome it. See anxietybc.org for very helpful information. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Anxiety non-med: This is a partial list: biofeedback, cognitive behavior psychotherapy, exercise, mindful meditation, diaphragmatic breathing, hypnosis, interpersonal psychotherapy if issues with relationships fundamentally involved, acupuncture - possible?, massage, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm on wellbutrin 150 1xday for past yr; it helped I still have lots anxiety despite my efforts to overcome doc added 10mg celexa will this drug help?
Probably: Well butting is a very good antidepressant, but may actually exacerbate anxiety. Celexa is good for both anxiety and depression. You are on low dose of both. Max dose of celexa is 40 mg. using these 2 meds together is not uncommon, but if celexa helps discuss with your doc possibly dropping Wellbutrin at some point ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Psychotherapy : I would recommend psychotherapy. Ask your primary care physician for a referral to a reputable psychotherapist to help you with whatever bothers you. There's nothing that says you have to take medications, but I would strongly urge you to consider psychotherapy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it true that some people absolutely"need"medication to treat anxiety/OCD.The fact that some people can't get over it with therapy alone makes me anxious that I wont be able to either thus need meds?
Therapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as dysthymia is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room. Meds are not warranted 100% of the time, however, and it's your choice to proceed without them. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Manage anxiety: By learning relaxation skills & learning to modify the thoughts, perceptions & beliefs that trigger your anxiety. Learning to calm your body & your mind is the key. You can learn these skills on your own, but having a mental health professional "coach" you is quicker & more effective. Biofeedback helps learn relaxation skills (www.Bcia.Org & www.Aapb.Org). Entrenched anxiety may require meds. ...Read more
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