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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 (bupropion) 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 (bupropion) at some point ...Read moreSee 3 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
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
Need good evaluation: Start with a good evaluation by pcp and then an eval by a mental health professional. Cbt can be very helpful. Take an inventory of life stressors and determine how you can address them in more adaptive ways. Reduce stimulants in diet. Better sleep, exercise, yoga, good nutrition & meditation can help. Meds such as ssri's, benzos, and Buspar (buspirone) can help. Review med options with doc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many options: Counseling (esp. Cognitive behavioral therapy) ; a self-treatment called eft can help (http://www.Eftuniverse.Com/). Many herbs help, including tulsi (holy basil), ashwagandha, valerian ; passionflower. Magnesium ; b vitamins often help, as can l-tryptophan ; l-theanine. Homeopathy ; bach flowers can help. Avoid sugar, caffeine ; unhealthy foods. Exercise can be very helpful, as is meditation. ...Read more
Start w a med: Eval. It may uncover underlying medical problems that need to be addressed. Cognitive behavioral therapy can be quite effective. Psych meds may be indicated. Aim for daily exercise, 8 hours of sleep /night ; good nutrition w 5 servings of veggies ; 4 of fruit per day. Try tai chi, yoga, qi gong, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing exercises ; meditation. Take care. ...Read more
Many ways: On your own: meditation; breathing exercises; yoga; tai chi; qi gong; guided visualization. Soothing music. Calming baths, massage. Herbs like passion flower, lemon balm, kava, theanine (from green tea) and chamomile. With help: cognitive behavioral therapy and other psychotherapies. Psychiatric medicines like lexapro, celexa, zoloft, effexor (venlafaxine). Facing your fears, and not letting them contain you. ...Read more
Your Dr can assess: For anxiety disorder ; underlying medical conditions that may be causing symptoms. Talking therapy (cognitive behavioral therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy) is important for lasting change. Psychiatric meds may be indicated. Don't isolate. Spend time w people. Use your support system. Get out. Don’t stagnate at home. Get at least 8 hrs of sleep/ night ; eat healthfully. Daily aerobic. ...Read more
Anxiety: Aerobic exercise is very helpful, as well as a good diet and proper sleep. Most important is to be able to perceive accurately, seeing the truth of situations rather than projecting fear where it does not belong. Try using the free anti anxiety app featured on the soundmindz.Org website for ongoing support. Best. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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