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What should I do for relief from anxiety?

What should I do for relief from anxiety?

Anxiety relief: 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

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

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


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Prescribed 0.5mg lorazepam 2xdaily.Does not seem as effective,I sometimes take 4 or 5 a day to get relief from anxiety. Is there something better?

Prescribed 0.5mg lorazepam 2xdaily.Does not seem as effective,I sometimes take 4 or 5 a day to get relief from anxiety. Is there something better?

Ativan (lorazepam): is typically not used for long term management of anxiety because of its short half life and tachyphylaxis (need to take higher doses over time) Do not abruptly discontinue this medication as withdrawal can lead to seizures. Discuss with your psychiatrist the problem you are having with the medication wearing off. Consider seeing one if you are not currently (Dr Cady for example) ...Read more

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How can you get relief from anxiety disorders?

How can you get relief from anxiety disorders?

Good treatment: Anxiety disorders tend to respond well to treatment with medications, psychotherapy, or a combination of both. It's important to note that anxiety often leads people to avoid feared social situations. Avoidance often provides immediate relief but worsens anxiety over time. Start by talking to your physician, psychiatrist, or psychologist. Keep working at it to reduce anxiety. ...Read more

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Finished taking predisone yesterday morning and now having horrible anxiety all day and can't sleep, what can i take or do to relief the anxiety?

Finished taking predisone yesterday morning and now having horrible anxiety all day and can't sleep, what can i take or do to relief the anxiety?

Call your doctor: This is an uncommon but not unknown side effect of prednisone. It will likely pass in a few days. In the meantime call the prescribing physician & let them know. You may be given medication to help with the symptoms, and your reaction should be documented in your medical records. ...Read more

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Is Paxil (paroxetine) an imediate relief for anxiety attacks and symptoms?

Is Paxil (paroxetine) an imediate relief for anxiety attacks and symptoms?

Not immediate: Though i often see decrease in anxiety before antidepressant effects, Paxil (paroxetine) and other antidepressants have long half lives and build up in your system over time. Prevention of panic attacks and decrease in baseline anxiety is the goal. Be patient. Paxil (paroxetine) is a very good anti anxiety medication. ...Read more

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Any tips to get relief from anxiety physical symptoms , with no panic attack.

Any tips to get relief from anxiety physical symptoms , with no panic attack.

Many options : Many options available: self-care activities include regular exercise, meditation, deep breathing methods, engagement in pleasurable activities. On the formal side of intervention possibly consider cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and related methods. These target thought and behavioral patterns associated with anxiety. For CBT I might recommend an initial evaluation with a psychologist. ...Read more

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Should 1 x 25mg Alprazolam (Xanax) be effective for temporary relief of anxiety? When I take one I don't notice any difference.

Should 1 x 25mg Alprazolam (Xanax) be effective for temporary relief of anxiety? When I take one I don't notice any difference.

Perhaps: 0.25mg tabs are often used as a starting dose. Talk with your doctor if it's ineffective and be wary of driving on any dose esp. before following up with your doctor. ...Read more

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Are there any specific breathing exercises/techniques that provide immediate or fast relief from anxiety and associated muscle tension?

Are there any specific breathing exercises/techniques that provide immediate or fast relief from anxiety and associated muscle tension?

Any exercise: You can start with any type of vigorous exercise. Can you start it slowly and then ramp it up. This would be your best nonmedication way of treating anxiety. You could also ask your physician to get you consulting. ...Read more

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Body and skin sore to touch/achy after a month of high stress and anxiety. Can a relief of anxiety cause body tenderness?

Body and skin sore to touch/achy after a month of high stress and anxiety. Can a relief of anxiety cause body tenderness?

The opposite is true: If I'm understanding your question correctly you want to know if RELIEF from anxiety can result in body soreness/tenderness. Actually, it would be more likely to be the opposite. Anxiety of a constant or prolonged nature heightens sensitivity of the NOCICEPTIVE receptors in the skin and muscles (pain receptors) and tend to increase painful sensations. Relaxation should reduce pain sensitivity. ...Read more

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How can I get relief from my anxiety?

How can I get relief from my anxiety?

Consultation first: The most effective way to start is consultation with professional (psychiatrist, therapist) where you could explore for yourself the triggers for your anxiety and how to get help:. The best would be a combination of psychotherapy and psychopharm medications if needed. We offer non-invasive, no side effect help with anxiety, bmt (http://www.Brainmusictreatment.Com). ...Read more

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I enjoy taking care of little kids will that relief anxiety and stress?

I enjoy taking care of little kids will that relief anxiety and stress?

Possibly: Doing what we enjoy ; what gives our life meaning can contribute to our wellness. Just remember that at times - caring for children can also be stressful. Take care. ...Read more

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What is natural relief from OCD/anxiety?

What is natural relief from OCD/anxiety?

OCD/ anxiety: All people get anxious. Inanimate objects do not get anxious. One of the most common sources of anxiety in OCD is something you cannot control.- either a personal issue or an interpersonal encounter. Recognition of what is out of your control is the best rationale solution.. ...Read more

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My ck levels r in upper 3000 levels. I have pain throughout body qith no relief. Anxiety makes pain worse. Tried lots of ssri's. What do from here?

My ck levels r in upper 3000 levels.  I have pain throughout body qith no relief. Anxiety makes pain worse. Tried lots of ssri's. What do from here?

Why CK high!!!!: You should be more concern in why is you ck levels so high. Ck levels come from muscle breakdown which presents with musc pain and fatigue. You need to review your meds with your primary care asap. Cholesterol meds like statins and antipsychotics cause musc break down an increase in ck. Again your ck should not be in that number! ...Read more

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I've been taking Xanax (alprazolam) 1 mg for 20 plus years.I feel like i'm not getting enough relief from the anxiety and nerves. 4 a day should I be taking more.

I've been taking Xanax (alprazolam) 1 mg for 20 plus years.I feel like i'm not getting enough relief from the anxiety and nerves. 4 a day should I be taking more.

Consider options: If you have only been taking the medication, and have not been working with psychological means to control your anxiety, consider working with a psychologist to develop more effective coping skills to deal with the anxiety issues. Also, there is often a diminishing effect with long term use of anxiolytic medications. Talk with your doctor about other medical possibilities. ...Read more

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I've been on Effexor (venlafaxine) XR for 11 weeks. While I do feel some relief from my anxiety, i'm always tired. Why is this?

I've been on Effexor (venlafaxine) XR for 11 weeks. While I do feel some relief from my anxiety, i'm always tired. Why is this?

As above: I agree with what other physician has written about Effexor (venlafaxine) , if it cause u to be tired , try to take it at bedtime , it is a good medication. ...Read more

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What are good prescription medication to relief anxiety in short term, other than benzos & barbiturates.

You're doing it: Here's a good website on this topic - and it says something I always say. Consider CBT therapy. I can work for some w/o any medications. But it ALWAYS improves their effectiveness. It takes effort on your part - but it is your life and playing your part is important.. I hope you can find a good therapist and have it to be thankful for next year. ...Read more