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Dealing with depression

 
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Why are you miserable OP, or at least, why do you think you are miserable? You mentioned you don't like social situations, does that have something to do with it?

hf much love to you, looking forward to an answer.
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Because I feel really socially awkward, more so than I probably am and it get paranoid. When I'm around people I get nervous and I'm always worried I'm going to explode and go off at everyone and whenever I am around other people I just desperately want to leave and retreat back into my home just to be alone.
 Quoting: DutchNord32


I can empathize with a lot of that... but I'm not entirely sure what you would be paranoid of. Care to elaborate a bit? Do you feel anything you listed when you are communicating to people on this forum? Or is it only when confronted with someone in the flesh?
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OP, I hope you are feeling better. I just wish you had a good psychiatrist, and you could get on a good antidepressant. I am really worried for you.

God bless and hugs.

Isee you have social anxiety...I am familiar with that...you really need an antidepressant....or that is what I think.

Herbs take longer to work. God bless.
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OP, I hope you are feeling better. I just wish you had a good psychiatrist, and you could get on a good antidepressant. I am really worried for you.

God bless and hugs.
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Drug dealers (psychiatrists) are a good short term solution, but that's not what the OP is looking for.
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Why are you miserable OP, or at least, why do you think you are miserable? You mentioned you don't like social situations, does that have something to do with it?

hf much love to you, looking forward to an answer.
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Because I feel really socially awkward

When I'm around people I get nervous and I'm always worried I'm going to explode and go off at everyone and whenever I am around other people I just desperately want to leave and retreat back into my home just to be alone.
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have you heard of aspergers syndrome before? what you just is a typical symptom. if you have time, take this test and see for yourself. you are not alone. i deal with this constantly and am currently in the same position as you. i won't pretend that i know what to tell you to do because i don't know for myself.
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Why are you miserable OP, or at least, why do you think you are miserable? You mentioned you don't like social situations, does that have something to do with it?

hf much love to you, looking forward to an answer.
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Because I feel really socially awkward

When I'm around people I get nervous and I'm always worried I'm going to explode and go off at everyone and whenever I am around other people I just desperately want to leave and retreat back into my home just to be alone.
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have you heard of aspergers syndrome before? what you just is a typical symptom. if you have time, take this test [link to www.rdos.net] and see for yourself. you are not alone. i deal with this constantly and am currently in the same position as you. i won't pretend that i know what to tell you to do because i don't know for myself.
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Find a good Phychatrist and get strated on some SSRi's
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Worst possible advice. SSRI will make most depressed people suicidal
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Go see a good homeopath. Is the only thing that works, if s/he is really good. Otherwise you will join the depression club for the rest of your life. If someone says take this drug, it worked for me, it doesn't mean s/he is cured - the dinosaur is still inside.
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Find a good Phychatrist and get strated on some SSRi's
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Worst possible advice. SSRI will make most depressed people suicidal
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^^TRUE^^
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OP, I hope you are feeling better. I just wish you had a good psychiatrist, and you could get on a good antidepressant. I am really worried for you.

God bless and hugs.
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Drug dealers (psychiatrists) are a good short term solution, but that's not what the OP is looking for.
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Psychiatrists do nothing but push dangerous drugs these days.
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OP, I hope you are feeling better. I just wish you had a good psychiatrist, and you could get on a good antidepressant. I am really worried for you.

God bless and hugs.
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Drug dealers (psychiatrists) are a good short term solution, but that's not what the OP is looking for.
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I have a psychiatrist, and I am on an antidepressant. He helps me by talking with me about my problems and my depression.

Before I decided to go to him, I was like OP...in my own private hell.

The night I decided to call my local mental health hotline, I was at the end of all I could stand. I had tried every
herb, and I know herbs...I take them now, as long as they do not interact with my antidepressant. Herbs just take much longer to act. Sometimes you just don't feel like you have that time.
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Hard to say without looking at your entire diet!! Could be something as small as the twinkies you have every day, or you could be a raging alcoholic. Hard to say.
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We don't get twinkies here and I don't drink that much, I see what you mean though.
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Why are you miserable OP, or at least, why do you think you are miserable? You mentioned you don't like social situations, does that have something to do with it?

hf much love to you, looking forward to an answer.
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Because I feel really socially awkward, more so than I probably am and it get paranoid. When I'm around people I get nervous and I'm always worried I'm going to explode and go off at everyone and whenever I am around other people I just desperately want to leave and retreat back into my home just to be alone.
 Quoting: DutchNord32


I can empathize with a lot of that... but I'm not entirely sure what you would be paranoid of. Care to elaborate a bit? Do you feel anything you listed when you are communicating to people on this forum? Or is it only when confronted with someone in the flesh?
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It's when I'm with people that I get paranoid, it's more a nervous reaction. Sometimes I just feel like a nervous wreck.
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Why are you miserable OP, or at least, why do you think you are miserable? You mentioned you don't like social situations, does that have something to do with it?

hf much love to you, looking forward to an answer.
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Because I feel really socially awkward, more so than I probably am and it get paranoid. When I'm around people I get nervous and I'm always worried I'm going to explode and go off at everyone and whenever I am around other people I just desperately want to leave and retreat back into my home just to be alone.
 Quoting: DutchNord32


I can empathize with a lot of that... but I'm not entirely sure what you would be paranoid of. Care to elaborate a bit? Do you feel anything you listed when you are communicating to people on this forum? Or is it only when confronted with someone in the flesh?
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It's when I'm with people that I get paranoid, it's more a nervous reaction. Sometimes I just feel like a nervous wreck.
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seriously, do a few minutes of research on aspergers syndrome!!!! you wont regret it!!!
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As someone who has depression and has tried numerous drugs and vitamins along the way I will give you my experience.

SSRI's do help. They aren't without their side effects though. Lack of sexual desire, inability to "finish the job". To some they may like to be a stud like that but after a while it just plain sucks. The other side effect is having a crappy short term memory. I had to start writing notes because I'd forget something 5 minutes later. I finally bailed on the SSRI'S.

You'll have to try more than one if it doesn't feel like It is working. Lexapro was great, Zoloft sucked, for me.

Currently I'm just on Wellbutrin which is working okay but not perfect...no pill is.

I also have tried every vitamin and natural cure available to little to no affect. I've spent a small fortune on vitamins, Sam-e, st johns wart, this vitamin, that vitamin, gaba, a bunch of othe crap I've forgot as well. Its pretty much hooey if you ask me. I still take a vitamin powder daily, try to eat pretty darn healthy but its pretty limited on what it does. I also take omega 3 and a probiotic everyday.

I do need to exercise more but I stay active a work so I'm not really that sedentary.

I'm not giving up, ordered some lithium ornate and going to see if that helps, reviews are decent but we shall see. I'm unconvinced until I try something. I'm not much for placebos.

Depression isn't easy but trying to be proactive helps. I don't think the answer is the same for everyone but get out there and do something about it!
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Why are you miserable OP, or at least, why do you think you are miserable? You mentioned you don't like social situations, does that have something to do with it?

hf much love to you, looking forward to an answer.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 13536387


Because I feel really socially awkward, more so than I probably am and it get paranoid. When I'm around people I get nervous and I'm always worried I'm going to explode and go off at everyone and whenever I am around other people I just desperately want to leave and retreat back into my home just to be alone.
 Quoting: DutchNord32


I can empathize with a lot of that... but I'm not entirely sure what you would be paranoid of. Care to elaborate a bit? Do you feel anything you listed when you are communicating to people on this forum? Or is it only when confronted with someone in the flesh?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 13536387


It's when I'm with people that I get paranoid, it's more a nervous reaction. Sometimes I just feel like a nervous wreck.
 Quoting: DutchNord32


Alright, so I think I have enough info gathered here to give you some advice, and I think hope that I'm qualified, as I've been through a lot of what you have described. I'm sure you could throw labels on me, but I like to call it my personality, not this disorder, or this or that. Who is to say what is orderly anyway. Ok, getting off track here...

It sounds to me, like if you could just feel comfortable in social situations, you would be quite a bit happier. More friends, stronger relationships, more good times, etc. So, right now, we need to do everything we can to fix that.

First of all, let's get you off the alcohol. While it may help you feel better in the short term, it won't help you either your social anxiety, or depression. If that's not enough for you, continuing your use of alcohol in that way (using it to solve a problem, and I'm not bashing you, I feel very strongly for you, and am very familiar with this mindset)... could lead you to addiction. I'm not sure if you're familiar with addiction, but it is easily the most awful thing on the planet. Wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy.

Second, baby steps. Take a college course once a week or so. Take something really fun. Make sure the class is small. This will force you to interact. This is the key. You must force yourself to interact. Yes, I know, it's going to suck, but trust me, you will feel so much better in the long run. Can't take a course for whatever reason? Find some way to force yourself to socialize minimally, and find a friend. Find a good extrovert friend. The idea here being this friend, will ease you into more common social gatherings, and you will be able to confide in him/ her about your feelings.

Third, and this is more of a tip then anything, that you should start practicing right now. Keep your mind busy! FOR GOD SAKES KEEP IT BUSY!! The idle mind is the devil's workshop. I almost drove myself crazy sitting on my computer, armchair, laying on my bed (not out and about) exclusively during my spare time, reading fucked up threads, fucked up news stories, thinking about the fucked up universe. Yes, everything is fucked up, but what good is going to do to think about it.

Plant a garden, get a pet, go jogging, anything, just force yourself to do it. It will make you feel so much better. Also, eat plenty of fish, helps with depression like you wouldn't imagine. Look it up, seriously, omega 3s (from fish) are actually a prescription...

Hope that helps OP hfhf much love to you! :)
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I totally understand, OP. Suffering with depression myself. Am on Effexor-if you are male, I wouldn't recommend that though as it causes males to be unable to ejaculate. There are other SSRI's you might try. I'm having anxiety with my depression and am having trouble finding the right medication. It's not easy to deal with and I am so tired of feeling weird-like everything is going wrong and things aren't going to be alright. It's exhausting.

Get a doc and seek some help, OP. It's the best way. Don't forget to pray too. That helps and you need God to help you find the right doc and medications.
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I've been miserable for as long as I can remember but only recently its started to catch up to me. I'm always tired and I never want to get out of bed no matter how long I've slept, I can't focus at work and I often make mistakes that are about to cost me my job. I often drink just because it makes me feel a little better sometimes.

This doesn't seem like the best place to look for help and I'm not looking for sympathy, I just have no idea what to do anymore, I can't live like this.
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The last time I advised the use of St Johns wort , the thread got deleted . Go get some now , you WILL feel better !
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I used st johns wart, it helped, also research 5-htp, helped as well. Check out dopa mucuna too. Also, make sure you exercise, it helps a lot with anxiety and depression. And most importantly change your thinking, your thinking is one of the biggest reasons why you feel miserable, aka wow i dont wanna get out of bed today, todays gonna suck, i hate people, im not good; all of that negative thinking does more harm than good. Goodluck my friend and hopefully the doom will come soon
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Booze is going too make you feel worse in long run my friend, exercise is about the best anti depression activity I can think of, as for meds if you do decide to take them they can make you feel worse before better..

Good luck whatever you choose.peace
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Yeah, I know exercise would help but I stay inside all the time, I think it might be agoraphobia, the symptoms include things like avoiding social situations because I always feel like I'm going to explode.
 Quoting: DutchNord32


Most people feel like this some time in their life. Do get help from a Dr just to see if it is something that can be helped medically. It might be thyroid.
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I've been miserable for as long as I can remember but only recently its started to catch up to me. I'm always tired and I never want to get out of bed no matter how long I've slept, I can't focus at work and I often make mistakes that are about to cost me my job. I often drink just because it makes me feel a little better sometimes.

This doesn't seem like the best place to look for help and I'm not looking for sympathy, I just have no idea what to do anymore, I can't live like this.
 Quoting: DutchNord32


The last time I advised the use of St Johns wort , the thread got deleted . Go get some now , you WILL feel better !
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I used st johns wart, it helped, also research 5-htp, helped as well. Check out dopa mucuna too. Also, make sure you exercise, it helps a lot with anxiety and depression. And most importantly change your thinking, your thinking is one of the biggest reasons why you feel miserable, aka wow i dont wanna get out of bed today, todays gonna suck, i hate people, im not good; all of that negative thinking does more harm than good. Goodluck my friend and hopefully the doom will come soon
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I used to be in a bad way , I could look in the mirror at my reflection and tears would form in my eyes . I would ask , why am I so damn unhappy ?

Driving my car , I would watch the power pole coming towards me and wonder how much it would hurt to ram into it . The only thing stopping me is the heartbreak I would leave my family with .

I have been on one St John's wort tablet daily for about 8 years now and have NEVER felt like that again .

In saying that , I don't think the OP has depression , it is something else , maybe in conjunction with depression . It sounds more like an Anxiety Disorder .(Sorry for the long cut and Paste)

Do your symptoms indicate an anxiety disorder?

If you identify with several of the following signs and symptoms, and they just won’t go away, you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder.

Are you constantly tense, worried, or on edge?
Does your anxiety interfere with your work, school, or family responsibilities?
Are you plagued by fears that you know are irrational, but can’t shake?
Do you believe that something bad will happen if certain things aren’t done a certain way?
Do you avoid everyday situations or activities because they cause you anxiety?
Do you experience sudden, unexpected attacks of heart-pounding panic?
Do you feel like danger and catastrophe are around every corner?

Signs and symptoms of anxiety disorders
Anxiety Attacks and Disorders: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

Because anxiety disorders are a group of related conditions rather than a single disorder, they can look very different from person to person. One individual may suffer from intense anxiety attacks that strike without warning, while another gets panicky at the thought of mingling at a party. Someone else may struggle with a disabling fear of driving, or uncontrollable, intrusive thoughts. Yet another may live in a constant state of tension, worrying about anything and everything.

Despite their different forms, all anxiety disorders share one major symptom: persistent or severe fear or worry in situations where most people wouldn’t feel threatened.
Emotional symptoms of anxiety

In addition to the primary symptoms of irrational and excessive fear and worry, other common emotional symptoms of anxiety include:

Feelings of apprehension or dread
Trouble concentrating
Feeling tense and jumpy
Anticipating the worst



Irritability
Restlessness
Watching for signs of danger
Feeling like your mind’s gone blank

Physical symptoms of anxiety

Anxiety is more than just a feeling. As a product of the body’s fight-or-flight response, anxiety involves a wide range of physical symptoms. Because of the numerous physical symptoms, anxiety sufferers often mistake their disorder for a medical illness. They may visit many doctors and make numerous trips to the hospital before their anxiety disorder is discovered.

Common physical symptoms of anxiety include:

Pounding heart
Sweating
Stomach upset or dizziness
Frequent urination or diarrhea
Shortness of breath



Tremors and twitches
Muscle tension
Headaches
Fatigue
Insomnia

The link between anxiety symptoms and depression

Many people with anxiety disorders also suffer from depression at some point. Anxiety and depression are believed to stem from the same biological vulnerability, which may explain why they so often go hand-in-hand. Since depression makes anxiety worse (and vice versa), it’s important to seek treatment for both conditions.
Anxiety attacks and their symptoms
Treatment for anxiety attacks

In most cases, anxiety attacks respond quickly to treatment. Even if you’re starting to avoid certain situations or places because you’re afraid of having a panic attack, treatment can often rapidly and effectively help you regain control.

Anxiety attacks, also known as panic attacks, are episodes of intense panic or fear. Anxiety attacks usually occur suddenly and without warning. Sometimes there’s an obvious trigger— getting stuck in an elevator, for example, or thinking about the big speech you have to give—but in other cases, the attacks come out of the blue.

Anxiety attacks usually peak within ten minutes, and they rarely last more than thirty minutes. But during that short time, the terror can be so severe that you feel as if you’re about to die or totally lose control. The physical symptoms of anxiety attacks are themselves so frightening that many people believe they’re having a heart attack. After an anxiety attack is over, you may be worried about having another one, particularly in a public place where help isn’t available or you can’t easily escape.
Symptoms of anxiety attacks include:

Surge of overwhelming panic
Feeling of losing control or going crazy
Heart palpitations or chest pain
Feeling like you’re going to pass out
Trouble breathing or choking sensation



Hyperventilation
Hot flashes or chills
Trembling or shaking
Nausea or stomach cramps
Feeling detached or unreal

Types of anxiety disorders

There are six major types of anxiety disorders, each with their own distinct symptom profile: generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder (anxiety attacks), phobia, post-traumatic stress disorder, and social anxiety disorder. Helpguide.org offers an entire article on each type of anxiety disorder. See related articles section below for more information.
Generalized anxiety disorder

Generalized anxiety disorderIf constant worries and fears distract you from your day-to-day activities or you’re troubled by a persistent feeling that something bad is going to happen, you may be suffering from generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). People with GAD are chronic worrywarts who feel anxious nearly all of the time, though they may not even know why. Anxiety related to GAD often shows up as physical symptoms like insomnia, stomach upset, restlessness, and fatigue.
Anxiety attacks (Panic disorder)

Anxiety attacks (Panic disorder)Panic disorder is characterized by repeated, unexpected panic attacks, as well as fear of experiencing another episode. Panic disorder may also be accompanied by agoraphobia, which is a fear of being in places where escape or help would be difficult in the event of a panic attack. If you have agoraphobia, you are likely to avoid public places such as shopping malls or confined spaces such as an airplane.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder

Obsessive-compulsive disorderObsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is characterized by unwanted thoughts or behaviors that seem impossible to stop or control. If you have OCD, you may be troubled by obsessions, such as a recurring worry that you forgot to turn off the oven or that you might hurt someone. You may also suffer from uncontrollable compulsions, such as washing your hands over and over.
Phobia

PhobiaA phobia is an unrealistic or exaggerated fear of a specific object, activity, or situation that in reality presents little to no danger. Common phobias include fear of animals such as snakes and spiders, fear of flying, and fear of heights. In the case of a severe phobia, you might go to extreme lengths to avoid the thing you fear. Unfortunately, avoidance only strengthens the phobia.
Social anxiety disorder

Social anxiety disorderIf you have a debilitating fear of being seen negatively by others and humiliated in public, you may have social anxiety disorder, also known as social phobia. Social anxiety disorder can be thought of as extreme shyness. In severe cases, social situations are avoided altogether. Performance anxiety (better known as stage fright) is the most common type of social phobia.
Post-traumatic stress disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorderPost-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an extreme anxiety disorder that can occur in the aftermath of a traumatic or life-threatening event. PTSD can be thought of as a panic attack that rarely, if ever, lets up. Symptoms of PTSD include flashbacks or nightmares about what happened, hypervigilance, startling easily, withdrawing from others, and avoiding situations that remind you of the event.
Self-help for anxiety, anxiety attacks, and anxiety disorders
Learn about hidden sources of anxiety

Watch the video: Roadblocks to awareness (2:54) from Helpguide’s toolkit

Not everyone who worries a lot has an anxiety disorder. You may be anxious because of an overly demanding schedule, lack of exercise or sleep, pressure at home or work, or even from too much coffee.

The bottom line is that if your lifestyle is unhealthy and stressful, you’re more likely to feel anxious—whether or not you have an anxiety disorder. So if you feel like you worry too much, take some time to evaluate how well you’re caring for yourself.

Do you make time each day for relaxation and fun?
Are you getting the emotional support you need?
Are you taking care of your body?
Are you overloaded with responsibilities?
Do you ask for help when you need it?

If your stress levels are through the roof, think about how you can bring your life back into balance. There may be responsibilities you can give up, turn down, or delegate to others. If you’re feeling isolated or unsupported, find someone you trust to confide in. Just talking about your worries can make them seem less frightening.
Self-help for anxiety attacks and anxiety disorders #1: Challenge negative thoughts

Write down your worries. Keep a pad and pencil on you, or type on a laptop, smartphone, or tablet. When you experience anxiety, write down your worries. Writing down is harder work than simply thinking them, so your negative thoughts are likely to disappear sooner.
Create an anxiety worry period. Choose one or two 10 minute “worry periods” each day, time you can devote to anxiety. During your worry period, focus only on negative, anxious thoughts without trying to correct them. The rest of the day, however, is to be designated free of anxiety. When anxious thoughts come into your head during the day, write them down and “postpone” them to your worry period.
Accept uncertainty. Unfortunately, worrying about all the things that could go wrong doesn’t make life any more predictable—it only keeps you from enjoying the good things happening in the present. Learn to accept uncertainty and not require immediate solutions to life’s problems.

Self-help for anxiety attacks and anxiety disorders #2: Take care of yourself

Practice relaxation techniques. When practiced regularly, relaxation techniques such as mindfulness meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, and deep breathing can reduce anxiety symptoms and increase feelings of relaxation and emotional well-being.
Adopt healthy eating habits. Start the day right with breakfast, and continue with frequent small meals throughout the day. Going too long without eating leads to low blood sugar, which can make you feel more anxious.
Reduce alcohol and nicotine. They lead to more anxiety, not less.
Exercise regularly. Exercise is a natural stress buster and anxiety reliever. To achieve the maximum benefit, aim for at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise on most days.
Get enough sleep. A lack of sleep can exacerbate anxious thoughts and feelings, so try to get 7 to 9 hours of quality sleep a night.

When to seek professional help for anxiety disorders

While self-help coping strategies for anxiety can be very effective, if your worries, fears, or anxiety attacks have become so great that they’re causing extreme distress or disrupting your daily routine, it is important to seek professional help.

If you’re experiencing a lot of physical anxiety symptoms, consider getting a medical checkup. Your doctor can check to make sure that your anxiety isn’t caused by a medical condition, such as a thyroid problem, hypoglycemia, or asthma. Since certain drugs and supplements can cause anxiety, your doctor will also want to know about any prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, herbal remedies, and recreational drugs you’re taking.

If your physician rules out a medical cause, the next step is to consult with a therapist who has experience treating anxiety attacks and anxiety disorders. The therapist will work with you to determine the cause and type of your anxiety disorder and devise a course of treatment.
Treatment options for anxiety disorders

Anxiety disorders respond very well to treatment—and often in a relatively short amount of time. The specific treatment approach depends on the type of anxiety disorder and its severity. But in general, most anxiety disorders are treated with behavioral therapy, medication, or some combination of the two. Sometimes complementary or alternative treatments may also be helpful.
Behavioral therapy for anxiety disorders

Cognitive-behavioral therapy and exposure therapy are types of behavioral therapy, meaning they focus on behavior rather than on underlying psychological conflicts or issues from the past. Behavioral therapy for anxiety usually takes between 5 and 20 weekly sessions.

Cognitive-behavior therapy focuses on thoughts—or cognitions—in addition to behaviors. In anxiety disorder treatment, cognitive-behavioral therapy helps you identify and challenge the negative thinking patterns and irrational beliefs that fuel your anxiety.
Exposure therapy for anxiety disorder treatment encourages you to confront your fears in a safe, controlled environment. Through repeated exposures to the feared object or situation, either in your imagination or in reality, you gain a greater sense of control. As you face your fear without being harmed, your anxiety gradually diminishes.

Medication for anxiety disorders
Is anxiety medication right for you?

Anxiety medications can be habit forming and cause unwanted side effects, so be sure to research your options. It’s important to weigh the benefits and risks so you can make an informed decision about whether anxiety medication is the right treatment for you.

A variety of medications, including benzodiazepines and antidepressants, are used in the treatment of anxiety disorders. But medication is most effective when combined with behavioral therapy and anxiety self-help strategies. Medication may sometimes be used in the short-term to relieve severe anxiety symptoms so that other forms of therapy can be pursued.
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Depression, paranoia, anxiety. Normal part of my life since forever. Why else would anyone be on GLP?

Part of my depression stems from being tired all the time. Regaurdless of how much sleep I get. and then everything that results from being in a half awake state all the time. Thanks to whoever said sleep apnea. I never looked into it. Sometimes when Im trying to go to sleep, I'll stop breathing and actually have to remind myself to breath. Like it stops being automatic and I kinda get panicked and have to distract myself and not think about it so it will become automatic again. This sounds like it could result in sleep apnea if im not awake enough to notice.
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OP, I hope you are feeling better. I just wish you had a good psychiatrist, and you could get on a good antidepressant. I am really worried for you.

God bless and hugs.

Isee you have social anxiety...I am familiar with that...you really need an antidepressant....or that is what I think.

Herbs take longer to work. God bless.
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I'm sorry...but you are wrong! Never point someone to a stranger and drugs...what is wrong with you???
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I want to tell you that you need to be invigorated by a healthy and routine exercise plan. I'm talking about ramping up an age appropriate exercise routine that will turn on dormant lights within your mind/body/soul.

You need to sweat well!

You need to eat right and sleep easy.

I promise you this will begin to change your life within 4 months depending on what shape you're in at the present.. otherwise it may take a little longer, but it will be well worth it!

Fairwell and goodluck
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Do you feel like this?

If so,no matter how many naysayers are on this board you need an antidepressant.

I am normally TOTALLY against any drugs but I have seen these people live normally again after YEARS of living a life of hell.

Good luck.


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Medications should not be considered.

Depression is most commonly a vitamin deficiency.
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Eat better. Less meat, more fruits and veggies, do physical workouts of any kind. Start and try to find challenging work, it all helps cure the blues.
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Medications should not be considered.

Depression is most commonly a vitamin deficiency.
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Eat better. Less meat, more fruits and veggies, do physical workouts of any kind. Start and try to find challenging work, it all helps cure the blues.
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Growing up into adulthood turned out to be such a disappointment and a let down, after so looking forward to it for one's childhood, it's hard not to be depressed.
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Medications should not be considered.

Depression is most commonly a vitamin deficiency.
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Eat better. Less meat, more fruits and veggies, do physical workouts of any kind. Start and try to find challenging work, it all helps cure the blues.
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Most excellent advice!
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Age? You may have hormonal imbalance / andropause.
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Find a good Phychatrist and get strated on some SSRi's

I know this forum is anti-medication but it helped me when I need it.

Good luck,,,,,sorry you feel badhf
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People who are depressed usually have deficiencies in one or more of the following:

1. sleep: they sleep more than 8 hrs or less than 6 hrs
2. appetite: they eat more than usual or stop eating and lose weight
3. activity: activity levels usually go down significantly so they withdraw, sit down more than usual and be by themselves.

Part of antidepression therapy is getting these basics right so:

sleep should be 6-8 hrs each night
appetite normal
activity should be increased to the point of lifting your heartbeat significantly for more than 20 minutes each time, three to four times a week.

These are usually combined with medication. The two best on the market are remeron (which will put weight on you but is the most effective antidepressant available) or lexapro (which will get you up and moving and help if you are self isolating). Also take a look at the following sites which have loads of excellent info on assessing and managing moods and downloads that you can use:

[link to www.blackdoginstitute.org.au]

[link to www.beyondblue.org.au]
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Find a good Phychatrist and get strated on some SSRi's

I know this forum is anti-medication but it helped me when I need it.

Good luck,,,,,sorry you feel badhf
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Try Niacin first.

See if that helps.

If work sux, get a job you enjoy. Go out and live a little to see exactly what it is you like in life.
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Try Niacin--simple B3 the inexpensive kind that gives you a flush in your skin.

It really works, is very inexpensive and very safe. It is a water soluble vitamin--sold over the counter.

They call it the "Valium vitamin". Seriously, this stuff really works--I'm up to about 2,000 to 3,000mg a day, and I feel so calm, and happy. Anxiety and depression are gone.

[link to www.amazon.com]


"Niacin assists in the functioning of the digestive system, skin, and nerves."
hfhfhf

~~~Also, the Niacin works right away--will get rid of your anxiety--Look it up yourself and read the reviews--inexpensive and no side effects besides the flush which many describe as nice--a warm itching--goes away quickly--but you can feel it working.
Start with a small dose and work your way up if the flush bothers you--don't take the no-flush in high doses.

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