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What coping skills, tools or therapy has worked for you?
« on: January 09, 2014, 08:35:17 PM »
Hi all,

I've recently been trying acceptance, but I don't fully understand it. I'm on buspar, and it helps me deal with my anxiety. I've done some CBT but moved cities before I complete exposure. I was making progress with CBT, becoming less anxious and dealing head-on with difficulties my life. I'm looking to start some kind of therapy again.

What has helped you deal with your anxiety and related experiences?
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Re: What coping skills, tools or therapy has worked for you?
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2014, 09:03:02 PM »
Hi Lily...

Like you, medication has certainly helped me.  My problem with GAD/panic attacks started some four years ago.  Remeron did the trick for me, until it just stopped working about six months ago.  My psychiatrist started me on 20 mg of Celexa seven weeks ago, and that is really helping.  I mentioned my psychiatrist, and I believe it's wonderful to be under their care as they are medical doctors and can provide you with a diagnosis, medications, and a treatment plan.  I will be starting cognitive behavioral therapy at the end of January.  Things I do on my own include eating frequent, small, healthy meals, keeping myself hydrated (drink plenty of water), exercise daily and keep active (which means socialize, too), practice meditation/mindfulness, and get proper rest/sleep.  I do my best to maintain a positive attitude, and even find something to laugh about everyday.

The very best to you, Lily!...  Chuck
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Re: What coping skills, tools or therapy has worked for you?
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2014, 04:37:17 AM »
Acceptance and learning to stay *rationally* calm even while experiencing the physical symptoms of anxiety. After that, breathing exercises to calm the condition, and knowing full well this syndrome cannot hurt me. I was able to *significantly* reduce my level of generalized anxiety and random panic-like symptoms (usually triggered by agoraphobic like situations) by accepting it and confronting it for what it is. I did not use medication. As of now it's just a low-level annoyance in the background that doesn't really causing anything physical other than low-level fatigue and a few random aches/pains.

Exercise. Walking/hiking/etc. do wonders.
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Re: What coping skills, tools or therapy has worked for you?
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2014, 07:10:14 AM »
For me, exercise is probably one of the best things I can do to manage my anxiety!  I feel great afterwards, so it's definitely something I need to do daily.  I really wish more therapists and psychiatrists would suggest it more often.  I've dealt with lots of them, and many I've had don't even mention exercise!

Therapy has also been very helpful, especially CBT.  Since you found it so helpful in the past, try to find either  a CBT group or a therapist who practices it. Good luck.  :happy0151:
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Re: What coping skills, tools or therapy has worked for you?
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2014, 07:44:33 AM »
For me I found I needed to understand what was going on in my own head - when I was severely anxious I always had this nagging feeling that I was missing something, that the real answer was escaping me somehow and one day I realised that what I was missing was knowledge, knowledge of the subject.

So that would be my recommendation to you - Knowledge and gaining an understanding of the subject. 

I  decided to do this by reading up on how the mind works, what made me feel good, what made me feel bad, etc. and found that books are a great way of showing you how to understand your own mind and what is going on in your head.

Some are better than others, so you do have to be careful what you buy and I have also found that what is good for one person is not that great for another either. This probably stands to reason, as we are all different, so you do have to be prepared to wade through plenty of "dirt" before you hit the "seams of gold".

So below is a few recommendations, that you may or may not like, as they are a bit of a mixed bag and perhaps a little male oriented, but are what I have found to be great reads and in my opinion great have been great for discovering how we are really treating ourselves with our dysfunctional thinking, wayward beliefs, faulty programming, etc.

They are all available on amazon, that is where I buy all my books. One final word of warning, they are just books with other people's opinions in them, other people's discoveries, etc. you don't have to believe anything and everything written in them and some of what is written more than likely will clash with how you think and feel about the world, so if you read something that you don't agree with then that's ok, just read on - like I say, you do have to be prepared to wade through plenty of "dirt" before you hit "seams of gold", but for me it is well worth the effort and has taught me loads about not just anxiety but about myself and my inner workings, etc.
   
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mindfulness-Plain-Simple-ebook/dp/B0072PQ0N2/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1366790582&sr=1-1&keywords=Mindfulness+Plain+%26+Simple

http://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Master-Anxiety-Obsessions-ebook/dp/B007ECTSNC/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1366790639&sr=1-1&keywords=How+to+Master+Anxiety%3A+All+You+Need+to+Know+to+Overcome+Stress%2C

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mind-Master-Complete-James-Treasury/dp/1585427691/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1366790693&sr=1-1&keywords=Mind+Is+the+Master%3A+The+Complete+James+Allen+Treasury (great book but a bit BIG, more like an encyclopedia)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Untethered-Soul-Journey-Beyond-Yourself/dp/1572245379/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1366790807&sr=1-1&keywords=Untethered+Soul%3A+The+Journey+Beyond (this one is my personal favourite - great book)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Self-Help-Your-Nerves-overcoming/dp/0722531559/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1366790853&sr=1-1&keywords=Self+Help+for+Your+Nerves%3A+Learn+to+relax+and+enjoy (I found this book really helpful in my early days of understanding anxiety)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Peaceful-Stillness-Silent-Mind-ebook/dp/B002C75GKI

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Change-Your-Thinking-CBT-Overcome/dp/0091906954/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1366790964&sr=1-1&keywords=Change+Your+Thinking+with+CBT%3A+Overcome+Stress%2C

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Change-Your-Words-World-ebook/dp/B006ZY7GCU/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1366791006&sr=1-1&keywords=Change+Your+Words%2C+Change

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Manvotionals-Art-Manliness-B-McKay/dp/1440312001/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1366791065&sr=1-1&keywords=Manvotionals

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Worrying-Start-Living-Personal-Development/dp/0749307234/ref=pd_cp_b_0    (a golden oldie)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Brilliant-Positive-Thinking-Lifeskills/dp/0273759329/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1366790369&sr=1-1&keywords=brilliant+positive+thinking

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Your-Erroneous-Zones-negative-thinking/dp/0749939850/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1366791126&sr=1-1&keywords=erroneous+zones


Hope you enjoy some if not all of them. If none of them do it for you, no problem, there are hundreds of books out there - what I would suggest is you search around and find one that you like the look of - then just jump in and see what happens (that's what I did).

Best wishes
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