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Where has my GAD gone? Feeling much more like myself.
« on: April 12, 2014, 01:43:34 AM »
For the months of Jan - March, 2014, during the worst winter Chicago has ever seen...I found myself dealing with a case of GAD, generalized anxiety disorder.  My therapist confirmed it.  I seemed to feel anxious from morning to night, 24/7.  I didn't feel like myself.  My life seemed strange to me, distant.  It was unnerving like a nightmare I couldn't wake up from.

But I never gave up hope that I could return to myself.  I started researching anxiety and GAD.  I started going to Meetup groups for people with anxiety and made some great new friends.  I regularly participated in online chat rooms for anxiety which was helpful.  I started doing regular physical exercise to naturally reduce stress and increase endorphins.  About 50 jumping jacks in the morning, some jogging in place and sit ups.

As a nichiren buddhist, I chanted to reveal my true buddha nature, and to reveal my anxious nature to be an impostor.  I found a therapist who exposed me to ACT therapy (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.  She also told me a bout mindful meditation.  I found a GP who was great and supportive and a good listener.  She put me on buspar and increased dosages for the best effect.

Gradually, my stress levels started to go down.  I was better able to manage my nervousness, to befriend the affliction rather than be afraid of it.  I even found myself having fun at work, being able to accomplish more.  ACT therapy helped me shift my focus away from the anxiety and toward my goals, the things that gave my life meaning.  And that nightmare of anxiety has slowly receded.  Was it the chanting, the buspar, the therapy, the Meetup groups? Was the GAD just seasonal anxiety?  Could all these things be part of the solution?

All I know is that I no longer felt the urgency to see a therapist and brought that to a happy conclusion. 
I don't even call it anxiety anymore.  I call it nervousness or anxiousness because those words are friendlier to me.  I still take the meds
and do as much of my regime as I feel I need to.  I still feel stress at times because life that's a natural part of life.  But I manage better and I feel much more like myself.  I just wanted to share my success in hopes that it might encourage others.  Anxiousness is a tricky
thing to manage.  I wish everyone the best of luck!
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Re: Where has my GAD gone? Feeling much more like myself.
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2014, 12:04:16 PM »
I also posted this same message in the GAD boards and gotten many responses.  So if anyone is interested in folowing that conversation, go to the regular GAD boards.  Much luck to everyone.
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Re: Where has my GAD gone? Feeling much more like myself.
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2014, 01:53:13 PM »
So cool, it has been ACT Therapy and Buddhism that has really helped me too!

I am new to this forum have only been doing ACT/Buddha for about 4 months.

It has helped me so much but I still wake up at night and cant sleep.

It takes my mind a few hours to wake up and remember the ACT and Buddha teachings

Then I generally enjoy the day. Very exciting to see other having success with these too!
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Re: Where has my GAD gone? Feeling much more like myself.
« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2014, 09:53:58 PM »
That's great, bodhi.  I know that this is an ongoing management thing to keep on top of my anxiety.
I'm also taking buspar, trying to find the right dose.  Good luck to you.
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Re: Where has my GAD gone? Feeling much more like myself.
« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2014, 08:40:35 PM »
Here's an update.  I'm going to see a psych. for medication management instead of general doctor in a few weeks.
The buspar after 10 weeks doesn't seem to be doing much.  I'll ask the new doc is he recommends lexapro or klonopin.

Recovery is an ongoing process.  I've started an online support group which has been great... 
with people I've met thru Meetups and anxiety chat rooms.  I continue to seek affirming solutions.
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