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I hope this is helpful for at least some of you
« on: April 30, 2014, 07:30:45 PM »
I found this through another anxiety website: http://www.cci.health.wa.gov.au/resources/infopax.cfm?Info_ID=53

It is a series of modules to help you understand HA, what leads to it, and some exercises to help reduce or even get rid of your obsession with health. I am on module five and a lot of it makes sense. I will be practising the focusing exercises every day to see if it helps at all.

It is recommended that you read the modules in order. Good luck, and let me know if you're going to give the exercises a try. :)
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Re: I hope this is helpful for at least some of you
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2014, 08:48:00 PM »
Just to clarify, the exercises do not appear to take up too much of you time. You will need a worry diary and a thought diary, and lots of self-discipline.
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Re: I hope this is helpful for at least some of you
« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2014, 11:56:58 PM »
Thanks for this post. I'm desperate! I'll try anything. I'm going to give this a "go" this week.
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Re: I hope this is helpful for at least some of you
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2014, 01:21:42 AM »
Thank you so much for posting this!  Bookmarking to take a closer read later on. 
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Re: I hope this is helpful for at least some of you
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2014, 01:23:36 AM »
Yes! Great stuff. This is actually linked in one of the stickies up above on the board.

http://www.anxietyzone.com/index.php?topic=58186.0

Thanks for reposting!
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Re: I hope this is helpful for at least some of you
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2014, 03:11:43 PM »
Yes! Great stuff. This is actually linked in one of the stickies up above on the board.

http://www.anxietyzone.com/index.php?topic=58186.0

Thanks for reposting!

Eek! Apologies! I should read the stickies more closely.  :yes: I'm glad this has been posted before, if it helps even one person it's worth it. I have been practising focusing on what I'm doing rather than allowing myself to go on autopilot while I think. It does help. I will buy a worry diary and a thought diary tomorrow and start the designated 'worry time' exercise.

Problem is, right now I am genuinely ill with either a kidney infection or stomach virus  :laugh3: so unfortunately I DO have actual symptoms that are difficult to ignore when you are peeing 3 times an hour. But I am thinking rationally about it. :)
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Re: I hope this is helpful for at least some of you
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2014, 04:39:13 PM »
No worries! The repost is good—I think people forget that the stickies exist up there. So the more exposure the better!  ;D

Hope you feel better soon!
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Re: I hope this is helpful for at least some of you
« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2014, 04:43:44 PM »
Thank you!  Off to read it now. :)
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Re: I hope this is helpful for at least some of you
« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2014, 04:51:28 PM »
No worries! The repost is good—I think people forget that the stickies exist up there. So the more exposure the better!  ;D

Hope you feel better soon!

Thanks! I'm feeling a bit better.

The exercises seem deceptively simple, so I worry that some may shrug it off and think 'nah, won't work for me, I'm too far gone'. But I urge us all to at least try. It will be hard and require a lot of self-discipline, but it's worth it to try. I think it's better to change the way we think than to go on anti-depressants, if we can avoid it (you may need both - no judgement here, I may go on them eventually). Anyone who gives it a try, keep us updated with your progress. :)
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Re: I hope this is helpful for at least some of you
« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2014, 09:45:19 PM »
I highly recommend self-help modules like this. A self-help workbook that I went through for OCD actually helped me loads. I kind of made it a "compulsion" to work in my self-help book when I got anxious rather than dwelling on the thoughts or googling symptoms and so forth.

It's VERY important to change the way you think whether you decide to go on antidepressants or anxiety medication or not. In both circumstances, it's still important to learn coping skills. The medication isn't really meant to just "fix" people, which I think is what a lot of people go into them expecting. The medication is moreso aimed at giving you the support you need on the physiological side (like not feeling anxious physically, slowing down racing thoughts, calming you) so that you can work on the emotional/coping side yourself. At least that's my view of it.  ::)
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