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Offline ConstantlyCory

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What works for you?
« on: July 07, 2014, 06:18:08 PM »
Hello All,

So I just posted in the Introduction section and now here I go for post number two. I've had GAD for years and it seems that symptoms have become progressively worse over the last few years. Crazy brain fog, depersonalization, inability to focus, irrational fears, lack of sleep, physical pain, extreme fatigue, you get the idea.

My question is for those of you whom suffer/suffered from the same, what works for you to alleviate these annoying ailments? How long did it take roughly? Or do you simply deal with it?




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Offline nopuedodormir

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Re: What works for you?
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2014, 06:50:09 PM »
As of last night, the idea that my symptoms are mostly likely GAD and not some kind of heart/circulatory problem was enough to me to sleep a lot better.  One of the readings stated to write down worries and Ive started that as well.
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Re: What works for you?
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2014, 07:10:03 PM »
nopuedodormir,

My symptoms wax and wane as well with the aide of occasional rational thought. I'm curious, however, if you've found anything that works longer than a few minutes, hours, days? How long have you been writing down your feelings?
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Re: What works for you?
« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2014, 12:07:45 AM »
My GAD is atypical in that I have few physical symptoms.  Maybe some shallow breathing, tight stomach on waking and such.
My notable symptoms are: a general sense of dread, a diminished sense of humor, a nervousness dealing with leisure/unstructured time, and
some social phobia.

But I've been taking klonopin for two weeks and most of those symptoms have diminished!  Have you ever taken klonopin?
I wonder if it might help for your physical symptoms too.
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Re: What works for you?
« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2014, 01:55:03 AM »
Hello worldbeat00,

You know I was given Lorazepam once and the feeling of not being in control, (floaty,warm,buzzing,weightlessness) put me into a massive panic attack so I've been apprehensive of medication ever since. Perhaps I need to  try again though.
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« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2014, 01:56:28 AM »
What worked for me was having a structure too-- I got a job and now my moderate to severe GAD is quite mild. No meds, just a course of CBT and keeping busy. To feel better it took from last December till now, so just over 6 months but I count myself very lucky in that. I think my anxiety was for a very specific reason (unemployment) and once I solved that issue I started to get better. Maybe you could also try to occupy your mind more? Are you working or are you a student?
Also I would recommend cbt--it's always worth trying before you ask for meds. It helps if you know feeling better is all down to YOU and not chemicals.
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« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2014, 06:03:04 AM »
For me, what worked was finding an outlet for my fear. So I started reading and watching scary works of fiction a lot. That was the ceaseless nervousness could focus on an external "threat" that I could stop at any moment. Once I started doing this, it started to work extremely quickly.

A girl heard her mom yell her name from downstairs. So she got up and started to head down. As she got to the stairs, her mom pulled her into the room and said "I heard that too."
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Re: What works for you?
« Reply #7 on: July 08, 2014, 07:37:06 PM »
Thanks for the suggestions all,

I use music as a distraction! A good scary movie is always nice too!! I am an engineering student so i do stay pretty busy with that. However, it's competitive and so it adds to my stress and anxieties. Can anyone point me in the right direction for CBT? Not familiar with it...




 
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