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Anxiety sufferers here?
Hey guys i suffer from anxiety,
originally posted by: Hefficide
a reply to: lamplighters
Twenty-two years of living with constant and never-ceasing anxiety - including frequent and extremely severe panic attacks - all thanks to PTSD.
During that time I have been prescribed just about every medication available, some in cycles ( to avoid dependence and tolerance issues ). I have also taken most, if not all, of the OTC and health-food / herbal options available. Additionally I've undergone hypnosis, learned self-hypnosis, biofeedback, breathing techniques, relaxation techniques, used subliminal relaxation recordings, white noise, meditation, yoga, aromatherapy, years of cognitive behavioral therapy... Spent time retraining my mind on many levels ( forcing myself to replace negative thoughts with positive thoughts, forcing myself to face every trigger and fear to create familiarity, and others... right up to my current method of simply ignoring anxiety / panic as best I can for as long as I can ).
I've been through a thing or two.
The advice I'll offer is this. Every person is unique and so will their answer be. Environmental factors, body chemistry, gender, age, personal history... all of these and much more will effect what works and for who. What works for me, or anyone else, may not work for you at all. In fact some of the medications / herbs people will recommend can actually trigger anxiety and leave you spending a day or two feeling horrible and praying for it to fully leave your system. Working with a doctor or professional is the best bet.
Though I am currently doing my best without medication, it is very, very difficult and it is by no means something I will be able to maintain long term. People without anxiety disorders do not understand the extreme physical issues that anxiety can cause. An example is that blood pressure levels can spike during anxiety / panic... High enough to cause a severe risk of stroke or heart attack.
When I do surrender and go back on meds, it will be either Xanax or Klonopin, the only two medications that have ever helped me at all. Being that they are both narcotic, however, they do come with baggage. The risk of dependence is very real. Just mentioning them to a doctor can ( and will ) get one labeled as a drug seeker and there is often stigma from employers, friends, relatives, other medical professionals etc.
Short of medication, the best advice I can offer is a good daily multivitamin combined with minimizing caffeine intake and eating a healthy diet.
originally posted by: FlyingWhale
I have severe anxiety. I take mirtazipine and lamictal. Not sure of the spelling. .