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Any Tips On Controlling Anxiety And Depression?


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#1 HumanDecency

 
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Posted 04 August 2013 - 09:09 PM

I've been having morbid thoughts lately and a lot of anxiety. Trying to stay in front of it... How do you guys control this? Medicine? Ride it out? Hot bathes? Any guidance is appreciated.
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Posted 04 August 2013 - 09:41 PM

I've dealt with anxiety and depression for much of my life and I can say in my case that medication hasn't helped but only caused further problems especially with Selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRI's) and SNRIs. A lot of medications have really bad withdrawal symptoms and it can be very had to get off these medications, brain shivers are probably the worst feeling. In the case of taking medication for depression an anxiety, it only really covers up the symptoms rather than getting to the root of the problem.

I find the only medication that has helped me from time to time are benzodiazepines but they are addictive to many people, can be easily overdosed, and many doctors refuse to prescribe them. They also help very well with  interstitial cystitis, often taking half a normal dose can result in immediate relief for weeks afterwards as well as a heightened mood. But again, Benzo's are something that you cannot mess around with, they interact with just about any medication and the potential for a lethal accidental dose is high.

I have found that seeking out professional help has provided me with a better stepping stone to understanding why I feel the way I do. But also taking steps in changing my diet and adding in supplements where I need them. Low iron causes me to have severe panic attacks for example. Reducing the amount of caffeine in my diet has also alleviated some of my anxiety.

I cope by trying to prevent myself from sitting down and thinking bad or morbid thoughts. I try and keep myself occupied and force myself as hard as it may be sometime to just do something. If you allow yourself to sit and think, it gets overwhelming.


I find that valerian root can do wonders for anxiety but you can't take it all the time because it looses it's ability to calm you down. I never had success with st.johns wort but some people have luck. Again, these will interact with other medications so you have to really do your reading and be careful.

If it really comes down to requiring medication for anxiety and depression its best to really find a professional because there are many many medications and if you are on the wrong one it can spell disaster. I was on Effexor (SSRI) and it increased my morbidity emotions in my head but they lacked any real emotion. IN all honesty, I could have killed myself without even knowing what I was doing. It can be scary to discover this so I caution you when it comes to medication, they can do the opposite of what they are supposed to do.

 

I find that having a pet or an animal in my life alleviates anxiety and depression but it really all depends on if you are an animal person or not.


Finding what triggers my anxiety also helps too, for example a certain situation might cause me a lot of anxiety. I try to deal with things as best as I can but I have to remind myself that it is okay to remove myself from these situations if it becomes too much. I've had to force myself to be more positive throughout my life and to just accept life as it is. I can't plan for everything and stuff just happens so I have to accept it rather then worry about it all the time. There is no way I can control everything that's going to  happen in my future so the best thing to do is to put on your seat belt and prepare the best you can but accept that what happens , happens.



Hope this helps.



 


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#3 Renegade

 
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Posted 05 August 2013 - 02:49 AM

Before i had celiac symptoms, i would answer with; exercise,coffee,weed,music and just though it how, now that i cant do any of it, simple though it out. Yup it can be a hard thing.
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Posted 05 August 2013 - 02:51 AM

Oh and dark chocolate, has antidepressant effect, cant have it no more either(milk intolerance) so im going with the powder form
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Posted 05 August 2013 - 04:57 AM

I've had anxiety for the past 10-12 years. I've not left my house for 4 years except for when I must do food shopping. Even then I have to go at stupid o'clock in the morning when it is less busy.

 

I've tried most meds and nothing worked. Living in the UK it was very difficult to get my doctor to put me on benzo's (clonazepam). I had to resort to making threats that I'd kill myself and even tried ordering them online which was a scam. I got ripped off for £170. I thought benzo's would be some magic solution and nothing or noone would have convinced me not to take them. Massive mistake :(. Benzo's are the single most evil thing created by man and I seriously advise everyone to stay away. The withdrawal has been the single most traumatic experience of my life. I had a few weeks where my anxiety wasn't so bad, still bad enough for me not to want to leave my house. I only took them for ~14 months. It took a further 6 months to wean myself off them, It's been ~8 months since I completely stopped and I'm still having bad ringing in my ears (Tinnitus). The paranoid delusions were awful, almost hallucinations where my mind would jump to conclusions, mostly about aliens coming to abduct me, scary stuff.    

 

I'm a firm believer that depression and anxiety are symptoms of something. Finding the cause and correcting/fixing it is the only real way of controlling anxiety.

 

Best of luck,

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#6 twe0708

 
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Posted 05 August 2013 - 05:01 AM

I had anxiety before being diagnosed with Celiac but have been fine since going gluten free.  Maybe take a look at what you are eating and go from there.  You may need to pick 5 foods and eat those for a week and then introduce another food item each week.  


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#7 NateJ

 
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Posted 05 August 2013 - 05:12 AM

This is a tough one as I fight this every day still.

What helps me, avoiding stressfull situations as much as possible. Like eating out, social gatherings based around food, and always trying to take snacks of some sort when i know i'll be out for a long time.  Taking some 'meds' with you too can help. Like pepto, imodium, or whatever works for you. Just knowing you have it there tends to calm me down somewhat.

And if your not feeling good, don't beat yourself up about just staying in. There is no rule that says you have to go out everyday (unless for work i assume). If people don't understand then so be it.


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#8 HumanDecency

 
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Posted 05 August 2013 - 12:40 PM

I definitely want to stray away from the medication. I don't even like taking the lanoprazole and daily multi for my acid reflux and deficiencies. This is just one of the most frustrating periods of my life. It's hard to articulate. I've attempted the elimination diets, but my doctors tell me to stray away from them for now. Luckily, I have a 6 month check up coming up with a new GI. I hope to get some kind of results from this visit. I'm pretty sure I am gluten free now and not contaminating myself. I don't really eat out. And if I do I only go one place with an owner who is very sensitive towards my needs. I think I"ve only done this twice. I changed all my pots and pans. Changed my dog's food, etc. 

 

Sometimes I just get so doomy and gloomy. Like this is the end. I lay in bed at night and wonder if this disease is going to kill me. I read about how symptoms are supposed to subside after gluten free. I also realize it's different for everyone. I hope to have some kind of answers after my new GI. This has just interrupted my entire life. I'm only 33 years old and I have no social life now because I always feel miserable. No one wants to hang out anymore. My girlfriend tries but even she gets frustrated. 

 

Still, I keep trudging along. But the never ending symptoms and new symptoms popping up all the time are so discouraged. The sinus issues, the fatigue, the nausea. the gas, the belching, the chest pain which has put me in the ER several times to check for heart/lung problems. It seems like I can't win. The anxiety, if it is anxiety, is there all of the time and always making me jittery and nervous. 

 

Can't a Celiac catch a break?


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Posted 05 August 2013 - 12:46 PM

If drugs rather recreational or medicinal allow you to catch a break then I suggest you use them.
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Posted 05 August 2013 - 12:54 PM

If drugs rather recreational or medicinal allow you to catch a break then I suggest you use them.

 

I think this is terrible advice without any thought to the outcome or consequences that taking drugs can have. Only take drugs if it's the final resort imo.  


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Posted 05 August 2013 - 01:03 PM

have your doc check your vitamin levels and your thyroid, as well.  

 

what cheers me up?  CARTOONS!!!  :)  tivo some venture brothers or some good old bugs bunny.  music cheers me up, gardening cheers me up, crashing through the woods on a 4-wheeler cheers me up - and here's the dumbest thing i would have NEVER thought:  volunteering (ikr?!!!) i stay involved with the church, mostly with the kids programs.  i was in a PARADE (YEHHHHHH!) <hey.  don't knock it til ya tried it  B)  helped teach the vacation bible school, i make the youth lunch schedule and supervise fundraisers.  car washes and the like.  no drugs involved.  although i usually come home and have a beer, lolz   :P   and say "whew.  can you believe we did that"  i just got an invitation to join the lions club international.  right after i had my sister-in-law put a turquiose streak in my hair.  nobody is gonna pick me for their dodge ball team LOLZ    :lol:


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Posted 05 August 2013 - 01:45 PM

I think this is terrible advice without any thought to the outcome or consequences that taking drugs can have. Only take drugs if it's the final resort imo.  

Not everyone suffer from the same weakness as you, what may affect you negatively can affect someone else positively. It's why different drugs are prescribed for different things and some people prefer a coffee over a soda.


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#13 JediMindTricks

 
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Posted 06 August 2013 - 04:25 AM

Not everyone suffer from the same weakness as you, what may affect you negatively can affect someone else positively. It's why different drugs are prescribed for different things and some people prefer a coffee over a soda.

 

I think you will find that all people who go through benzo withdrawal (or any drug withdrawal) will give you the same advice including many medical professionals. There is a huge problem in today's society where often the first line of defence is to prescribe drugs instead of trying to find the root cause of the problem. I have yet to see any evidence that drugs can give you positive effects without any negative consequences. Often these drugs cause more harm than good.  You offer advice without any real basis other that your opinion which I feel could be detrimental to someone who is less informed or desperate to find a 'quick fix' for their problem. It's not my opinion but fact that the majority of drugs will cause more harm than good to most people. There is a massive difference between coffee and soda, and the drugs that are prescribed for anxiety. I strongly recommend that people research benzo withdrawal before starting to take them.

 

Here is a video from someone going through benzo withdrawal :- www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlA-qMeyJFw

 

If you want to offer drug advice then I suggest you back your opinion up with evidence that suggests that drugs can affect someone positively without any detrimental effects. Please think before posting any drug advice or I will have to resort to reporting your posts.          


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Posted 06 August 2013 - 05:58 AM

I didn't suggest benzos in my previous post as a cure all pill. I should say with my expereince of using them I did not use them on a regular basis because they are highly addictive. I only used them when the anxiety was severe, they are something to be taken on a case to case basis and not as a long term medication. They aren't a preventative long term solution to anxiety or depression but if you have suffered from severe anxiety attacks, the resulting limitation of the attack that a benzo has is very reliving.

The withdrawls are minimumal when they are used this way, if you do happen to suffer withdrawl symptoms from one or two doses at a time. Not only that, the half life of some is quite long for such a medication and the effects can be felt for days afterwards. I can imagine how horrible it would be to take this medication everyday without researching how it works. The more you use benzos, the more you build up a tolerance for it and the higher your chance of becoming addicted.

In any case, if you can find other ways that don't involve medications then you are better off unless you find a doctor that is willing to do their research to help you find something that suits you very well. It can be a difficult task when they are confident and pushing of one medication that obviously isn't providing you and relief.
I still choose to opt out of medication because of this reason and try to resolve my anxiety through therapy, diet, etc.

 


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Posted 06 August 2013 - 06:35 AM

Scripture and songs about God taking care of me have kept me going through many very hard times.  It isn't unusual to be sad when circumstances are sad.  I have promises that help carry me through.


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