• 1 month ago

    Anxiety Symptoms -recur

    I have been battling with Anxiety from past few years.I was on Clonazepam and Olanzapine for 3 years. Recently switched to Anti depressants as per my Doctor advise.I am on Escitalopram-20mg,Pregalbin-150mg,Mitrazapine-45mg.I have stopped Clonazepam and Olanzapine completely and mentioned anti depressants started working amazingly .almost past 8 months I don’t have any issue. Recently Anxiety symptoms are reappearing and noticing sleep disturbance.Waking up early in the morning with nasty thoughts and the day becoming unproductive.

    Would appreciate could shed some light on this.Ty.

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  • 1 month ago

    RE: Anxiety Symptoms -recur

    I would look up Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as it's considered one of the best, non-medication treatments for anxiety (among other things). It's not something that has to be long-term to learn it's principles. I would find a therapist who can teach it. Medication for anxiety that is often prescribed are short-term fixes, i.e. benzo's and they don't deal with the real issues behind the anxiety.

    Look into it and see what you think.

    Debbie
      • 1 month ago
        Does CBT encompasses with magnets/any special healing articles or is it kind of counselling .Yes this would be better than harm medications.Would like to explore and find CBT therapist.Would really appreciate if you could share more info on the same. Ty.
      • 1 month ago
        Hi,

        It would be easier for me to just quote from a website that gives an overall description of what CBT is.

        "Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can be used to treat people with a wide range of mental health problems.

        CBT is based on the idea that how we think (cognition), how we feel (emotion) and how we act (behavior) all interact together. Specifically, our thoughts determine our feelings and our behavior.

        Therefore, negative and unrealistic thoughts can cause us distress and result in problems. When a person suffers with psychological distress, the way in which they interpret situations becomes skewed, which in turn has a negative impact on the actions they take.
        CBT aims to help people become aware of when they make negative interpretations, and of behavioral patterns which reinforce the distorted thinking. Cognitive therapy helps people to develop alternative ways of thinking and behaving which aims to reduce their psychological distress."
        https://www.simplypsychology.org/cognitive-therapy.html

        This kind of therapy treatment has been pretty successful for a lot of people. IT's not easy work, so you have to take it seriously. It's not impossible.

        CBT is a therapy-based treatment that teaches one how to change their thinking patterns, which will in turn effect their feelings and behaviors. Example: if i constantly go over in my mind something that is scary to me, then my emotions are going to react accordingly, i.e become afraid and full of anxiety. The reason for this is emotions don't know the difference between fact and fiction, so it doesn't matter if what I am telling myself is true or false - my emotions are just going to react to whatever my mind is saying. So to change the outcome, i.e. fear and anxiety, I need to learn to change the way I am thinking, i.e. in this case, not ruminate on something that isn't even true, and even if it were true, I can change how I think about it.

        In do this, we learn that we don't have to be dictated to by our emotions.

        So that is at the heart of CBT and is very effective - not just for anxiety, but for many other life situations. How and what we think can lead a person into a full blown panic attack or a place of calm. How you think is what makes the difference.

        Thanks for asking. :)

        Debbie
      • See if there is a anxiety specialist near you by going to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America https://members.adaa.org/search/custom.asp?id=4685