Jul. 21st, 2011 06:59 pm
rosebee: Adam Lambert touches the gauges/plugs in his ears (Default)
[personal profile] rosebee posting in [community profile] anxietysupport
Hi, I'm new here!

I officially have (as in, diagnosed with) Depression & Social Anxiety Disorder. Unofficially the anxiety is MUCH more like Generalized Anxiety than just Social. The Cymbalta I'm on for my depression takes the edge off of the anxiety, but it doesn't make it go away completely. When I brought that up, my pdoc suggested I find a good anxiety workbook or look into seeing a therapist. Though he was willing to up my dosage a little, I wanted to try the non-additional-medication route first.

Note to my anxiety over my upcoming vacation: Panicking about wardrobe/luggage/etc, and then reseraching the shit out of said anxious topic of the moment is NOT conducive to a happy productive day at work. Especially when the boss walks by and sees you shopping for travel skirts because you're anxious about having to wear constrictive uncomfortable jeans while sitting & walking around an airport all day.

Note to self: You do not need any more luggage organizers, travel clothes, summertime clothes, or any other do-dad for the trip next month. They sell anything you might need in the city you'll be visiting. Buying more pushes unreasonable quantities, and will NOT make the trip go any better.

If anyone has some great advice for how they deal with their anxiety, I'd love to hear it. My current strategies are to: Distract it away (good book, happy tv show/movie, etc), research the shit out of it and overwhelm it away with logic, and lastly to just accept that it's there & will stay there it and wait for the Evil Anxiety Hamsters to latch on to something else.

Date: 2011-07-22 10:20 am (UTC)
rydra_wong: Text: BAD BRAIN DAY. Picture: Azula, having one. (a:tla -- bad brain day)
From: [personal profile] rydra_wong
Obvious first lines of attack, if you haven't tried them already:

1) CBT (cognitive-behavioural therapy). Works great with obsessive worrying and anxiety that's about particular things. Get a workbook (there are lots for anxiety available, so just pick one you don't find annoying). But look for a therapist too, if that's feasible for you; a friend who's done a lot of CBT reports that if you find a therapist you can get on with, it really helps to have someone there as a coach and external reality check.

2) If you have a lot of free-floating anxiety and/or tend to feel nervous and on edge a lot of the time, learn a relaxation technique. Progressive relaxation is a good one to learn; it'll help damp down the physical symptoms of anxiety.

3) The obvious stuff: check your caffeine intake to see if that affects anxiety. Experiment with things like aromatherapy, yoga, etc. to see if they have a calming effect. It may be relatively small, but sometimes if you can "take the edge off" an anxiety state, that's enough to let you use CBT etc. to calm it all the way down.

If none of that (and I'm sure people will have other suggestions) makes a dent, that's when you might want to think about increased/additional meds. But there are a lot of things you can try first.

Date: 2011-07-22 01:10 pm (UTC)
brisus: (Summer - Sunset)
From: [personal profile] brisus
We sound close to the same. I've been diagnosed with Clinical Depression along with GAD, which accompanies the social aspect as well. I also am now on Cymbalta. Been on it for maybe a month? I'm new to it, but its much better than my generic Zoloft I was taking before. :)

A mix of productive behavior to keep yo ur mind at ease and therapy/meds should hep you calm down. I've been talking to my church counselor as well as blogging often and taking meds. Still have some issues, but I'm doing better.

Date: 2011-07-22 01:16 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] brisus
It doesn't even have to be a therapist--a counselor is good too. :)

Date: 2011-07-23 06:00 am (UTC)
harpers_child: melaka fray reading from "Tales of the Slayers". (Default)
From: [personal profile] harpers_child
most of my packing experience is hurricane evacuation related, so grain of salt.

keep a notebook/pad of paper handy. you're going to keep several lists on it and add to them as you think of things. list one is items you need to bring with you underwear, pajamas, a particular pair of shoes, extra camera batteries, anything you can think of. sometimes i'll even make notes about what i'm going to carry it in. look at pre-made packing lists from travel sites to make sure you have everything. list two is things you need to do before you leave for your trip. clean out the fridge, or arrange for a pet to be boarded, or those six things you need to tell someone at work. list three is a list of things you'll be doing on the trip to be cross-referenced with the other two lists as needed.

when you get hamster brain or can't sleep look over your lists and see if you need to add anything or can cross of anything. sometimes writing things down so i know i'll remember them later helps.

i also drink a lot of tea.


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