(Closed) Bees who deal with anxiety- help !

posted 4 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee

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claireuw:  When my students have come to me reporting the types of experiences you are having, especially when they tell me they have trouble sleeping, are experiencing physical pain, feel isolated, or feel genuinely overwhelmed when interacting with the outside world, I have always encouraged them to seek an initial session with a licensed mental health counselor.  Sessions with a trained professional will allow you to figure out if you need continued treatment and, if so, if that treatment should consist only of therapy or of a combination of therapy and prescription medication (which would be prescribed by a separate professional).  

http://www.buzzfeed.com/hnigatu/a-beginners-guide-to-starting-therapy#.hjeXAw2Ap
Despite this being a buzzfeed link, it’s not the worst guide I’ve seen if you’re thinking about how to get started.

I’m sorry that you are experiencing these things and I hope that you are able to find relief for them as soon as possible.

Post # 4
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Helper bee

I am a somewhat nervous/anxious person, and get very anxious about health issues.   I’ve never been to a psychiatrist, therapist, or counselor.  The only doctor who has told me I was very anxious has been my GP.  He walked in the exam room when I was in the midst of terrible anxiety and said “you are very anxious”.  He gave me a prescription for a mild tranquilizer (a generic version of ativan.)  I have been on and off that for the last year and a half.  It will help you sleep!  I was sleeping more than you are, but was struggling to get enough sleep, so it really helped with that.  I also can relate to the shouting and crying.  There were times I would burst into tears uncontrollably.  Sometimes I would even cry in public.  I know it’s not a good feeling.  I can relate to this; reach out to me anytime by PM.  The first questions I can think of for you are?

Have you sought any kind of help out from a doctor, counselor, or therapist?

Have you taken any medicine for it?

Do you feel like this constantly or does it come and go?

I was in a bad rut for several months, and it took a while to come out of it.  It was gradual and took effort to focus on moving forward.  Certain things can trigger it, and it still comes and goes in waves.  I hope you can get help and feel better soon!

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Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I have been dealing with anxiety and depression for months. It got real bad in January and haven’t been to bad since. I take a generic zoloft everyday. Best thing to do is go to a doctor.  

I am anxious about everything and everything I did where i worked before getting laid off made it 10 times worse. I use to be very down etc. I hated going out. I got panicky on Sundays because i dreaded work.  School started and helped. Just keep occupied and go out more than 15 hrs a week in small bursts. Since getting laid off i have been going to the park or store or the zoo just to get out 

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Sugar bee

There are things I do to manage my mental illnesses. I eat nutritiously, exercise (less that 5 days moving a week and I go downhill fast), and I try not to place too much pressure on myself. Can’t face crowds? I give myself a leave pass and stay in etc etc. it’s a balance, knowing what’s “too much” without letting myself get isolated. BUT there comes a time when the only thing that’s going to truly help is counselling and/or medication. I remind myself there’s no shame in it and that no one would tell people with other conditions to meditate or what have you instead of taking the meds they need to manage their condition. 

the other thing I do is make sure I don’t struggle alone. I’m very independent and have trouble asking for help but I tell my partner and I have an amazing friend who gets it who I open up to. 

I would start small and tick these things off my list: Dr visit, appointment with counsellor, pool session to get some non weight bearing exercise in, and a coffee or phone call with a supportive friend or family member. that would be my strategy for starting to lift the cloud if I was in your shoes…. And believe me, I am in a bad way at the moment so my little action plan looks a lot like what I’ve listed here.

Hang in there 

Post # 10
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Helper bee

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claireuw:  

I think a good first step would be going to your GP and explaining the situation to him/her.  They can probably give you a prescription for anxiety medicine that can help you sleep better and help you cope with the anxiety.  They can also direct you to a counselor, therapist, or other professional if they think you should see one.  Take care and please let me know how things are going!

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