Post Edited By Moderator (stkitt) : 2/10/2008 3:52:10 PM (GMT-7)
Have you ever had a therapist................that may be one way to go and just use meds for the anxiety. A good therapist can be your best friend through the learning how to deal with your anxiety.
You have a chronic illness and I think perhaps that may contribute to your increased anxiety and the worrying you are going through. You are worrying about the what if's?
My Pdoc told me last week I have a habit of “Catastrophisizing” . Whoa, now wait a minute, I left the office in a foul mood after that comment. On other words, I jump to conclusions about the awful-ness of circumstances, and even create worst-case scenarios for myself. Pessimism instead of optimism.
Unfortunately, these catastrophisizing thoughts can actually make things worse - and in some cases even cause the catastrophic events that we fear most. So I guess she was right, I do this even thow I did not realize it. I thought I had a lot of reasons and rights to be a worry wart but I am hurting myself the most.
I need to challenging the realism of my awfulizing thoughts, preparing for what I can prepare for, and then catching myself when I fall into the trap of writing a script for disaster before I've even started.
Does that make sense to you? It does to me today but last week I was just burned to have her talk to me like that. So I am trying to practice my staying in the moment and found I actually had a good time going out the past 2 days instead of sitting home. As far as the meds, I hope someone has some info on meds that do not upset the stomach.
Hugs to you sweetie. Kitt
Dear Jen,Hi there. Sorry you are feeling so down. I am wondering why you are cutting out your Valium when it feels to me like you need it?Have you tried the CBT therapy? It has worked for many and there is a free online site that you can work on it if you would like to. Here is the link to the online CBT therapy:
The MoodGym Training Programhttp://moodgym.anu.edu.au/