I'm sorry that you are going through such a tough time, I know from experience that anxiety is miserable. It is good though that you realize that anxiety is a problem in your life and can begin to do something about it. I've been in the situation of not being able to afford therapy as well, and though, in my opinion, it's a bit harder to get through this on your own, it can be done.
I'm an avid reader, and when my anxiety problems started, I began to look for books on the topic. Back then, there weren't nearly as many as there are now, but I found what I could and read them all over and over. My favorites are books by Claire Weekes, her books describe what is happening to you and why, and she has a wonderful comforting way about her writing, her books also teach you ways to deal with the anxiety. There are many others books on anxiety/panic which I'm sure you can get at the library or order online, if her writing is not to your liking.
Do you use CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy)? This has been a life saver for me. If you do some searches on the web, you will find a lot of information on cbt, as well as books on the subject. You may want to look into some strategies for stress relief as well, since it sounds like you are dealing with alot of pressure and stress over your issues.
I'm glad that you found this site, too. The people here are amazing and the support has helped me get through some of the worst times. I hope that you'll continue to visit and post. Please e-mail me if I can help you in any way.
I forgot to mention
NEVER be afraid of judgement or barring your soul here.........
Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 9/26/2008 5:04:18 PM (GMT-6)
Sometimes over the WKNDS it is slower so dont feel you are being ignored okay .......
Welcome to HW, we are a caring supportive group of people here so don't be afraid to speak about your anxiety. Most of us have been through similar things. I have IBS too, but it has only become a part of my life in the last 3 years or so (I have had anxiety for 17). Have you been to our IBS forum? They have great advice and some stories I'm sure you can relate to!
I'm sorry to hear that your anxiety has gotten worse. Can you think of a specific reason why? Is it the new job? That would certainly make me more anxious so don't beat yourself up about that. In my country (Australia) we can get free access to doctors, but not psychs (mind you the doctors that are free can be dodgy)..When I can't afford to see psychs I practice CBT and read books on self help. Some are wiffle, some are great. I can reccomend "living with it" by bev aisbett as a good quick reference book.
I wish you all the best and hope you keep posting here with us. We have some fun too so check out some of our joke threads!
Kitt, Moderator: Anxiety/Panic & Depression& GERD Forums*~*
Just checking in to see how you are going. I hope some of this information is helping you out and that you are having a pecaeful weekend.
Buddha, thanks for that great input.
Hello again everyone,
Thanks again for the well wishes. Buddha443556, I'm not eligible for Tenncare. I used to be on it a while back, but I started working and lost my eligibility. Now, it takes an act of Congress to get on TennCare, due to major cuts. I haven't tried the other departments you've mentioned, and really I don't want to get on SSI, I'm not even sure I'd be eligibile, but I will certainly check it out. I'm still in the process of starting this new job, although I've pushed it back a week due to my anxiety. Any tips to get over the fear and just get it started?
Again, thanks to everyone for the info and advice. I Looked at some of the links to the CBT stuff in the forum, but is there anywhere that it tells me what to do? I'm guessing you have to find a book.
forgive me, I'm not a very tech person but a free CBT website is www.moodgym.com.au and don't try using that as a link. Try googling it instead. Sorry I can't put the link up but I am doofus at that. It is a great place to start, I am there all the time. Stay with us please and let us know how you go.
If you look at the resources by Wen at the top of the forum there is a link in that thread with the link to moodgym. It is great and you can do it online free. Many people have used it.
Take a look at it.
Great input from all members.
yep, it's better to practice breathing techniques when you are not actually hyperventilating!! Took me a while to figure that one out. Take care.