Hello and welcome to HealingWell, We are always excited to have new members.
I am sorry you are having a hard time right now. There are a lot of different therapies out there and this is one that is a favorite of the members.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy is based on the idea that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviors, not external things, like people, situations, and events. The benefit of this fact is that we can change the way we think to feel / act better even if the situation does not change.
There is a free online course and I will post the link here for you.
One of the best simple ways to deal with Anxiety is breathing. Simple things like inhale to your lungs full capacity, hold it, then exhale imagining all of the stress to leave your body with the air that is exhaled. Getting yourself to a quiet calm place is another way to help and be able to breathe. Imagining a beautiful scene in your mind, counting to 100, counting your breath and trying to slow it are all techniques that really do help.
Another way of dealing with Anxiety is to be proactive with it. Understand what your triggers are. Think about them. Maybe write them down and the reasons you feel that they are your triggers. Try and focus on solutions to these triggers to avoid it happening in the first place. Maybe even get a loved one to help.
Kitt, Moderator: Anxiety/Panic & Depression& GERD Forums*~*
Hello, welcome to HW. Have you discussed with your doctor any alternatives to prozac? It may not be the medication for you. Sometimes you have to try a few before you get the right "fit".
My number one tool for coping with anxiety is to keep myself busy, distracted and surrounded by positive things. If I am finding it hard to leave the house I will bribe myself, a hot chocolate at my favourite cafe, a new book. Anything that will get me focused on something other than what is going on in my head and my body.
I also try and challenge panic. When it tells me to be fearful of something I try and go out and do it straight away. The longer I dwell on it the less likely I am to be able to do it and then I stew on it for days, and days...
I hope some of our advice helps out, it's lovely to have you here as a member.