I read these posts over and over and they make sense but I wonder if there is anything I can have that I would like.............I am 63 and I now need to give up the few things I enjoy so where is the joy going to come from? I would like to believe in moderation when it comes to some of the advice.
Sorry, I have just read so much, take this vitamin, this supplement, work this program, stop this food............
I spend all day trying to decide what is the right choice.
I am glad this new relationship with your therapist is working for you and keep it up. I want to see you win the battle.
I'm new here and didn't realize that there were "so many posts" that were similar and touting take this/do that...I'm trying to wean off of med.s and cutting out those things have definitely helped me. Personally, I don't see how offering advice about diet is any different than offering advice about how to practice controlled breathing or other relaxation techniques - it's just another option for helping control anxiety? Sorry everyone feels so "icky" about my post...I thought someone might find it helpful - particularly a new person like myself. Moderation sounds great and it's something that I aim to have long-term for sure!
Please do not feel that we were putting you down for your post..........I am glad that you have found something that works for you. I do believe in life style change but I have been a lifetime member of weight watchers since 1972 and I have seen their eating plan evolve from eating liver once a week to tracking food points.
I understand your not wanting to be on medication if you can do well without them and I admire you for that. I am weaning off my AD after taking something for 25 years so I am not against change. I gave up drinking and smoking. I also have GERD so I cannot eat frozen custard and other food items or I am in trouble.............. I was only referring to me as far as having to cut back on more. I gave up coffee. So I do understand what your talking about.
On HealingWell we strive to seek a balance between alternative and traditional approaches. I feel strongly, both approaches have value for anyone seeking healing.
Please accept my apology if what I said upset you. That was never my intention.
Wish I had a new pdoc that I had a great relationship with, so do grab onto this person and develop that trust relationship that is so important. I am happy for you.
My Pdoc knows my background and she will butt heads with me or tell me that if I go off my AD I will crash for sure........well I am down to 20 mg of my Cymbalta every 48 hours and yes I am feeling the effects of the withdrawal but I have a lot of stress in my life right now so I think it is a combo of both.
I refuse to not give this lower medication regime a chance. I would just like to be me.
I get the 20 minute med session with my Pdoc and she tosses me out when my time is up but the bill for the 20 minutes is $248.00. So yes I want to drive the bus.........lol.
You keep on doing what is working for you and do keep on sharing..............I am reading and listening too.
I am so happy that you have gotten off the CATS and that it seems to be helping with your anxiety! I have had my doc recommend this to me, as well as read it in numerous books. i wish i wish i would take this on headfirst, but i just can't seem to give up my sweet tea (it's a southern staple), my cigarettes, or my chocolate!
i always tell myself when this subject is brought up that if i could at least cut back on these i know it would help my anxiety, but i never do
so in the end, CONGRATULATIONS!! to you for a job well done and i hope that you see long lasting results from your hard work
Firstly i cant imagine being a mom2three is very easy. Just wanted to say that i believe giving up CATS when your anxiety is really playing up is an extremely good idea. But when my anxiety is fine like now I do drink alot of caffeine and with it sugar (cant imagine life without coke), have some alcohol when i go out with friends at the wkend and smoke alittle. As long as my anxiety under control then its ok for me. Admittedly giving up caffeine seems to make a big difference for me.
Secondly the point you made about throwing in abit of exercise is so true. Exercise for me, is more important than CATS. After my first anxiety breakdown going to the gym and stuff made me feel good about myself again.
I guess were all individuals and different things will work for different people personally CBT was alife safer for me and has taught me not to fear anxiety and now my A/P is jus another hurdle i have to jump rather than something which rules my life.
I hope you do well in your sessions and get back to your normal self soon.