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Georgie Girl
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Date Joined May 2008
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   Posted 7/12/2009 12:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Haven't been on for a while but had still been dealing with daily low grade anxiety which I had pinpointed finally to be almost completely related now to work. I was taking my rescue medication of Zyprexa almost daily and it really wasn't working on the anxiety any more. I had no joy in my work. Two years ago I loved to go to work.

I decided to return to the licensed clinical social worker I saw 15 years ago to work on trying to get the joy back in my work. She suggested that I had conditioned myself now to feel this anxiety about work after having gone through a very difficult and anxiety producing period a year and a half ago (at which time the anxiety became debiliating and I ended up in the hospital). I have been through two sessions now of hypnosis during which she has suggested to me that I don't have to be perfect, that I don't have to make everyone happy, that I am beginning to enjoy my work again, that I can put my anxiety in an ugly box and take my peace out of a pretty box, that I can breath my anxiety into a paper bag, wad it up and throw it away, among many other things and you know what - it's working - I don't have the usual degree of Sunday "returning to work tomorrow" anxiety!

I just wanted to post a success story. I am going to continue to work with Alicia (who is a licensed clinical social worker and now a PhD) every two weeks for the foreseeable future. I know it won't get better overnight. I haven't to take a Zyprexa in ten days.

I really didn't think this would work at all. I had faith only in medication. In other words I "poo pood" therapy and hypnosis.

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   Posted 7/12/2009 12:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I am a firm believer in therapy. I too was really helped alot thru therapy. It helped to know that it was just my head, and if I took the time to really think about it, I would realize it was my anxiety. Therapy has helped me to recognize my anxiety ramping up, and stop it right away with the help of my Xanax. I only take my Xanax 1-3 times a month. Whoo-Hoo for you!
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Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed for my anxiety.  Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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   Posted 7/12/2009 1:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm glad you told us about your experience with hypnosis. I've been wondering if it would help and now I know. I will look into getting hypnosis for myself. Thanks and congrats!
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