How do you deal with it?

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Cant Deal
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   Posted 8/4/2009 11:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello,
 
Just wondering how others deal with the bad scary anxiety causing thoughts that constantly pop into your heads?
 
I am having a hard time dealing with it myself.  I find I can't get through an hour without having anxiety inducing thoughts so I am just wondering what works for you guys.
 
Thanks! :)

Allestaria
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   Posted 8/4/2009 1:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I force myself to think of something else. It is a lot of will power to do so. But with the extra effort I can do it. If that does not work then I use a breathing technique with a focus picture. That usually takes care of the problem.

stkitt
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   Posted 8/4/2009 2:02 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey there,

I deal with the anxiety by trying very hard to stay in the moment. 

Learn to take it one day at a time. Instead of worrying about how you will get through the rest of the week or coming month, try to focus on today. Each day can provide us with different opportunities to learn new things and that includes learning how to deal with your problems. Focus on the present and stop trying to predict what may happen next week. Next week will take care of itself.

Good luck and know you will overcome the anxiety.

Kitt


 

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spinnaker
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   Posted 8/4/2009 3:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello, Can't Deal,
 
I panic in doctor/hospital waiting rooms so I take something to keep my mind busy and challenged that I enjoy like crossword or logic puzzles. Something that I really have to concentrate on and that I enjoy. Or soothing music/sounds/ or a relaxation program on my I-Pod, or maybe a foreign language course. Something that is not passive. Also, at home I play a board game or card game with someone, anything to break the vicious cycle. I have even literally told the thoughts to "Go away! Stop!". Sometimes it's a concerted effort to fight this battle. In fact most times I think it takes several tactics to calm ourselves or change gears. You can also allow yourself a few minutes a day to worry and then refuse to dwell on it the rest of the time. I know, I know all easier said than done. But I hope you find what may work for you, from someone here. Dont be afraid to try even the ones that might seem silly, especially if your anx is really high. Often suggestions seem ineffective when our anx is high and we just want to know how to turn it off, right now!!!!! 
Just remember, we have practiced and practiced and practiced these responses. They won't go away overnight. We need to practice practice practice NEW responses so that they become automatic and not the old ones. Make any sense?
 
Spinnaker

Post Edited (spinnaker) : 8/4/2009 4:25:55 PM (GMT-6)


Cant Deal
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   Posted 8/5/2009 6:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you.
I am so glad I found this forum.
 
I was living in a very busy city and finally bought a home in a quieter town.  I thought that once I moved I would start to get better as I wouldn't be in such a hectic environment and I could relax.  Sadly, the anxiety came with me and it may even be at it's all time high now.   I have tried to talk to a couple doctors about it but they just don't get it so it's so nice to have a group of people that feel like I feel. 
 
The bad thoughts are so strange... it's like one part of your brain is so irrational but there is another part that is rational telling you that you are being silly... with me, the irrational part always seems to win.  I will try some of the methods you have mentioned.  I find I am worse when I am all alone or just doing nothing and I am best when people are around or I am out and about.
 
Can anyone recommend a book that I should read that might help me?

stkitt
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   Posted 8/5/2009 6:21 AM (GMT -7)   

Good Morning,

Pass Through Panic: Freeing Yourself from Anxiety and Fear by: Claire Weekes.

This is one of the most popular books available and has been recommended by many members over the years. It is also listed in the HW Bookstore and you can order it from the site here which is connected to Amazon.com.  Here is the link for the HW bookstore:

http://www.wellnessbooks.com/cgi-bin/search.pl?templates=anxiety&SearchIndex=Books&Operation=ItemSearch&Keywords=Anxiety%2Band%2BPanic&ItemPage=2


 

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nanas4
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   Posted 8/6/2009 8:13 PM (GMT -7)   
my therapist reccommended a book by david burns md called feeling good i picked it up at borders book store there is also a workbook version that lets you take tests and write things down.. it is supposed to be the best out there she said. also i am reading a book called from panic to power by lucinda bassett just started it so dont know how it is yet. sometimes just reading a book you enjoy helps also as distraction as i find when reading these anxiety help books im totally focused on my problem. lots of prayers to you .i totally understand what you are feeling.

Aries8
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   Posted 8/7/2009 11:20 AM (GMT -7)   
The books by Lucinda Bassett are wonderful! Definitely worth reading once or even more.

Can't Deal - When these thoughts occur, try not to panic. Let scary thoughts or feelings come and go. Remember that they are just fleeting thoughts and they can't hurt you. You mentioned seeing doctors. Have you seen a therapist? The best thing to do with any symptoms of anxiety or panic is to let them happen and don't add fear. You will feel better!!
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Mazfire
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   Posted 8/7/2009 7:05 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi there-

I try and visualise all the positives in my life and try not to dwell on the negatives that upset me- i take life one day at a time.

All the best,

Maz XX


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DTrotter9
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   Posted 8/12/2009 9:49 PM (GMT -7)   
In my opinion if you want to find a permanent cure then pls go for PRANAYAM an old form of Yoga very quick in revealing our anxiety and depression. And also good sleep and good healthy food eat...

Post Edited (DTrotter9) : 8/12/2009 11:39:30 PM (GMT-6)

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