anxiety & depressive responses

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   Posted 2/26/2010 2:22 PM (GMT -6)   
It seems that I'm playing a game of chicken with life.

I knowingly make decisions that are clearly detrimental to my success (especially academic) in the long run. A perfect scenario: I wake up early for a class/lab where attendance is imperative for performance, but I simply do not go. I know and understand the consequences, but it's as if there is some awful mechanism inside of me that would rather have me fail than make actual effort and face the world (and all the anxieties it holds). And so I heed this, and points go flying off my grade, over and over.

I've noticed a trend, when my anxiety levels are low (social anxiety mostly), I coast along and enjoy my ride through life... But when anxiety creeps up, I take on a lot of depressive characteristics.

Does anyone have any tips to revert my depressive responses and get myself back on track when things like this occur?

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   Posted 2/26/2010 5:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome,

Have you ever been through any therapy. CBT ( Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy) is something you may want to look at.

Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapeutic treatment that helps people to understand the thoughts and feelings that influence behaviors. CBT is commonly used to treat a wide range of disorders, including phobias, addiction, depression and anxiety.

Cognitive behavior therapy is generally short-term and focused on helping people deal with a very specific problem. During the course of treatment, people learn how to identify and change destructive or disturbing thought patterns that have a negative influence on behavior.

I wish you the best and hope you are able to find some answers here on HealingWell.



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   Posted 2/26/2010 5:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you very much for the info Kitt.

I'll be checking into CBT further.

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   Posted 3/4/2010 6:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Great question oz111. Some of the same things are happening to me, like having ups and downs and feeling negatively and having different social reactions and then my brain just gets happy and I laugh a lot and I am fine. It usually just happens in the same class/atmosphere every day and then it goes away and for the rest of the day I feel fine. When I am feeling this way, I always feel like I don't want to hangout or do that much of anything with others and then when i am in a positive mood which, is 3/4 of the time, I feel the EXACT opposite. I feel that all of this is part of puberty and that after I am done being a teenager my emotions/moods will sink back to normal. Although, the reason why I said 'some' was because I do do well in school and always go to class on time. Are your symptoms similar to any of these?
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