What do I do to treat my social anxieties?
Read books on how to change my thinking so I won't get so anxious.
See a psychiatrist.
See a therapist. Do CBT.
Get plenty of sleep.
Drink calming teas.
Do breathing exercises, especially when I'm feeling anxious.
Listen to self-hypnosis MP3s.
Communicate my feelings with others.
Do two things at once. Somethings having something else to concentrate on helps reduce the anxiety.
Ask myself whether or not I'm avoiding doing something out of anxiety. If so, then I do it. The more times I do something that I feel anxious about, the less anxious I get about doing it.
Reduce my expectations, my self-criticism and my criticism of others.
Medicine had the greatest affect for me. Lexapro has changed my life completely. My brain will often go into flight, fight, freeze mode. Apparently, the more stress one has, the bigger the Amygdala, causing the brain to react more to stress. Lexapro allows me to use my other relaxation techniques to stop myself from going into flight, freeze, fight mode.
Colitis is in remission. No longer get IBS.
Figuring out how to reduce a flare or get into remission is a trial and error experience. Don't expect your GI to have all the answers. He was trained in making diagnoses, prescribing medications, and surgically removing the colon. He was not trained in alternative treatments. That's why they are called alternative treatments.
What works for me: Fecal transplantation, Probiotics, Anti-inflammatory foods, No HFCS, No crystalline fructose, No foods high in fructose, No artificial sweeteners, No pro-inflammatory foods when flaring, vitamins & supplements, Lexapro (for stress).
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