medication or CBT??

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jazzy4
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   Posted 1/15/2007 5:11 AM (GMT -7)   
hi there,
am new to the board and just wanted to know your opinions on what you consider to be the best treatment for panic disorders, medication or cognitive behavioural treatment? or combination of both?
hope you can help me
jaz

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   Posted 1/15/2007 5:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Jaz
 
Welcome to HW were happy you joined us here. You will find pleanty of supportive members here that are going thru the same things you are. It won't take you long to feel you are a part of our HW family.
 
I personally am on meds and am in counseling for my A/P. Everybody is differant and you will need to find what works best for you by working close with your doctor. I hope this helps and there will be others along soon with more info.
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   Posted 1/15/2007 5:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes (LOL).

Start with CBT. It alone worked for me the first time. You can supplement with meds later if needed.

P.S. If your A/P is really bad, you may want to try the benzos short-term.

Best of luck,
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   Posted 1/15/2007 5:51 AM (GMT -7)   
HI there and Welcome
A good support system I believe is essential and you will find that here within the ppl and their support and empathy 'They know what you are going thru or at least have an idea '

Next I believe CBT is great........... it has done wonders for me personally and I was the biggest skeptic
Also there is Meditation ....self help books by Claire weekes ..and others ........
Relaxation Techniques are great too breathing and just finding a place you can go to in your mind ya know .........
I listen to music and read as well as come on here do my CBT and talk with these fantastic ppl
I do take a fast acting med for my a/p but I do it conjuction with self help things AND only when NEEDED

Some ppl take antidepressants and they do need to
There are also the ones that have great successes with therapy and counselling .......

I know the others will be here to post their input and there coping methods as well
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jazzy4
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   Posted 1/15/2007 7:03 AM (GMT -7)   
thanx for all of your warm welcomes and advice.
would you say there are more benefits/limitations involved in either one though?
jaz

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   Posted 1/15/2007 7:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Jazzy, CBT in combination with medication has been proven the most effective way to treat both anxiety and depression time and time again by research studies. It sure is possible to do one without the other, but honestly, I wouldn't just because they work so well in conjunction with eachother. The counseling is supposed to help you learn new tools to deal with your anxious thoughts, while the medication helps to tame those physical symptoms that can spur anxious thoughts or that just make you feel crappy. Thats why doing it all together works so well. In my personal opinion (and I've been through both CBT and meds) is that yes being on medication can make you "feel" better, but alone its not going to help you get over the anxiety. I feel that meds are a great way to keep you level so that the CBT can be the most effective. And doing CBT by itself is great, but not having an initial way to cope with the jitters, constant nervousness, palpitations, and other symptoms of anxiety is why many people go on meds. All in all, if you are not nervous about starting meds, I would definitly look into doing both CBT and taking medications at the same time. It really is the most effective way to handle this. I had extreme success with it. Good luck :)


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   Posted 1/15/2007 7:31 AM (GMT -7)   

I think CBT is the way to go - and if you need meds to help you along , that's fine too.

I have been learning to change the way I think and it has helped a lot , unfortunately I'm still waiting for counselling (months now - might be having a little word about that) but that helps too.

If you want to check out online CBT here is a link

http://moodgym.anu.edu.au/default.asp

And I agree with Hopeful , CBT helps you get better , meds help you feel better so that you can help yourself get better.

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jazzy4
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   Posted 1/15/2007 7:43 AM (GMT -7)   
thank you so much for your advice, it is so helpful.
:-)  

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   Posted 1/15/2007 7:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Jaz...

Seems like you have gotten great advice. Just wanted to welcome you to HW and hope you stick around and get answers you know....
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   Posted 1/15/2007 8:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi jazzy and welcome :-) You've got some great advice here, everyone is different but I am a big fan of CBT.  I also take meds as needed but make sure you don't get pushed into taking something you don't need by your doctor.  I've been put on a lot of anti-depressant medication that never worked, cost me a lot and gave me side-effects.  I'm not trying to scare you here though!!!! Just make sure you get the best advice before you start taking any medication.  Best of luck, I look forward to reading more of your post's :-) :-)
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jazzy4
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   Posted 1/16/2007 2:18 AM (GMT -7)   
thank you all so much for your amazing advice, it sure is helping.
CBT does sound great, is it better than alternative therapies though? has anyone had alternative therapies that they could share? bad/good experiences?
xx

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   Posted 1/16/2007 3:20 AM (GMT -7)   
I gave you some of mine and so far all have been positive FOR me
CBT,Meditation,Self Help ,couselling ........
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jazzy4
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   Posted 1/16/2007 3:49 AM (GMT -7)   
sorry to be dense..i am new to this! but is CBT an alternative therapy? i thought that alternative meant meditation, spiritual etc??
sorry again

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   Posted 1/16/2007 4:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Cognitive behavioural Therapy
Changes way of thinking patterns
Is a great thing IMO
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jazzy4
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   Posted 1/16/2007 4:39 AM (GMT -7)   
thank you very much, i have heard lots of good things about it. is there anything, in your opinion, that you think i should avoid?

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   Posted 1/16/2007 4:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Alcohol ,recreational drugs and quick fixes ..............I hope this helps
Keep posting k
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   Posted 1/16/2007 7:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Yeah deffo alcohol and drugs - it will screw you up. Another one I found was caffiene , makes your heart race and you feel jittery - you get a real bad headache when you give it up so I reckon it must be bad for you in other ways too. Just a thought.

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jazzy4
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   Posted 1/16/2007 9:02 AM (GMT -7)   
thank you, will def look out for those!
are medications bad for unborn children? maybe thats why leaning towards CBT etc
x

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   Posted 1/16/2007 12:14 PM (GMT -7)   

Now I'm not too sure about meds and pregnancy , so please ask your doc bout anything they give you if you are planning to/suspect you are/or you are pregnant - do not take risks.

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jazzy4
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   Posted 1/16/2007 1:13 PM (GMT -7)   
yeah will def find out about that through a dr..just hate going to the dr's. since ive been here ive had so much help and support, far more than i have by anything else.
thanks so much to you all
xx

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   Posted 1/16/2007 1:46 PM (GMT -7)   

Know what ya mean bout the docs - but it is for a good cause.

Yeah , this site is the best - don't know what I would have done if I hadn't found it , the support here is great tongue


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   Posted 1/16/2007 10:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jazzy, I've found that hypnosis and acupuncture has helped me with anxiety in the past;these are some of the treatments most people call "alternative".  A good naturopath can also check and make sure you don't have any nutritional/Vitamin deficiencies that could be affecting your health and mental state of mind.  That said though it's alway's best to check with your Dr (even though they can be painful!!!).  Hope this helps you out.
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