help for anxiety and compulsive thoughts about death

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judy3
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   Posted 10/16/2007 8:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everyone, your help would be greatly appreciated, I have a 20 year old neice living with me and she has an eating disorder, anxiety issues , OCD, her doctor told me that her issues are compulsive thoughts about death, she thinks of it all the time, she tried Zoloft, Prozac and they didnt work for her, she is on Effexir, dose was increased yesterday from 150 to 225, it is very difficult to see her suffering, she is a very bright and cute kid with very difficult challanges, any ideas how to support her would be appreciated, she also has therpy twice a week and sees a nutritionist once a week, she was recently discharged from an inpatient eating disorder program

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   Posted 10/16/2007 12:52 PM (GMT -7)   
I would say she is seeing about the best there is for what is going on as for the other with the death I would have her in another couselling / therapy or call the crisis line when it gets so bad for you and her to handle

Why is she thinking this way do you know what triggers this from her

Support and love her as you so obviously do / I think you are a very SPECIAL AUNTY

Stay with us and keep us posted plz......

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judy3
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   Posted 10/17/2007 7:38 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Howlyncat,

 

Thanks for the response,not sure of the triggers but the psych told me she has triggers in her parents home, what does triggers mean? Thanks for the encouragement


TeNNiSd0C09
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   Posted 10/17/2007 5:26 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey! I believed you asked what triggers are. If so, triggers can be anything that turns on these thoughts she is having. Triggers cause a reaction. Like, for example, I have depression/anxiety/panic. For me, when I get overwhelmed by school work it triggers my anxiety and it rises. Doing bad on a test triggers my depression to go up.

I don't know what kind of triggers your neice has, but if it is at her parents house it could be a number of things. Sometimes my parents trigger things. Like when I feel like my parents aren't listening to me, that triggers alot of emotion from me. If my parents ever yell, that is a huge trigger.

Triggers can be anything from huge things to the simplest things. I have been working with my counselor to reduce some of my triggers. Such as stress from school and such.

But, I think your neice is doing all the right things in getting help and I think that's good. It's good that you are helping her and being supportive. Just let her know that you care and you are there for her. Try to learn more about her and what she goes through so that you can understand better. In my opinion that would be very supportive.

I think you are doing a great job so far though! And hope I hope the best for your neice! Keep us posted. Wishing you the best, Tennis.  


judy3
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   Posted 10/18/2007 11:22 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Tennis,

 

Thanks for explaining what triggers are, and I appreciate the advice to learn as much as I can so I can understand her. Best wishes to you

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