What do you do to treat anxiety?

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   Posted 5/29/2010 7:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Is there some medication I can take or  does counseling work:?
hugs, Caren

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   Posted 5/29/2010 3:29 PM (GMT -7)   

Everyone is different and what works for one doesn't always work for another. I have a therapist and take meds. I always practice relaxation techniques.

Take a look at the Anxiety-Panic Resources topic at the top of the page and you will find some awesome information there. Also, many of the other members have posted what helps them so please read freely through the threads.

Take care,


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   Posted 6/1/2010 3:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Caren, Usually a combo of meds and counseling does work.Have you tried natural anxiety herbs? There are many types and they all do different things, without the side effects that occur from prescriptions. I've been using St. Johns Wort for anxiety.

Post Edited By Moderator (stkitt) : 6/1/2010 4:24:02 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 6/2/2010 8:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Remmember to be careful using rx meds and herbal remidies

i like kitt
hv meds and do CBT...relaxation techniques

tk care n explore all angles to work at this is my advice


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   Posted 6/4/2010 1:31 AM (GMT -7)   
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.
Take Lexapro.
Get plenty of sleep.
Do yoga.
Get massages.
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.
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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).

Post Edited (subdued) : 6/4/2010 2:37:31 AM (GMT-6)

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