I am glad you found us and I hope we are able to meet your needs. You will find the members here warm and caring, wise and wonderful. Please make yourself at home.
I was first dx with anxiety and depression in 1982 when my oldest left home........ I know I was always what people refer to as a "high strong" person which I always hated being labeled with as it just made me feel anxious. Accepting that I am a person with anxiety and working through my issues through therapy, medications and refusing to ever give up on myself is the route I chose.
For long-lasting anxiety relief, IMHO, it is best to incorporate non-pharmacological treatments into your overall anxiety treatment plan. People with severe anxiety can still benefit a great deal from medication as part of their treatment, but the best long-term outcomes usually are a result of psychotherapy and lifestyle changes.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy is generally considered to be the gold-star treatment for anxiety disorders, and there are other types of therapy available as well. These therapies will provide you with the tools you need to control your anxiety: they teach you how to change the way you think, learn to relax, and cope effectively in different situations.
Lifestyle changes are also an important part of treating anxiety. Healthy lifestyle habits, like staying physically active, eating a well-balanced diet, and avoiding drugs and stimulants, can all help lessen anxiety symptoms. Taking steps to reduce stress in your life and reaching out to friends and family for help can also help you get your anxiety under control.
Again a warm welcome to you.
With kindest personal regards,
~~Kitt~~Moderator: Anxiety/Panic, Osteoarthritis, GERD/Heartburn and Heart/Cardiovascular Disease. www.healingwell.com"If you can't change the world, change your world"