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   Posted 3/21/2007 1:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there. I've been having some problems the last few months. I've been in and out of the emergency room, seen countless doctors, and i'm starting to feel like i'm losing my mind or something. I've had obsessive compulsive disorder my whole life and been dealing with anxiety for a long time. I've tried a few different medications for it, which I stopped because they wern't helping like i'd hoped. I've seen at least 3 different therapists and been to a group for ocd. Nothing seemed to help until I tried...
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   Posted 3/21/2007 2:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I dont know what you said but alcahol is the traditional self med for anxiety and within strict limits can be helpful, you can also act as if more drunk than you are, people often do this

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   Posted 3/21/2007 3:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't know what he said either, but I have a feeling. Doubt it was alcohol. What I think he was probably talking about has been suggested to me numerous times, and the thing is it has the tendency to make people paranoid after a while. Anxiety and this particular plant do NOT always mix well, in my opinion. Then there's the whole legality thing.

Alcohol. I don't know about that one. If a person becomes dependent on that stuff things can go downhill really quickly. My ex-girlfriend wasn't an alcoholic but she did drink heavily and it wrecked her life pretty good. She didn't notice till she sobered up. If it's confined to social situations, yeah, I can see where it might be helpful as long as you don't start looking to have social situations every night of the week. A person can start out with a lot of discipline and suddenly find themselves in trouble. For that reason I cannot recommend it.

Now if a person's agoraphobic and is making progress, there's no harm in suggesting to them that they should go out that weekend, have a few drinks, and have a little fun.

I wish I could drink alcohol. Maybe I can someday. Last December I was doing pretty well with anxiety and was able to have a few drinks on a couple of occasions. God, it felt good to be like everyone else. Otherwise, when anxiety is bothering me, drinking just destroys my stomach. It's awful.
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