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   Posted 3/27/2007 11:56 PM (GMT -6)   
So, generally I have been pretty stable.  A few weeks ago a big issue came up.  That issue was all I could think about and I became so anxious about it, that I got myself depressed.  I was depressed for about a week.  Then I realized that my "big" life changing issue was not even an issue at all.  Once I realized this I went back to normal.
By this time I had already made an appointment with my doctor because something felt off.  I have bipolar disorder and I thought maybe something was off with that.  I have been stable with the bipolar for about four years with lithium.  The doctor said that I have an anxiety problem that was completely seperate from the bipolar.  He asked me if I wanted medication for it, but I thought I could manage without it. 
The psychiatrist recommended developing better coping techniques.  He suggested taking a Mindfullness Based Stress Reduction Class and/or practicing yoga.  I signed up for the MBSR class, but irronically just taking this class is stressful.  I am a fulltime student drowning in school work, and another class is just overwhelming.  The class is 2.5 hours a week and it is downtown in the city. Plus they assign homework.  Okay I am already behind on college work, and this MBSR class assigns 5 chapters(90 pages).  I am thinking that maybe I should just wait until after I am done with school to take this class.  In the mean time I am not sure what the best way to deal with the anxiety is.  Maybe I should take some yoga classes, exercise and just try to relax more.

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   Posted 3/28/2007 2:30 AM (GMT -6)   

  Hi Jade11

  Have you ever tryed learning CBT as it's a kind of a relaxing treatment for anxiety and you can do this on your off time from school and it dosen't take a lot of time to do and it tends to relax and eaze the mind as well, but taking meds for it can really help as well as miny of us anxiety/panic ppl do need the help from them in are daily lifes

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   Posted 3/28/2007 2:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jade, I think Freezing is reading my mind here (or probably the other way round!!).  I would suggest some CBT as well, maybe counselling that doesn't involve so much homework??? I think the Yoga might be a fun idea, it's a bit less stressfull and confronting than a class and isn't as time consuming. 
Maybe some extra meds would help until you have more time and or stability in your life.  Sounds like a tough workload.  Hang in there.
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   Posted 3/29/2007 3:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jade
Sounds to me that you are doing really well tongue   You realised you needed help so you did something about have made decisions in your last paragraph of your post and answered you own questions lol..
 *I am thinking that maybe I should just wait until after I am done with school to take this class...(Sensible thinking Jade)
 *In the mean time I am not sure what the best way to deal with the anxiety is...(You answer your question in your next sentence..well done!) 
 *Maybe I should take some yoga classes, exercise and just try to relax more...(Sounds like a plan you would enjoy :)
CBT is another brilliant suggestion to follow up on..and yes meds for those times when anxiety gets the best of us is also good.
You are in charge of your life Jade...good luck with your studies.
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