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Anxiety Questions And Otc Cures?

Postby Peter » Sun Sep 24, 2017 5:43 pm

I have yet to see a doctor until I get my insurance back, but here is my deal

I usually have bad anxiety in the morning as soon as I wake up and (sometimes) it slowly gets better over the course of the day unless I have to go somewhere at night.


the most common symptoms I have are as follows, extreme nausea, vomiting, heart palpitations, irritability, loss of concentration/focus and general dread/fear about the rest of the day.

My worst panic attack was when I went over to my uncles house for dinner, one of my worst fears is eating around people. As the prayer before dinner was being said I felt like I was going to puke, it seemed like I could not get enough air and my chest was burning, I felt a need to escape but there was no way out, I was very dizzy, and almost passed out, luckily I was sitting down so I didn't, but I could not eat any of the food.

One otc med that has helped me is benadryl, when I take it before I go to bed I wake up and the anxiety is 5-10% of what it would be

it has really saved me.

So is taking benadryl before you go to bed every day safe?

What other otc or prescription meds should I look into, I am very weary of anti-anxiety/depressants

for there addictive nature.


What about beta blockers?

I'm looking for answers from people with anxiety that actually take meds for it.

thank you for all your answers.
Peter
 
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Anxiety Questions And Otc Cures?

Postby Kristofor » Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:38 pm

A hot bath in the morning often sets me up for a good day, when anxiety is a problem (Bipolar depression is my main problem, but I have anxiety along with that, including from PTSD)

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Therapists offer the best treatment for anxiety.
Therapy can cure or reduce anxiety disorders permanently, whereas medications only reduce anxiety temporarily. **It takes consistent effort over time to change destructive thinking patterns.** There are NO good quick fixes for anxiety, unfortunately.

Antidepressants are primarily placebo treatments, at least for depression (google "antidepressants kirsch" and ?antidepressants Ioannidis? 60 Minutes did a story on Kirsch this year).
Follow up studies find the same results.
Also, most antidepressants will wreck your sex life and drug withdrawal can be difficult.
In some people antidepressants increase anxiety and cause nightmares.


Benzos work only for a short time, and you get tolerance and then rebound anxiety when you try to stop, often worse than the original anxiety.
Addiction is an issue. Benzos commonly cause memory problems, depression and behavior problems, such as arguments or even aggression or suicide attempts.
Sleeping pills are similar.

Generic anxiety tips (print them out):

Turn the heat up in the house or dress more warmly. It is hard to feel anxiety when you are too warm.
Hot baths work, and at work/school, you can try running hot water over your hands.


Caffeine, cold remedies, antidepressants, stimulants like Adderall & other drugs can cause anxiety.
Birth control, blood pressure, acne, sleeping pills, antipsychotics & others can cause depression.

Try meditation like progressive muscle relaxation or guided imagery.
Get The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook by Edmund Bourne. The library probably has it. There are meditations in there, you could make a recording or get a friend to do it. There are many meditations at YouTube.
Download & convert to MP3 with RealPlayer, which is free.

Go out with friends, and if you don't have any, find a club to join and MAKE yourself go until you look forward to it. Laughing reduces anxiety.

Exercise at least 1/2 hour a day, and anytime you feel really anxious or depressed -research shows it is effective for most people.


"Sleep hygiene" : Go to bed and get up about the same time each day, even weekends. Don't use your bedroom to watch TV and read and use the computer -just use the room as a bedroom.
Don't do stuff that pumps you up right before bed, like exercising and using the computer.
The light from the computer screen or TV wakes you up if you use them right before bed.
Blue light is the big offender ? try using old- fashioned incandescent bulbs right before bed.
Make the bedroom very dark. Use a noise generator or recording ( wave sounds etc.) to cover up disturbing sounds.
Avoid caffeine in afternoon and evening.

Put colorful, happy things around the house, and let the sun in.
Make a list of things that make you happy. Part of my list: Bread fresh from the oven, fireworks popping on a warm summer evening, the crisp sound of a saltine cracker breaking, fresh sheets on the bed, etc. Read that list when you are down. I also use comforting scents, like Jergen's lotion, vanilla or cloves.


Cut back on responsibilities temporarily so you can spend more time with friends and family. ASK for help.
If there are people or situations that stress you , identify them and reduce them as possible.

Learn to breathe: Put your hand on your belly. Now breathe deep, and feel your belly move up & down. That is the right way. You are probably breathing up in your chest area, instead, and that makes you more anxious.
Now breathe slowly.
Do a mantra in your head innnnnn ouuuuut innnnnn ouuuuut while slowly breathing.
Focus on whatever 2 words you want as you breathe slowly.

Are you catastrophising, thinking of the WORST thing that could happen? Catch yourself doing this, then change your thinking to what is the MOST LIKELY thing to happen.


For phobias, panic can only last an hour or so ? you run out of adrenaline & start to calm down. So some fears, if you can ride them out & tolerate the fear for that hour, you will conquer the phobia. This approach is called exposure therapy.

Try free computerized Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at moodgym.anu.edu.au.
Some have found the Lucinda Bassett program effective.
It's often available used on Ebay. (be sure to get the workbooks, old versions on cassette tape are inexpensive).


**You have to work thru the program that you choose ? nobody else can fix you ? you must fix yourself, with tools that are taught to you.** Consider professional help.

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there is zero medical evidence for that toxins stuff. I grow most of my own food, and shoot deer and cook from scratch, get hormone free milk, store my food in glass containerse, and it made ZERO difference in my mental health.
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Postby Chozai » Thu Oct 05, 2017 3:52 pm

drugs seldom help at all, and seldom cure the problem.
"B" shortage, "D" shortage, and a buildup of toxins, are probably contributing causes.
Get more exercise, and a colon cleanse, THEN see how you feel.
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