Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00

Overcoming Addictions and Anxiety

Getting over an addition can come with associated side effects such as feelings of anxiety. You may need to address the anxiety first before you think about full recovery from addition since the emotions can be overwhelmingly powerful. Overcoming them depends on their severity. Some likely anxiety disorders include panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive and post-traumatic stress disorders. Learning anxiety management techniques and treating the disorder can help you to overcome addictions brought by anxiety.

Make an appointment with a psychiatrist to establish the cause

Professional help is a major constituent to sustaining and establishing recovery as it leads to a suitable course of action. It helps you to deal with anxiety as you continue using a substance. However, the kind of professional help you seek should depend on your level of anxiety and addiction.

Take your medicine precisely as prescribed

These anti-anxiety medications are prescribed by a psychiatrist if found necessary. Generally, these medications provide an effective way to overcome addictions brought by anxiety. They help patients to deal with their responses to anxiety and to attain stability in their brain chemistry. Caution should however be taken when using these drugs. For instance, avoid using medications that have not been described or that may lead to addiction.

Take part in therapy with either a group or one on one

This will assist you in identifying your exact stressors. You will also get to hear from other people how their addiction has had an impact on their lives together with the strategies they have employed to manage emotions while sustaining recovery. Alternatively, join drug rehabilitation facilities to get over coexisting problems of addiction and mental illness. Make sure the facility handles clients with both panic disorder and addiction. However, your type of panic disorder can hinder a patient's recovery goals in rehabilitation.

Take some time to wind up by engaging in a hobby

This reduces stress leading to lessened anxiety attacks. As an alternative, do some light exercises such as jogging or swimming as they discourage body production of harmful chemicals such as cortosol that contribute to depression and stress. Apart from increasing your stamina, energy and strength, exercises will also enhance your self-esteem and confidence. Once this happens, your depression will be significantly reduced.

Inquire from your doctor the lifestyle changes that will help you deal with your specific panic disorder

Likely suggestions may include exercising, drinking less caffeine and getting regular sleep and avoiding enablers of addicts in your life. Selection should primarily depend on what suits your needs best. Additionally, practice relaxation techniques such as yoga and aromatherapy. They can significantly relax your mind as a result reducing anxiety.

Published in Therapists Blog
Sunday, 02 February 2014 00:04

2/1/14- My first day

I am so tired of worrying all day every day. Today wasn't as bad as the others but still not good. I am so paralyzed by the fear of something being wrong with me that I just stand back and watch as happy people live their lives without a care in the world. Today it was the fact that I have rough dry patches of skin, occuring genetically, but I of course see it as a problem with my thyroid. I also have headaches. Being the rational person I am, I was seeing it as a tumor or the all dreaded big C. I want so badly for their to be nothing wrong that I am wasting my days sitting on google and aging substantially. My face and body breaking out. I have so many aches and pains, but not because I'm sick, but because I do nothing but panic alll day. I've had anxiety since a very young age. Thinking that something bad will happen if I thought it, or even said it. I found solice in knocking on wood and chanting.  I still find solice in my old ripped up Winnie the Pooh pillow that I got when I was 3. It has been here with me through all of my hard times and fears, not that my family hasn't been but I feel like they don't truly understand how hard it is to be me. To be this person who is crippled by fear from the time she wakes up ,to the time she goes to bed. I'm crying as I right this. Nobody but my family knows the extent of my OCD/ Anxiety and Hypochrondia.I find it hard to share this personal information with all of you, but since this is a place full of people like me, I feel okay, slightly nervous, but okay.

Published in Diary
Monday, 30 September 2013 01:33

Too young to suffer

This is my first entry, so I suppose I'll do a bit of an introduction, as well as a summary of my current state of anxiety. The reason my title is too young to suffer is because I am 22 years old and I have so much anxiety in my life, I can't get over it. It was first noted by doctors when I was 3 that I had OCD tendencies so I guess I was born this way. I've had very differing levels of anxiety and panic throughout my life. Middle school was awful (but then again, when isn't middle school awful!?). High school was great. My first year of college was a bit of a bump-but only because my roommate told everyone I was crazy and had panic disorder (this quickly blew over when everyone realized she was the crazy one...). I succeeded amazingly in college, even with a job and an internship. I have never had any problem meeting and maintaining friendships, I've been in one long-term romantic relationships, and a lot of dates since then. So I often say...if this life were given to anyone else (without all this anxiety, panic, OCD thought pattern...) they would be monumentally happy. And don't get me wrong-I have been very happy, but it's times like now when I wonder how I could be happy without a happy pill. 


My doctor recently cut off my panic medication, and I readily agreed to it. I was beaming from college graduation and ready to greet the world with open arms. I hadn't had a panic attack in years and figured I was ready to go off of it-I just had gone through major life changes, 2 surgeries, been diagnosed with chronic migraine...yea I could do this. The withrawal was interesting, but nothing I couldn't handle. I did fine, no panic, low anxiety. That is, until I started my new job. My chest has not loosened since I started my new job. The lump in my throat has not disappeared. My chronic migraine is pretty bad since I started my new job. Part of the reason things are rough is because I'm living with my parents and my mentally challenged brother. I love my family, but they don't totally have healthy ways of living (I mean mentally-the house is a mess, they procrastinate, don't communicate well). And this has increased my anxiety like you wouldn't believe. I'm still dirt poor so there's no way I can move out anytime soon. I'm paranoid about work-about messing up, making a mistake and getting fired. I know somewhere there is the person (the real me!) who is confident, vibrant, pain-free, worry-free, and ready to give to the world, but I cannot get through this wall. Even relaxation techniques are a bust. Also, note that I am on a high level of anti-depressant for the OCD, and this is the only one that doesn't cause me to have seizures. Yes...I am only 22, tell me about it!

Published in Diary
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