Friday, 18 April 2014 16:42

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
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 19:42

Anxiety level

It is really a weird thing, but today is much better than any in the last 4 weeks. 

Published in Diary
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 18:22

Anxiety Judo

In the movies, there is usually a "good guy" and a "bad guy". Usually the good guy starts off appearing really strong. Then as the plot progresses, the bad guy increases in strength until the point comes where he seems utterly invincible. But in the end, that strength is always revealed to be nothing but a house of cards. The fight may be epic, but the good guy always wins. Usually the seemingly strong foe has a simple weakness that the good guy able to exploit rather easily once he figures it out. This is a lot like anxiety.

It shouldn't be a surprise that the bad guy in this analogy is anxiety, and the good guy is you, the person struggling with anxiety. Anxiety usually comes on small, with just a little nervousness that can be easily dismissed as nothing to worry about. With time, though, it increases in it's intensity until it engulfs your life and your situation seems absolutely hopeless. The important thing to realize is that you are the good guy, and the good guy always wins in the end. The strength that you possess may not seem like a lot, but you have one major thing going for you. Your strength is real. It is grounded within you and cannot be taken away.

The strength of your anxiety or panic may seem overwhelming. But it's not real. It's a house of cards that be blown away with the same breath that you'd use to blow out birthday candles on a cake. It's not real because anxiety has no real power. It relies 100% on YOUR power to fuel it's attacks. Anxiety comes totally from within. It's your brain, and your mind, and your body that are being used against you to cause you to panic. Once you realize this and you see the anxiety for the house of cards that it really is, all you have to do is blow and you'll watch it fall.

It's a lot like Judo. Judo is a form of martial arts that focuses on using an opponents strength against them. You don't have to be strong to practice judo. Instead, you simply rely on the strength of your opponent. You just have to predict how your opponent is going to use their strength and divert it so that their own strength is used against them. This is what anxiety and panic are doing to you. They have no real strength of their own, so they trick you into using the considerable strength that you have on yourself. The harder you try to fight your panic, the more the panic wins and the worse your panic attack becomes. The winning strategy is to not play into what anxiety is leading you to do. It's predicting your attack, and it's waiting and ready to knock you on your back. All you have to do is what it does not expect: accept it. It will have no counter for this. This is much like instead of attacking when it is goading you, just put down your weapons and stand there. Realize that it is unable to attack you on it's own, because it lacks strength. If you stand there and wait, it will go away.

If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself but to your own estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment. 
                        -Marcus Aelius Aurelius

Published in Diary
Page 1 of 38