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What can I do to control my anxiety (pills/therapy did not help?

I took prescribed pills for severe anxiety and depression for a year and I was okay for a while but I have come back into my same patterns. I fear of falling into another deep depression and never leaving my room again! What can I do?
Category: Anxiety 6 years ago
Angel Sierra
Asked 6 years ago

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Hello. Pills do not help, at least for me. The problems are back once you stop using them. I think you should describe more of what you're feeling,the symptoms you have so we can help you. I also recommend you try calming yourself,talking to yourself if necessary,because many of us do. Try yoga, meditation, try different things instead of pills. Many people have the same problems as you,you're not alone,so there's no need to be afraid. :)
Isabelleee13
Answered 6 years ago
Isabelleee13

Angel, Sorry to hear that you had a relapse. That's a tough thing. Could you see a therapist again? They could give you some coping techniques that may be more helpful than the pills. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has been helpful for me. I've heard Exposure therapy has a high success rate, also. I would recommend a book called "Depression the Way out" by neil nedly. I got it, and it's been helpful for me. They have symptoms, treatment options, suggestions of coping techniques, and help you identify what's at the core of your anxiety and depression. I don't blame you for being scared of falling into another depression. I worry about it too. I think it's very normal. For me, exersice has been like a natural antidepressants. Although I am on antidepressants, and they have not helped, if I do not exersice I feel blue and depressed. I've heard cardivascular excersice can worsen anxiety sometimes, though that has not been the case for me. If that's the case, there are other forms of excersice to try. Please take caution though if you've been diagnosed with anorexia or don't eat much and have lost a lot of weight! Peppermint tea has also really helped me, all though I would take it with caution as I've felt really down after taking it. I think though that it was not the tea itself but the type of anxiety/depression that I'm dealing with. I hope that can help. I'm not a pro, but I like to share my experience and what has helped me.
girl4hope
Answered 6 years ago
girl4hope

Oops, typo, I accidentally said the antidepressants did not help!! The first one didn't but the second one has helped made a huge difference! However I believe that exersice and reaching out to friends and mentors has also been a huge part of my recovery.
girl4hope
Answered 6 years ago
girl4hope

I was in a similar situation a few months back. For me it really helped to find something I was really passionate about and loved doing. In my case it was writing. I think having something to escape to can be really helpful and can give you time to calm down and take your mind off being stressed. Another thing that helped me was spending time with friends. Even when all I wanted to do was stay home I would force myself out and it made me feel 100x better. And lastly making sure you just get up every morning. It can be difficult to get out of bed if you're feeling really depressed but it's important that you do because it will help you so so much. Having something to look forward to each day can also make it easier as well. Good luck x
Charly_Kate33
Answered 6 years ago
Charly_Kate33

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