On 27 Apr 2017 at 6:17pm Lewes Loon wrote:
I have been blighted with anxiety since childhood. Did well at school (Priory) but was very miserable there and it basically carried on through my adult life. Have decided that enough is enough and I want to beat it. But how? Have taken SSRIs before which help but are not a long term solution. Anyone had any experience of beating it?
On 27 Apr 2017 at 6:39pm Fellow sufferer wrote:
Yes ,I beat many years of chronic anxiety with a combination of psychotherapy and EMDR. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR, is a powerful new psychotherapy technique which has been very successful in helping people who suffer from trauma, anxiety, panic, disturbing memories, post traumatic stress and many other emotional problems. Until recently, these conditions were difficult and time-consuming to treat. EMDR is considered a breakthrough therapy because of its simplicity and the fact that it can bring quick and lasting relief for most types of emotional distress.
EMDR is the most effective and rapid method for healing PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) as shown by extensive scientific research studies.
The EMDR therapy uses bilateral stimulation, right/left eye movement, or tactile stimulation, which repeatly activates the opposite sides of the brain, releasing emotional experiences that are "trapped" in the nervous system. This assists the neurophysiological system, the basis of the mind/body connection, to free itself of blockages and reconnect itself.
As troubling images and feelings are processed by the brain via the eye-movement patterns of EMDR, resolution of the issues and a more peaceful state are achieved.
How Does It Work?
The therapist works gently with the client and asks him/her to revisit the traumatic moment or incident, recalling feelings surrounding the experience, as well as any negative thoughts, feelings and memories. The therapist then holds her fingers about eighteen inches from the clients face and begins to move them back and forth like a windshield wiper. The client tracks the movements as if watching ping pong. The more intensely the client focuses on the memory, the easier it becomes for the memory to come to life. As quick and vibrant images arise during the therapy session, they are processed by the eye movements, resulting in painful feelings being exchanged for more peaceful, loving and resolved feelings.
What are the Symptoms that can be helped by EMDR?
High anxiety and lack of motivation
Memories of a traumatic experience
Fear of being alone
Unrealistic feelings of guilt and shame
Fear of being alone
Difficulty in trusting others
Good luck Find a good therapist. IT DOES WORK.
Check it out here »
On 27 Apr 2017 at 6:43pm Fellow sufferer wrote:
The link is to a US site ,there are several practitioners here in the UK.you might contact the Westminster Pastoral Foundation for a list of practitioners
On 27 Apr 2017 at 6:47pm Pedro wrote:
I hear they have had successful results on treating anxiety, depression and PTSD with LSD, as well as magic mushrooms and ecstasy.
Don't get too excited though, I'm sure they won't be available on medical prescription therapies any time soon. Unfortunate, due to decades of misinformation campaigns and fear-mongering because some people happen to enjoy these substances recreationally, and we all know that fun and an open mind is evil and criminal.
Check it out here »
On 27 Apr 2017 at 6:48pm Mark wrote:
EMDR is a very intensive form of therapy that can work for victims of major trauma. Might not be appropriate for the OP. Why not start by considering something a bit less drastic? Google "Health in Mind". Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.
On 27 Apr 2017 at 7:07pm South Downs wrote:
I wish that I could tell you that there's a magic bullet, but at 53 I still haven't found it. All I can say is that I feel more in control than I did at 18, because I have a better idea of how the world works. I also know from experience that the worst doesn't usually happen. But I haven't conquered it. I tried EMDR, but whether it helped or not I can't tell. All I can say is, from my experience, try to keep busy and distracted. A drink with friends or a day out somewhere nice can help to get rid of those aches, pains and thoughts of doom. And remember how brave you are for just getting out there and carrying on.
On 27 Apr 2017 at 7:09pm Jane S wrote:
@Mark is right about Health In Mind - your GP can refer you, on the NHS, and you get a series of phone or face-to-face sessions; they initially agree with you what type of psychological therapy you feel would suit (e.g. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy), and then have for example a weekly hour-long phone-call or meeting; initially 6 weeks, I think, but you can call the shots about what type of help you feel you need and how long you need it for. Do try it - it's free, and it's non-judgmental/ non-scary, and no-one's going to chase you if you stop. Good luck
On 27 Apr 2017 at 8:39pm We'vehadourfun wrote:
Have a look at CBD oil. CBD brothers are very helpful if you email them direct. Google them. Helping me with knock on problems from severe tinnitus. Good luck
On 27 Apr 2017 at 8:59pm FFS! wrote:
On 27 Apr 2017 at 9:13pm Lewes Loon wrote:
Thanks for some of the suggestions.
Might give the illegal drugs a miss though. I have enough problems already.
On 27 Apr 2017 at 9:20pm We'vehadourfun wrote:
FfS. Not sure what has provoked that! Look into it and read some of the conversations on the site. Care to explain your aggression?
On 28 Apr 2017 at 9:02am Pedro wrote:
CBD Oil (that we'vehadourfun suggested) isn't illegal to purchase, and you can get it in shops like Holland & Barrett. CBD (cannabidiol) is an active ingredient found in the cannabis plant, and quite a powerful therapeutic substance and harmless. The CBD oils you buy in shops won't contain THC aka Tetrahydrocannabinol (which is the fun bit in Cannabis) so you won't feel or get stoned.
LSD, Magic mushrooms and Ecstasy are of course illegal to purchase though, if thats what you meant.
On 28 Apr 2017 at 9:10am voter wrote:
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On 28 Apr 2017 at 8:41pm Hi there wrote:
Have you been tested for thyroid issues and vitamin D deficiency?
I've been on anti depressants for 20 years - recently a change in GP highlighted in have both the above - both are linked to anxiety and depression.
On 2 May 2017 at 6:15pm ClarifiedButler wrote:
Can't recommend the Headspace meditation app highly enough.
On 4 May 2017 at 11:44pm Staniel wrote:
Mindfulness courses helped me tremendously. Available from the NHS through GP referral. Central to this was self-acceptance, not judging myself for my anxiety and learning not to be anxious about being anxious. I also get a lot of benefit from ASMR videos on YouTube, both for anxiety and other types of distress. Some people find them too weird but, listened to through headphones, they help me to relax or sleep when my thoughts aren't helping me. Best wishes to you for finding something that helps.