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‘’ 1 day ago  
Start simple with some mindfulness exercises and talk to a professional. Try talk therapy first and not just take a pill to start.
 
‘’ 1 day ago  
MASTURBATE FURIOUSLY

Oh, and also the therapy thing eurotrader mentioned, that'll help too. Do that first.
 
‘’ 1 day ago  
Third vote for therapy.

If medication is called for, that's totally valid too.
 
‘’ 1 day ago  

eurotrader: Start simple with some mindfulness exercises and talk to a professional. Try talk therapy first and not just take a pill to start.


Mindfulness never helped me, but I agree with talking to a professional.  I'm not that kind of psychologist, but I do have an anxiety disorder. A lot is going to depend on what is triggering the anxiety reaction.  Having it triggered by specific things you're thinking about will probably require a different solution than if it comes out of nowhere with no clear cognitive component.  Social anxiety may be different than anxiety with public speaking, or anxiety triggered by leaving your home (especially during a pandemic).

It could also be related to diet (e.g., caffeine consumption) or medication you're on. I'm on Wellbutrin for depression, but a side effect is amping up my anxiety. A professional will know the right questions to ask.

Good luck, submitter.
 
‘’ 1 day ago  
100% cotton underclothes.

/practical, implementable solutions for immediate problems first.
 
‘’ 1 day ago  
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‘’ 1 day ago  

RodneyToady: eurotrader: Start simple with some mindfulness exercises and talk to a professional. Try talk therapy first and not just take a pill to start.

Mindfulness never helped me, but I agree with talking to a professional.  I'm not that kind of psychologist, but I do have an anxiety disorder. A lot is going to depend on what is triggering the anxiety reaction.  Having it triggered by specific things you're thinking about will probably require a different solution than if it comes out of nowhere with no clear cognitive component.  Social anxiety may be different than anxiety with public speaking, or anxiety triggered by leaving your home (especially during a pandemic).

It could also be related to diet (e.g., caffeine consumption) or medication you're on. I'm on Wellbutrin for depression, but a side effect is amping up my anxiety. A professional will know the right questions to ask.

Good luck, submitter.


My primary practice is with clients with PTSD. I have seen some long term positive from mindfulness exercises and a form of it is normally a start. Granted have seen some real positive outcomes from shinrin-yoku (forest bathing) and got certified for MDMA therapy a few years ago and seen 5 sessions be effective for years without additional follow up. Psychotropics are needed in some cases but they are wayyy over prescriped.
 
‘’ 1 day ago  
Exercise. Sounds counterintuitive, but it works. Even just walking for an extended period of time every day. It trains your body to expect the exercise as a release & not to go wild on its own.

Hot epsom salt baths work too. You're going to want to do them regularly, 3x a week, to kind of head off the buildup of stress/anxiety that leads to cold sweats.

As mentioned above, therapy/medication is an option in case you feel like you need help getting it under control.

Above all else, avoid alcohol. It momentarily alleviates the problem, but detoxing can actually increase your stress/anxiety (that's why the "Sunday scaries" are such a thing) and can lead to a cycle that is much, much worse and harder to pull out of.

The key is realizing what the underlying cause it. Understanding why it's happening is usually the first step towards getting it under control.
 
‘’ 1 day ago  
resign from the republican party
 
‘’ 1 day ago  

eurotrader: Start simple with some mindfulness exercises and talk to a professional. Try talk therapy first and not just take a pill to start.


I fully get what you're saying... I would add a different opinion though.  Talk therapy never did anything for me.  The only thing that has helped my anxiety has been medication.  So everyone is different.  For some... the best option is to find a psych that will work through lots of different meds.  Many of them get frustrated too and just stop trying new medications.

This is all anecdotal, and always will be... everyone is different.  For some, talk therapy is wonderful.  For others, a waste of time.
 
‘’ 1 day ago  

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Weed only makes me much much much much (4 much's!) more anxious.  It's horrible.  I tried, did not work for me.

/Not subby
//My anxiety is under control
/// -ish
 
‘’ 1 day ago  

RodneyToady: eurotrader: Start simple with some mindfulness exercises and talk to a professional. Try talk therapy first and not just take a pill to start.

Mindfulness never helped me, but I agree with talking to a professional.  I'm not that kind of psychologist, but I do have an anxiety disorder. A lot is going to depend on what is triggering the anxiety reaction.  Having it triggered by specific things you're thinking about will probably require a different solution than if it comes out of nowhere with no clear cognitive component.  Social anxiety may be different than anxiety with public speaking, or anxiety triggered by leaving your home (especially during a pandemic).

It could also be related to diet (e.g., caffeine consumption) or medication you're on. I'm on Wellbutrin for depression, but a side effect is amping up my anxiety. A professional will know the right questions to ask.

Good luck, submitter.


Very good mention that there are so many different types of anxiety.

I have a few, but not all of them.

My social anxiety is much different than my generalized anxiety which is different than financial anxiety.

Yeah, I sound like a mess.  But I'm not fully.
 
‘’ 1 day ago  
Have you considered taking up the banjo?
 
‘’ 1 day ago  

eurotrader: My primary practice is with clients with PTSD. I have seen some long term positive from mindfulness exercises and a form of it is normally a start. Granted have seen some real positive outcomes from shinrin-yoku (forest bathing) and got certified for MDMA therapy a few years ago and seen 5 sessions be effective for years without additional follow up. Psychotropics are needed in some cases but they are wayyy over prescriped.


I have no doubt.  I've seen mindfulness help quite a few people.  I just happen to not be one of them.  Just like for my depression, cognitive behavioral therapy isn't very useful, but has been beneficial to quite a few people.

My concern in this particular instance is if someone isn't looking in the right places, there's a huge overlap between "mindfulness" and "woo-woo."  One wrong turn and suddenly the step after "mindfulness" is "re-balancing your chakras."  Plus with anxiety, if "mindfulness" in isolation doesn't help, a particular kind of anxious mind may think "damn, this didn't work... I must *really* be in bad shape," creating a new thing to be anxious about.  Mindfulness exercises directed by a good therapist could work wonders though.
 
‘’ 1 day ago  
What is the root of your anxiety? If the answer is "everything" then you need to pick one thing and work on not minimizing how much you let that thing have power over you. Get professional help if its available to you, if not try following along with some beginner yoga routines on youtube for a few weeks or develop a routine of starting your day with some basic exercises like sit-ups, push-ups, etc. You are only powerless if you convince yourself that you are powerless to improve yourself.
 
‘’ 1 day ago  
Fark anxiety.

I'd rather have a panic attack, tbh. It's over in 5 min. Anxiety just digs in and eats away.

I hope you find a solution.
 
‘’ 1 day ago  

downstairs: eurotrader: Start simple with some mindfulness exercises and talk to a professional. Try talk therapy first and not just take a pill to start.

I fully get what you're saying... I would add a different opinion though.  Talk therapy never did anything for me.  The only thing that has helped my anxiety has been medication.  So everyone is different.  For some... the best option is to find a psych that will work through lots of different meds.  Many of them get frustrated too and just stop trying new medications.

This is all anecdotal, and always will be... everyone is different.  For some, talk therapy is wonderful.  For others, a waste of time.


Sorry to hear you never found a good therapist to use talk therapy. The biggest problem with psych drugs is no one has any idea on how they actually work besides evidence they change brain chemistry and simply stacking new ones on top of old ones without a period of flushing out is a horrible practice. The fact pills are advertised to address harmful to quality of life side effects of psych drugs is considered unethical and illegal everywhere in the world except the US.  Meds should be the last line of treatment and only used for short periods of time with the aim to eliminate the need.
 
‘’ 1 day ago  

eurotrader: downstairs: eurotrader: Start simple with some mindfulness exercises and talk to a professional. Try talk therapy first and not just take a pill to start.

I fully get what you're saying... I would add a different opinion though.  Talk therapy never did anything for me.  The only thing that has helped my anxiety has been medication.  So everyone is different.  For some... the best option is to find a psych that will work through lots of different meds.  Many of them get frustrated too and just stop trying new medications.

This is all anecdotal, and always will be... everyone is different.  For some, talk therapy is wonderful.  For others, a waste of time.

Sorry to hear you never found a good therapist to use talk therapy. The biggest problem with psych drugs is no one has any idea on how they actually work besides evidence they change brain chemistry and simply stacking new ones on top of old ones without a period of flushing out is a horrible practice. The fact pills are advertised to address harmful to quality of life side effects of psych drugs is considered unethical and illegal everywhere in the world except the US.  Meds should be the last line of treatment and only used for short periods of time with the aim to eliminate the need.


Oh don't get me wrong, meds were the last line of treatment.  My anxiety was around 8-9 / 10.  And that's no hyperbole.  I have meds that have worked for years without any adjustment.  So I believe they can work, long term, for some people.  Again, though, everyone is different.
 
‘’ 1 day ago  

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I think that's the DSM classification of being unable to click "Add Comment" for fear of spelling or grammar mistakes, or that the link that was included accidentally turns into another "pickle incident."
 
‘’ 1 day ago  

RodneyToady: Squid_for_Brains: Fark anxiety.


I think that's the DSM classification of being unable to click "Add Comment" for fear of spelling or grammar mistakes, or that the link that was included accidentally turns into another "pickle incident."


Luckily I have a solution for that.

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Hell, I'll forget I even posted.
 
‘’ 1 day ago  

downstairs: eurotrader: downstairs: eurotrader: Start simple with some mindfulness exercises and talk to a professional. Try talk therapy first and not just take a pill to start.

I fully get what you're saying... I would add a different opinion though.  Talk therapy never did anything for me.  The only thing that has helped my anxiety has been medication.  So everyone is different.  For some... the best option is to find a psych that will work through lots of different meds.  Many of them get frustrated too and just stop trying new medications.

This is all anecdotal, and always will be... everyone is different.  For some, talk therapy is wonderful.  For others, a waste of time.

Sorry to hear you never found a good therapist to use talk therapy. The biggest problem with psych drugs is no one has any idea on how they actually work besides evidence they change brain chemistry and simply stacking new ones on top of old ones without a period of flushing out is a horrible practice. The fact pills are advertised to address harmful to quality of life side effects of psych drugs is considered unethical and illegal everywhere in the world except the US.  Meds should be the last line of treatment and only used for short periods of time with the aim to eliminate the need.

Oh don't get me wrong, meds were the last line of treatment.  My anxiety was around 8-9 / 10.  And that's no hyperbole.  I have meds that have worked for years without any adjustment.  So I believe they can work, long term, for some people.  Again, though, everyone is different.


I understand. I have also seen the best long term treatment for positive quality of life for people with symptoms of schizophrenia is talk therapy. The US mindset is that a pill is the answer to happiness is engrained and for psychiatrists prescription drug management and issuing makes 4xs as much money a year than actually doing therapy. Insurance companies are also big fans for just handing out pills instead of treatment.

/GPs prescriptions for psych meds is unethical and needs to be banned
 
‘’ 1 day ago  

eurotrader: /GPs prescriptions for psych meds is unethical and needs to be banned


I had a GP that used to hand out Xanax like candy...

He was scheevy.  Not only because of that.  Also a major Jesus dude who would push that sort of thing on you.  Along with the Xanax that is.
 
‘’ 1 day ago  

eurotrader: /GPs prescriptions for psych meds is unethical and needs to be banned


YES!  A thousand times yes!

And I'd explicitly include not having GPs "take over" existing psych med prescriptions from psychiatrists.  For some reason, a lot of them think the problem of "my psych meds don't seem to be working anymore" is simply solved with "ok, let's increase your dosage."
 
‘’ 1 day ago  
Stop having anxiety.
 
‘’ 1 day ago  
Alright,Subby, just listen. Everything is going to be fine. You're very anxious right now. You will probably be that way for five more hours. Try taking some Vitamin B complex, Vitamin C complex. if you have beer, go ahead and drink it.

Just remember you're a living organism on this planet, and you're very safe. Relax, stay inside, and listen to some music. Do you have any Allman Brothers?
 
‘’ 1 day ago  

eurotrader: /GPs prescriptions for psych meds is unethical and needs to be banned


I agree with this in principle but there is a serious shortage of psychiatrists. And folks without insurance sometimes can't afford them.  So as a practical matter, a GP prescribing may be better than not have a prescription at all.
 
‘’ 1 day ago  
So ive had anxiety since i was a wee lad. Diagnosed with GAD in my late 20's.
I've done 5 years of daily one on one and group therapy. I find CBT can really help alleviate the symptoms of depression and anxiety.
I've been on many different meds(citalopram, effexor, seroquil, effexor + seroquil, and a few others) I've been on escitalopram for about 7 years, and it has been great for me.
I avoid benzos at all costs. I do not like them. They are too good.
i've been getting the worst cold sweats recently. i started a new job after a long break for covid, so i figured that was causing the jitters. I've faced all the unknown fears at work and usually by now i'd be ok. I'm not. I'm sweating so much during the night that by morning the bed and couch are too damp to use and there is a pool of sweat of the floor where i ended up sleeping.
i figured i may have caught covid. I got tested and came back negative. now I think it's just serious anxiety.

Not sure what to do at this point. I can't work like this. Not for long. I'm changing all my clothes 3-4 times in a day. On the days i work outside I end up hypothermic and dangerously dehydrated.
I'm getting farking sick of it
 
‘’ 1 day ago  
Figure out what's causing the problem. If it's a tough decision that's weighing on you (my cause for them), talk it out with someone. In the meanwhile, sleep wrapped in a bath sheet. Makes it easy to swap it out for another.
 
‘’ 1 day ago  
Switch to a mostly carnivore and carb diet.

The meat sweats can fight it out with those cold sweats, and in the meantime you'll feel like you're in a relaxing Jacuzzi.
 
‘’ 1 day ago  
Ask your doctor if replacing your anxiety with James Brown may be right for you.

James Brown - "Cold Sweat" (part 1 & 2)
Youtube 8bztE5IbQOo
 
‘’ 1 day ago  
Wear black shirts.
 
‘’ 1 day ago  
Depends on the cause.  Some people say weed, but weed increases my anxiety.

I have had a rough couple days recently as the flu depleted my body and knocked my brain chemistry out of whack.  Then I got food poisoning and I couldn't tell if I was having panic-induced sweat and nausea or nausea-induced panic and sweats.

Once the nausea passed, I started trying to get back into meditating, taking time to relax as best I can and made an appointment with my doctor to check my meds and such.

Good luck.  It sucks, but there are a lot of us pulling for you.
 
‘’ 1 day ago  

Gramma: eurotrader: /GPs prescriptions for psych meds is unethical and needs to be banned

I agree with this in principle but there is a serious shortage of psychiatrists. And folks without insurance sometimes can't afford them.  So as a practical matter, a GP prescribing may be better than not have a prescription at all.


Not to mention the times someone's prescription runs out and getting a GP to refill it in a crisis is easier that getting hold of a psychiatrist.
 
‘’ 1 day ago  

Gramma: eurotrader: /GPs prescriptions for psych meds is unethical and needs to be banned

I agree with this in principle but there is a serious shortage of psychiatrists. And folks without insurance sometimes can't afford them.  So as a practical matter, a GP prescribing may be better than not have a prescription at all.


Just having random Docs without any training or understanding of the issues and just having a patient tell them what they want is a horrible idea.  PMHNP (advance practice RNs can write scripts) and cover some of the gaps from a lack of available psychiatrists. Some times nothing is much better than something. It boils down to having good professional ethics or not as a health care professional. Acting outside of scope of practice and knowledge is unethical.
 
‘’ 1 day ago  

King Something: MASTURBATE FURIOUSLY

Oh, and also the therapy thing eurotrader mentioned, that'll help too. Do that first.


Do them both at the same time and they'll give you better drugs.
 
‘’ 1 day ago  
It's not common, but you might look into food allergies. I have some, and they cause insomnia (which doesn't help anxiety) but also seem to mess with my internal temperature regulation. Some of the times I can't sleep I feel like I'm burning up under the covers, even though it's the same temperature it always is.
 
‘’ 1 day ago  

Telephone Sanitizer Second Class: Ask your doctor if replacing your anxiety with James Brown may be right for you.

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Came here for this.
 
‘’ 1 day ago  

eurotrader: Gramma: eurotrader: /GPs prescriptions for psych meds is unethical and needs to be banned

I agree with this in principle but there is a serious shortage of psychiatrists. And folks without insurance sometimes can't afford them.  So as a practical matter, a GP prescribing may be better than not have a prescription at all.

Just having random Docs without any training or understanding of the issues and just having a patient tell them what they want is a horrible idea.  PMHNP (advance practice RNs can write scripts) and cover some of the gaps from a lack of available psychiatrists. Some times nothing is much better than something. It boils down to having good professional ethics or not as a health care professional. Acting outside of scope of practice and knowledge is unethical.


And sometimes something is better than nothing.
One of my daughters went through a period of time where she was psychotic with homicidal ideation. Our family doc prescribed something to keep her calm until we could get her committed. It wasn't something that actually helped the mental illness, but it did keep her from hurting someone for the 3 days it took to get her hospitalized.
 
‘’ 1 day ago  

Gramma: eurotrader: Gramma: eurotrader: /GPs prescriptions for psych meds is unethical and needs to be banned

I agree with this in principle but there is a serious shortage of psychiatrists. And folks without insurance sometimes can't afford them.  So as a practical matter, a GP prescribing may be better than not have a prescription at all.

Just having random Docs without any training or understanding of the issues and just having a patient tell them what they want is a horrible idea.  PMHNP (advance practice RNs can write scripts) and cover some of the gaps from a lack of available psychiatrists. Some times nothing is much better than something. It boils down to having good professional ethics or not as a health care professional. Acting outside of scope of practice and knowledge is unethical.

And sometimes something is better than nothing.
One of my daughters went through a period of time where she was psychotic with homicidal ideation. Our family doc prescribed something to keep her calm until we could get her committed. It wasn't something that actually helped the mental illness, but it did keep her from hurting someone for the 3 days it took to get her hospitalized.


A GP prescribing a sedative is in their scope. Old school diazepam or Lorazepam as short treatment is reasonable.  The problem comes with psychotropics and GPs.
 
‘’ 1 day ago  

neongoats: Stop having anxiety.


Bob Newhart - "STOP IT!"
Youtube 4BjKS1-vjPs
 
‘’ 1 day ago  
Warm water.  Immerse yourself in it.

Whatever you got.  Bathtub?  Shower?  Hot tub?  Swimming pool?  Get in it.  Ideally, float.  On some level your body remembers the womb and returning to it helps.
 
‘’ 1 day ago  
A lot of good advice here but wanted to mention read Claire Weekes. She was really amazing, an anxiety sufferer who became a therapist, considered the forerunner of cbt. Her books are great and so is the audio stuff on youtube.
 
‘’ 1 day ago  
LOL FFS.
Went to the Dr just to be sure that I get a professional's opinion. He doesn't think it's my anxiety. Haha next question was "does cancer run in your family?"

Things not to ask the anxious.
Especially adopted anxious people who have no information on their medical background.
 
‘’ 1 day ago  
It's not a permanent fix, but in the event that you haven't already tried it, careful application of baby powder might help a bit to combat the sweat, if not the cause of it.
 
‘’ 1 day ago  
If it helps you to relax, Subby, rest assured its very unlikely anybody will go looking for the bodies that deep in the desert.

But if you have another specific reason for anxiety, it may not help but maybe consider: in the big scheme of things, will there be anybody that gives a flying fark about this 100 years from now? No? Then little reason for it to worry you now.

Anecdotally, Ill add my vote that that weed can cause anxiety for some.
 
‘’ 1 day ago  
For the short term, talk to a doctor about medication to stop panic attacks.

For the long term, focus on therapy and lifestyle. For the latter, these things can help a lot:

Exercise regularly (especially cardio like jogging)
Eat well (unprocessed, healthy food)
Cut down or stop smoking (it's a stimulant)
Cut down or stop drinking (your body creates anxiety as a by-product of processing out alcohol)
 
‘’ 1 day ago  
Botox.
 
‘’ 18 hours ago  
Research shows combination therapy works the best - meds and therapist.  Many meds take 4-6 weeks to take effect so that's when you'd consider increasing.  Don't expect it to cure you on day 1 ... or ever.  The goal is better, not perfect.
 
‘’ 18 hours ago  

RodneyToady: eurotrader: /GPs prescriptions for psych meds is unethical and needs to be banned

YES!  A thousand times yes!

And I'd explicitly include not having GPs "take over" existing psych med prescriptions from psychiatrists.  For some reason, a lot of them think the problem of "my psych meds don't seem to be working anymore" is simply solved with "ok, let's increase your dosage."


Where I live there's a 6-9 month waiting list to see a psychiatrist and they almost all only take private insurance.  Banning GPS from prescribing the basic psych meds is going to make that wait a lot longer.  You sure that's the right solution here?

Medication dosing is about balancing benefits with side effects.  Yes, you can keep increasing the dose if it's not working... as long as the side effects don't outweigh the gains.

I think part of the problem is the expectations of the meds from the patient.  Many are worried they will become mindless zombies but hope it will fix everything.  They don't.  You still get highs and lows.  The goal is to make the lows less low.  If your kid dies while you're on Prozac you're still gonna feel like shiat.
 
‘’ 18 hours ago  

SumoJeb: LOL FFS.
Went to the Dr just to be sure that I get a professional's opinion. He doesn't think it's my anxiety. Haha next question was "does cancer run in your family?"

Things not to ask the anxious.
Especially adopted anxious people who have no information on their medical background.


The symptoms of anxiety include your heart racing/palpitations, your blood pressure going up, sweating and the associated feeling.  The reason those things happen is due to a hormone mediated stress response.  Cancers, such as thyroid cancer may flood your body with high levels of that stress hormone causing those exact same symptoms.  The test is a simple blood draw to check those hormone levels.  Other things like illicit drugs, caffeine, alcohol withdrawal can similarly cause the same symptoms. Thus, to any doctor who cares about you anxiety is a diagnosis of exclusion.  Anxiety certainly might be by far most likely but it would be poor form to cover up your symptoms with meds and ignore it if it's curable.  And in a lawsuit happy country it would be stupid of the doc to not rule it out first too.
 
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