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So has CBT worked for you? For anxiety or something else?
Meh, I'm still working on it. I really just started. It's tough to think of those things in the moment. It does work if you work hard at it and it becomes almost a natural habit.

I figure I have till I die to work it out. Some things just take time and we get better at them as we go.

It's for multiple things like depression, anxiety and a few others I've forgotten. If you read the link it explains it better than I can. I told my counselor it's normal for me to be more enthusiastic as I see myself accomplishing things and my life gets better. She almost threw in the towel, I think, when she heard that.

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Meh, I'm still working on it. I really just started. It's tough to think of those things in the moment. It does work if you work hard at it and it becomes almost a natural habit.

I figure I have till I die to work it out. Some things just take time and we get better at them as we go.

It's for multiple things like depression, anxiety and a few others I've forgotten. If you read the link it explains it better than I can. I told my counselor it's normal for me to be more enthusiastic as I see myself accomplishing things and my life gets better. She almost threw in the towel, I think, when she heard that.

Nah, I don't know. I'm kidding about her.
Thanks. I just downloaded "How to Fall Out of Love" by Dr. Debora Phillips. The book mentions using CBT/BT to overcome anxiety. In this book's case, how to fall out of love with someone, which is the major source of my anxiety. I will let you know if it works.
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Thanks. I just downloaded "How to Fall Out of Love" by Dr. Debora Phillips. The book mentions using CBT/BT to overcome anxiety. In this book's case, how to fall out of love with someone, which is the major source of my anxiety. I will let you know if it works.
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Thanks Annie, for being understanding.

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Thanks Annie, for being understanding.

I'm actually feeling a lot better Thanks for the posts, suggestions and support, it means a lot!
Let's keep the thread going with new suggestions, stories etc. It might help others too
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I have found ways to "talk myself out" of a full blown anxiety attack.
I tend to have to go to a quiet room and start breathing deeply.
I do yoga and find that incredibly beneficial...the gym also helps.
There are lots of good work books out there that can teach you breathing techniques and coping mechanisms.
Some will work for you and some will not.
I have anxiety...I keep it fairly controlled.
There are times if things get stressful at home and then at work I can feel myself start to spiral. You will get to know the signs and signals and be able to almost see it coming. At least in my case that's how it is.
Eating well is also a huge help in keeping it under control.
I've noticed if I've had a bad week eating crap then I tend to notice anxiety more so in a situation than if I had stayed "clean eating".

I use lorazepam..which I don't take often. What I really need is a sleeping pill as maintaining a healthy sleep cycle is incredibly important for coping.
Smart to get the melatonin..I can't as I have small kids and God forbid my H gets up with them. But that's a whole other story.

Hope things get better for you Annie...talk to your doctor. They will steer you in the right direction. You might notice this feeling only happens a few times your lifetime or this might be the trigger for you.





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work out till you drop every other day
Meditate 20 minutes everyday
If you are reading this then the power is still on. All is well with the world at this moment. Enjoy it
And relax
Now is not the time to panic

Panic when the power goes off

I know. Been watching too much Walking Dead on the tv

Sometimes you have to put things in perspective
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Interesting article, and perspective, Annie. Thought you might like to see it.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog...s-not-diseases

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As I read further in that blog, I realized he got some criticism for his opinions. He gave a rebuttal to those critics.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog...and-depression

This was more interesting than I thought it was going to be.

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So I saw my doctor today and I filled out the depression questionnaire and scored high, no surprise there. She gave me Zoloft 50 mg and said to take 1/2 a pill every day.
I asked if there was something she could prescribe that I would just take as needed and she said those are highly addictive and I'd have to see a psychiatrist for a prescription so I'll just see how Zoloft helps me

Thanks everyone for the great advice and for sharing your own experiences with me! It means a lot


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Annie, 25 mg (half pill) is a low dosage. I take the 50 mg full pill and my doc said THAT was a low dosage. Your doc is being cautious, which is good. Best to start with the lowest dosage and only increase if needed.

Your doc would not prescribe Xanax, which is habit forming, ie addictive. Looks like you have a good doctor.

I assume she told you it will take a couple of weeks or more before you feel the effect.

Make sure you really understand that you cannot just stop taking these pills. They are a ***** to get off. I tried cold turkey once, because I am a guy and that is what we do, and wow, the instructions really were right when they said not to just stop taking. (Yes, guys really do not read instructions. ) You need to slowly reduce the dosage (harder to do when you already take half a pill and will have to cut it in half again.)

So, make very sure you have enough supply and do not run out. If you miss a couple of days your head will be dizzy. Make sure you have enough refills on the Rx so that you do not run out of pills.

Not sure where you are, but a 90 day supply of 50 mg cost me about $9 (real cost, not copay), but I had paid up to $20 a couple of times, depending on what price the insurer negotiates with the drug company.
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I know that's pretty low but I guess I'll start with that. I wish I didn't have to take them; I hope they won't affect me much. My husband isn't happy that she gave me Zoloft, he says he took it at some point of his life and they didn't help him much plus they caused something like twitching inside of his head. I told him everyone's different and just because they didn't work for him (or just because he thinks they didn't work for him), it doesn't mean they won't work for me.

I REALLY like my doctor, I think she's awesome. She's been my PCP since October 2014 and has helped me with so many different things and she is really good at what she does. I'm really lucky to have found her.

Yes, she told me that I have to be patient and have to wait approximately 6 weeks to start feeling like the medicine is working. My only problem is that I also started taking some other medication tomorrow (for a different issue) and I have to wait 7-10 days to start taking Zoloft (my doctor said it's best to wait a bit in case I react to one of the medications - if I start taking both at the same time, she won't know which one is causing the reaction).

She said if I call my insurance they can approve 3 months' supply instead of having to go back for refills every month so I'll definitely call them.

I'm not sure how much it costs, but yesterday I paid about $24 (with health insurance) for my thyroid medicine (which is $11) so the two new medicines are $13 combined. Not bad at all.

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Don't be discourage is this isn't the right drug either. There are many many anti depressants and anti anxiety meds
Hopefully it helps...there are points in life where you just need a little help.



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Don't be discourage is this isn't the right drug either. There are many many anti depressants and anti anxiety meds
Hopefully it helps...there are points in life where you just need a little help.



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Don't let your husband discourage you. Follow doctors orders. Make sure you tell the doctor what is going on with you as you begin them and they start to work. Don't be afraid. You won't turn into a zombie or anything like that.

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