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Anxiety/Panic Attacks

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by javyn, Jul 2, 2006.

  1. javyn

    javyn Senior member

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    I'm sure there are other sufferers of this out there. Anyone manage to get it beat? If so, how? I am considering trying the Linden Method. I think smoking all that dope as a teenager and college student fucked my brain up.
     
  2. Lucky Strike

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    I think smoking all that dope as a teenager and college student fucked my brain up.
    From what I've heard, this might very well be the case if you did a lot of e. Cannabis shouldn't do that, I think.
     
  3. VMan

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    From what I've heard, this might very well be the case if you did a lot of e.

    Cannabis shouldn't do that, I think.


    I've heard the same.
     
  4. javyn

    javyn Senior member

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    Cannabis is what I did. Didn't much care for anything else. According to what I've read though, smoking too much weed messes with your amygdala, resetting your stress/panic levels way too high. I believe it. Before, nothing seemed to phase me. Now, calling myself high strung is the understatement of the century.
     
  5. philosophe

    philosophe Senior member

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    Anxiety and panic disorders are VERY treatable. Medication, therapy or some combination thereof works very well.
     
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    Get to know your condition. DSM-IV-TR is where I would begin. Perhaps a talk therapist once a week. See if you can isolate a social stressor. As a last result, fluoxetine and other SSRIs have been proven effective adjunct therapies to cognitive therapy and eliminating social stressors.
     
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    mack11211 Senior member

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    I would also recommend changing your avatar.
     
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    I'm sure there are other sufferers of this out there. Anyone manage to get it beat? If so, how? I am considering trying the Linden Method. I think smoking all that dope as a teenager and college student fucked my brain up.

    I know nothing about the Linden method, but EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is an effective method of treating a wide range of anxiety disorders. email me or pm me if you wish.
     
  9. philosophe

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    As johnapril says, there is abundant evidence to show that cognitive behavioral therapy and SSRI medications are effective treatments. Don't waste time and money with unproven approaches.
     
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    there is abundant evidence to show that cognitive behavioral therapy and SSRI medications are effective treatments. Don't waste time and money with unproven approaches.

    I agree, C/B therapy is very effective, especially when combined with the correct medication(s).

    As far as EMDR is concerned:

    In 1998 an American Psychological Association task force declared that EMDR was one of three "probably efficacious treatments" for PTSD.

    American Psychiatric Association (2004). Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Acute Stress Disorder and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Acute Stress Disorder and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Association Practice Guidelines.

    "¢ EMDR was given the highest level of recommendation (category for robust empirical support and demonstrated effectiveness) in the treatment of trauma.
    Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense (2004). VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Post-Traumatic Stress. Washington, DC.

    "¢ EMDR was placed in the "A" category as "strongly recommended" for the treatment of trauma.

    16 randomized controlled (and 8 nonrandomized) studies have been conducted on EMDR in the treatment of trauma.



    Controled studies utilizing EMDR have generally focused on PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder), which is a form of anxiety and frequently involves panic attacks.

    Check out this article:

    http://www.fsu.edu/~trauma/a1v5i4.htm

    By all means, do a Google search, but put more credence in scholarly articles.
     
  11. javyn

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    I went to a shrink and got on Zoloft, it helped, but I'd rather choose panic attacks over the way the drug made me feel in general. I have considered getting back on it...but for the "sexual side effects" mainly lol. That stuff turns me into quite a stud.
     
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    Zoloft doesn't have the greatest side effect profile. You might ask your doctor about other SSRIs. Sometimes you have to experiment with different meds to see which one is right for you. CB therapy is widely available and is a form of therapy more likely to be paid for by insurers. EMDR may also be available.
     
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    And this is why I don't do drugs...

    Jon.
     
  14. shellshock

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    yeah i get them. my mom gets them too. is this a genetic thing?
    coffee makes it worse for me.

    i usually sporadically get them for a short period of time every couple of months. im not on any medication or seeing any therapists. i dont have medical insurance either so thats that.

    i usually try to just lay off caffeine and take valerian extract and yeah bleh. o_O
     
  15. Matt

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    And this is why I don’t do drugs… Jon.
    no drugs no sex just mountain biking and your high post count huh Jon?
     
  16. javyn

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    Coffee is definately a no-no here too, shell. I can't drink black tea either, unless I am eating, or have just eaten. I am searching for a good Tai Chi or Baguazhang school as an outlet, but am not finding anything. I'm probably going to go back to intense Yoga.
     
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    I don't know about anxiety stemming from drugs; however, it does seem genetic for some people.
     
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    Do you smoke? (Tobacco, I mean).

    Anyway, cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) is _really_ good for this sort of thing, IIRC. I have a few close friends who have done well with it (and also for phobias and OCD).
     
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    I have both extreme anxiety and moderate/severe OCD. A few months ago, I began seeing a behavioral specialist. He's a nice fellow, and has been helpful, although not nearly as much as the meds. I've been taking Prozac for about 8 weeks now, and it's helped enormously. I no longer wash my hands just because they feel soiled, and I also don't carry a handkerchief in my pocket for doorknob protection.

    Story: I would frequently scrub my hands and, half an hour later, do so again because I felt the germs crawling on me. Yeah, it's a little zany.
     
  20. Fuuma

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    And this is why I don't do drugs...

    Jon.


    I sincerely doubt the chance to have long term averse effects from drug consumption is as high as the chances to die from reckless driving. Just a thought [​IMG]
     

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