Technique To Reduce Stress /depression / Anxiety
Oct 5, 2015
It's supposed to be a special breathing technique and I tried it and it really did relax me. He says you are creating a "energy circuit" when putting your tongue against the roof of your mouth. Can someone explain in further detail, this interests me majorly...
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Have done some shorter stints of CBT/psychotherapy for depression and anxiety in the past which really helped at the time but never really found I got to "get to the root of my problem" and shift it permanently. At the moment, I am not overly depressed or anxious but I felt that perhaps some EFT or even hypnotherapy could help me deal with some underlying recurrent insecurities.
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Just a little apprehensive because of the lack of evidence regarding the effectiveness of this technique so I wondered if anyone has ever tried EFT or hypnotherapy and could advise/give a little insight into how effective/not effective they felt it was?
The best and most foolproof way to remove stress is through laughter. Find something you enjoy, spend some time with a loved one, or walk around the block with a neighbor. People, love, and laughter always do the trick!
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I wasn't keen on trying medication for my anxiety, I ended up back at my gp as my symptoms had increased. I generally have a really poor tolerance to medication and after being prescribed Sertraline 50mg, surprise surprise I was sick as a dog taking it!! I have read that this is a really common side effect and after going back to see my gp yesterday, she first of all halved my dose to 25mg until I build up a tolerance and then I can increase to 50mg when I feel nausea not a problem. She also prescribed Cyclizine (anti sickness) and Omeprazole (gastric) medication to help with the nausea/vomiting. I just take all 3 tablets at the same time in the morning and touch wood, so far I feel ok. It's just a though for anyone struggling with the sickness factor of Sertraline.
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I'm a 43yr old male with no history of heart disease, though I do have low HDL cholesterol and mild hypertension (130's/90's) and am on half a Benicar 20mg pill daily. I lost 100lbs 5 years ago and have kept it off with regular exercise (I run 5-7 days per week) and heavy weight lifting (2-3 days/week), plus a much better diet than I ever had while in my obese days. I'm still overweight at 210lbs, 6'2", but in a much better place, I think, and continue to drop a pound every month or so!
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Recently, due to a chronic issue with abdominal discomfort that sometimes migrates into my chest, I had a treadmill stress test and echo at the local county hospital and would like to know if I should ask more questions about the results of the stress test (echo still pending).
An echo was performed before the treadmill portion and then ASAP after I hopped off the treadmill (within 10-15 seconds at most). I had zero trouble with the treadmill test, reaching my heart rate goals after about 18 minutes of continuous increases in speed and incline. No discomfort, dizziness, etc. and blood pressure didn't do anything weird, nor did there appear to be any arrhythmia.
The result published by the attending doctor (my regular GP) are as follows:
"... initial EKG was a sinus rhythm ... maximal ST depression was -2.2. However, he was asymptomatic and the depression was in one lead only. This is an electrically and symptomatic negative exercise stress test ..."
I've read that this amount of ST depression is significant, but is it true that a single-lead depression is a negative result? Should I at least inquire about which lead was negative? The tech did have some trouble getting one of my leads to read at first, but seemed to get that worked out before I hopped on the treadmill - I should've asked which lead that was; located on left side rib cage under arm.
I have digestive issues that often present with chest discomfort, fullness, jaw or esophagus tightness, etc. and that leads to anxiety, as you might imagine. Perhaps I'm being overly anxious about this, too...just want anyone with experience or knowledge of these tests to weigh in on whether I should probably just let it go or follow up once the echo comes back in a few more days.
I have been driving now for 1 year and 2 months and find myself constantly stressed and sick. Its getting to the point I am sat in work and feel like I need to be out in the car. The thing that makes me so stressed is my own driving, I can be fine and then come up to a roundabout for example, get ready to move off again and if my car jolts even a little bit (bringing the clutch up to fast etc) I will be stressed for the rest of the day. It sounds ridiculous I know but it frustrates me so much. I now find myself analysing everything I do when I am in the car which I think is making me worse as I am even more concentrated on it now when driving should be something you just automatically do. I am stuck in a viscous circle and my over thinking is getting to the point that I feel physically sick with constant headaches and worry. I've looked up how to stop over thinking but nothing seems to work.
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Quite simply, what's better for a persons physical and mental health? Stress or Xanax?
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I can make it through most days without Xanax. Note "make it through". It's work... Allot of work. Everybody deals with stress differently. Mine is usually, headaches, high BP/BPM, dizziness, and an inability to relax and enjoy the present. I have been dealing with anxiety for about 2 years now. Tried SSRI's. Not for me, to say the least.
Xanax works quite well for me. But I HATE that I take it. I want to be free from any pharmaceutical drug as long as I can. But sometimes I just don't want to put up with the struggle of the day.
What do you guys think? Is it better on the mind and body to struggle by with stress, or to use Xanax. I should state that I understand it doesn't have to be a "all or nothing" situation. But I guess I'm just curiouse about what's actually worse for a person in the long run.
So this is my first post and I figured maybe someone could help me on this because I think it's getting ridiculous and I'm just tired of feeling like this. I started college on the 26th and have been anxiety free for pretty much all of summer. Starting around Tuesday I had mini anxiety attacks that would come once a day but would literally be episodes of max 15 seconds. Thursday I had a big one, but instead of being a very quick and heavy anxiety attack that lasts just mere seconds, it turned out to be slowly building and started with me feeling uneasy, and restless, and then numb around my body. The numbness was most notable in the lips and hands. The same thing has been occurring daily since then but I would say that I am dealing with it a bit better every time but the symptoms are no less present. Does anyone else feel this way? I'll try to explain in greater detail my symptoms and a few extra ones to finish up:
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Numbness of lips and arms. Heaviness in arms, especially right arm and wrist. Rightness and pressure in head. Weakness in upper body mostly. Elevated heartbeat. Neck feels weak occasionally.
Natural stress relief is quite possible when you undergo some stress relief therapy, which is way of treatment carried out by a health care provider, Ayurvedic practitioners, professional consultants and/or psychologists. The treatment generally is carried out in peaceful surroundings and patient-friendly environment in health centre. The main objective of such kind of natural stress relief is to improve the self confidence of the patient suffering from various mental disorders.
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Natural stress relief music is a preferred method to treat mental disorder since such therapy not only decreases elevated stress levels but also teaches the person how to cope with the pressure of day-to-day life as well as eliminate unwanted bad habits that might come about as a reaction to stressful conditions.
A typical natural stress relief comprises of many different therapies and techniques those have been specially designed to alleviate the symptoms of stress. Let us learn some important therapies: Some of the more common therapies which are carried out include:
Meditation - This is one of the most important natural stress relief therapies. Ayurvedic and other holistic practitioners such as Yoga Gurus strongly prefer to practice meditation. It will not only work as natural stress relief therapy but will also keep all the bodily hormones and enzymes in harmony.
Counseling - When a patient becomes overwhelmed by stress and anxiety, counseling will certainly help in boosting their self confidence and they will have more power to control their anger and peevishness.
Medications- In ancient health systems such as Ayurveda, the medications are preferred to heal the elevated ailments internally. Herbs such as brahmi, ashwagandha, shatavari, mandookparni etc have been used to treat various mental disorders including stress and anxiety. However, one has to checkout for the dosage since it depends upon the individual and the case in particular.
I have never gotten this, and it has only happened about 3 times but has happened 2 times in the past week.
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1- I am normal fine,etc.
2- For around 30 Minutes I am in a situation of EXTREME 'stress', not sure if its stress but like my blood pressure/heart rate/etc is up and I feel like I am unable to move and feel like there's someone holding a sword to my head for example. (this can then become part 3)
3- After I escape that situation, (next part-> I become very very strange, I do not feel right whatsoever(to the extreme). I feel like I have no idea where I am kinda or what I am doing, I am also unable to function(25% battery power running left, where I am and what I am doing I just can't "do it", I am a totally different person/body/etc for the bad as in even everything I see and touch (senses,etc) are VERY VERY strange. Like almost half of my body/brain is there and the other half not or something. In general it is very strange, I also become VERY very warm and almost need to take of all my clothes and open windows,etc.
So worried. Had a horrible stressful time recently and the sole of my left foot went tingly 5 weeks ago. Saw a neurologist who has requested an MRI of the brain and spine. I'm petrified it is MS and I know that's what he is looking for. Now i am worried about this I have developed a weird to staying sensation in my pelvic bone. Could this alone stress related? I really hope so. MRI is Friday and results next Monday.
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I rode in a HOT car on Thursday to pick up my husband's CT scan results and then read them on the way home. He has 8 areas of concern. By time my son and I got home, I had hives.
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They come up, itch like CRAZY and go away then come up another area. Most are on my face with two that come and go on my side, one on my back and 2 on my shoulder.
I went to the doctor on Saturday morning when I woke up with about 6 on my face. By time I was taken back (20 mins?) all but one had gone down. He's the guy who treats me for anxiety and felt sure it was stress related since I've not eaten anything strange or new and since I broke out while reading this upsetting news. I had 2 or 3 more last night and a few start to appear on my jawline but I quickly used some Gold Bond Powder and they calmed down.
I was doing better today but took a long nap and made the mistake of covering up with a very warm housecoat while I napped. I woke with a VERY itchy hive in front of my ear (that one has bothered me at least once every day), one on my shoulder that went down very quickly, two on my side and two just starting to appear on my jawline. They were not itching so I grabbed the powder and only the one in front of my ear is really bothering me.
I can't afford to go back to the clinic and doctor had told me to use steroid cream and continue the Klonopin which helps me so much.
Has anyone ever had stress related hives and what did you do for them? The itch is pretty awful.
I have been struggling with anxiety for about eight months. I work a very stressful job (collections for a financial institution) and have tried to alleviate the stress by smoking/drinking more than I should. I know this just probably makes things worse, and I'm working on eliminating those habits.
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At least three times a week I have had to change my clothes before going to work, because my anxiety is so high that I sweat completely through my clothes. I also go through bouts of coughing/choking just about every morning. I do not have much of an appetite. I often feel as though I am "out of my head."
Has anyone else experienced these symptoms? Has anything helped? I'm not a fan of anti-depressants, but I would be interested in hearing what other people have done to fix these problems, as they are unbearable and have made functioning very difficult.
I have been getting severe headaches recently and doctor just told me that it is tension headaches due to stress and anxiety. I have 2 children, 1 who is 5 and the other 8months old, I am due to go back to work and I work nightshift, I can't not go back as I need the money. My main problem is I have no umph! no desire to do anything apart from sleep. Does anyone have any ideas that could pick my mood up?
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Just before christmas I received a letter from my hospital saying “ recent blood tests show a slightly abnormal liver function and the scan revealed cirrhosis. It is absolutely crucial that you consider urgently reducing your alcohol intake to avoid further liver damage. I would be grateful if you could see your gp to discuss this further.”
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Immediately I phoned my gp and couldn’t get an appointment for 2 weeks, when finally seeing my gp she referred me to a councillor, which took another 2 weeks before I saw them, only to be told they don’t have a clue at what stage my cirrhosis is?
After having both prostatitis and epididymitis for over a year, i am now convinced this was induced by stress and prolonged by anxiety.
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I think both stress and anxiety tighten up the pelvic are leading to urination issues.
My prostate was inflamed but no real infection. The infection that was found in my semen is very common and probably would of been there had i not had prostatitis.
This all started with a very stressful event and then some more stress. After getting the initial symptoms anxiety set in. I knew it wasn't cancer but for some reason i was scared to death of an enlarged prostate. Being in my 40's i thought, " oh my god, if my prostate is a little enlarged now, it will be the size of a watermelon in my 50's. that will mean big time urination issues and sexual issues.
Crazy but it scared me. My prostate was a tad enlarged because it was inflamed.
All the anxiety and hyper focus on my prostate made my problem worse and appear worse than it was. Because of where the prostate is located, any little sensation will be exaggerated.
I remember reading an article that said those with large prostates wake up 3 or 4 times a night and have a weak stream. Wouldn't you know, that very night i woke up 4 times with a weak stream....the power of suggestion!
Anyway, my stream is sometimes weak and splits but that is irritation. I am feeling better and never had real pain, just soreness in my prostate area. That soreness gives the sensation of urination..hope i get totally back to normal soon.
Has anyone experienced significant amounts of hair loss because of being symptomatic with anxiety? Did it ever grow back??
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Ironically the hair loss induces more stress and its always been hard for me to accept because I know its premature and stress related. I know it may be vain to obsess on appearance but again, it happened unnaturally after my surgery and first anxiety attack 12 years ago. There seems to be more shedding since i've experienced symptoms.
I've been stressed out because of the problems at my working place and the everyday problems. I think it might be anxiety.I had this problem for maybe about a year.
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I am 17 years old, I think it's some anxiety because I get really paranoid and frustrated a lot, especially at when it comes to my boyfriend (I seem to always have something to be mad at him for and he's really not a bad guy). I get angry all the time and convince myself that I have nobody there for me and no friends, so when one bad thing happens in my life, it seems everything comes out at once and makes me even more upset than I should be, and I end up looking crazy for getting so upset at something so small; when people don't know it's a lot more coming out all at once. My mom won't believe that anything is wrong with me, I tell her I think I have anxiety problems and she's just a typical parent in denial: "You don't have that, you're too young, you don't need to be put on meds.." and so on. It takes me an extra hour to hour and a half from when I lay down to actually fall asleep, and when I wake up in the mornings for school, I feel really heavy and don't want to move; which is typical early in the morning, but it seems to be feeling heavier and heavier as the week goes by. I always feel hungry, but as soon as I open my mouth to take a bite, the hunger turns into nausea and I can't eat. I have to force as much down as possible and I end up not being able to finish a kids meal at restaurants. My bones are always aching and I feel like I have to always crack every part of my body: my neck, my back (which by the way, my lower back has crazy pain which makes it uncomfortable when I'm trying to sleep), my knuckles, my toes, and my elbows are feeling the need to be cracked even after I crack them. My muscles always feel tight, I feel like every muscle had stiffened and turned into a knot that won't go away.. My muscles also feel weaker. I do football cheer leading and before a game about 3 weeks ago, I did a split to stretch my hamstrings and when I leaned down into it, a muscle in my lower butt check/upper thigh popped and felt like I tore it... I didn't but to this day, I can't lift my leg all the way anymore and it hurts when I sit for too long. I don't think I'm pregnant, every time I take a test it's negative, and I'm on birth control, and don't have sex that often anyways. My period comes when it's supposed to, but it's crazy light, it's almost like its not there. This past June, I had to go to urgent care to get an IV because I didn't have enough fluids in my body, so my body starting denying water. During that, I didn't have any of these painful symptoms, except I did experience the hunger without eating a few times. Most days I have to get high to force myself to fall asleep at night or to eat something so I don't starve or loss more weight (I've lost about 20 pounds now) but it seems that getting high isn't working that well anymore. My body is really sensitive, I bruise easily and it takes so much longer to heal than it used to. I've researched this on google and it seems that a lot of women have these symptoms, some don't know what it is, but most have been tested for different things and gone to the doctor.... my mom won't take me. Can someone please help? Tell me what could be wrong? What I can do to fix it? If you need more info or anything let me know
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So basically whenever I try to go to sleep at night I become focused on my breathing, I have the urge to take long deep breaths, because if I don't it feels like my breathing comes to a halt as if I stopped breathing. As opposed to normally when I stand up I don't have to take long breaths, or even be aware of my breathing.
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Sometimes I don't have to focus on my breathing at night, especially if I'm distracted or watching tv when laying down. But if I take a deep breath I suddenly become more aware of my breathing patterns and fall into that urge to keep taking long breaths, otherwise it feels as if I'm not breathing at all. Any idea what this is? I googled trouble breathing lying down and got a few results, some saying it might be anxiety. Truth be told, I don't consider it anxiety except for the fact I have this urge to strain myself to take long breaths when laying down.
I have always had pretty bad anxiety. Recently, I had an episode of Atrial Fibrillation (an irregular heartbeat) which I think was primarily due to my anxiety.
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Anyways, since then (about 4 weeks ago), I have had severe health anxiety, and starting about a week ago, I've had this feeling of impending doom, like I'm about to have a stroke or a heart attack or something.
What happened about a week ago was, ever since my ER visit for my AFib episode, I've been obsessively checking my pulse in the vein on the right side of my head. About a week ago, I started feeling numb/tingling exactly along the length of that vein. While I am assuming it is just due to irritation from me constantly touching it, I would like some reassurance. It has been causing me major anxiety to a point where it's almost disabling.