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Old 04-07-2013, 04:13 PM
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I have severe anxiety and it's ruining my life. I'm always worried about getting into car accidents lately. It's really stressing me out and now I kind of hate driving. How do you guys cope with this without taking medication?
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Old 04-07-2013, 04:47 PM
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I took meds. It helped. Getting wheened off them now, so far so good.
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Old 04-07-2013, 05:21 PM
Location: Florida
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I go to the gym at least 3 times a week, exercise seems to help me.
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Old 04-07-2013, 08:16 PM
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Well first you should figure out what is causing the anxiety. If you are having a lot of personal psychological related problems - tons of stress due to an impossible living situation / relationship / financial worries, etc. Then it is a no-brainer - a psychological issue.

And if that is the case, then anxiety is a reaction to fear. It causes adrenaline to flow in the body. That is from the old cave man days when we were faced with fear, it was because a monster was about to attack us. And that gave us the energy to physically fight the monster - Long story short - work off that excess energy with exercise.

Then also do what you can to change your living situation so the "fear" reaction does not happen in the first place - nip it in the bud! Counseling can help with that if it is an impossible situation.

Also it is possible the anxiety is a reaction to a drug or various drugs you are taking (including over-the-counter medications). Or some physical condition. For that see a regular medical doctor. Or if you are not sure what is causing it, see a regular medical doctor first.
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Old 04-08-2013, 12:55 PM
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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I have relatives with severe anxiety problems. They take meds. Problems: Relative number 1, cannot always afford the meds. When he stops taking the anxiety medicine, it comes back far worse and is coupled with depression. Relative number 2. Meds prevent anxiety. They also prevent energy. She just works, goes home, and goes to bed. If the family wants time with her, they hang out in the bedroom. not sure that is better than having anxiety, but I do not have it so I do not know. I did have an anxiety attack once during a particularly difficult trial (on a weekend at a mall when I should have been working every second instead, but took off a few hours of family time). It hit me like a wave, I froze mid step and could not move. I just stood there frozen for fifteen minutes like one of those flash mob people. Then it went away.

If people with anxiety problems get it like that, I can understand why drugs that sap your energy and your will to do anything might be preferable.
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