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Re: benzos, MAOI's and the experience of anxiety gardenergirl

Posted by mattdds on January 14, 2004, at 23:43:50

In reply to benzos, MAOI's and the experience of anxiety, posted by gardenergirl on January 14, 2004, at 19:49:30

Hi there,

My gut tells me that a benzo would not be a good idea in this situation. Unless you *feel* anxious, which you reported that you do not, it just does not warrant the use of the "big guns" for anxiety. Consider yourself lucky.

I have bouts of procrastination. I have largely learned to deal with it through CBT, as Scott suggested.

You mentioned that CBT didn't involve your emotions enough for your style. Fair enough, however, why would you need your emotions involved here?

This seems like a really specific practical problem (and a common one).

I know this is getting old, but I gleaned so much practical wisdom from Burns' "Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy" that helped me deal with procrastination. There is actually a whole chapter devoted to anti-procrastination techniques.

BTW, I have found that I get anxious *because* I procrastinate, but that I mainly do it because of perfectionism.

I know you're style is psychoanalytic, and that you like to involve your emotions, but I'm not suggesting comprehensive CBT here. Just a very practical, limited application. If it feels too unemotional and robotic for you, you could always taper off - just go slow ;).

I would highly recommend reading the chapter on procrastination in the Burns book - I think it may have possibly shifted the balance and gotten me through dental school :-).

Best of luck to you,





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