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Question about anxiety and treatment

Posted by Siraris on January 6, 2004, at 12:28:32

I have a very strange issue with my anxiety. I was diagnosed with anxiety and panic disorder 7 years ago. The problem that I have is, I don't know what I'm anxious about. Honestly I will be sitting somewhere, lets say watching a movie, and all of a sudden, I will start focusing on my breathing for some reason, and start to actually have to breathe manually, it doesn't happen unconciously. Then I start feeling anxious and it snowballs (although since I'm on meds it doesn't really get that bad). It's getting very frustrating, as I am not sitting here thinking "I'm going to die I'm going to die" or I'm not panicing in a car saying "I'm going to get into an accident" or "I'm going to pass out and crash".

I really would like to get off my medication and just deal with my issues myself, because I think my medication may be contributing to cognitive and memory loss.

My friend pointed me towards NLP (Neuro-Lingustic Programming) and it sounds extremely interesting. In my studies of psychology, I have found out that hypnosis is not a quack sort of process, it really works. I was just wondering if anyone here has tried it, and what they've encountered? I know I read some people are skeptical of it, and think it's bs, but that's just people being skeptical. There's no harm in trying it.

Another reason why I am thinking that it may work, is that my father saw on TV the other day, on 60 minutes or 48 hours or something like that, where 8 graudates from the same High School class all were very overweight and wanted to lose weight. They all did different diets, such as Atkins, Southbeach, exercise etc. The person who lost the most weight out of all 8 was a guy who did Hypnotherapy. I personally did Atkins this summer to lose some weight, and found it EXTREMELY successful (I lost 25 lbs and have kept it off), so I was very surprised to hear that something else worked even better, especially something involving hypnosis (I've always wondered why doesn't everyone with problems just goto a hypnotist and they can just wave their hand and you'll think something different).

I'd just like to hear peoples thoughts. I really want to get off my meds, and deal with my problems myself, but I cannot live my life without meds right now.




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