I'm Joenette and I have been fighting with anxiety disorder for years now and really do understand what you are going through! I'm glad you found this team too and I hope that I can pass along some tips that I have learned that has helped me soooooooooooo much in dealing with this very hard to deal with illness. So-called "normal" people simply do NOT understand the anguish and pain that a person with anxiety can suffer through. I know what it feels like to think something is terribly wrong but you just cant put your finger on WHAT that something is. Don't despair, there is hope. Things WILL get better. I know it sounds crazy but that is the first thing you have to believe and tell yourself over and over. Things will get better. They will. I know right now it feels like they won't but that is just the anxiety in your head, trust me.
Ok now for some practical helpful tips. Here are the things that have helped me the MOST. When I have sever anxiety the first important step is to get myself out of the worse "low". You know what I'm talking about, when you feel so anxious you can't even eat or sleep or function. We simply cant live like that. But when you get into a bad spell like that and cant eat you become weak b/c of malnutrition and then begins a vicious cycle. So to break that cycle you have to force yourself to eat. I at my worst couldn't get any food down so I had to start taking Ensure shakes [you can buy the generic kind at walmart.] But its so important to make sure you are getting SOMETHING into your stomach. Things like crackers and milk shakes or soup are easiest to eat when you're anxious.
We have to sleep too. Sleep deprivation is a huge trigger for me so I have to get my zzZZ's. So at night, every night, I take 1.5mg of melatonin. It helps to relax me and its natural [again everything I talk about here you can get really cheap at Walmart.] I also take a little calcium and D3 when my stomach isnt in knots.
When you do have the pleasure of being able to actually eat its very important to get your green vegetables. Especially fresh uncooked baby spinach. I eat it just like a salad! And the best part is fresh uncooked baby spinach tastes so good! You can jazz it up just like a salad! But it has essential vitamins and nutrients that are especially good for people who have mood disorders. Speaking of important vitamins/nutrients~ here is a quick list of supplements and the times of day that I take them. I will not go with out these very essential things other wise the anxiety starts to creep back:
1/2 Woman's Multi-Vitamin
1000 IU D3
[a combination softgel containing the following:]Fish, Flaxseed, Borage Oil Omega 3, 6, & 9 [I take half the dose in the morning and the other half in the afternoon*
Super B-Complex [liquid form is best and absorbs better and quicker for us.]
Other 1/2 of Multi-Vitamin
*other half of Omega's
D3 [yup, again]
These supplements I have researched and found to be very helpful. The 5HTP comes with a complicated caution. 5HTP naturally boosts your serotonin in your brain. You CAN NOT take it with anti-depressant drugs. I repeat--- DO NOT TAKE IT WITH ANTI-DEPRESSANTS OR SEROTONIN INHIBITOR DRUGS. That being said after I came off the anti-depressants I started taking 5htp and it works so much better but NONE NONE NONE of the side affects that I had with the prescription drugs. [I really hate taking medication and much more prefer to go the natural route, but you have to be careful and do research before jumping into anything and that's exactly what I've done with these supplements.]
Of course the help and benefits that come from exercise can not be emphasized enough!!! Its soooo important and has helped me through so much. Any exercise will work! But something that you enjoy is a must. Whatever it is. And if you are having a bad spell just go walking. Seriously, it has helped me through so much.
Well, that's about all I can think of for now. But if you have any questions feel free to drop me some sparkmail anytime. Hope you are doing well tonight and sorry this took so long to get back to you but I want to take my time and send you as many of the things that have helped me as I could remember. I'm sure there is more I just cant think of them right now.
I don't feel right with out telling you the absolutely most important thing that has helped me through the roughest times in my life in dealing with this anxiety disorder. PRAYER. I serious lean on prayer. I also find reading the book of Psalms to be very comforting.
Hang in there
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