Here's so more info about a program that has really worked for me. It's a little pricey, but it has a workbook, DVDs, CDs that have group sessions that I found EXTREMELY helpful (so much so that it made up the majority of what i did), and info for you family and friends to help cope with your anxiety/depression. It takes more of a cognitive-behavioral approach to anxiety, which is nice if you're like me and have anxiety about medications, haha!
The website is : www.stresscenter.com It is Lucinda Bassett's Midwest Center "Attacking Anxiety and Depression" program.
You can get it from her site, off of eBay (which is what I did), or I even found out you can download some of the CDs off of LimeWire if you don't want to pay for the whole program. You can download LimeWire at www.limewire.com
This program helped me so much. I think there is 15 CDs total, but by the 7th or 8th one I stopped because I felt like I had it so under control. Occassionally I go back to them when it has been a tough week.
I would encourage anyone struggling to just TRY it. That's the hardest step is telling yourself that you deserve to feel good and then starting that process. After a few weeks of just a few CDs, including the Relaxation CD, you'll start feeling so much better.
Hope that helps! If you have any questions, I'll be happy to answer them! :)
The Midwest Center with Lucinda Bassett CDs...amazing. It helped so much and gave me the confidence to study abroad in Costa Rica. I started the program and did the workbook exercises a year and a half ago. Panic attacks are rare now. I still have anxiety, but I'm much better at dealing with it and can recognize when I'm getting into a rut again. Then I go back to the CDs.
I can relate. I love fiction! With the exception of a few biographies (where the truth turned out to be as interesting -- if not more interesting than fiction) I read almost exclusively fiction -- for fun.
That is why I try really hard to listen to self-help books in my car. I'm more likely to stick with it as I am a captive audience!
With the one by Aron, I got the book as well, so that I could go over the chapters that had piqued my interest while I was listening.
I have restricted my night reading and listening to things that are calming and not disturbing: prayers, meditations, complines, books that I enjoyed as a child, and an Enya album that I bought at a time in my life when I felt really safe -- I love the music; but I won't let myself listen to it unless I'm going to sleep so that I will associate it with winding down.
Another one that I only listen to at night is a Cherokee flute album with crickets in the background! It sounds, cheesy, I know, but it is very calming:
I find it hard, especially at night reading this sort of stuff before bed. I can read it during the day if I'm motivated to, either it's to drab for me at night, or it makes me so motivated to try their ideas that I focus on them and can't sleep.
So at night I stick to fiction, my escape. That works for me just fine. Now, to help me relax further and sleep after I put the book down, I listen to rain and thunderstorms on my MP3.... asleep in minutes!
Edit: Okay I put that book on hold at the library, it's not available right now but hopefully will be soon. Thanks!
I'm wary of pop-psychology books; but I am finding a lot that I can relate to in this one w/ my anxiety and shyness issues:
The Highly Sensitive Person: How To Thrive When The World Overwhelms You by Elaine N. Aron, Ph.D. (also on audiobook -- I checked both versions out from my local library so I can read one at home and listen to one in my car!)
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