Just me (violet_flames) wrote in medfree_anxiety,
Just me
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New *waves*

I'm excited about hearing some ideas from anyone here with experience.

Diagnosis: Strong GAD, mild social anxiety, and don't really feel depressed which is weird

Issue:  MAJOR THESIS anxiety, and anxiety related to anything of the graduation requirement nature.  Other anxiety triggers, but none that would otherwise have just sent me back to counseling.

So I had my intake this am, and of course they recomended meds.  I REALLY REALLY don't want to go back on meds (was on lexapro for about 6-9 months).  I had a handful of side effects, and since that is supposed to be the SSRI with the least side effects, I don't want to try my luck with others.  I am going to see a psychiatrist (because it's free) to be able to get my future counselor to see that I've "explored my options".  I'm hoping I can be lucky and find one knowledable about alternative therapies, but since it's through my student health, I'm not holding my breath.

The only reason I am even slightly considering meds, is that I HAVE to get through this semester and graduate.  It would be a VERY expensive mistake not to, and would seriously inconvenience myself and my partner.

I've also made an appointment to talk to a Dean about "thesis anxiety".  She is in charge of a lady who handles test anxiety, but I'd gladly take 1,000 tests over writing a thesis.  So I'm hoping perhaps they have dealt with something similar before.

I've also called a person who runs a stress clinic for skills to manage stress.  I'm hoping this will be a fruitful way to get professional, but non-medicinal help.

I've started going to yoga again :)  And I'm eating super well, very little refined sugar, no HFCS, and all my servings of fruits and veggies.  The only lifestyle change (that I'm aware of) that could help me at this point would be excercise. 

Also I'm taking a Vit B complex, and flax seed oil, and DHA supplements.

Thanks for listening.  Now if anyone has any advice, I'd really appreciate it.  I'm in danger of not completing my degree requirements if I can't get on track in the next couple of weeks, and I know the world wouldn't end if that happened, but it would really suck since I have plenty of time to do it now.
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I tried to include everything, but of course forgot some ;)

I drink 0-2 cups of white tea a day, no coffee or soda, so my caffeine intake is almost 0.

And I sleep like a rock!!! It's actually a problem, because I sleep way too much and it's very hard to get up. Sometimes I throw my schedule off from over sleeping and then it's hard to get to sleep but other than that I sleep 10-12 hours a night.

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Sleep is my favorite drug, but unfortunately in that bad drug, not good drug sorta way.

I realize that I need to figure out an excercise schedule, but it's really hard for me. People are supposedly most likely to keep an excercise routine if they do it first thing in the am, but I would sleep through my designated excercise time. My boyfriend used to get up and run, but he already is up by 6:30 to get to work on time, so getting up together at 5:30 to run isn't exactly reasonable for us. It's also too cold to be comfortable running.

I also can't stand our rec facility. Gives me anxiety, and isn't laid out well, and is so far from my parking I might as well just walk as my excercise. Hmmmmm.

I've thought about working it into my work day, so I guess I need to really work that out.

I definately feel like excercise is the last natural means to alleviating my symptoms.

Thanks.
Exercise is my favorite drug. I've also started taking omega-3 supplements and a multi with high amounts of B-vitamins (which is safe because your body only absorbs part of it anyway) and iron (which is dangerous if you don't need it, but I do). Some of the physical symptoms that I thought would get me a prozac scrip if I mentioned them to my doc have really started to go away now that I'm not as anemic.
I applaud you for talking to people about it; I could never bring myself to do that and it really screwed me up academically at times. Good luck with your thesis.
How do you tell if you need an iron supplement? I've never been a red meat eater, but had been eating poultry until recently. Now I'm a veggie, so I probably get less iron. On the other hand, I have the super lightest periods ever, so I don't lose much iron each month.

Do you have any websites that explain the coorelation between anemia and mental health?

Just a note to warn you not to believe the hype that us vegetarians are more prone to bad health because of our diets. It's poppycock. ;) I am not familiar with any studies correlating anemia and mental health myself, but if you want to show a relationship between those two things, you could just as easily correlate eating mercury-laden fish or cholesterol or smoking and mental health. You see what I mean?
I definately agree. Though I would more phrase it that plenty of vegetarians AND plenty of omnivores are deficient in one or more nutrients due to poor planning. My omnivore diet was really pathetic up until a couple of months ago when I went back to being a veggie, so it wouldn't surprise me if I had a deficiency in something.
Let's not start the veggie debate .. . I was a strict veg for 7 years and am once-every-week or-two pescetarian now.

Iron deficiency can cause depression, unrelenting fatigue, inability to concentrate, and a weird "head in a fog" feeling. I think anxiety was on the list (and I know some of anxiety's physical symptoms were) but I'm not sure--you could find it if you googled it. You really need to talk to your Dr and have a blood test (they either check hemoglobin or serum ferritin, which measures your total iron stores) before you start taking iron supplements because having too much build up in your system can endanger your health.
I find that on-going maintenance with things like diet and exercise essential -- even if that means taking supplements and 10 minutes of weights.

I also employ the acupressure method of EFT. I have found this to be tremendously helpful for sudden attacks (good for maintenance, of course).

I also like to do a Q & A with myself. Talk out loud about what I'm feeling. Like a therapy session with myself. If you have a hard time being your own therapist, I'd look for one. I'd recommend someone who uses the Cognitive-Behavioral approach, but really it depends on your own views about why you have anxiety and how you thing you can best eliminate it. Personally, I believe there is a metaphysical component and so I like to address that with spiritual practices like meditation and also yoga.

I commend you for sticking with your academics. I faced a similar issue this past fall and, unfortunately, had to withdraw for the time being.

Best wishes to you.
I really like EFT, but have sorta forgotten about it. Like, I think to tell people about it if I think it will help them, and then I forget about it for myself. I actually have a binder with all the information printed out about it, and I had made a list of things I wanted to "tap out". It really REALLY helped me get to where I could deal with my issues with my Mom and talk to her without getting all in a tizzy afterwards. That's great advice. I'll dig it out and make some lists and start tapping.

My diet is stellar right now. The only thing I need to do is work on increasing my protein a tad. I've been trying not to worry too much about it to ajdust, and then tweek. As stressed as I was this afternoon, which included hyperventaling (which I've never even done before) I was amazed that I didn't crave the chips (Taro) or dark chocolate I have in my house.

Actually all I wanted to do was take a long walk, and it was below freezing so I just paced around the house and made my dogs really nervous :(

My worse case scenario academically is doing grad in residence to finish up my thesis this summer, because I only have 6 credit hours this semester, and they are all stupid easy. I'm very lucky in that regard.

I'm sorry that you had to withdraw, I wish you luck in getting back on whatever path you choose.
hi there. do you have a facebook? I'd love to chat with you on there...or AIM if you use that...sounds like we have a bit in common :-p
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