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Although I suffered with anxiety for brief periods in my younger days it raised its ugly head again 6 months ago after a 25 year break.I have always had very mild anxiety when travelling and being away from the family but nothing I couldn't deal with.Now I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder (and depression) and I just find it so hard to cope with.I am on my fourth type of antidepressants which have not helped the anxiety though It is only early days on my current SSRI.The only relief I get is from valium which I hate being a slave to and as I have been on it 4 weeks the psychiatrist is going to put me on something else tomorrow such as a mood stabiliser rather than a benzo.I have weekly therapy and have had very little success with cognitive behaviour therapy or mindfulness though I am currently doing a workbook on Mindfullness and ACT.I do guided breathing exercises daily and I walk daily though I no longer enjoy it.Fortunately I have only had one panic attack a month ago requiring an ambulance to home and my heart goes out to people who suffer these often.They are seriously scary things.
I am really interested to hear from other anxiety sufferers who may have some ideas or techniques that they find effective when the anxiety starts to get intense.Like most people I can function with that mild anxiety knot in the stomach but when it really starts gripping hard I just start to fret and can not function at all
Looking forward to hearing from anyone who may be able to help and thanks for taking the time to read this.Regards Rick
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