Diversion Techniques and Medication Assessment

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One of the main things you can do to control your Anxiety, Panic Attacks and Depression is to look for diversion techniques. These can consist of Hobbies, going for a walk, with or without a dog, Attend Day Centres associatd with your condition or help as a Volunteer in some other charity, this activity types are long  and varied and they can assist your chemical imbalances in your brain additional with your medications.

Part of our problems are dwelling upon our concerns and activities such as Football can help you become more positive in your outcome. because one of the main problems we can have is to dwell to much on the negative and forget the positive activities you possibly did in the past

With diversion techniques your mood lifts and this helps you consider ways of address your negative concerns and help you make positive decisions that can be life changing as we become more positive on moving onto a new positive life.

Sometimes it can feel we can stay in an insular life becoming more and more depressd and we can accept the moods that make us ill. We deserve the chance to be happy and content.

Medication should be looked at and adjusted by the practice once a year and  some Surgeries will arrange an appointment for this to take place. There is a danger we can end up on medications where we do not need them after illness and can be withdrawn. Sometimes new medications can be introduced and contrindications can also be controlled. This can help patients discuss their concerns with their medications and see if doses can be reduced or if something needs to be increased.

At the end of a twelve month period if you use a certain chemist they will also offer you an appointment to discuss your medications in general, they can advise you or the GP if something is wrong. This will also allow you to discuss any other problems you may have.

One thing that is not understood if we move areas and change Practices 

Your new Surgery will arrange an appointment with the Nurse and GP. This allows them to look at your medications and any treatments you have in hospital or your old Surgry. This is normal and we need to accept that this is a getting to know you as Patient and Practice can address any medical conditions you may have.

You should never be concerned when visiting the Surgery, they are there to help keep you well. You are there to help them understand your fears and concerns.

Remember you are in Partnership with your Surgery and Doctor to keep you well. So in the future you may be invited to undertake routine tests and procedures. This is normal.

Sometimes your normal GP will ask you to see another partner in Surgery. This is because they Specialise in certain types of complaint. You can actually go on NHS Choices Web Page and look up your Practice and Dentist who deals private or NHS.


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  • Posted

    Another superb post!

    The kind we have come to expect from you.


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      Hi Bob, amazing post!

      When we are first struck with Anxiety/Panic Disorder fear is entrenched because we don't know what is happening to us

      Our first port of call is the GP where possibly, we leave clutching a prescription, perhaps appointments for CBT

      But most of all we leave bewildered.

      There is no One Pill/ Remedy Cures All, as is the case in most common illnesses. This adds more stress, more fear and the added distress of feeling lonely, isolated and yes, embarrassed by our inability to "Pull ourselves together"

      My journey with Anxiety/Panic Disorder was truly horrendous. Great chunks of my life spent dealing with it, as though my life, enjoyment of life, was put on hold

      No one understood. Nor do I blame them. I didn't understand myself. How could I expect others to...even those who loved me and wanted to help me?

      Things have changed these past 20 years, There is more understanding amongst the Medical profession. But the help needed, in my opinion, is abysmal.

      I had to find my own way throught it. My own coping methods. My own means of self-help. Literally dragging myself out of that dark pit and back into the light. I had to educate myself.

      Your post is the eminently sensible voice of experience and reason.

      I applaud every word because we so often see Forum members stuck in a cycle of negativity. Of honing in on their symptoms and not seeing them for what they are but, in their fear/imagination, turning them into terminal/life threatening illnesses

      Which in turn leads to a sense of hopelessness

      Which in turn leads to apathy

      Going round in circles never cured anyone of AD and never will

      But hopefully, reading your post, which is one of the best I have ever read I can tell you, will help others see the way forward

      Well done, Bob, well done smile


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    Thanks for the post.the main concern we people have during these down period is we are unable to notice change.everyday looks like similar.
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      Yes I know how you feel in my case as a pensioner, I sometimes look upon my condition like a long playing record that needs the needle changed every so often, so I look for alternatives and do little but often. We are down to the beach tomorrow with our dog Pax. A nice change from the boredom of chronic illness

      Keep a hold


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