No thought process with anxiety

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Ever since I was around 11 years old I've struggled with social anxiety disorder, I've tried three different therapists, and they've all been of no help to me. One thing I've noticed though is that they talk about thought processes, and how you can change them to help your anxiety. However, most of the time with my anxiety there is no thought process at all, I simply feel dread when I need to do something that triggers my anxiety. I woke up this morning feeling sick and tense at the thought of going into work today, I haven't been in for a little while but I've never had a bad experience there, it seems my anxiety is just overriding my thoughts at this point and making me worry randomly...

Does anyone else struggle to correct their anxious train of thought because they feel like there's no train of thought at all?

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    Absolutely, my anxiety is just there sure it's worsened by general life stresses but if your default state is not 'relaxed' your anxiety level just rises accordingly. Therapists who think it's all cognitive and you can talk your way out of it or adapt your thinking process are simply giving you 'behavioural' therapy the 'locked in tension'

    doesn't go away ,because it's at a deeper level it's feeling and emotion that are blocked and until you release that your stuck with it trying to express itself through anxiety/depression /whatever.

    I know others would argue that it's worked for them and I am glad it has.

    We're all unique and there are many causes and not many true 'cures'

    My best wishes to you on the 'journey'

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    Hi  mogie, I know what your going through, your social  skills get really affected by anxiety. Have you see your gp about this he or she might help. Good luck
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      Hi, yes I have seen my GP, I was prescribed meds but they didn't work and ended up making me more sick, I've been seeing various people for years but with no results, it just feels like a con at this point haha
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    I can relate totally with your suffering.I have tried all the specialists without success.CBT really is common sense but to me when you suffer so long it is down to a chemical imbalance which some drugs may help(trial and error).Alcohol is a great attraction but a bad mistake.If you can ....one of the best remedies is exercise.
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      yeah it's hard to rewrite your brain when your problems have been going on for so long, I have been going to the gym, although I haven't been by myself yet only with a friend, so I still have some anxiety about that
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    The best exercise really is outdoors in the open air...whether it be walking,running or whatever you decide to do.I don't see a problem with having a friend with you at the local gym as you already have faced a fear of going into a crowded or public environment.If you have a target to exercise by yourself choose the correct time or place.You have to feel good after exercise and if you are working in the gym that is an achievement too.
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    Hi Mogie,

    thank you you for having the courage to post today, I know it's hard to do. I can sympathise with you because I have had simular anxiety about work when on the surface there seemed no reason for it. You say you have tried anxiety medication in the past and were put off by the side effects, maybe it's time to retry as it will help get your anxiety under control. I would also suggest writting about your feelings, emotions in fact get as much down as you can, it will help you get a sense of what maybe triggering your anxiety. Finally I know it's said so much but CBT, mindfulness, meditation and self hypnosis are all options available to you for self help. I hope his has helped and please keep in touch and let me know how you are getting on 

    david

     

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      Thanks David, I might try medication again some time in the future but at the moment I don't really have the time to take the risk, if that makes sense, last time I was bed-ridden for two weeks..

      I do tend to write a lot when inspiration strikes, I wrote a lot when I was a bit younger too.

      As soon as I'm able I will try and get a referral to an adult mental health service as I've only been with camhs before, and will be 18 in July.

      Thanks for your advice

      -Mogie

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      The one thing I like about the mind is that we can get it under control, we may not be able to cure our physical bodies but as many have proved have strength in our mind can even lessen the suffering of our body. Try everything to help you relax and regain control, never give up, never wait, you are already on your journey to recovery and you must press on, stay strong when the anxiety comes, know it for what it is, just an illness. Deep breaths and say to yourself "not today, today is my day to smile and walk in the sun"

      forgive my preaching but I feel that if we all stand strong, we may not recover but we will live and live not in fear but in strength

      David

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    Hi. I have suffered 4 plus decades with the same problem. Tried everything herbal, holistic and read all the books etc. haha! You have a chemical imbalance. CBT didn't work for me, tried 3 different times in my life. Only seroxat medication helped me. It makes you I'll for a few days but worth sticking it out. Exercise def helps when I can get the motivation to go! Mindfulness meditation helps if you stick at it and panic/social phobia apps/CDs help me too. Good luck and go back to your Dr. You only get one life so enjoy it...
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      Thank you for the advice, I will ask about different medication later in the year as CBT didn't really do anything for me and it's time to move on!

      hope you have a nice day,

      -Mogie

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