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I have questions about handling anxiety
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Hey there, what can I help you with regard to anxiety issues?
I realize it is long past time for me to see a doctor, but I am far too anxious to keep an apot
OK, what happens when it comes time to see someone?
I make the appt and always cancel. My stress level is too high. Logically, I realize the importance but just can't do it
Alrighty. I understand. First things first. You've got to understand that you are not alone in this
Fear of going to a doctor is a very very common issue
What happens to you? Do you get physical symptoms? (like sweating and shakiness) Or is your ind running around in circles and you talk yourself out of it?
I do, but I am embarrassed about my anxiety. There is no logical reason for it.
Yes I know what a panic attack is , but really only experienced them on airplanes. My mind races and I can't think straight
Ohh, if only we were logical creatures. But we aren't. Our brain is wired on the idea of survival and fear is a response to that
I've tried everything but nothing works
You can beat your brain back by refusing to listen to it.
You must first learn that worry is a habit with a neurobiological underpinning. Then apply relaxation to counteract the tension that is building up.
This âDonât Listenâ method decreases the tension by combining a decision to ignore the voice of worry with a cue for the relaxation state.
To stop listening to the command to worry, you can say to yourself: âIts just my anxious brain firing wrongâ. This is the cue to begin relaxation breathing which will stop the physical sensations of dread that trigger the radar.
It isn't a lack of courage.. Don't blame yourself! It takes courage to even understand the problem and admit that something is wrong.
There are tons of people walking around with extreme anxiety who refuse to even believe that something is wrong. They may even never leave the house
I am pretty sensible and I get this is a problem. My brain tells me all this panic is nonsense, but I worry this is getting out of control at this point
So you've tried things like deep breathing exercises?
Oh yes and it does help. In the moment , it's better but I still can't get to a doctor. My husband told me all he wanted for our anniversary was for me to start seeing a doctor and I couldn't do it.
I'm sure you are aware that you haven't failed your husband. This is an ORGANIC problem. Anxiety is governed by neurotransmitters in the brain.
You've got a disorder there.. Just has if someone had a hormone problem or something like that
I don't know if you've tried this technique before.. but have you ever heard of something called "resistance breathing"?
I have read that as well. I do know that anxiety got much worse after menopause. Another reason I am probably afraid is that I started sneak smoking in 2008 after quitting for 25 years. My son was critically ill and it helped a lot. I don't do it much, but if my husband knew, he would be so upset. He absolutely hates it and he is riight!
Agreed. it's a crutch against anxiety.. i'm not at all for it in general.. but do you think if you smoked a cig on your way to your appointment... that you'd make it there? The sacrifice would be worth it then. At least in my mind.
I'm kind of a do the right thing person and I hate not being able to do the right think. Are there doctors that specialize in helping people who are afraid to seek help?
You could have a therapist come home if you like I know that there are psychotherapists who do house visits. They are NOT doctors.. but they are very very good at what they do
I would be totally embarrassed to tell a doctor that I sneak cigarettes!!
What if i told you i'm a doctor and I sneak cigs. My mom hates them.. so I never told her i smoke.
That actually makes me feel better:)
We are all human.. a doctor knows that (or should know that) better than most
My friend recently told her doctor that she smoked and he screamed at her
Well. that's not very nice
Does your organization give referrals ?
Unfortunately not. See we're all the way over in India and we can't refer people outside of this country
My time is running out. What's your best advice?
Could always ask you to come here. :-)
Don't think the plane ride would be a nice thing to put you through though
Deep breathing exercises and calling a therapist to your home
That's the best I can think of at the moment
Hope I helped!
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