Combination of CBT and anti-anxiety medication
Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.
I understand that you must be going through a difficult time due to your eating problems. From the description of your symptoms, it indeed appears that you are suffering from an anxiety-related problem. The fact that all your investigations, including a CT scan are normal confirms this.
The problem that you are experiencing is not uncommon. Often, persons who have recently gine through a traumatic experience tend to develop anxiety / fear and subsequently may try to avoid similar experiences or even events that may remind them of the past traumatic experience. Now, as you may be aware, the mind and body are interlinked and function together. So, when there is anxiety in the mind, then this affects the bodily functions like eating and digestion.
Regarding treatment for such problems, psychological therapy
would be the most appropriate and effective strategy. Specifically, a type of therapy called CBT or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is very effective and beneficial. This has two components. One is the 'Cognitive' part which aims at changing the negative, anxiety causing thoughts.The other is the 'Behavioural' part, which aims at modifying the actions and behaviour.
like deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation
, yoga, etc can also help in relieving anxiety.
Try to formulate a diet plan
with your psychologist
, starting with smaller quantities and then a gradual, step-by-step increase in your food intake. Try to avoid forcing yourself to eat large quantities as it may only worsen your anxiety and eating problems.
Combining medication with psychological therapies have been found to a very effective. So, SSRI anti-anxiety medication may be a good substitue to Xanax as they are not addictive and are quite effective.
Don't worry, be persistent in therapy and a combination of CBT and anti-anxiety medication would help you overcome your problem.
Wish you all the best.
Thanks and regards,
Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar