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    Suggest treatment for stress and anxiety

My son is having extreme stress and anxiety and sleep apnea due to the stress level. He has had three sleep tests for apnea and given several masks to use - all of which he cannot use. His apnea is not caused by any obstruction to the airways. He has a very stressful job, stress at home with his daughter, and bills caused by many medical testings. He also has IBS and high blood pressure. He tries to stay gluten-free and maintain the acidity level of his digestive system, but as he works at least 12 hours (on an average day), 6-1/2 days a week, it is hard. He is 61 yrs of age, and has a family history of heart and memory related problems. He has asked different doctors to check his hormonal balance, and none have so far listened to him. He lives in the Tampa Florida area. He prefers to be treated through alternative means rather than a plethora of drugs. The present meds for BP and anxiety he is taking are causing many side effects. I can get a list of them if you want. Please, can you offer any suggestions? Thank You
Mon, 8 Dec 2014
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Psychiatrist 's  Response
dear,
for his Ibs gluten free diet is only way to prevent. Now our aim is to minimise the medications for anxiety and stress.
1) you have an option of psychotherapy sessions to deal with the stress. relaxation techniques and skill training to deal with the anxiety.
2) controlling your anxiety is crucial as it may aggravate your IBS problem.
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