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    Default How to beat anxiety and depression without seeing a psychiatrist ?

    I have been going through a lot my whole life and I finally have an appointment with a psychiatrist on Wednesday but it's really making me nervous. I am starting to have doubts on whether or not I should go. Should I still go or should I try and beat this depression and anxiety on my own ? What are things I can do on a daily basis to make myself feel better ? Any advice ? I feel like I should go but I have anxiety just thinking about going .
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    Anxiety about going to your first appt is so normal. It's all part of the nastiness that you deal with. After the first visit it gets easier and you will be relieved you went.

    When I had depression, I made a point of having a friend take me out once a week. Not taking no for am answer and making me go out into the sunshine/fresh air etc. There were so mamy times I hated him for making me leave my little black cloud, but now I couldn't thank him enough.

    Not much help I'm sorry but there is light at the end of the tunnel. Hugs


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    Default my keys to coping with anxiety

    Hi,
    I have been struggling with anxiety for a few years, especially body issues after birth, I want to avoid taking medication at all costs. I have been seeing a psychologist, which has been great and she recommended a product called coping keys from MindAid. I am not sure where to get them, but the're great for my social anxiety,
    I hope my chemist will stock them soon!!!

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    Go see a naturopath who specialises in anxiety and mood disorders. They can help with natural lifestyle changes and herbal supplements.

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    I went to a psychiatrist for the first time last week. I have issues about something from a while ago, and was incredibly nervous about going. Once I went I was so glad I did. I feel that the cause of my anxiety is a bit pathetic (in my mind) so it took me a long time to see someone because I felt guilty for not being able to handle it myself. Go to your first appointment and see how you feel. Feel free to pm me if you like

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    This sounds ridiculous but when I have had terrible anxiety I literally talk to it saying a positive affirmation over and over as many times as it takes. Then I absorb myself in gossip magazines!

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    I've suffered from anxiety for a long time and when it's gotten really bad, seeing a professional has been the best help. I would come out of my appointments on a high because it felt like I was taking steps in the right direction. I would suggest taking it one step at a time - saying to yourself, ok I'll just go to this one appointment and I don't have to go back if I don't like it. Your psychiatrist could recommend something like cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and there are online courses in that which you could do at home. Also, is there someone close to you that could go with you to the appointment (just to wait in the waiting room)? All the very best - you've taken a very positive step even to have made the appointment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ivfhopeful View Post
    This sounds ridiculous but when I have had terrible anxiety I literally talk to it saying a positive affirmation over and over as many times as it takes. Then I absorb myself in gossip magazines!

    I do that myself, Anxiety is a bugger and I sometimes get so upset I tell it off and it actually goes! LOL. Best luck bishvabis, Your going to be ok and remember your not alone xx Let us know how you get on.

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    Haha Sara that's what I do. I say you ate not going to beat me. Go away! Then I just say kind things to myself. Anxiety is a horrible horrible thing. I would go to see the psychiatrist to get feedback. Cognitive behavioural therapy is very successful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bishvabis View Post
    I have been going through a lot my whole life and I finally have an appointment with a psychiatrist on Wednesday but it's really making me nervous. I am starting to have doubts on whether or not I should go. Should I still go or should I try and beat this depression and anxiety on my own ? What are things I can do on a daily basis to make myself feel better ? Any advice ? I feel like I should go but I have anxiety just thinking about going .
    I would still keep the appointment, as they can really help you get your head around things.

    But things that I have done that I am sure have kept my anxiety at bay (I was medicated about 2 years ago for a 6 month period) are to exercise as often as I can... it really clears your mind and makes you feel good, and I have also learnt my triggers and if I ever felt myself slipping into irrational, negative thoughts I would try to visualise a stop sign and talk myself through positive thoughts in my head.

    In the last year I went through my marriage breaking down due to my ex having an affair while I was pregnant.... and I am pleased to say I never once went back to that scary place. Hope this helps ??


 

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