Dealing with Anxiety Disorder.

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Sir Random's picture
Dealing with Anxiety Disorder.

I'm going to start right out: I have had this for a while now (officially diagnosed) and have been MANAGING (read: barely coping with) it. An event a few nights ago lead me to paranoia's front doorstep. I'm not entirely right minded again yet, but I'm close enough to not break down every 6 hours. Any tips, information (from one of your own experiences or another source is fine). Thank you for your support.

"Don't ever think your opponent can't hurt you, no matter how old the hardware they're using is. Unless their throwing rocks at your plane. Even then, don't question their power. Question their sanity." - Unknown Vietnam War Airforce pilot.

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chimp3's picture
I have been diagnosed with

I have been diagnosed with depression / anxiety syndrome. I actually took myself to the ER once because I thought I was having a heart attack. After hours of testing{ I thought I was going to receive some bad news} this wise old MD asked me : "So how have you and your wife been getting along?" Nailed it. Everything else looked good. Told him I was never so happy to find out I was depressed. I am still not taking any medications although that may be easier. There is nothing wrong with reacting to this insane world with a bit of anxiousness or sadness. It is perfectly normal.

Pitar's picture
Reminds me of a flight (US

Reminds me of a flight (US Air Force) over Ireland on my way to a European destination. Some IRA rebel radio operator busted our frequency and demanded we leave their airspace. We were already on a course to oblige him and, at 600 MPH, it would take but a minute. But he insisted in threatening us to depart immediately or a preemptive measure would be employed. They had no weaponry outside of small arms and boobytraps (IEDs). In other words, their threats were hollow but just the idea that someone would visit harm on us just for the sake of it was alarming. I was 19 years old at the time.

Paranoia is a resident evil one must tirelessly endure and I can say it has visited me a couple times. But, I don't live with it. Wounded twice in situations I thought wholly safe, let's just say I learned to sleep with one eye open. Combatants always endure it. Imagine being a low-level ground attack fighter pilot whose statistical life expectancy is 6 weeks, yet his 100-mission requirement will entail 4 months in-country to accomplish. Most I knew flew a touch inebriated. Consider such life-expectancy risks across all combatants and you can imagine the paranoia soup those people feed off of.

That was the paranoia of the physical world, though, and paranoia related to that can be resolved by removing oneself from the source if possible. The mental world of paranoia, though similar, gives no such chance of escape. I empathize with anyone who lives that existence.

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Thank you for both the words

Thank you for both the words and the comparison. As the quote should have evidenced, I am very interested in aviation of all sorts, both civil and military. Therefore, that comparison (if that's not what it was meant to be I apologize for interpreting it wrong) was easily understandable.

ThePragmatic's picture
Look into cognitive

(This is mostly copied from what I wrote to "Supe" about panic attacs)

Look into cognitive behavioral therapy.
It's a method based on learning to self-help, but guidance is very helpful and it provides an outside perspective. It's effective against anxiety and panic attacks, among other things.

"CBT is an evidence-based psychological treatment that was developed through decades of scientific research."

"If you suffer from panic attacks, obsessive thoughts, unrelenting worries, or an incapacitating phobia, you may have an anxiety disorder. But you don’t have to live with anxiety and fear."

There are a lot of web pages and books on the subject. A little too much it seems, so it might be hard to sift through everything and find the good information.
Just make sure that it is endorsed by a professional organisation or health professional, preferably with a lot of experience.

If you want to find a secular therapist, try here:

mykcob4's picture
I have depression and PTSD. I

I have depression and PTSD. I have had years of counseling that has worked. When it was really bad, I was on Paxil (paroxetine). I never had very high doses and used the drug to shake me out of the funk I was in. I am off all drugs now and function quite normally. Counseling was the biggest help.

Sir Random's picture
I have a person through a

I have a person through a school based mental health program but the last time I saw him we got into a argument on evolution. I won the argument, he got mad because I disproved what he was saying, and he stormed out. I haven't seen him in 7 weeks when I'm supposed to see him once every week.

mykcob4's picture
you have to see someone that

you have to see someone that is focused on you and your problem, not someone that thinks that their ideology will help you. if you have to use a school based counselor go back though the administration and see if you can find a professional other than the one you were seeing. Hopefully your school isn't a"christian" school.

Sir Random's picture
Christian dosent even scratch

Christian dosent even scratch the surface.

mykcob4's picture
I have dealt with depression

I have dealt with depression since I was nine. I think it is genetic as my mother has dealt with it all her life. I have dealt with PTSD since I was 30. I think PTSD is cause by environment. How do I cope? As I said counseling is the best answer or was for me. You need drugs if it gets to a point that you have a break down or have episodes. It is basically a chemical imbalance compiled with pressures like (money, love, death, etc...). Changing your environment is a good solution. If you surround yourself with healthy people, positive people it helps a great deal.

Sir Random's picture
Thank you for the experience

Thank you for the experience based advice. I hope you realize I truly am grateful for it.

CyberLN's picture
I have dealt with situational

I have dealt with situational anxiety. Meds helped me a lot. Most folks who are told they have cancer go from diagnosis to treatment in two to three weeks. I was told I had cancer but it took six months to get type, stage, and grade. Anyone who has ever walked in cancer shoes will tell you that the worst part is waiting...waiting for appointments, waiting for tests, waiting for test results, waiting for fucking everything. I was the queen of waiting. I had to wait six months to even know how bad my cancer was and what combo of slash, burn, and poison was advised. Lots of anxiety. Situational tho. Anxiety meds were miracle drugs for me.

I've known a lot of folks who have chemical disorders who balk at taking meds. Dang. It's not different, IMO, than taking insulin for diabetes. Mine was only situational and I used meds. If your chemistry is fucked up, get it right. Nothing wrong, sometimes, with the adage 'better living thru chemistry'.

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All good points and good

All good points and good advice. Thank you.

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