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How do I make myself better? - April 22nd 2015, 01:18 AM

So I have a wide variety of anxiety disorders (panic disorder, generalized anxiety, and social anxiety.) I'm seeing a counselor but I can't really seem to open up or get my point across about how my life is where I want it to be.

I used to enjoy all things outdoors, exercising, shopping, etc. But all of these thing cause anywhere from mild anxiety to a full blown panic attack and it's starting to get old. I just want to be able to enjoy my life again without having to worry when the next panic attack is going to happen, or if I'm going to get anxiety from a certain activity.

I have gotten decent at calming myself down without the aid of other people, unless I'm having a full blown panic attack But the physical symptoms drive me crazy. I get really dizzy and I get depersonalization basically everyday. I just want to make it better.

I'm on medication - but it seems to not have gotten rid of every symptom. I just don't want to feel like I'm dying everyday. I don't know who to talk to about this. My counselor? My family doctor? How can I better myself?

all i want is a place to call my own and
mend the hearts of everyone who feels alone,
you know to keep your hopes up high and your head down low.

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Re: How do I make myself better? - April 22nd 2015, 02:23 AM

It is a real art and a real challenge to open up to someone, especially a counsellor. Give it some time and make sure you have chosen someone that you trust to talk to. Don't expect too much of yourself. The counsellor will probably know that you might be nervous and if they see that it's getting a bit overwhelming for you, then they will cater for that.

I remember when I originally got counselling for an incident which change my perception of suicide forever, I was avoiding certain words, but being comfortable with it took some time.

As far as the "how" goes, it's a combination of many things. The right combination of counselling, medication and direct action/implementation of coping strategies will get you the best result. Some people only need counselling while some people may need at least four or five prongs of attack.

I recommend you see your family doctor again about the balance and also the effectiveness of medications. Medications have to be reviewed as requirements for them change, as medical conditions present themselves etc. If you don't believe the medications you are on have worked to their potential, ask your doctor if they're sure about your current plan and explain your concerns.

Medications can't fix all symptoms though, and it might be a matter of patience or review of your relationship with your counsellor, to give your counselling experience the kick start it may need.

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