Anxiety? Depression? Help Me.?
Topic: How to write a guided meditation
May 26, 2019 / By Floella Question:
Hi, this is really hard for me to talk about but here we go. I think I have a problem but I'm not sure what it is. I think it is anxiety and depression. So about a month ago me and my girlfriend broke up. Later that day my friend came over and asked if i wanted to smoke some weed. Now I have only smoked two times before that and it was almost exactly a year ago. So I thought, what the hell why not. I didn't really want to but I did anyway. Earlier in the day I had eaten a lot of salsa and I know that raises histamine in a person. Histamine has a role in panic attacks. We went for a walk and smokes A LOT and this was really high grade marijuana. After a few minutes I felt really weird. I felt like I was going to black out. My heart was racing and I felt like I was dreaming or dying. It was the scariest moment of my life. The next day I woke up and I still felt a little weird but not as weird. I think the problem was that I had very bad anxiety the next day and was scared of what had happened the night before. I did not know at the time that I had experienced a panic attack. Later I realized that this is what it was. The histamine and pot had made me suffer a horrible panic attack. After a while I began to diagnose myself with certain things (I have always been a hypochondriac). I felt strange for about two weeks after this. Then one night I was over my friends house and all of a sudden I got the sensation that i was in a dream and I started to get extremely scared and I thought I was going crazy. I sat down and after a while I had him drive me home. The next day I was literally scared out of my mind. I didn't know what happened. It was around this time I realized (i think) that it was panic attacks that I had been having. I also had awful anxiety the next day. I was so scared because I thought I was going insane. I stayed in bed all day and tried to convince myself that I was okay and it was all in my head. My parents kept telling me it was all in my head but I didn't know what to do. I called an emergency hot line that night because I was so scared. The man on the other line taught me some breathing techniques and they worked. I also learned some relaxation techniques. I began to feel better and I have not had a panic attack since that night. I have learned to control them for the most part although I have come close. The problem now is that I still feel strange almost as though ever since that night something is different. But I know that nothing is different, nothing happened except the fact that I smoke a little too much weed and had a panic attack. I just can't get this out of my head, I know in my heart that I am okay but I can't seem to shake it. Sometimes I do, then I think "is it gone now? is this how I used to feel?" Then once I think about it again it comes back. I know that the solution is to stop thinking about it, the problem is that I don't know how. I used to do things and I no longer have any motivation to do them. I am a musician and I used to write music in my room a lot, but I have not done that and other things since this happened. I just cant seem to concentrate on anything without thinking about it. I feel that I may just be suffering from depression and anxiety but I don't know. Please help me.
Best Answers: Anxiety? Depression? Help Me.?
Dakota | 9 days ago
I think some of this could still be fallout from the breakup with your girlfriend. Keep doing your breathing exercises and give it a couple more weeks and see if things don't get better. hypochondria is an anxiety disorder I believe, and you may be prone to anxiety. Go to mayoclinic.com and webmd.com and get as much info on anxiety disorders as you can.
You can get a free download of a meditation exercise called guided imagery at healthjourneys.com. I havent listened to this one because i have slow dialup & can't download it, but most of them are nice, like you are on a beach or in a meadow etc. Give it a try. Also, see if you can get the anxiety and phobia workbook at the library. they have lots of practical tips in that book and more guided imageries that you can use to make your own recording. Otherwise, I think it would be about $15 or $20 if you buy it.
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Originally Answered: Anxiety/Depression or something serious? HELP?
I'll give you my generic anxiety advice - please try some of these things, particularly the Ludinda Bassett program. The specifics of your situation probably don't matter - doing the actions listed below should help anxiety no matter what the cause. Good luck!
Generic anxiety tips (print them out):
Turn the heat up in the house or dress more warmly. It is hard to feel anxiety when you are too warm. Hot baths work, and at work/school, you can try running hot water over your hands.
Caffeine, cold remedies, antidepressants, stimulants like Adderall & other drugs can cause anxiety. Birth control, blood pressure, acne, sleeping pills, antipsychotics & others can cause depression.
Try meditation like progressive muscle relaxation or guided imagery. Get The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook by Edmund Bourne. The library probably has it. There are meditations in there, you could make a recording or get a friend to do it. There are many meditations at YouTube. Download & convert to MP3 with RealPlayer, which is free.
Go out with friends, and if you don't have any, find a club to join and MAKE yourself go until you look forward to it. Laughing reduces anxiety.
Exercise at least 1/2 hour a day, and anytime you feel really anxious or depressed -research shows it is effective for most people.
"Sleep hygiene" : Go to bed and get up about the same time each day, even weekends. Don't use your bedroom to watch TV and read and use the computer -just use the room as a bedroom. Don't do stuff that pumps you up right before bed, like exercising and using the computer. The light from the computer screen or TV wakes you up if you use them right before bed. Blue light is the big offender – try using old- fashioned incandescent bulbs right before bed. Make the bedroom very dark. Use a noise generator or recording ( wave sounds etc.) to cover up disturbing sounds. Avoid caffeine in afternoon and evening.
Put colorful, happy things around the house, and let the sun in. Make a list of things that make you happy. Part of my list: Bread fresh from the oven, fireworks popping on a warm summer evening, the crisp sound of a saltine cracker breaking, fresh sheets on the bed, etc. Read that list when you are down. I also use comforting scents, like Jergen's lotion, vanilla or cloves.
Cut back on responsibilities temporarily so you can spend more time with friends and family. ASK for help. If there are people or situations that stress you , identify them and reduce them as possible.
Learn to breathe: Put your hand on your belly. Now breathe deep, and feel your belly move up & down. That is the right way. You are probably breathing up in your chest area, instead, and that makes you more anxious. Now breathe slowly. Do a mantra in your head innnnnn ouuuuut innnnnn ouuuuut while slowly breathing. Focus on whatever 2 words you want as you breathe slowly.
Are you catastrophising, thinking of the WORST thing that could happen? Catch yourself doing this, then change your thinking to what is the MOST LIKELY thing to happen.
For phobias, panic can only last an hour or so – you run out of adrenaline & start to calm down. So some fears, if you can ride them out & tolerate the fear for that hour, you will conquer the phobia. This approach is called exposure therapy.
Try free computerized Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at moodgym.anu.edu.au. Some have found the Lucinda Bassett program effective. It's often available used on Ebay. (be sure to get the workbooks, old versions on cassette tape are inexpensive).
**You have to work thru the program that you choose – nobody else can fix you – you must fix yourself, with tools that are taught to you.** Consider professional help.
Well its sounds like u have this one figured out. I would say anxeity and depression. I smoked weed and had many panic attacks from it about 15 yrs ago. I never knew what they were then. I been having anxeity disorder for 7 yrs. So now I can look back and know. But I feel the feeling where it feels u r in a dream and then u feel like u going crazy after u start dwelling on it. Its hard to beat. I suggest a counsler. They can be such a big help. They train for years to diagnos these probs and help u overcome this. I assure u that the weed didn't give u a problem. It probally did however trigger it. See once u have a panic attack and learn what they feel like u can bring them on after. Once u begin to fear the fear of an attack then it becomes a disorder. I would love to know the number u called where the man taught u breathing techniques. I need to learn some myself. Email me when I get a chance. Good luck and God Bless.
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I do not have depression or schizophrenia, but i do suffer from anxiety. Marijuana for me does alleviate my anxiety. You are too young to be smoking, however. Your brain is still developing and marijuana has over 400 chemicals in it; some could possible hinder brain development. It seems like you have many mental problems and the last that that you want to do is use a drug like weed to cope with them. You need much more than weed it sound like. There has to be better alternatives out there that will help you better than weed ever could.
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Techniques for control of panic attacks, from a psychologist, and a published psychiatrist, are shown in section 8, at http://www.ezy-build.net.nz/~shaneris Depression: see section 2, at ezy build, page R first. For females, also view page V: "women to women", and if young; young women's depression.
For males, view male depression. Teens: teen depression, and there is also a page on depression in children. Eventually, read the section. Anxiety; see section 6; page N first. Quizzes for both disorders are shown in those sections. If you use proper spacing, by pressing the "enter" key twice, or more in succession, more people will read your questions. Try it.
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Lifestyle and home remedies
Although social anxiety disorder generally requires help from a medical expert or qualified psychotherapist, you can try some self-help techniques to handle situations likely to trigger social anxiety disorder symptoms.
First, assess your fears to identify what situations cause the most anxiety. Apply these techniques to those situations. Practicing these techniques regularly can help you manage or reduce your anxiety. You may need to begin with small steps in situations that aren’t overwhelming.
These techniques include:
Eating with a close relative, friend or acquaintance in a public setting.
Making eye contact and returning greetings from others, or being the first to say hello.
Preparing for conversation. For instance, read the newspaper to identify an interesting story you can talk about.
Giving someone a compliment.
Focusing on personal qualities you like about yourself.
Showing an interest in others. Ask about their homes, children, grandchildren, hobbies or travels, for instance.
Asking a retail clerk to help you find an item.
Getting directions from a stranger.
In addition, be sure to keep your medical or therapy appointments, take medications as directed, and talk to your doctor about any changes in your condition.
Coping and support
Coping with social anxiety disorder can be challenging. Having social anxiety disorder can make it difficult for you to go to work or school, to interact with other people, or even to visit the doctor. But maintaining connections and building relationships are key ways to help cope with any mental disorder.
Over time, treatment can help you feel more comfortable, relaxed and confident in the presence of others. In the meantime, don’t use alcohol or illicit drugs to try to get through an event or situation that makes you anxious.
Some positive coping methods include:
Banishing negative thoughts about yourself
Practicing relaxation exercises
Adopting stress management techniques
Reaching out to people you do feel comfortable around
Joining a support group
Engaging in pleasurable activities, such as exercise or hobbies, when you feel anxious
Getting enough sleep
Eating a well-balanced diet
Setting realistic goals
As difficult or painful as it may seem initially, don’t avoid situations that trigger your symptoms. By regularly facing these kinds of situations, you’ll continue to build and reinforce your coping skills.
Over time, doing this can help control your symptoms and prevent a relapse of your condition. Remind yourself that you can get through anxious moments, that your anxiety is short-lived, and that the negative consequences you worry about so much rarely come to pass.
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the same thing happened to me when i was your age. don't smoke weed again, try to get back into your normal routine and things will start to calm down . if you start to have panic attacks on a regular basics you may need to see a doctor. good luck
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the best thing that you can do is go to the doctor and let them run different kinda test on your heart. i had the same problem mines were that i were going to fall dead. they ran different test on me and come to find out that my heart wasn't pumping the blood the way that it should on one side. so i had to take some pills for anxiety attack , but the pills has a lot of different side effect to them but they did help me out. so please talk to your doctor as soon s possible
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Originally Answered: Please help me get over depression, stress, and anxiety.?
When you are triggered the best thing to try and do is ground yourself by doing activities such as the ones on this list:
1. breathe slowly and deeply. In for 5 seconds. Hold for 5 seconds. Out for 5 seconds. and keep repeating it over and over.
2. Use your 5 senses. Smell 5 things where you are now. Taste 5 things. Hear 5 things. See 5 things. Touch 5 things. BUT if one of the senses is what triggered you don't use that sense, skip over it and use another one twice.
3. Call someone you trust, like a friend or your T
4. Write in a journal
6. Change your scenery. If you are outside go inside and visa versa.
7. Write poetry or a story
8. Read a book
9. Play video games
10. Write a letter to someone who hurt you. Then crumple it up and throw it away. Put all the thoughts down on paper as if you would show the person but tear it up and never show them. That is a way for you to get it out.
11. Go for a walk or jog. Be mindful, look at your surroundings and feel the sun, rain, snow, hot, cold.
12. Hold ice in your hand. The cold will snap you back to the present and wont leave any marks
13. Snap a rubber band against your wrist. Once again it will bring you back to the present.
14. Repeat phrases such as "I am safe now" "It's over" "It's just a memory"
15. If you have a pet like a dog or cat pet them, brush them, hug them. Pets hold unconditional love for their owners and are amazing at making people feel better.
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