If you’re suffering from anxiety and depression and want someone to talk to please feel free to message me.
I have been through, and I am still going through anxiety to this day. Although I can manage it now I have learnt a lot from other people and research.
Maybe we can help each other :)
I have it to. I’ve been able to “manage” it for for quite some time, but now people are starting to notice. My best friends’ advice is “just go to the doctor dude, and he’ll give u some ‘effin pills”. Something tells me that it takes more than just pills…IDK, I guess talking to a doctor wouldn’t hurt. I just feel like I should be able to do this on my own. Any words of wisdom?
Definitely stay away from the pills. Getting over stuff like this is a continual Journey of self discovery. My advice is to do what makes you happy with people who make you happy. You can message me also if you want to talk about this more in depth.
Pills are not a cop out, not a sign of weakness. If you had AIDS, you would take meds. if you have a mental disorder that is serious, take meds. Yes it is a journey to self discovery, but most mental illnesses cannot be cured, only managed. And if taking medications stops someone from hurting themselves or others, then its important to take them. If you can ‘get over’ it…then chances are it wasnt mental illness. it was just emotions.
Eh I don’t know. I am only hesitant to pills because a lot of them just numb the pain when in reality what needs to be done is for the person experiencing the said pain to really be with it. If everything is numb you can’t let it happen and sit with the negative energy thought bubble that, if looked at for what it is and cared for, it would burst..Immense peace will follow.
I am diagnosed bi-polar type 1…and have been battling with myself on the issue of taking medication since I’ve gotten my first prescription. What I have learned is that Bi-Polar and similar illnesses are actual chemical imbalances in the brain that cannot be fixed by any amount of positive thinking or lifestyle change. The brain, during a psychotic bi polar episode, registers the similar activity to a brain having an epileptic fit. The truth is a hard pill to swallow. A balance of the right medication, good sleep, healthy diet and exercise, and therapy are the best ways to manage any mental illness. If you have a serious mental illness, you may be tempted to ignore medications when you are feeling great or reject them because you feel like it makes you weak. You wouldn’t refuse medications if you had a serious infection or cancer, so why refuse medications if you have a mental disorder? Most serious mental disorders have physical and chemical causes, and need to be treated like any other illness. I’m not talking about the occasional feeling down…If you are able to keep yourself balanced without meds then by all means go that route. But it is important to know that in many cases medications are the best option, not alone, but as part of the treatment program.
Have you ever read this book?
An ex of mine was severely bipolar so I got it and believe after reading that some people can really be treated without drugs. Unfortunately she wasn’t the type to put much effort into anything that reminded her of her condition.
Hey guys, I had just read this article: Herbal Remedies for Anxiety before seeing your thread. Here’s the link and hope it helps!
@himynameisscott, Hi Scott, if you think you can learn to manage it on your own without medication than I think that is your best option. I agree with @iflookscouldkill, that sometimes it is absolutely necessary to take medication- especially if you are bi-polar. In other cases I believe that you can find tools to cope with your anxiety such as: meditation, reading, exercise etc. What I found that works for me is trying to be as present as possible and accepting how I am feeling in the moment. Fighting your anxiety and trying to make it go away only worsens it.
Accepting is key. I always remind myself that it is just a chemical imbalance and yes I feel like shit in this moment but it will pass and when you accept that yes, you feel like shit at this time and it is what it is the feeling of dread subsides. The problem most of us have is we are so focused on what is going on in our minds, we don’t realize how much we are constantly thinking and aren’t being present in the moment or focusing on something we are doing. It’s like when you’re reading a book and you get so lost in your own thoughts you have to go back and read the page over. I found a blog a few years back that talks all about accepting however you may feel- I always recommend it to people because it really helped me, so I will post that if you want to take a look at it; also I would recommend Eckhart Tolle books they are life changers.
Talking to other people who are going through something similar is great too. Nothing worse than trying to explain how you feel to someone who just doesn’t get it, makes you feel more isolated. So again I say feel free to message me anytime. My skype name is alexandylee or you can message me on here,
The blog I mentioned: http://www.anxietynomore.co.uk/
I used to be depressed, but then I realised that only I can help myself, so I took it upon myself to be more positive.
I used to see a psychiatrist and his team about 15 years ago, but they were dopes and said crap like “athiesm is an illness” and “you won’t amount to much” lol.. But one I see now is cool, and is professional and ethical.
I think though that meds aren’t required, and essentially one has to just not let things ruffle them and change one’s attitude.
Though I would recommend a good psychiatrist for anybody who doesn’t feel tops, and one who talks through issues and not discard them or push pills. Psychiatry should be promoted more in contemporary society IMO.
Our minds are not our own. Our consciousness comes from them, but does not guide the mind. If the mind is feeling down, consciousness reflects that, but consciousness can often (seemingly) turn it around…
It is useful sometimes to know the mind will always dictate where your consciousness is – Hell, heaven, and anywhere in between. However, it is consciousness that allows us to walk around in these places, or acknowledge them as ‘real’.
Over the past few weeks my mind has been quite chaotic, and I’m trying to find the source. I believe it to be a large variety of things – amphetamine use, supplements that change serotonin/dopamine levels, and high stress in relationships and school – however, I have found that if I believe the negative feelings I am feeling are simply filters put over my vision, and that they aren’t ‘true’ to life, I find everything is much easier to handle.
For instance if I am feeling like my work is very stressful and hard to do and I will never finish, I have the backup idea that I am just being told this due to certain veil over my eyes at the moment, that will correct itself in time.
Thus the cycle of stress-worry-stress is diminished, if not destroyed.
Exactly how I have been feeling lately. Even down to the convincing myself everything I find to be worrisome is just a figment of my imagination. A sort of self-hypnosis.. I do find this to be true, even in aspects about who “I” really am. Maybe there is no “I” and I am just “that”. And if so.. then those worries about myself can never be real because there is no stagnant self to be plastered on.
Right.. imagine if we were brought up to believe that the self was an illusion, that individuality is a personal choice, not a physical law. That consciousness is a phenomenon that exists like an aether for all things.
Worrisome over the body would diminish… we would still have instincts, adrenaline and such would still pump if being chased by a tiger, but still, one would not fear the future, only react to the now.
That’s why I recommend the Eckhart Tolle book ‘Power of Now’ because he talk’s about how we are not our minds – that our minds are just a tool. We are the consciousness that recognizes we are thinking. He explains it much better than I do.
Yeah but then again he is still human and in an environment like the one we live, where money rules the world, it is hard not to fall into that category once known as he is. Hopefully one day someone will rise up without the need for money.
First post on HE, even though I’ve been reading for months….Okay so here’s my story. I’m 19 years old, grew up in a healthy suburb of Chicago. Needless to say, I’ve been addicted to heroin for 3 years and been to countless psychiatrists along the way. My parents always told me I was depressed, so at an early age I started to believe it. Never took the meds though because of the side effects I learned of through the internet. The most rewarding experience of my life has been spending 6 months in the Cook County jail (one of the roughest in the country). Being a white unaffiliated kid from the burbs, it was a make or break you moment. In there after the withdrawal symptoms were through, I made a promise to myself to do everything I can to make the most of this life and to stop the drugs. I read 37 novels, probably 13 were self-improvement books, and yes I have a written list. I came to many realizations along the way. Most important being that happiness comes from within, and only within. If I could manage being completely happy with my current circumstances in jail, I feel that I could accomplish nearly anything in life. I started believing that no matter what happens, it was the best possible thing that could happen to me and since then, life is good. I have been clean for 1 year and am in the process of chasing a degree. I feel that everything falls into place now, and I even have people asking me why am always so happy. To make a long story short, perspective is everything, and I am happy to be alive, thats all:)