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Anxiety Part Deux

In this second installment of anxiety management, I wanted to add a little more about different types of anxiety, including anxiety and panic attacks.

In the video, I discuss three different ways to deal with your anxiety and panic attacks. I encourage you to watch it. I do believe those tricks have been successful for many of my clients and I hope they are for you too. It is essential to learn how to do it without medication in the long term, as most fast acting anxiety medications are highly addictive and make it less tempting to learn the skills to work on anxiety and panic attacks. These medications also seem to effect motivation to learn new skills.

I also believe that I need to normalize a little bit of anxiety. Some people believe that having any type of anxiety is negative. In fact, I think we should all have some sort of anxiety. It’s when anxiety become so crippling that you can’t do anything that it becomes problematic. Anxiety can help us get things done, help us in stressful situations, as well as push us to do things beyond our normal boundaries.

I think it becomes crippling when it is your only way of getting things done. I also believe that it becomes crippling when it is so present that you don’t know anything else in life. Anxiety can also rob you of energy, as well as strength and ability to complete tasks. So it’s a double-edged sword in many ways.

I also encourage people to not think of anxiety as the other part of bipolar. I have many people who come into counseling and tell me about their anxiety and depression and state to me that they have bipolar. Bipolar is much different than that. Sure, there could be similarities between the two, but it is not the same thing. Anxiety sometimes masks major depressive disorder, just like major depressive disorder can mask anxiety disorder. But having both does not necessarily make you bipolar.

I would love to hear more from you in regards to how you feel your anxiety has effected you in your life.

Anxiety Management

At this time of year, many people start noticing different types of issues they may have. Maybe it’s because we get more reflective at the end of the year, but I think that the holiday season brings that out of most people.

Anxiety can show up in very different ways for different people but I really believe that anxiety is one of the most for valent mental health issue in our society at this point in time. I do believe it is the root of most substance use issues, and one of the main reasons people come the treatment. The reason I say so is that the most extreme form of anxiety issues, panic attacks, is something that shocks most people to go for help.

Typically, people who had panic attacks are looking for a quick fix. It came on all of a sudden and it was difficult to manage. However the quick treatment, which usually involves some sort of medication, an mostly a controlled (read addictive)medication,  does not help you change the way you deal with them mentally. This takes time and will probably mean you will have to deal with more panic attacks in the short term.

Grounding techniques are usually discussed, and also working on what precedes the attack. What I wanted to talk about today besides what Juergen is see in the video, is using sleep hygiene is a way to manage your anxiety in a more effective way. The first thing to do is to limit your screen time an hour before bed. That includes TV, tablets, computers, anything that will emit light directly to your eyes. While we don’t always notice it when we are doing it, those lights are pretty powerful and turns on your brain. Setting a routine is essential also. Whether it’s setting a time where you are going to do some reading, a prayer, meditation,mindfulness exercises, As well as shower and or bath. If you do the same thing regularly, your body will get ready for sleep much more effectively.

And I want to clear up one misconception about habit-forming. I have heard numerous times that it takes 21 days to change a habit. That is actually somewhat of a misnomer. It takes at least 21 days to change a habit. So getting into that pre-sleep habit may take 3 to 4 weeks before he becomes extremely effective. People typically give up after a week or two as it is not working. I don’t most of my clients to give it at least a month and then we can go from there.

Other things can be discussed and round anxiety and I will add to this blog in the coming weeks. Please post your questions on my website, my Facebook site or my twitter page.

Therapy Online=Affordable Therapy for Everyone

Thank you so much to everyone who’s been very patient with me and my blog posts. Things will get back to normal in the coming weeks and I will continue to posts regularly. Here is my Youtube video and blog.

One of the things that I’ve been working on for about six months is with a company called Talkspace. Their goal is to offer therapy for everyone. It’s affordable, it’s simple, it makes sense. One of the things that I’m truly impressed with a talk space is the quality of the therapists that they have signed.

Many of my colleagues are encyclopedias of knowledge in their field. We have a wide range of treaters, from CBT, to family counseling, to couples counseling, to DBT, Jungians, and just about any other approach that you can think of right now. They are dedicated and really believe in this product and their treatment. It is a good combo to have an essential for success.

Talkspace is for many different type of clients, and to give a strict definition of who and who should use it would be like telling people who should use face-to-face counseling. There’s no one way of doing. Most people that have encountered me there have found it both helpful, affordable, and convenient. One of the things that they talk about is having a therapist in your pocket so to speak.

You can use your room and talk space to chat via text, via audio, or via video. It is not an immediate response type of counseling but it does give you the time to think about your response as well as figuring out what you’re trying to convey either to the therapists and or to client. But if you want more of the face-to-face immediate response, you can pay a little extra and do Skype sessions where you therapists. The flexibility is amazing.

You can write at any time and at any amount. Therapist respond twice a day and have been very happy doing so. While I know I sound like a commercial for Talkspace, I truly believe in the product and that therapy delivered in this way can be beneficial to just about everyone. I included a link here at the bottom for those who are interested.

http://www.talkspace.com/online-therapy/