3 Steps to Overcoming Anxiety

If you have any anxiety disorder, knowing how to manage it is essential to achieving your goals in life. Even day to day living can be affected by disorders such as General Anxiety Disorder or PTSD.

I have dealt with PTSD for many years, and at it’s most severe moments, would make going to school or work a challenge. There would be days when I would drive to these places and would not be able to walk in due to my anxiety at that time. As it began to affect my occupation and schooling, I tried to find ways to keep it in check.

1.See a psychiatrist

After my episodes in middle school, I was hospitalized and was scheduled an appointment with a psychiatrist. At the time of the appointment, I was given a diagnosis of PTSD and depression, which is a mood disorder that often runs concurrently with PTSD.

I was prescribed Zoloft(an anti-depressant) and Abilify(an anti-psychotic).A couple of weeks after taking them, I was able to do the things I needed to do without as much trouble and was in a better mood in general. They are not a cure all, but they may help some people.

Only a psychiatrist can determine your diagnosis and what the best treatment is for you. If your disorder causes dysfunction in your life in any way, it is best to see one.

2. Keep a journal of triggers

It helps to make a list of things that provoke your anxiety.

For example….

If you can anticipate when you will have anxiety,you can prepare your self for it.

After I had done this, I would go into these situations knowing they would cause anxiety and planned accordingly. For example, I would take a back road rather than the highway when I was driving around rush hour.

3. Practice deep breathing

Stop reading for a second.Inhale for 5 seconds,hold it for 5 seconds,and exhale for 7 seconds. If you do this a few times, you will probably feel more relaxed by the time your done.

“Abdominal breathing for 20 to 30 minutes each day will reduce anxiety and reduce stress.”(https://www.stress.org/take-a-deep-breath) Over time, you should see your anxiety subside.

Different people respond differently to things.But these are three steps you can take to cope with anxiety better. If you have more tips to share, please feel free to post in the comments below:)

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