Saturday, June 25, 2011

Anxiety....How to Manage it

Part of dealing with anxiety is to understand it, embrace it and manage it.  Remember,  Anxiety can be use for good or bad.  It can be used to achieve great things, but it can also burn us out as well.

Try and explore......

1 Mindfulness or "self awareness"
2 Acceptance and Commitment Therapy  and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Acceptance is harder than you think as it goes against the core fibre of our society of trying to "fix" everything.  This form of therapy focuses on the art of acceptance.  Sometimes I refer to this as "Tai Chi Psychology" ie if you cannot fight force with force, you need to embrace and channel it elsewhere useful.
3 Take time to understand yourself, your core values and your "conditioned mind"
4 Like everything, knowledge is not enough, you must apply it repetitively until it becomes habit.  Some people can do this by themselves and some will need a Therapist/Doctor with an interest in mental health.  Just like some people can learn how to play a guitar by themselves whereas, some will need a tutor.  I would advise you to do this under a guidance of a Therapist/Doctor if possible.
5 Certain medications like Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors can be useful but unfortunately, is not the complete answer.  Please talk to you Doctor about this.
6 Certain short term medications like benzodiazepines can help you to relax, but may cause dependence issues.  Long term use should be avoided.  Again, please talk to your Doctor about this.  I will get our inhouse pharmacist to write an article about this in the near future.
7 Eat well and regular exercise eg Tai Chi, Yoga, Pilates etc
8 Consider regular meditation
9 Aim for good sleep
10 Open to receiving support from your friends and family.
11 Consider a support group (may not be helpful for some people)
12 See your Doctor to rule out any physical problems like thyroid disease, sleep apnea, anaemia, iron/b12/folate deficiencies.

Hope this helps.

Dr Vin Family Doctor Australia
MBBS FRACGP

1 comment:

  1. These are great options for coping with anxiety. We live in a quick fix society where people do often seek medication first when they experience mental health problems. More education is needed to promote therapy as a way to treat the core causes of anxiety.

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