colinmichaels Posted November 21, 2010 Share Posted November 21, 2010 Why here?: I 've been lookin' around now for 3 months or so, lurking on lot's of sites and just kept coming back here. Just felt like it was the right place to be. About Me: I am a 57 year old professional. Married with two teenage daughters. Had anxiety since I was a kid-panic attacks occasionally-usually agoraphobic/claustrophobia related. Also a mild depressive-gloomy-sadness style. Mornings are way better for me-late afternoons worst. Sleep disruption by racing thoughts-wake up too early due to racing thoughts/worry. last few years anxiety/panic has gotten worse. Interests: Hiking-biking-running-love exercise, my vegetable garden, doing things with my family, surfing the net, good books, eastern philosophies-taoism/hinduism/buddhism-the correlation between mysticism and the new physics, the idea of transcendance and that there is a soul-a reality beyond the mere physical/material, nutrition-I really beleive diet matters a lot. meds/therapy: Ativan prn, Lexapro 10 mg (considering an increase to 20 mg) been on Lex for 6 weeks has not been effective for anxiety at this dose, has improved my mood considerably. Ativan for 22 years or more-only take it when necessary which is usually several times a week. Would really like to take it most days-but I resist unless the anxiety gets to be over the top! I have also dabbled in CBT-find it helpful for the minor anxiety-but the panic/paranoid stuff it is much less effective than meds for me. Mindfullness training/radical acceptance is also helpful-really need to keep working on that because I beleive it is the next step beyond Cognitive therapy-actually looking at your thoughts objectively as the observor rather than getting caught up in them as if they are who you are. well that about summarizes it. I am really glad to be here and I look forward to getting to know some of you! Colinmichaels Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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