Anxiety – a quick first aid guide
According to the BBC news website, there has been a jump in antidepressant medication. You can click on that to get the link.
A total of 70.9 million prescriptions for antidepressants were dispensed in England in 2018. NHS Digital figures show that the number of drugs issued – for conditions like depression and anxiety – went up from 67.5 million in 2017.
As a therapist there is obviously the need to suggest that medication can and does have a place in the treatment of depression. There are also some conditions where medication is absolutely essential and that also goes without saying.
But also as a mental health professional I am bound to suggest that medication can also prevent you from finding your own inner tools for recovery – depending on the severity of the condition. When we become reliant on medication rather than looking at ways in which we can help ourselves we may stay on medication for years and really not feel all that much better.
Putting our faith in our recovery in someone or something other than ourselves may not give you the results you truly desire.
Therapy aims to process and witness with you to help you find the tools for you to help you recover. A good therapist may reflect back to you how they hear what you are saying – give you that safe space to reflect on ways in which you may or may not be helping yourself.
Sometimes you might find it difficult in therapy; sometimes it is not the right therapist for you. Either way it will have given you some food for thought. Therapy can often be a helpful mirror for you to process your feelings and thoughts.
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You may be tempted to find the cheapest possible supply online because you’ve heard it can help with:
Clarity of Mind
And much more. I take a small drop of CBD oil at night time and sleep well as a result. Others I know who take it suggest that it helps with clarity of mind and take it first thing in the morning. Pain relief is also a massive feature in using these oils (I applied some topically and the pain was eased considerably in a matter of minutes.
There are plenty of people out there who have also tried CBD Oil (and the version cited below if you click on the links). Testimonials are also available if you would like them. I have no doubt that because of the quality of the products used and the benefits derived from using them, that this particular product is of high quality and will do the job it is intended to do.
HB Naturals has information carefully displayed on their website.
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This said, because CBD Oil is gaining in popularity, there is a LOT of it about. Did you know that Amazon doesn’t actually allow the sale of CBD oil products? To that end you may well find that there are fake products being sold by unscrupulous individuals.
People may then be of the opinion that CBD oil doesn’t work because they have purchased a substandard product. HB Naturals is a reputable company with high quality products.
Rules for selling “drugs” in the UK branch of Amazon are found here.
CBD is also not a controlled substance.
Anxiety can be a normal response to stress or danger and may be called the ‘flight or fight’ response. What happens is that adrenalin is quickly pumped through the body enabling it to cope with whatever catastrophe is perceived that is about to happen or is happening. If this response is out of proportion to the actual danger of the situation, or generated when there is no danger present then various problems can arise including:
- Racing heartbeat
- Shortness of breath
- Chest tightness
- Dry mouth
- Butterflies in stomach
- Urge to pass urine/empty bowels
- Pins and needles
The psychological symptoms of anxiety can include:
- Inner tension
- Fear of losing control
- Dread that something catastrophic is going to happen (when there is absolute no evidence)
- Feelings of detachment
Check out this link for more information This suggests that anxiety disorders are common. One survey (in Great Britain) it was suggested that 1 in 6 adults had experienced some form of mental health issue in the past week, with the most common disorders being anxiety and depressive disorders. Obviously this brings home the very real aspect of anxiety and how it can affect and the reasons why we need to be able to treat people with anxiety to help them understand and manage their symptoms.
Many people with anxious symptoms may realise that these are inside their head and recognise that, at times, they need to stop “overthinking” or “getting in their own way”.
Often they completely understand that these fears, anxieties or even fears of the anxieties are not based on reality nor a current situation. They may be based on something that has happened before, perhaps even unrelated, and yet for some reason the hardwiring defaults to that feeling of the time and they can feel paralysed with anxiety, stress, heart pounding and all sorts of horrible feelings that prevent them from doing what they enjoy, or prevent them from moving forwards into a place that might give more satisfaction, more joy etc.
Working with metaphors in therapy is not original. When I stumbled across the “Room of 1000 demons” story as a metaphor with facing and managing anxiety I thought I would share it here.
It is said that every five years, in Tibetan monasteries monks in training are referred to the ‘Room of 1000 Demons’. For enlightenment to occur they need to be able to walk into the room and come out the other side. Once in the room the entrance door locks behind them and they need to walk through and exit only by the exit door, and the room is full of 1000 demons – each and every one of them illustrating all of your worst fears.
So if you fear spiders, it will be a giant spider, heights, then a very tall building exemplifying your fear of heights etc. Apparently some monks, when hearing this, opt to not go into the room at all.
To this end this illustrates the idea that your thoughts are simply your thoughts, they are not real and to progress through life you need to keep moving.
What are your thoughts?