Social anxiety relaxation techniques

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1944234 tn?1331101553 I don't like the idea of absolutely having to be on medication, or the unnecessary chemicals, and I can't afford psychotherapy. I've heard that relaxation techniques like meditation and yoga can help, but do they actually work? Thanks!
3060903 tn?1398568723 Relaxation Techniques for Stress Relief Finding the Relaxation Exercises That Work for You Authors: Lawrence Robinson, Robert Segal, M.A., Jeanne Segal, Ph.D., and Melinda Smith, M.A. Last updated: November 2012. For many of us, relaxation means zoning out in front of the TV at the end of a stressful day. But this does little to reduce the damaging effects of stress.
Avatar m tn Hi, I suffer from severe social anxiety and public speaking, my doctor in Manila prescribed me Abilify and Sertraline. Did anyone use these medicine for social/public anxiety and does it help?
404138 tn?1308945256 Ive been working on breathing techniques, meditation, visualization and now applied relaxation training....its supposed to be more effective and faster for relieving anxiety? Anyone try this?
5148952 tn?1364325366 Are there any cognitive techniques I practice or any other coping skills that can help to bring me out of this. I meet with a social worker but she moslty asks me about my mood and we do not get to spend a lot of time together so I want to start working on this myself. I am scared to move too fast but if anyone can tell me some ways to slowly start working on my social anxiety, I would apprecate it. I am taking Abilify but I have read that it doesn't help with anxiety.
605458 tn?1539232408 My abnormal anxiety issues are limited to social anxiety, a vague, but intense fear of social situations, new people, and new places. It used to be quite pervasive growing up, but now I can do a lot of things without anxiety, like go to a restaurant with family. It is the new and unfamiliar I still struggle with. I was all safe in my reclusion until recently I have had the desire to expand my life- I want friends and to get out in the world. An opportunity presented itself.
18251556 tn?1463795920 In fact, I could care less about being embarrassed or people thinking poorly of me. Yet, I still get social anxiety when facing social situations. What could be the cause of this?
3060903 tn?1398568723 Group therapy for social anxiety disorder / social phobia Other cognitive-behavioral techniques for social anxiety disorder include role-playing and social skills training, often as part of a therapy group. Group therapy for social anxiety disorder uses acting, videotaping and observing, mock interviews, and other exercises to work on situations that make you anxious in the real world.
506273 tn?1260142381 Counseling to improve self-esteem and social skills, as well as relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing, may also help a person deal with social anxiety disorder. I aiso suffer from SAD and it can be a horrible and debilitating illness, however, with proper treatment, I am usually able to overcome it for the most part. So, be patient, seek assitance from your healthcare provider and you may be able to control disorder.
Avatar n tn Have a look on the internet for information on relaxation techniques. They may be helpfull to you. Finally, there is help out there and don't suffer in silence. The issues surrounding your anxiety can be brought under control with the knowledge of what is causing it. I hope this helps. Here is a website which is very helpful.
Avatar n tn In addition to medications, cognitive behavioral therapy and relaxation techniques are shown to be very effective. This information is provided for general educational purposes only and should not replace evaluation by a physician.
605458 tn?1539232408 I have had two really good therapists that have helped me a lot. I have techniques - pressure point, quickie relaxation, how to challenge certain thinking patterns, etc. The social anxiety will always be there, it's just a matter of how well I am able to live with its existence at any given time. I was once an oncology RN, how?
Avatar f tn I have always struggled with some strange form of social anxiety/low self esteem, and could never quite get to the root of it. Interestingly enough, because I have out of neccessity developed a very high sensitivity for cognitively picking up on social cues, I am able to perform quite well, if not thrive, in cross cultural scenarios. Some other cultures embrace ideas such as being forthwrite in general and also apprehensive about new people, etc., which suits me.
Avatar f tn In my mind I know that this is not the way I should be feeling but I just can't seem to overcome these feelings. I've tried relaxation and breathing techniques which do seem to help but as soon I go somewhere or see someone I start to panic again and I start to feel shaky and nervous. I've tried medication but it made me feel worse. I've also been having alot of weird thoughts pop into my head even though I am not thinking of them which is really scary to me.
Avatar f tn I use to think i just had a bubbly personality i still do but i can see im also very anxious, i have social anxiety so i get nervous talking w new people or in large groups. Any suggestions, breathing or techniques i could try, any particular councelors i could be seen for this.
808293 tn?1238605783 then, I talk to my therapist, and I do my breathing/relaxation techniques, try to look on the positive side of things, and then I have 2 great days where I have no problems, then BANG, I wake up in the middle of the night from anxiety and I just want to give up...I get so frustrated... So, I know I haven't been dealing with this as long as a lot of people, and I know that the SSRI medications usually take 4-6 weeks to even kick in...
Avatar m tn It sounds like social anxiety, and yes, many of us have that. I've you're doing well on your meds it might be best to leave things alone. Of course only you and your Dr can make that decision. Your Dr may let you take an extra small dose of Xanax on occasion when you have to speak in public. Is this part of your job if you don't mind my asking?
Avatar m tn It's best to see a psychiatrist regarding medication as they are the most knowlegable as to what will work best for you. A therapist can teach you relaxation techniques as well which can be very beneficial. Seek help right away so you can start to feel better and think more clearly, and get some sleep as well. There is so much help for you, so take advantage of it. We've all been thru the horror of extreme anxiety, so you're not alone and we're glad you found us!
Avatar f tn i have been diagnosed to have mixed anxiety & depression and undergoining behavioral therapy , my problem is that i excessivly think of death i cant stop this thinking , all the time imagine some thing bad will happen to me or one of my family ( eg : i ill die or my mother will die) , after that i start to cry i dont no what to do, it disrubt me alot i cant stop it is this normal presentation of anxiety or i have something alse???
16685927 tn?1450573095 I also think I might have mild social anxiety, as I’m not the most social teenager out there. Anyways I thought I would try the marijuana, and it was huge mistake! I had what I think was a panic attack, It felt like my body was in slow motion, and my sense of touch was really delayed. It was the scariest thing I have ever experienced. The high I felt was insane and my body was numb all over. After feeling this way for 4-5 days it finally went away. Or so I thought!
3060903 tn?1398568723 GAD Signs and symptoms Look at your worries in new ways Practice relaxation techniques Learn to calm down quickly Change your lifestyle When to seek professional help What is generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)? Carrie’s story Carrie has always been a worrier, but it never interfered with her life before. Lately, however, she’s been feeling keyed up all the time. She’s paralyzed by an omnipresent sense of dread, and worries constantly about the future.
Avatar m tn Thank You sooooooooo much. I am going to try your suggestions. I to, used to be able to drive the freeway like a crazy person. I actually LOVED the freeway & driving itself now I fear it everyday. I take back roads to work & have not driven the xpressway in a year but I want to so bad. I try to tell myself that this is NOT going to control me & some days are good & I feel like I can drive forever...but most days are a real challenge. I have trouble at stop lights....
3060903 tn?1398568723 To achieve the maximum benefit, aim for at least an hour of aerobic exercise on most days. Relaxation techniques – When practiced regularly, relaxation techniques such as mindfulness meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, controlled breathing, and visualization can reduce anxiety and increase feelings of relaxation and emotional well-being.
Avatar m tn But I have been diagnosed with A social anxiety disorder. I get really nervous and closterphobic (sp) around big groups. Or even something as simple as running to the store triggers it. It's just something I live with daily. So I kinda know what u mean. It's no fun.
3060903 tn?1398568723 Social phobia and fear of public speaking Social phobia, also called social anxiety disorder, is fear of social situations where you may be embarrassed or judged. If you have social phobia you may be excessively self-conscious and afraid of humiliating yourself in front of others. Your anxiety over how you will look and what others will think may lead you to avoid certain social situations you’d otherwise enjoy. Fear of public speaking, an extremely common phobia, is a type of social phobia.
Avatar f tn I do have a friend who has been a social worker for years who is meeting with me once a week for 2 hours to talk and show me relaxation techniques...that seems to help quite a bit...she is helping to set goals and giving me the chance to just talk with no repercussions....Thank you for your assurance on my doctors...I do trust them ...but I feel so out of control with all of this and it is hard to not worry if they might have missed something.
8890834 tn?1400456751 I've tried taking the meds, but they leave me feeling empty inside, left me feeling more depressed than anything and did little to affect my anxiety/social issues. I've found ways to deal in the past and have managed well, but lately my panic attacks have increased along with my social phobia. Going out among crowds or meeting even ONE new person is enough to trigger an attack.
Avatar m tn Most commonly psychological treatment tried is counseling, relaxation techniques and sometimes cognitive behavior therapy. ************** depends upon treating the underlying depressive illness through anti-anxiety or anti-depressant medicines. In addition, try to rest in a dark & quiet room, meditate, have a balanced diet, regularly exercise and avoid taking unnecessary non-prescription drugs to avoid recurrence of symptoms. Hope this helps!!
Avatar m tn I realized that weird spacey feelings, obsessive thoughts could be cured by learning positive thoughts and relaxation techniques. I have advised many anxiety/depressed people to look into the midwest centre for anxiety and depression, they changed my life! good luck and remember, the cause of your condition are your thoughts, NOT ANY PHYSICAL CONDITION, therefore you can change your way of thinking to bring you back to your normal life.
1335749 tn?1277373021 Tens of thousands of anxiety sufferers have sought her expertise to help them reclaim their lives from anxiety, stress, anxiety disorders, panic attacks, anxiety attacks and social anxiety. She is the creator of the Conquer Anxiety Success Program, author of more than seventy-five articles, and publishes the Anxiety-Free Living printed Newsletter for anxiety sufferers.