Anxiety and Depression and Promising Treatments

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    Nov 29, 2011 8:35 PM GMT
    34 year old guy - well adjusted, professional, good circle of friends been going through a rough 2 year struggle with bad anxiety which has brought on depression.

    Not outwardly visible and high functionning but definitely impacted by these feelings of anxiety and depression.

    Went to talk therapy (psychiatrist) after much deliberation decided to try a SSRI (initially celexa but then cipralex/lexapro) after having tried effexor.
    Got minor beenfit even afetr playing around with doses... tried for a year,,, but decided to come off of it as not much benefit. Have not noticed any worsening since being off of them (5 months now)

    Was wondering if anybody on this forum has had experience with EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) which apparently is of greate benefit, especially as studies have shown than it has more success with men than with women?

    If you have, can you share you experience, or of any other therapy (Cognitive Behavioral) and or other that have been of benefit to you

    Thanks!
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    Nov 29, 2011 10:13 PM GMT
    CBT takes a lot of time and energy, but it works quite well for many people. Some people also find EMDR helpful (I didn't) especially for anxiety.
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    Nov 30, 2011 12:16 AM GMT
    must be something about a person's 30's...i got hit by anxiety and panic attacks in my mid 30's...doctor gave me Paxil and Lorazepam...panic was so severe that i had to take 10mg lorazepam tablets every 8 hours...barely took the edge off...i BEGGED the ER doctor to send me to the psych ward..because i thought i was going insane....i had OCD with this...and was so afraid i was going to go crazy and hurt someone...i even locked up all the knives,forks,and any sharp objects in my environment....i DID NOT have a desire to hurt anyone...just overwhelming FEAR for my sanity.i would have horrible ,scary thoughts that i might hurt someone...and i would cry and shake with fear...i really thought about killing myself...but i was TOO afraid to die...it took 4 months for me to start feeling better...4 months of torture..i would rather have been physically tortured...it was hell.the ER doctor would not hospitalize me in the psych ward...because he said that i was AFRAID of harming someone...not WANTING to.i was sent to a therapist..who gave me papers to read,but she did not understand the OCD..so she could not help...so i just researched my way through it...until the medicine began to work...i hope you get relief man....i don't want another human being going through the hell of anxiety...if you ever need to talk...email me.
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    Nov 30, 2011 5:41 PM GMT
    That is an interesting post MorganToronto with regard to other therapies.

    Emotional Freedom Technique has a lot of followers. I was thinking of attending a few sessions to deal with Anxiety based Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

    It is not covered by medical plans but it has, as a number of testimonials have demonstrated been very succesful at dealing with mind-body reactions

    Let me know if you find anyone that is a good practitionner. Apparently you don't need to find somoene local - can be done over the phone

    Has anyone on RealJock done EFT?
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    Nov 30, 2011 6:50 PM GMT
    Unfortunately the clinical evidence for EFT is not good. No studies have shown it to be effective.

    CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) however is very effective for both anxiety, depression and the two combined. It's quick and inexpensive, and once learned can be practiced on your own. When tested against placebos, most anti-anxiety drugs, anti-depressants and other forms of talk therapy, it is consistently the top performer.

    Wish I had time to fish up some links, but I don't. Try searching at bbc.co.uk, webmd.com, menshealth.com and psychologytoday.com.

    THE key thing to remember is this: The nefarious thing about anxiety and depression is that it causes the brain to perceive the illness as being this huge, overwhelming thing that seems impossible to overcome. In actuality, both are common illnesses and we have dozens of tools to use to deal with them. It might take some time to find the right combination of drugs and therapies. That's alright. Just keep trying. You will find something that works.
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    Nov 30, 2011 9:07 PM GMT
    That is too bad to hear on the EFT
    I was looking forward to trying it and still will

    Anyone here have any positive success with Emotional Freedom technique for anxiety issues?