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Tags: Anxiety , Stress

I have been suffering from anxiety and panic attacks for about 10 years now. I initially went to see the doctor and took various anti depressants, none of which seemed to work as when I took them it was a reminder of my anxiety.

I have also been to see cognitive behaviour consultants and hypnotists. I have also tried the Linden Method which initially helped a bit but I soon got back to normal.

Before this started I never thought I was much of a worrier although I was going through a bit of a sressful time at work. I think if I saw a really good cognitive behaviourist I may be ok but I find it hard to imagine that I will never have these anxious thoughts again. I don't know where to turn as my doctors don't seem very interested. Can I be cured?

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The Answer

You are going through an awful time managing your anxiety. In this instance, it may be appropriate for you to seek the opinion and help of a psychiatric consultant. There are a range of medications and combinations of medications that can be prescribed by a psychiatrist that would not be prescribed by a general practitioner for managing your anxiety.  

It appears that you have used a variety of psychotherapy techniques in the past and have gained some benefit from doing so. It would be prudent to try these techniques again and practise them in a sustained manner. Practising these techniques in conjunction with medications prescribed by a psychiatrist will achieve greater confidence in managing your anxiety.

It may not be possible to achieve a cure; but we can certainly improve the management of your anxiety and improve the quality of your life.

Answered by Health at Hand nurses.


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