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What is the best way to deal with Anxiety/Major Depression Disorder & PTSD?

By Anonymous August 16, 2012 - 5:46pm
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I am a single parent of 3 children in which I do not receive child support or TANF and I work full time as a waitress. I am overwhelmed and I am taking medications for Anxiety and MDD and I feel as if they are not working. I also have degenerative disc disease and fibromyalgia as well. I do not receive therapy for my mental health issues and I feel they are getting worse and I feel more horrible as each day passes. I do not have health insurance to cover therapy. Any suggestions I need help?

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Affirmations have helped me deal with anxiety, and depression. One I use is from Louise Hay, " I trust in this process, I am safe at all times." Try saying the affirmation daily in the mirror looking into your eyes, and also tell yourself that " I love you." This plus getting in touch with how you want to feel. For example: I want to feel happy. Then think: what makes me happy? Listening to music more often. Then do it! Go with what you want to FEEL and gradually start doing the things that make you feel happy/alive/energetic...etc. You are not your problems, and you are not alone. You are a magnificent being of light and life loves you!

February 16, 2013 - 7:52pm

You are a strong and courageous woman. Who is prescribing your current meds? Can you talk to them about getting a re-evaluation and altering/changing your scrips? Can they help you to find a therapist or is there an organization where you live that offers psychotherapy on a sliding scale to those who cant afford it otherwise? Are you a member of a church or spiritual community that can direct you to someone who you can confide in during this time?
Fibromyalgia is very challenging. The pain is so debilitating. Are you familiar with The Book What Your Dr May Not Tell You About Fibromyalgia, The Revolutionary Treatment That Can reverse The Disease by Dr Paul St Amand & Claudia Craig Marek? I am a Nutritionist and LifeStyle Consultant and I with women suffering from Fibro and this book will change your life, starting with your diet. Dr St Amand, himself suffers from Fibro and his work is astonishing.
You have already taken the first step in reaching out. You are not alone.
As you take the steps to bring yourself and your family through this challenging time, please be kind to yourself.

February 16, 2013 - 6:56pm

You should share your thoughts with your loved one and ask for the help and support. You can also join the depression group; these will help you dealing with depression. And as you said you are taking some medicine for this but it is not work for you, then consult with senior doctor.

December 18, 2012 - 11:11pm
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You should have someone by your side who can support you with your situation. Ask some advice from the doctor as soon as possible. Give yourself a chance to do things for your own benefit.

December 10, 2012 - 8:28am

Hi Anonymous,

Do you have any friends or family members to turn to? You can also look into your public health clinic to see if there is any other source of help they can offer. 

If you can, take a day for yourself. As a single parent myself, it can be very difficult to balance everything at once-- and it sure is a lot for one person to balance! Pick the one thing you miss doing the most and just go for it-- it may help decrease the anxiety. If you do this at least once a month you may find that this new you may be happier than the one who only relied on medication.

All the best!


August 17, 2012 - 6:33am
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