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    Quote Originally Posted by Huxley3112 View Post
    I rarely like to admit any kind of emotional vulnerability, believing that any kind of depression/anxiety is something I can change or un-do if I examine long enough, find the right angle, work hard enough, etc.
    I really admire people who can do this alone.

    I can sort of feel the pain you went through, some part of your personal story really pinches me heart.

    You seem to be a strong woman to go through all this, despite of having an ISFJ friend to keep track of you. I'm glad to hear that it's all over now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SilkRoad View Post
    I walk a good deal, and run up subway escalators and that sort of thing, but not much in the way of systematic exercise.

    I am going to try to get that going with jogging or to the gym at least once a week. It is a current goal, once I've recovered from jet lag after my recent trip

    I have tried this before but tend to fall off the wagon and not keep it up. I think it could make a difference to both my physical and mental health, though.
    I have had trouble with anxiety for decades. I've come to call it 'free-floating' since it doesn't seem to be anchored to anything specific. It wears the clothes of whatever trouble I'm experiencing but isn't caused by them. The best thing I've found is aerobic exercise. A couple hours of cycling or 45 minutes of running is best for me. I feel completely reset afterwards. I can feel joy again. Food tastes better. People feel less hostile. Give it a try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nebbykoo View Post
    I have had trouble with anxiety for decades. I've come to call it 'free-floating' since it doesn't seem to be anchored to anything specific. It wears the clothes of whatever trouble I'm experiencing but isn't caused by them. The best thing I've found is aerobic exercise. A couple hours of cycling or 45 minutes of running is best for me. I feel completely reset afterwards. I can feel joy again. Food tastes better. People feel less hostile. Give it a try.
    Sport is the best medicine for anxiety.

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    I've got an anxiety/panic disorder that I take medication for.
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    I had an episode two years ago that scared me to death. I remember that it started in January of that year. I was up until 2AM watching a movie on TCM and suddenly felt overwhelmed by something I can't really explain. A feeling of overall dread that I couldn't shake off. It scared me. I felt scared and I didn't know why. My body felt numb and strange, and I struggled to stand and call for someone in my house to help me because I was so sure I was dying. Then for two months, I experienced cold sweats, feeling close to death, waking up suddenly in my sleep because I couldn't breathe, waking up suddenly and my bed felt like it was shaking or that I was paralyzed, and having a dull ache in my chest ugh. There were just 500 symptoms showing up. I panicked at first going to the ER but after testing myself and probing myself for weeks I was resigned to the idea it was just a horrible, horrible anxiety episode that wouldn't go away. I was resigned, too, to the idea I'd feel like that for the rest of my life. But as quickly as it came, after two months of agony, it ended. I still don't know what provoked it.

    The only thing that made me feel good during those two months was seeing my then BF. The symptoms seemed to decrease (but still were present) when he was around. A great source of comfort.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Huxley3112 View Post
    SilkRoad, I was diagnosed with GAD - Generalized Anxiety Disorder at 22 and it was serious stuff. I think there are people who actually enjoy/find comfort in wallowing in depression, self misery, but I've never been one of them. I rarely like to admit any kind of emotional vulnerability, believing that any kind of depression/anxiety is something I can change or un-do if I examine long enough, find the right angle, work hard enough, etc. But this "do it all myself" mentality truly screwed me up...

    The way I delt with it was by not dealing with it.
    very similar, i was diagnosed at 27. what spurred it was i had put
    my own career on hold and went to work for my family because i felt
    that was the right thing to do at the time, this unspoken sense of obligation.
    but i didn't realised then how i would end up feeling like i completely
    lost control over myself, what i wanted to do, it all just became a 'duty'
    that just drowned me. i was just lost, because i was listening to so many
    people all at once and stopped listening to myself.

    i completely withdrew from others and myself--and that's what i realise
    now, it's dangerous to stop listening to yourself. it took me awhile, to
    get back, i'm usually good at not staying unhappy for too long, but while
    i was on meds: rivotril/klonopin, it just kinda made me sleep a lot. plus
    i have a tendency to abuse drugs, and like to play pharmacist on myself.
    i just had to get off the meds, had to impose restrictions so i could slowly
    build up self-control--which is just very, very hard for me. i can't just have
    a little--it's always all or nothing for me. and it included me having to give
    up recreational drugs. up to that point, i had been a chronic pot smoker,
    for almost ten years, and was consistently going on coke binges. like
    10g in a weekend. it was insane and sooo cliche. i'd be up for 5 days
    straight and just crash and burn.

    but i got out of the zone, by just attacking the root of the problem.
    listened to myself. figured out what i needed. not just what i wanted.
    and went from there. discipline. is very hard for me. when i lack it,
    i realise i'm not listening to myself. had to be an environment that was
    conducive to getting better also. i started meditating a lot. just started
    taking care of myself better. it's just hard, getting over myself, but i figure
    nobody else gonna do it for me, so there was no choice.

    i went back to what i loved, and what i knew best. and just had to pause
    outside noise for awhile. and i just made up for all the time i was gone,
    i was completely zoned in to building back what i had lost. very satisfying.
    it just drove all the crazies out, and gave me a fresh pair of lens to look
    through. very cool.
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    to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag,
    and begin slitting throats.
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