People who suffer with anxiety often have a way of looking heavy and burdened. It's not surprising, as they often feel vulnerable, exposed or threatened. The consequence of this is that posture can suffer. Typically the person who is stressed or anxious curls inwards. It's a subconscious mechanism where we try to protect ourselves. Physically it reveals itself in curved backs and slumped shoulders but the consequences of poor posture are far reaching, for both body and mood.
Sitting, standing and walking correctly can take a little practice if you aren't used to it. It can be helpful to check the mirror to see how you stand normally, or even better, get someone who knows about improving your posture (a physiotherapist, yoga instructor, physical trainer) to offer you some feedback. Is it worth all the effort? Yes, is the short answer and here are some of the reasons why.
In people who are anxious, or prone to panic, their breathing is often quite shallow and often a littl...
Prozac had been around for about 6 years when I was prescribed it in 1994. From one of the deepest depressions I ever had, it raised me into mild hypomania that lasted fully for a year, then waned over the next two years. I also gained 30 pounds in the first two years I took it, going from an underweight 115 (I was 5'10" and looked good between 125 and 135 pounds) to a beginning-to-be-unattractive 147.
After that, the effect waned fast, and by 1999, just 5 years later, it wasn't working at all. That's when I went to a psychiatrist for the first time and was diagnosed with bipolar II.
I still miss that mild hypomania. It had almost no negative symptoms and it was about the best I ever felt in my life. But many others tell me Prozac - now available in the cheaper generic fluoxetine - wasn't so good for them. Here's some of what people told me:
I didn't like Prozac. It would make me extremely manic.
It didn't agree with me.
It made me numb. Now emotions what so ever. Didn'...
Alternative Names GAD; Anxiety disorder Treatment The goal of treatment is to help you function well during day-to-day life. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and medications are the mainstays of treatment. Medications are an important part of treatment. Once you start them, do not suddenly stop without talking with your health care provider. Medications that may be used include: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are usually the first choice in medications. Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) are another choice. Other antidepressants and some antiseizure drugs may be used for severe cases. Benzodiazepines such as alprazolam (Xanax), clonazepam (Klonopin), and lorazepam (Ativan) may be used if antidepressants don't help enough with symptoms. Long-term dependence on these drugs is a concern. Short-term memory problems may also develop with long-term use. A medication called buspirone may also be used. Cognitive-behavioral therapies should be used together with dr...
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