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I feel OK physically, so why the little jittery feelings.? I do not want to drink or use benzo meds and for personal reasons I'm not really a huge fan of monkeying around with supplements that I'm not educated about. No disrespect to anyone else's choices of how to manage their own quest.
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So, I am looking around the websites to what my brother's and sisters in the world do send what advice they have to share. I do realize that I have a lot going on in the ingredient label part of my anxiety or emotions part. That being said, I am really just looking for some helpful advice, from someone other than my 4, legally appointed, counselors on how to just be patient and have some happy hope of recovering naturally without lots of that yucky stuff I mentioned earlier. I am very open minded, I am energetic and willing to use that energy for all of the good serotonin promoting activities mentioned.
I like to run, I am into yoga, I have been attentive to putting a studied diet together and it's yummy. I guess I'm just puzzled why i still feel anxious with so much help. Except the methadone I volunteer for my church, sleep well and enjoy a wonderful romantic relationship with a very good natured lady. The formulas are all pretty understandable to me, in his to maintain anxiety balance. I've done lots of CBT, and possibly read too much therapy books or articles for my processing abilities. All in all, I'm a curious fella in a confusing stage of life. I really appreciate everyone's patience and I quite enjoyed all of the helpful input to this great blog.
Wow, certainly sounds like you've had a difficult journey. Thanks for the thoughtful question Given that you have a team of professionals helping you, I may not be able to offer anything they haven't already told you.
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However, I will suggest two things: neuroscience and acceptance. First off, the neuroscience: there are several regions in your brain that are designed for anxiety. They don't need a good reason to create anxiety; that's what they evolved for check out my book The Upward Spiral.
Understanding how your brain works can help lead to my second point: acceptance. You could do everything perfectly right, and still have some level of anxiety. Ironically, accepting that anxiety can help it go away. That's because when you focus on reducing your anxiety, which you can't always do, it emphasizes your lack of control, which amps up your anxiety see the neuroscience.
It may be helpful sometimes when you have anxiety to just understand that there's just some circuit in your brain that's a little overactive, and and accept that even though you don't like it, it's still ok.
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Great article! I myself have particularly noticed that sunlight exposure makes me feel really, really good, and I am someone who is stressed all the time. I sat in the sun yesterday and all my stress just "switched off", which is very rare for me. I also find accupuncture very helpful. I am wondering if there are ways to increase my serotonin receptors.
I took an SSRI for a while and believe it has damaged my bodies natural ability to produce serotonin. I haven't been the same since I stopped taking it and get stressed constantly and have very poor sleep. Massage, sun, exercise and accupuncture surely help, but I still get triggered far too easily. Also - I wonder about the interaction of serotonin and dopamine. I have read that things like exercise and fasting can increase dopamine They seem to have a fine balance between them.
Could you explain to me please :. Serotonin helps you connect future rewards to your present actions. So for example, reading an article isn't the most exciting thing and with low serotonin you may get distracted by other more immediately pleasurable stimuli like other links or facebook. However, understanding complex things, as well as gaining greater self-understanding is pleasurable eventually; it just takes some work.
So serotonin helps make it easier to connect the work of reading the article to the later enjoyment of understanding. I have just stopped taking an antidepressant and am suffering some horrible withdrawal symptoms. I'm wondering if light, exercise and massage can really help replace the synthetic serotonin to ease this suffering? They can most likely help ease your suffering, but you should not wait to seek medical help. These tips are not a replacement for a doctor, but they can probably help you while you are waiting for an appointment, or provide additional benefit when medications alone aren't enough.
What I wonder is why supplements or medications that increase serotonin make my GAD worse? If anxiety is caused by low serotonin then wouldn't raising it make me feel calmer? I know raising serotonin sometimes helps my depression though now I have underactive thyroid ; I am just trying to make sense of it is all. That's interesting.
One function of serotonin is to help you connect your present thoughts and actions to future rewards. Coincidentally, anxiety is also future focused; it makes the brain concerned with all the potential things that could go wrong in the future. That's why focusing on being present and not worrying about the future can help with anxiety. It's possible for you that the increased future focus mediated by serotonin triggers your anxiety.
Anxiety isn't always just about bad things, people can be anxious about good future outcomes as well because they too often feel out of your control, which the limbic system doesn't like. Just some thoughts.