During her three weeks of counseling, Jennifer’s anxiety and depression from living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome had quickly decreased. She was feeling so much more optimistic, in fact, that a recent flare-up caught her completely off guard. In tears, she told her counselor, “I knew my improvement wouldn’t last. What if I end up all way the back where I started?” The ups and downs of chronic illness can try your patience and leave you feeling like a failure.
Some people find release from panic disorder cycle with clinical depression (CBT). In fact, some experts say this is the only therapy that will work. However, you don’t have to go to therapy necessarily to know what to do. We’ll give you a few things here to help your panic disorder cycle.
Face your fears. The common response to fear is to escape the feared situation or avoid the feared objects. If you are afraid of driving, you will avoid driving and if you are afraid of being the center of attention, you will probably avoid social situations. In dealing with irrational fear, it is important to learn how to confront or face your fears. You are aware that there is no logical basis for your fears so to overcome your fears, stop running from them and confront them.
Since a spare room wasn’t available, Jennifer decided she could move a comfortable lounge chair into a corner of her bedroom, and stock the corner with a soft blanket, pillows, an inspirational book and a candle. Next to the chair, she’d hang her two favorite nature photos.
Find support from a friend or a family member who is ready to understand what you are going through and what you will go through in overcoming addiction. A support group can help a lot in helping you keep up with your goals and succeed in the treatment for marijuana addiction.
Talking with people also helps you feel better about your depression or anxiety. It especially helps when you talk with other that can identify with your depression and fears. This helps you to not feel so alone in your battle with depression and anxiety.
Feeling calmer and more hopeful, Jennifer wanted to find ways to manage flare-ups more confidently. Her coach suggested that she create a flare up retreat. She asked Jennifer to describe all of the sights, sounds, smells, textures and objects that help her to heal.
You don’t have to let depression and anxiety control you. Take the first step and gain control over your depression and anxiety and start living a healthy happier life.