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Advice on anxiety /phobic disorders?

I developed an anxiety/phobic disorder a year & a half ago. Had counselling for 16 wks & medication for panic attacks. I found that CBT improved the situation but hasn't resolved it. I am now seeking long term counselling to continue making progress and have also read several books on counselling and am studying psychology at university. I'm still nowhere near back to being my normal self although I am able to function a bit better day to day. It's very scary and my life is extremely limited. Has anyone else had a similar experience and if so have you fully recovered or is this something that I will have to 'manage' for the rest of my life?

If you have had a similar experience, you have my sympathy and I wish you luck in trying to combat it.

I completely sympathise with your situation. I suffer from anxiety and panic from a sexual assault last year. It makes you feel very isolated and scared, and you are forever craving 'normality' back into your life. I draw a lot of optimism and encouragement from the positive spin you have put on your experiences and how you are getting on with your life. I too have had the counselling and medication and the next step for me is the CBT.

Sorry I haven't been able to answer your question as such, but thank you for sharing your experiences for me to relate to. I wish you every success with your recovery x  (+ info)

CITALOPRAM- for depression/phobic disorders?

has anybody taken this drug, what kind of reaction did you get. I am a bit worried about all the side effects that go with it. or am i worrying for nothing?

I took Citalopram for about 8 months several years ago. It was the first anti depressant that I had ever taken and I was a little scared to take it. Anyway....I did....and I'm glad I did. It really helped me out of a hole! There were some side effects at first which didn't help my anxiety disorder at all at the time!!! But once I knew that they were just side effects of the drug I was OK. Everyone can experience different side effects, mine were sleepiness, and once my skin came out in a rash of tiny blisters when I got in a bath. The worst thing was that I had a reduced sex drive the whole time I was taking them, and the feeling that I was not 100% with it all the time :( Another POSITIVE thing about Citalopram, is that I didn't have any problems coming off them, I just reduced the dose for a couple of weeks and then came off them. I didn't have ANY withdrawal effects.
Last year I had a bit of a relapse, and before it got so bad that I was in 'the hole' again, I went back to my GP and between us we decided on a short couse of SSRI's again. She was going to put me on Citalopram again but I asked if there was anything else (cos of the sex drive thing) and she told me about Escitalopram which is a newer, I suppose more refined version of Citalopram with less side effects. I've been taking these for several months now with NO side effects (apart from being a bit more sleepy the first week)...infact I almost forget I'm taking anything!!! BUT....I've started to reduce my dose recently so I can come off them and I'm finding it harder than with the Citalopram :( I'll do it tho!!!
Good luck and take care :)  (+ info)

What are some ailments and disorders that involve the human body's nervous system?

I would like to know what disorders/ailments affect the nervous system for a biology project, and I figured this was the best place to go.

I have autoimmune pernicious anaemia (unable to absorb vitamin B12 in the digestive system) which affects the nervous system as B12 is essential to maintain the myelin sheath around the nerves. If undiagnosed, it can lead to permanent paralysis, be misdiagnosed as Alzheimer's disease (and cause permanent Alzhemier's disease if not diagnosed in time) and MS and is fatal without treatment. Misdiagnosis is common as lab levels are far too low. I have nerve damage in my finger still from being misdiagnosed. I had to diagnose myself.

Pernicious Anaemia:

http://www.drdach.com/B12_Jeffrey_Dach_drdach.html  (+ info)

What are the odds of my children inheriting these disorders?

My fiance and I were in the process of planning our wedding, when he told me his father and aunt have a seizure disorder; presumably from his paternal grandmother, because his father and aunt have different fathers. Now, my fiance also has an aunt (on his mother's side) that has Downs Syndrome. I am concerned about possibly passing something onto my future children. What are the odds of my children inheriting one or both of these disorders?

Down Syndrome isn't something that is inherited, and seizure disorders rarely are. So very low.

If you really are concerned you could talk with a geneticist. But as far as I can tell, there probably is no need to.  (+ info)

How well does zoloft work for anxiety disorders linking to depression?

How well does zoloft work for anxiety disorders or is there anything else better that u would recommend that would not put me to sleep. Ive feared social things, going back to school, getting a job and getting infront of people all my life Just wondering wondering if there is something that would help me have a productive life that would help my anxiety? I want even go into a store by myself I panic. Ive always been more to myself because of it no very social.

It works pretty damn good for me. I really don't feel sleepy at all just better.

It's more like your relaxed now that you don't have anxiety. It was a change for me because I couldn't think of a time where I was not panicky except when I was a little kid.

I started taking zoloft for anxiety/depression going on 2 months now.
I started at 25mg and am now at 100 mg, and I think I'm staying at 100.

It is truly amazing for anxiety. Anxiety has made me miserable, but not anymore.

I haven't had a panic attack in about a month now, and let me tell you it is great. I can go out in public now without a problem, Heart palpitations from anxiety are gone, and it also helps with my obsessive compulsiveness.

Good luck, you won't regret it!  (+ info)

What kindof cases/disorders would one expect to find on a Medical Endocrinology ward?

I know it is related to hormones, and there seems to be a varying amount of related disorders - from diabetes to thyroid to cancer. Are there any specific disorders in relation to Medical Endocrinology (in the UK)?

Here are some examples: patients with pancreatitis, patients in diabetic coma, sent up by the ER, patients in severe hyperglycemia sent up by the ER, patients with Addisons disease (adrenal trouble), patients with severe anaphylactic reactions that has not been properly diagnosed, young girls with severe abdominal pains who tell you when you ask whether they have had sex : "No doctor I am not married!" with an innocent smile and are about to loose a 6 week embryo,patients with acute neurotoxin infections from seafood, and other sources, patients with chronic heavy metal infections: lead, arsenic , benzene compounds, patients with wrongly diagnosed epileptic seizures.....you want more, we have seen them all mate.  (+ info)

What percentage of obese people have eating disorders?

What percentage of obese people have eating disorders? Is it more common than unhealthy lifestyle?
To clear it up, I mean people who have had eating disorders from the start, not after they started eating enormous amounts.

Most people have unhealthy life styles, especially older folks who are passing their habits down to their kids. However, it is more common to have an eating disorder at a younger age. So, finding a statistic is going to be age based, and not representative of everyone.

Contrary to your question, most people that have eating disorders are not obese, they are quite likely to be unusually thin. Think: young girls throwing up after a meal. The obese people will have a problem that deals with food as a source of soothing in an emotional setting.  (+ info)

What are some different types of inherited genetic disorders?

I have to do a project on one and don't know what to pick. If you find a website that lists and describes disorders that would be great or just do it here. It would help a lot!

Angelman syndrome
Canavan disease
Celiac disease
Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease
Color blindness
Cri du chat
Cystic fibrosis
Down syndrome
Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Klinefelter's syndrome
Prader-Willi syndrome
Sickle-cell disease
Tay-Sachs disease
Turner syndrome

some easy ones to research would be

Color blindness
Cri du chat
Cystic fibrosis
Down syndrome
Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Turner syndrome
Sickle-cell disease  (+ info)

How does Jenny Craig work? Is if safe for people that had previous eating disorders?

I am asking and being 100% serious so please I am begging no stupid/insulting answers.

I am 21 and would like to lose weight, problem is I had an eating disorder for roughly 6yrs. I've been in recovery almost 2yrs so I'm doing good but it's really hard to diet without crossing the line back into an eating disorder. I wanted to try weight watchers but they don't allow people that had eating disorders to join.

So my question is how does Jenny Craig work? Is it anything like weight watchers?

I used to work for Jenny Craig. Jenny Craig is a calorie counting program. It is similar to Weight Watchers, except you purchase your food from Jenny Craig, and in Weight Watchers, you cook your own.

The most highly successful program for exactly what you are describing in your question above, is one called, Weigh Down, by Gwen Shamblin. You can Google Search this, and find it easily.

It is Internet based, as well as live groups in your area. All the information you need is on their website.

This program has an extremely high success rate for people with eating disorders, addiction problems, or those wanting to lose weight. It is nominally priced, so most any budget can participate.

I recommend Weigh Down head, and shoulders above any other program out there!

Hope this helped you.  (+ info)

Why do people show less compassion for those with different mental disorders?

It seems as though with some disorders or addictions, when someone finds out someone they know has it, they all flock to help them but completely avoid people and call them pathetic for others. Why is this? Shouldn't all disorders and addictions be treated with the same compassion?

You are absolutely right about all disorders and addictions being treated the same. Unfortunately in our society there is a stigma about some disorders and addictions that people just can't shake. For example, depression or bi polar is a real medical illness, but because you can't see it on an x ray or with your own eyes like you can a tumor, people tend to believe that the illness isn't real or that the person is crazy which is the furthest thing from the truth. I work for a mental health center and we go and talk to kids about mental health issues to try to break the stigma about it. Hopefully over the years we can reach enough kids to change how the next generation views mental disorders and addictions.  (+ info)

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