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Re: Dear fellow anxiety sufferers 30 Oct 2019 02:44 #344674

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Thank you again for responding, and I appreciate the additional tips and suggestions.

I would like to keep summarizing the tips (in the order that they come in) so that other anxiety sufferers can find the various tips and ideas in an organized fashion.

1: Treat the underlying issue of anxiety through therapy.

2: Practice mindfulness.

3: Listen to Rabbi Yiztchak Fanger's lectures, and read his books.

4: Treat the underlying issue of anxiety through medication.

5: Practice exposure therapy.

6: Exercise.

7: Share your anxieties with a friend who can help put things in to perspective.

Unfortunately, I am incapable of actually implementing most of these ideas [for reasons that I disclosed in previous posts, and for reasons that I cannot disclose for various reasons], but thank you to all who shared tips and suggestions, and I look forward to hearing additional tips…

On a separate note, I did some thinking regarding the therapy approach. It seems like we all agree that there are a whole lot of real incompetent mental health "professionals" out there, and that one should only try to go to a real competent mental health professional with a proven track record.

Based on my knowledge, though, besides the difficulty of getting weekly sessions or even bi-weekly sessions with these top notch professionals, they can easily charge $250 per session.

Now for someone like myself, and plenty of other frum individuals who are not making over $30,000 a year, which leaves us with just $2,500 a month, minus taxes, rent / mortgage / food / bills etc. how can one justify spending such huge amounts of money on therapy?

Re: Dear fellow anxiety sufferers 30 Oct 2019 03:10 #344679

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Just a quick point. Medication doesn't treat the underlying issues. For that you get therapy. Medication helps the symptoms. 

you mentioning the opioid epidemic and drug addiction. These drugs are not what are used for addiction at all. But like with therapy, you need a competent doctor to prescribe them. 

I feel bad that you have the anxiety and most of the tips and suggestions won't work for you. I hope you find something that works for you. Good luck! 

Re: Dear fellow anxiety sufferers 04 Nov 2019 09:05 #344893

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Concerning mindfulness, you can see this link from ColinColin : ww.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/beyond-self-destructive-behavior/201601/mindfulness-in-the-treatment-self-destructive-behavior
As he said : in mindfulness, you treat the urge to fall as an external thought...

Concerning Rav Fanger, you can find shiurim translated in english at Hidabroot.com
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