Anyone has severe anxiety disorder as thing of past?

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boo..ya

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Intel Corporation
boo..yamore
Jan 8 32 Comments

Been in anxiety for last 3 years. Several factors got me into it but since then its been a struggle and seems like is in full swing right now. Yoga has kind of been helping, but looking for fellow blinders who were/are living with anxiety disorder and, if not got rid of it, got it under control and is no more bothering socially and at work?

P.S.: no meds solutions

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  • Facebook baxkBotchr
    Stop caring too much .. don't put yourself in others' shoes always .. be a little selfish
    Jan 8 2
    • Uber
      ........-

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      Sage advice.
      Jan 8
    • Cisco / Design
      boo..ya

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      boo..yamore
      OP
      Got to remind myself of that (more frequently)
      Jan 8
  • New / Eng
    remus808

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    remus808more
    I quit Google because of severe anxiety and panic attacks. Took almost 3 years off work. Back working now. Therapy helped a lot.
    Jan 8 5
    • Microsoft / Eng
      MP3

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      Troll living under the I-5 overpass
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      Did your approach to work and like in general changed over the 3 years? In what way?
      Jan 8
    • Google / Eng YNlp32
      What'd you do for the 3 years? Did you go back to work in the same field/environment, or do something completely different?
      Jan 8
    • New / Eng
      remus808

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      I relocated to my home country. Reconnected with my friends and family. Travelled and pursued my passions. Back working in the same field now but in an environment with lower expectations (and much lower TC). Once I'm settled back into the industry planning to switch to fully remote to help with anxiety and WLB. My time at Google taught me TC won't bring happiness, there are many other pillars in your life that need to be in place too.
      Jan 8
    • Google / Eng YNlp32
      Thanks for sharing that wisdom!
      Jan 8
    • New / Eng JohnMcPop
      Thanks remus808 for sharing your perspective. Your story hits me personally. Indeed, I found seeing my loved ones happy is more rewarding than a hefty paycheck at the cost of having no free time.

      I have an aging mother that I wish to spend more time with. Thanksfully, I do not have a family yet so I could spend most of my free time with her.
      Jan 8
  • Amazon / Product yhskwkvznf
    Several years ago, I saw a therapist for a full year, and worked through a self-help book that he recommended outside our meetings. It changed my life for the better.
    Jan 8 3
  • Cruise Automation FtPw08
    Lift weights, meditate, avoid caffeine and sleep 8 hours.
    Jan 8 1
    • Cisco / Design
      boo..ya

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      Have been doing all that, has reduced the frequency of occurance. But it is still there!
      Jan 8
  • Cisco / Other scoobysnax
    You will periodically struggle with this all your life. Exercise helps, sleep helps, introspection helps. I found meditation made it worse (as have others). Pot makes it worse. Caffeine makes it worse. Weightlifting helps. Etc.

    But actually the thing no one seems to mention is this: getting even one of all those things on your plate done helps. For anyone who is a planner or thinker, life debt piling up creates s huge source of anxiety. Balance that portfolio. Get your trust done. Clean your sink. Patch that wall. Etc etc. A huge list of little things piling up is incredibly stressful for planner types and the relief is getting it done.
    Jan 8 0
  • Zoox RWyx73
    I had REALLY bad anxiety for a number of years and didn’t know it. I went to therapy for years and took up cycling to try and help it but that only worked to an extent. I finally went to a psychiatrist and they prescribed me an SSRI. After two or three weeks of taking it I said to myself, “This is what normal people feel like.” Take this with a grain of salt, as I know it doesn’t work for everyone. I hope you feel better.
    Jan 8 1
    • Intel UGeJ58
      It was so bad for me, it took >6 months if not a year of:
      "oh wow, I'm finally better now"
      "Oh wow, I'm better than before, finally done"
      Rinse and repeat
      Feb 24
  • Aurora bystander!
    Sex. Lots of sex.
    And then some more.
    Jan 8 1
    • New / R&D
      JohnMcPop'

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      sex on the beach
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      OP needs to have a gf/bf for that
      Jan 8
  • Microsoft / Eng
    MP3

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    MP3more
    What is it you want to know?
    Jan 8 2
    • Cisco / Design
      boo..ya

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      User Stories which have helped them cope.
      Jan 8
    • Microsoft / Eng
      MP3

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      MP3more
      Coping with what? Anxiety is a symptom of disbalance between your mind (what you think), heart (where you are drawn towards, what you want to do) and body (the way you feel). The root is in how you live your life, how you see yourself. If you are managing your actions constantly with rationality and ignoring your feelings in the moment - this is a sure path to anxiety.

      For example, if you are anxious approaching a girl this 1) mislabeled excitement 2) a result of your distorted beliefs and thinking where you see it as a problem with variables that needs to be solved. Instead, if you look at relationship as a natural thing that is very enjoyable, then you look for that in women you meet and there is simply no room for anxiety because it doesn’t make sense. You’re excited and you’re having fun!

      In my case I was living my life in a calculated logical way and ignoring the way I felt about work/environment/life, ignoring what I really wanted to do. I started meditating, listening to my body, doing things I wanted to do and my anxiety naturally resolved itself. I never took any medication.
      Jan 8
  • Microsoft / Product
    PinkVS

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    Try Ashwagandha
    Jan 8 2
    • Microsoft / Product
      PinkVS

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      PinkVSmore
      Sleeping 8hrs uninterrupted would help too.
      Jan 8
    • Cisco / Design
      boo..ya

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      boo..yamore
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      Sleep is all good. The anxiety is just very sporadic in day time.
      Jan 8
  • See a doctor. You may need meds. It can get better, but once your body is flooded with cortisol and other chemicals, it can be like you body is stuck on hamster wheel. Acupuncture and adaptogenic herbs can also help. Make sure you are getting proper nutrition and sleep.
    Jan 8 1
    • Airbnb 1515Sf$5
      I finally gave-in to meds after years of dealing with Anxiety. The meds have helped me tremendously and I continue to take a low dose SSRI.
      Jan 8
  • Salesforce tensorchic
    Meditation and yoga. I still have anxiety attacks. This past year I upped my meditation to 1.5h per day. For me, taking meds didn't help much. Therapy a little.
    Feb 11 0
  • Amazon Agnel
    It gets better. I first got anxiety five years ago and a combination of meds and therapy helped me. Once I got out of it, I found that it turns on and off like a switch with months in between. Every time the switch goes on, I go back to meds and therapy.

    Each year has been better than the previous one. However, bad news can trigger it. Last year, due to family health issues, it was pretty bad.

    So yes, anxiety can be resolved to a large extent, but it can’t be a thing of the past.
    Jan 8 1
    • Cisco / Design
      boo..ya

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      😟
      Jan 8
  • Intel UGeJ58
    By saying a "no meds:psychiatrist" solution, what you mean to say is:

    What are the 10 rigorous and regimented things that I need to do consistently for a year+ to treat at most moderate anxiety?
    Jan 8 0