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Forums / Supporting family and friends with a mental health condition (carers) / Anxiety management for highly sensitive person

Topic: Anxiety management for highly sensitive person

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  1. Tomsan
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    4 December 2017
    I believe a friend has qualities of highly sensitive person. Please google to know what is highly sensitive person.

    Often she is in situation that leads to anxiety but I don't believe she has anxiety disorder. Her anxiety is rare to be classified as disorder but when she is anxious it has profound physical symptoms. For example tummy upset, extreme fatigue and rarely headache. The symptoms stops her from working and that can further escalate anxiety.

    My question is is there a medication that is fast acting she can take on need basis to reduce anxiety and/or reduce the physical symptoms.

    If you know someone in similar situation and can share which medication has helped. I will ask her to consult doctor for it.

  2. blondguy
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    4 December 2017 in reply to Tomsan

    Hello Tomsan

    Welcome to the forums and good on you for posting too!

    There are many highly sensitive people on the forums that also suffer from anxiety of varying degrees. I used to have chronic anxiety for many years and anti-depressants combined with counseling helped me out in my own situation

    We cant comment on medication on the forums as its such an individual matter. The first and best method is a visit to a GP as they have a greater awareness where mental illness/disorders are concerned nowadays.

    The physical symptoms can be reduced with meds and regular ongoing counseling.....GP/Psychologist etc

    The meds provide us with a solid platform on which we can heal more effectively using all the various coping techniques that are available. The meds on their own may provide short term relief though.

    Their are many gentle people on the forums that can be here for you (and your friend) Tomsan

    My kind thoughts for you


  3. white knight
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    5 December 2017 in reply to blondguy

    Hi Tomsan, welcome

    I agree with Paul. We cant recommend medicines.

    Anxiety in Pauls case and mine has been lifechanging. Anxiety as a word sounds like just an extension of fear, a minor matter. Yet it is really a serious condition that requires, like most mental illnesses, a multi facet approach.

    These methods are listed in the following thread (use google)

    Topic: how I eliminated anxiety- beyondblue

    Unfortunately none apart from the effect of meds is a "quick fix". I wish they were. I took me 25 years to fully rid myself from anxiety. I had it earlier but it came to a head in 1987 and was fully gone by 2012. But we are all different.

    Working close with the GP is essential. Relaxation techniques and seeking inner calm is helpful. Changing environment should be considered. We all feel relaxed in a quiet calm place.

    I hope that helps.

    Tony WK

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    5 December 2017 in reply to Tomsan

    I am definitely someone who is highly sensitive. I do get profound physical symptoms that are distracting. I still can't forget a horrible stomach cramp after an exam - it was an excruciating one that I could not move at all. Doctors thought I got gastritis and gave me medication for that, but looking back from now, I am almost certain that it was anxiety. Another bad experience with exam was having a lumpy throat that made me difficult to swallow food at dinner time (thankfully I could eat breastfast and lunch). Well, believe it or not, I don't have a diagnosable anxiety disorder. I have gone to my psychologist many times and done a lot assessment. She even reassures me that my chance of getting a mental illness is very low, but she agrees that I am somewhat more sensitive to stress than average. I do not go to a doctor for medication though, as I feel that changing thought patterns has been the most helpful. I was so stressed out about exams, because I was so obsessed with ranking. I wished to do medicine very badly, so good grades were extremely important to me. With the help of my psychologist, I changed my thought patterns, "Well, I don't have to score 100% to get into medical school. It is also okay to get 80%." Since then, my exam stress was still there, but got to a manageable level. I decided to do something else in the end, but this new approach of thinking stays with me, and is very handy. There is medication out there to instantly calm your friend's nerve down, but I would recommend psychotherapy to get to the root cause of the problem.

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