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Thank you for your question. When did this anxiety first start? What is the name of your medication that you are taking? Also, have you considered attending therapy for your symptoms?
Hey there. I think it started about 2-3 years ago just kind of out of nowhere... I'm taking Cipralex 10 mg, twice a day and Sotalol HCL 80 mg, twice a day due to heart surgery (pulmonary valve replaced)
I haven't really thought about therapy
What do you think I can do?
There are a number of things you can do to ease your anxiety. First, I suggest taking deep breaths where you breath in where your stomach expands, and breath out where your stomach deflates. Do this 10 times when feeling stressed or anxious. The deep breathing is a distraction technique from the anxiety. If the deep breaths do not work, I encourage you to think about something that is pleasurable.
another suggestion I have is to use a technique called "thought stopping" where you just tell yourself "stop, stop, stop" over and over again until the thought disappears. Thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are all interrelated
so another suggestion I have is to change one of these things. For example, if you have thoughts that you are not going to succumb the pressure, challenge the thought which will change your feelings and behaviors. If you feel sad and isolate yourself, don't isolate yourself and force yourself to do the opposite which will change your feelings and thoughts.