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I have severe anxiety about my health and my child’s I’m on Zoloft what else can I do to stop these catastrophic thoughts
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Therapist Leslie
Therapist Leslie, Mental Health Professional
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Good morning and thank you so much for your message. I realize it's difficult to reach out. Please know I honor your courage.

My name is ***** ***** I am a psychotherapist in the Metro Boston area.

I am so sorry you are struggling with anxiety and am pleased to hear you are on Zoloft as I believe this is the perfect choice for anxiety management. Have you spoken to your prescriber about a possible increase in medication by chance?

There are a few other things you can do to manage your anxiety effectively.....some of them include the following: 1. psychotherapy to learn some coping skills2. exercise (to raise serotonin levels in the brain)3. yoga/meditation (to overall ease anxiety) I would also recommend the following coping techniques:<li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;
mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1;tab-stops:list .5in">Take a time-out. Practice yoga, listen to music, meditate, get a massage, or learn relaxation techniques. Stepping back from the problem helps clear your head.<li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;
mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1;tab-stops:list .5in">Eat well-balanced meals. Do not skip any meals. Do keep healthful, energy-boosting snacks on hand.<li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;
mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1;tab-stops:list .5in">Limit alcohol and caffeine, which can aggravate anxiety and trigger panic attacks.<li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;
mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1;tab-stops:list .5in">Get enough sleep. When stressed, your body needs additional sleep and rest.<li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;
mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1;tab-stops:list .5in">Exercise daily to help you feel good and maintain your health. <li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;
mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1;tab-stops:list .5in">Take deep breaths. Inhale and exhale slowly.<li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;
mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1;tab-stops:list .5in">Count to 10 slowly. Repeat, and count to 20 if necessary.<li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;
mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1;tab-stops:list .5in">Do your best. Instead of aiming for perfection, which isn't possible, be proud of however close you get.<li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;
mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1;tab-stops:list .5in">Accept that you cannot control everything. Put your stress in perspective: Is it really as bad as you think?<li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;
mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1;tab-stops:list .5in">Welcome humor. A good laugh goes a long way.<li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;
mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1;tab-stops:list .5in">Maintain a positive attitude. Make an effort to replace negative thoughts with positive ones.<li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;
mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1;tab-stops:list .5in">Get involved. Volunteer or find another way to be active in your community, which creates a support network and gives you a break from everyday stress.<li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;
mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1;tab-stops:list .5in">Learn what triggers your anxiety. Is it work, family, school, or something else you can identify? Write in a journal when you’re feeling stressed or anxious, and look for a pattern. Have I answered your question? Is there anything else I can do to assist you further? I want to ensure you are pleased with my service. I also gently request you provide a star rating for me. Of course, we can continue to talk after the rating is provided. Please take good care of yourself and feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. Warm regards,Therapist Leslie
Therapist Leslie
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Category: Mental Health
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Experience: Owner and Psychotherapist at Self-Employed, Private Practice
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Thank you so much for your kind rating. Please know I appreciate it and am here should you need anything in the future. I truly wish you all the best.

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