Drug-free Treatment for Anxiety Cure

Dr. Sanjoy Mukerji is our guest blogger for this week. He is renowned Psychologist, Psychotherapist and Marriage Counselor in Mumbai. Here’s his take on what you should do if you find yourself in a constant state of anxiety.

 

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Anxiety is a kind of fear, having the uncomfortable feeling of fear, worry and concern, but it is still not exactly fear. It is usually associated with the thought of a threat or something going wrong in the future, rather than something happening in the current state.

There are various ways by which you can treat or even cure your anxiety without drugs, medicines, or medications.Drugs or medicines definitely give good relief to the symptoms of anxiety, but this relief is simply temporary. Once you are off the drugs you are back to square one, unless the cause of anxiety is also gone. For example, if your loved one is in the hospital, you are naturally anxious as to what will happen. Here, medication can help you till your loved one is out of danger.

However, if you suffer from Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), then you will find something or the other to be anxious about; in this case, medications can be addictive and can give rise to many side effects in the long run. If you are already on some medication, then you should try to shift (gradually) from medication to meditation. This should be the first step. It will bring about a good reduction in your anxiety. Even Pranayamas (yogic breathing techniques) can be helpful to reduce your anxiety symptoms.

If you have GAD, then you are most probably an expert at predicting the worst. Actually, your thoughts lead to biochemical changes, which are responsible for your feelings. You may have abundance of negative thoughts, that come to you automatically due to some fixed ideas or beliefs that you have formed based on some painful past experiences or emotionally stressful past experiences . Hence, you need to uncover those past experiences from which you have developed certain negative beliefs. Thereafter, you need to release all your negative emotions associated with those past experiences. You also need to challenge your negative beliefs and build positive beliefs and positive thinking. Learning to overcome the tendency towards pessimistic predictions is very helpful in treating and curing your anxiety.

Towards the aforesaid, you may write down the situations that cause you anxiety. Then notice and write down the automatic negative thoughts that come into your mind in those situations; usually, your thoughts are predicting negative outcomes. Therefore, stop and kill those negative thoughts as soon as they come by talking back to them. For that, write down opposite or positive statements about the outcomes; and keep repeating them in your mind whenever you are in those situations. You may as well imagine the opposite or positive outcomes. All these will not only change your negative beliefs and thoughts into positive beliefs and thoughts, but also secrete healing hormones; and thereby you will start feeling peaceful and good.

If you properly do all that has been mentioned; eventually, you will be healed of your anxiety. In case your condition is severe, then you may need to seek professional help from an experienced psychologist or psychotherapist. Only in very severe cases, will you need psychiatric drugs along with psychotherapy. The difference between the two is -Psychiatrists prescribe drugs, and psychologists or psychotherapists provide psychotherapy.

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Dr. Sanjoy Mukerji (PGDPC,PhD (AM)

Psychologist,Psychotherapist & Marriage Counselor
at Be Positive,Mumbai

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Dr. Sanjoy Mukerji is a Gold Medalist, National & International Award Winning Psychologist, Psychotherapist and Marriage Counselor in Mumbai. He has researched and specialized in mind-body medicine, which takes a holistic approach to health that explores the interconnection between the mind, body and spirit; and it works under the premise that the mind can affect bodily functions and symptoms